Hello everyone! I’m super happy to announce that Rakuen is finally in beta! We started testing about a week ago, and so far it’s been a really wonderful experience getting to read everyone’s feedback. I never fully believed that I’d get the game to this point, and I think I was in such a state of fight-or-flight this past month preparing everything that it hasn’t fully sunk in yet that the game is actually playable from start to finish.
At some point it also occurred to me that I had no idea how people would feel about the game… I’ve gone through the puzzles and read the dialogue more times than I can count, so I couldn’t even imagine what it would feel like through the eyes of a new player. This made me SO NERVOUS >_<; I kept thinking, “what if it’s not good?” “what if I spent the last 3-4 years of my life working on something that ends up having no meaning?” But I had to let all of that go, and just let folks test the game… and I’m really glad I did. The comments and feedback from the first round of testers has made me feel so happy and relieved, and I just wanted to say THANK-YOU SO MUCH to the first round of testers, and to all the folks who have been so kind and so supportive over the years ^_^
Now (after taking a much needed week off to rest) I’m inspired to jump back in and get this game shipped! There are still a lot of bugs to fix, art that Emmy is in the process of swapping out, and things I’d like to iterate on as well… but now I’ll have more time to update folks on how things are going! So before I go for today, here are a few things…
1.) As I mentioned before we’re doing a closed beta. There are still a few spaces open, so if you’re interested in participating please email me at rakuenbeta at gmail!
2.) Now that I finally have some more time, I’m really excited to start talking a bit more about the world of Rakuen, and doing more interactive things like contests and videos~! I’ll be updating this website regularly, so make sure to check back ^_^ I think for the next post, I’ll probably share some new music, and talk a bit about the culture of “Morizora’s Forest,” which is the fantasy world from the main character’s storybook.
3.) If you’d like to contact me about an interview, I’ll be devoting time to these each week (and if you contacted me about an interview earlier, but haven’t heard from me because I was in crazy hermit mode, I’ll be trying my best to work on those as well)^^
And as always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below! I hope you are all having a wonderful week ^_^/