I have to admit, when I released the first alpha version of Chapter 1 in February I had hoped Chapter 2 would follow pretty closely behind. As it turns out, releasing a game - even just one part of an unfinished game - and dealing with the ensuing promotion and maintenance takes up a lot of your time. Who knew?!
So I'm now very pleased to be able to say that the Chapter 2 alpha is just around the corner (I mean a matter of mere days away) and that I have a few other cool things lined up too! Read on for the run-down...
Rezzed PC and Indie Games Show
Luminesca will be on show at the Rezzed game show mega-event in Birmingham, UK on 22-23 June 2013, as part of the Leftfield Collection. You'll be able to play the latest build of Luminesca, including Chapter 2 and the new, updated version of Chapter 1. I'll be there in person, manning the station, handing out free art cards and chatting about the game to anyone within earshot. If you can make it, come and say hello! Bring friends!
Shortly after the release of Chapter 2, a free demo of Luminesca will be released on the main site. It will essentially comprise of Chapter 1 (the new, updated version), playable in your web browser. I wanted to get Chapter 2 done first so that people who have pre-ordered are still getting some exclusive stuff in exchange for their early support!
Also coming shortly after Chapter 2's release will be an option for purchasing the original soundtrack. Many of you have confessed your undying love for the soothing sounds of Luminesca, so you'll soon be able to drift off to sleep while listening to its majestic underwater melodies (I accept no responsibility for any bed-wetting this induces). The soundtrack's release will function the same as the game itself, so as new chapters are released in alpha form their associated tracks will be added to the soundtrack download for free.
As always, you can already pre-order Luminesca directly from luminesca.com or right here on Desura, and doing so will grant you immediate access to Chapter 1, with Chapter 2 being added at no extra cost very soon.
If you've decided not to pre-order just yet I'd be interested to hear your reasons here. In the past, people said they wanted a PayPal option and that is now available via the Humble Store widget. I am listening to all feedback, even if I don't have time to respond on an individual basis!
Thank you for your continued support, and I hope you're as excited about the new release as I am!