Release XIV // Chapters 33, 34 & 35

Release XIV is here!

Release XIV includes three chapters, one CG, one music track and five interviews!

Well, I've simply run out of characters to interview (for now). That frees me up to work on an all-new special feature that I've had in mind since the first Release...

Each Release comes with its own unique challenge that makes things interesting (but also difficult). Last week the challenge was creating eight new character sprites. This week it was the two large backgrounds for Chapter 34 — a chapter I've looked forward to/dreaded implementing for a long time because of the complexity of the location (it's NOTHING compared to a certain upcoming chapter, but yeah).

In hindsight, I regret not modeling those windows on the front of the cathedral and using flat images on planes — it looks pretty cheap. Maybe I'll fix that in a future update.

As for the major spoiler this Release, I won't say too much other than the detective competition is getting a little more serious. Hehehehe.

Until next time!

— LockedOn.


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Oh, I gotta say, as much as I loved every one of the cast members we've met so far - my place is clearly here, with the... Less adroit detectives. On that note, anyone who's reading this and hasn't done it yet, make sure to miss the bonus question ft. Ashdown and Woes. Just excellent.

Most notably for this chapter, not only do I think 'Kentucky' when I think 'America' I specifically think 'Cathedral in Kentucky, preferably in a locale with more population than Richmond but less population than Lexington.' That is my, and all peoples, exact train of thought. Guaranteed, 100%.

But seriously, though - I enjoyed everything about this release.  The locale is really well done, and certainly stands out compared to some of the other places we've been. The mystery was one of my favourite because, well, neither Ashdown nor Woes has a great 'Method' and I don't feel like they're running rings around me. It really stands out compared to 78X's pointing out I'd just missed something, uh, obvious.

As for the many mysteries hinted at here... Noman, the far-reaching reach of T.A.D.S, who actually gifted Greg that mug, was it Greg, did Greg get it for himself...

... The saddest, most soul-crushing mystery reveal the story will have...

I'm looking forward to the next chapters.

p.s. gonna go buy twenty maximum brightness floral shirts for my mourning phase, not even my limited-edition Yuzuki bobble-head can staunch this sense of loss


Don't worry, it gets much sadder than this! Don't splurge too much on the floral shirts — there are still a few other outfits you may have to buy. ;)

The Mug Mystery is easily the most complicated in the entire novel... I can't say too much about it, but a certain drinking container just might become the protagonist later on...