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I watched the new preview, i didnt finish it cause I DIDNT WANT SPOILERS!
How the heck did you see it so fast?! It was just uploaded!

Anyway, here's the short preview video for version 1.0.2:


It's not particularly spoilerish, but if you don't want to see anything regarding the next update, then feel free to skip it. The video barely scratches the surface of what's been done and what's still being developed.
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    How the heck did you see it so fast?! It was just uploaded!

    Anyway, here's the short preview video for version 1.0.2:


    It's not particularly spoilerish, but if you don't want to see anything regarding the next update, then feel free to skip it. The video barely scratches the surface of what's been done and what's still being developed.
    When i subscribed to your channel, i put on notifications for when any of your videos comes out, like with in minutes of it coming out, so thats how XD I AM AS FAST AS THE FLASH!
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      I'm following the updates on this game for quite some time now,
      and I gotta say that I love your work!

      The artworks look really nice and the dialogue is fancy too.
      I never really played visual novels before because I always felt they were pretty boring,
      but this one really cought my interrest.

      The preview for the new update got me smiling too,
      so I'm really looking foreward to that.

      Keep up the good work and have a nice day :)
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        Just watched the new preview video and it looks great!

        I can't wait for the update and I am thoroughly looking forward to trying to play through all of the story branches!

        Keep it up guys!
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          How the heck did you see it so fast?! It was just uploaded!

          Anyway, here's the short preview video for version 1.0.2:


          It's not particularly spoilerish, but if you don't want to see anything regarding the next update, then feel free to skip it. The video barely scratches the surface of what's been done and what's still being developed.

          Beautiful work, as always.
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          Few updates:

          - We're still expecting a February release.
          - Majority of the work is still writing-based, so there's not much we can share in that department.
          - Other work being done include CG art, which is generally specialized art, so we don't plan on sharing any of that. As courtesy, those of you who watch the livestreams, we request that you don't spoil the content for others.
          - One reason this update is taking longer than planned is because we're squeezing in even more content than what was originally on the checklist.
          - The next AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything) will go up next Friday (Feb. 19), so make sure to leave your questions either via email ([email protected]), tweet (@PokemonVisual), or comment in the designated Game Jolt post or in this thread.

          Thanks for your continued patience! As much as we'd like to showcase everything we've done so far right now, it's simply not ready yet.
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            I'm REALLY impressed with this game! I really cannot wait for the game to some out! It's going to be a great one!
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              I have a feeling that within the end of next week
              we maybe have the next part of the game

              can't say for sure
              it's just what i think
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              INTRODUCTION

              This is the second "Ask Me Almost Anything" (AMAA) post that I'll do my best to keep hosting as development on Pokémon Academy Life continues. Each time, the goal is to share some insight on what goes through our heads when we consider or implement ideas. Why did we choose to include something and not another? Why did we set up different types of content a certain way? Hopefully this series will shed some light and help you understand a little more about the game's development. You can read the previous AMAA here.

              Unfortunately, I won't be answering all questions (hence the "almost" in AMAA). If you asked something and it wasn't answered, either it's impossible for us to answer without being spoilerific, it's already answered somewhere in the game details (e.g. FAQ), older AMAAs, or we simply couldn't understand it. Feel free to submit again for next month's AMAA, though!







              “How are your plans going right now? By which I mean are there any ideas in the previous AMAA that have been scrapped or have been accepted like Pokémon battles/catching/training or was it taken out for some reason? Also how are the storylines going?”
              submitted by 1_5b44b2


              A nice, broad question to start with. How are our plans going? Well, so far so good, to put in simplest terms. We haven’t hit serious roadblocks quite yet, though we’re always preparing for them. As of the time of this post we’re still wrapping up the next demo update, but everything we would like to do has so far already been implemented or just about ready to be implemented.

              As for ideas that have been scrapped? I wouldn’t say any have been scrapped (other than some writing) because we generally won’t throw away an idea unless we’ve tried it to some extent. Pokémon battling and catching mechanics are still planned to be included in the game and we have a programmer whose one job right now is to design the battle engine. If that’s a success, we’ll move on to attempt the capture engine.

              And lastly, for storylines, we’re getting as much of the foundation stuff set so we can blast out route scenarios like crazy after this update. You most likely won’t see major plot points in this next update, unfortunately, but hopefully you’ll get an inkling of the direction we’re leaning, depending on the choices you make, of course. We have the starting points pretty much set up and we have a good number of the ending points outlined. Now the fun part is the journey there, connecting the dots.



