Posted by John (@j_cutting) 05 JAN 2015:
This is a multipart update. Please click here to start from the beginning.
The first episode of Hymns of the Apostate went online on September 6th, 2007. That's 7 years 4 months or 2,678 days.
In that same interim, I got married, got kicked out of flight school due to hemorrhaging eyeballs, went on several deployments overseas (the website blew up during one and was offline for about a year), moved to Japan (twice), fathered a child, and moved back to America. I can't believe it has taken so long. I still vividly remember scripting the characters and debating with myself what color Valerie's clothes and text should be (she was the first sprite set that I made for HotA).
What has amazed me about this whole process is that I still recognize people years later who have stuck with the story since the early days of Fortuna Saga. That is a decade of my slowly updating a story and being unable to go back and edit it. That blows me away, and I want to take this chance to thank all of you for your support over the years. The past five or so years have been tremendously difficult for me and my family, yet I have received nothing but support from the readers. Thank you so much. Receiving input from you has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my life. Thank you for sticking with me for these 2678 days. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Will there be a closing credits like the one for Fortuna Saga?
I want to, but I haven't really picked out music for it. Last time, a fan provided the amazing soundtrack for the credits. Now, I've been reviewing a few songs but nothing will top that original score. Also, I'm scared since this has taken so that that I've forgotten most of the people who have helped me on this project. I will try to make one, but I can't guarantee it anytime soon.
Will Lost Noise move forward?
... Yes? The sprite sheet is about 50% complete. The pre-writing is about 75% complete. It's a daunting project. I'm not sure if I can finish it with my other projects. Regardless, I really want to tell the story. I have never written a prequel before. They have their own challenges and rarely come out well. However, there are some things about the story that I really love and would be thrilled to bring to life.
Will you put all the Hymns of the Apostate episodes into one pdf?
Will I do that with Fortuna Saga?
I can't. One of the episodes is flash-based... Well, I could probably make a jpeg version of it... standby.
Will I release another Lost Noise teaser image?
Yes. I am deciding between the following characters:
or a currently unnamed character
Shoot me an email or post in the forums if you want to vote on which character design should be revealed.
I have been mulling around with the Lost Noise prologue which is almost done, but I still want some time to refine some character designs before I put things in stone. What I really want to do is revamp this website. It has served its purpose, but I think a better design is necessary at this stopping point.