Tuesday, April 1, 2014

We're Doing Edutainment!

I'm super excited to announce that our next major project will be an edutainment (educational entertainment) visual novel. We're hoping to reach pre-school audiences with lessons in things like shapes, colors, and numbers. But for our normal fanbase, worry not! Our trademark storytelling with deep plots and suspenseful twists is still here, so you can still enjoy the story! I can't wait to reveal more details, but I'm sure you guys will love this new direction we're taking, and we're hoping our games will be played in every classroom across the world!

Sprite: Deji
Background: JakeBowkett

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Backstage Pass 0.4a Beta Up

The Backstage Pass beta has been given a content update, so if you're currently testing the beta with us, please re-download the file from your confirmation email.

Important: Due to the extra content, old saves are not compatible with the new version. To delete a save file, hover your mouse over the save thumbnail (in the game) and press the 'delete' key on your keyboard.

This update includes:
-Opening video animation
-Bug fixes
-Typo fixes
-Additional scenes for each of the main four guys and the alone path
-Updated GUI
-Updated extras: Endings list and media gallery (music room/video player)

Bugs we're still chasing:
-Quickmenu still works during the scheduler portion
-CG gallery crashes on certain CGs
-Keyboard functions don't work on certain screens (like wardrobe)

Any bug reports (including typos) should be posted on our official forum here.

Many thanks to all of you guys for your hard work so far. We're really excited about how great everything is looking already!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Backstage Pass in Beta!

We're happy to announce that the Backstage Pass beta is now available for everyone who pre-ordered!

What to expect from the beta:
- Arcs for the main four guys
- CG Gallery
- Clothing shop with 80+ articles of clothing to dress up in
- Item shops for items to raise stats or give as gifts
- Call guys and take them on dates
- Cupcake baking minigame in Spring

What to look forward to in the final version:
- Hidden paths
- Multiple alone endings based on professional achievements
- Full voices
- Opening and Ending Videos
- Music room, scene replay, and other bonus content
- ??? WHO KNOWS?

How to get it:
Use the download link you received in your confirmation email (for your pre-order). If the link has expired, just email me at ayu@sakevisual.com from the address you used to purchase the game, and I'll send you an updated one.

How to report bugs:
If you get a bug that crashes the game, click the button "Open Traceback" to get a text file. Email the file to ayu@sakevisual.com or post it in the correct thread here:

How to get bug fixes:
If a bug is fixed, you can either re-download the entire game from your email or download the fixed code from this thread:

How to get help playing:
If you're stuck in the game, looking for hints on how to get a guy, unlock locations, or find more recipes, post in the appropriate thread here and exchange your own findings with other players.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello, 2014!

Well, it's been another year, gang! Last year, the rule I imposed on myself for this year was "start nothing new, and finish everything else." As it stands, I only managed to finish the first half, but at least that's progress!

In 2012, we didn't release anything, but in 2013 we released Yousei, so that means we're winning! I'm very proud of Yousei - I feel like every Jisei game is better than the last, and I feel like this one reached new heights in every aspect. It was also great to be able to explore more of the history of the main characters.

Obviously, most of this year's time has gone into making Backstage Pass. This VN is a beast, with more branches and more stuff in it than anything else we've done. We're very near to the end, so please look forward to it.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped us raise money after Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Your generosity is amazing, and together we donated $635 for disaster relief.

For 2014, I'm sticking to the "start nothing new, finish everything else," rule. Backstage Pass will be out first sometime in the winter, which should pave the way for...

Every Sunrise! In case you guys have been wondering what's up with Every Sunrise, artist Deji has been very busy with several other projects. But this year, we're back in business, so please look forward to more adventures with Kuu and Koda!

And speaking of Deji's art, our murder mystery fans have not been forgotten. We've got big plans for the next chapter in the Jisei series. Kangai and the gang are going to follow up on the mysterious invitation they received at the end of Yousei, and Kangai won't be able to hide his past anymore. Plus the appearance of a mysterious person who's only been mentioned in passing before. Who could it be?

Plus! We are still working on Oneiro. Yeah, it's totally been years since we started this, but it is not forgotten. Just slow. D: I don't know how far we'll get with this, but I will keep you updated as we go.

And there's the state of things right now. Thank you all SO much for a great 2013, and I look forward to what 2014 holds for all of us.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Backstage Pass - Exciting Things! : D

A Merry Christmas Eve to all our sakefans! Tons of exciting news about Backstage Pass, starting with our gift to you guys - a shiny new trailer featuring the opening song by Junko Fujiyama and Mili. PLUS, the trailer also features a preview of our animated opening sequence, straight from Japan! Please look forward to animated opening and ending sequences in the final game.


In response to popular request, we’ve put Backstage Pass on Steam Greenlight. If you’ve got a Steam account, please vote it up and share it with your friends.


Pre-orders for Backstage Pass are now open! Anyone who pre-orders will receive a set of two Backstage Pass wallpapers, and an MP3 of the opening song “I Can’t Believe It” featured in the trailer. You’ll also get early access to the game next year before anyone else, and codes for Desura and Steam (if we make it). If you’ve got a discount code from a sakevisual contest, it will work on these.

Backstage Pass Pre-Order ($29.99)



Monday, November 18, 2013

Backstage Pass Auditions

Auditions are closed. We will be recording all through this month, so if you are cast, you will be hearing from us during this time.

Due to the large volume of auditions received, we will not be able to provide feedback. If you are looking for advice or want to know more about a voice acting career, check out http://iwanttobeavoiceactor.com.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sudden Jisei Sale

Edit: Thank you for all your support and generosity, guys! We raised $635 and that money has been donated.

If you’d still like to help, we suggest checking out Global Giving.