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Somnova Studios: September 2022 Update

Hello everyone!

It's been a while since our last update - sorry about that! We've all been busy with real-life responsibilities (work, getting married, etc.) so progress has been slow these past few months. However, we have some really cool things to show off!

Fran, we felt, needed more expressions to expand their emotional repertoire, so they have received a significant upgrade to the number of available poses, expressions, and outfits they have. We're pleased with the result!

They are now fully sass-equipped.

As mentioned in previous posts, we've also been working on adding more CGs for our characters to more fully flesh out their Act One content. I don't want to spoil too much, so here's a portion of two of the many new CGs we have in progress!

Telltale signs of healthy tree growth include dense foliage and thick, sturdy branches.

"Perhaps this mannequin with a wig will... no, no, it just doesn't work."

Our UI is in the process of being upgraded for better readability thanks to player feedback. Here's a WIP of one possible iteration of the new UI!

Nothing's set in stone here yet, but we do like the more solid textbox here instead of the semi-transparent one in the last public build.

Other accessibility options (such as choosing a different font and self-voicing) are also in the process of being implemented. We'll share more as we continue to move forward.

Lastly, we are in need of a dedicated Ren'Py programmer to help us out. If you're able to do one (or more) of the following:

  • Program custom screens in Ren'Py.
  • Help convert scenes to proper Ren'Py format.
    • This includes things like custom movements, transforms, and transitions.
  • Work with artists on implementing UI elements from mockups.
  • Help keep builds up-to-date.

Then feel free to apply on our Discord server! We are looking for people who have a few games under their belt, so be ready to share examples of your own content for us to look at.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to share more exciting Missing Stars content soon!


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