              “Is there a ‘main’ storyline or ‘true’ storyline or is everything equal in terms of canon? Who is your favorite Pokégirl?”
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              This sort of continues along the same vein as the previous question. But first let me cover the term canon in relation to the Pokémon universe we already know. We’re going to try our best to keep things relatively canon with the existing universe. However, since this is an original work, we want to add our own twists and flavor when possible.

              For example, we won’t touch things like Arceus creating the universe. We’re not going to suddenly make Mewtwo the god of all Pokémon and throw a wrench in the lore. But considering Red and other major characters are not cleaning out Pokémon Gyms and challenging the League, it’s already “not” canon. Look at the Gym Leader characters from the core series games, such as Misty, Sabrina, Roxanne, Skyla to name a few. They’re not manning their towns’ respective Gyms. Already not canon. But that won’t stop us from referencing canon things like, for instance, Brendan originating from the Johto region before he moved to Hoenn.

              So for the visual novel’s storyline(s), we do plan on implementing a “true” ending to form our own little canon. Or multiple “main” endings. What they are and how many there will be is undecided right now.

              And the favorite Pokégirl curveball question. Nice.

              Mine would have to be either Leaf or May. It’s a tough call with many runner-ups.

              Our character artist/lead writer once said Hilda is his top choice.

              One of our producers is a die-hard fan of Elesa.



              “ Will there be alternate endings as in there will be three or more endings?”
              submitted by Sh4d0wGames


              This was sort of answered in the previous question, but I’ll take the opportunity to make it clear here. We do plan on implementing multiple endings, certainly more than three. Some are written up already. We’re just a long ways away from implementing any of them.



              “Are there any Easter eggs or hidden references in the VN?”
              submitted by Poke_power60


              Some of the LPers on YouTube have found a few Easter eggs already! I don’t think anyone’s caught every single one that’s included, but I could be mistaken. And to be honest, sometimes references are thrown in and even we forget what we were trying to do with them at the time.

              For example, one reference that we removed for the next update was a few lines during the introduction scene for Brendan and May. When May was talking about going for a random roommate match and Brendan compared the system to catching and releasing random Pokémon, apparently that was a reference to Nuzlockes. I don’t think anyone got that because even I didn’t realize it until it was explained to me. I figured, if I couldn’t get it after all this time and the YouTube LPers I got the opportunity to watch didn’t get it, then chances are it’s just going to fly right over the heads of the more casual players and fans.

              Anyway, Easter eggs, references… they’re there. And we do plan on including even more in the future.



              “I'm wondering if you're going to implement the whole, ‘If you mess up with someone (as in, they have relationship meters that either increase or decrease) they become either your friend or enemy?”
              submitted by Rekutsko


              There are many cool ideas we can implement in the game. The problem is whether or not it’s worthwhile to add them at all. Right now there already is a hidden points system (well, not really hidden, but it’s not something you can just whip out from a menu and check anytime you want; kind of like Pokémon IVs). The whole friends and enemies dynamic, though, is a tougher call. The reason is if we go in that direction, it’s just going to make constructing scenarios and dialogue that much harder. Chances are we won’t go that far, but we do want to emphasize the importance of choices. Choose wisely.



              “We've seen the appearances of the gym leaders, protagonists, and rivals, but will the companion characters be included in any way? For example, 4th generation had I believe five companions. One of which was Riley from Iron Island.”
              submitted by Adam Easter


              “Will the Battle Frontier characters make an appearance?
              submitted by buizelking01



              The short answer right now for both of these is no. We’re done with all the characters we plan on including in the game. We have the character art for 82 different characters. That’s already pretty silly. Anyone else would be due to a sudden necessity for plot reasons or some unforeseen circumstance. But right now I can state for a fact that there will not be any of those “companion” characters from the DPPt games nor will there be any Battle Frontier characters.



              “Is Gardenia going to have a romance path?”
              submitted by Jack Holloway


              “Is my bae Sabrina available as a romantic interest?”
              submitted by WatcherOfAnime Z


              “Will there be a Yellow romance route?”
              submitted by Steven Pham


              We can’t guarantee anything right now for the three characters mentioned because we haven’t written anything for them yet. Sabrina I can say was originally planned to have her own ending, but the idea was thrown out. She likely still will, but right now it’s just a blank document.

              Gardenia is an interesting case because other than Dawn, there is no other fourth generation female student character with significant traction (no, Cynthia is not a student). But like Sabrina, we have no writing for her at this time.

              And lastly, for Yellow, we do plan on adding a route for her because she already miraculously found her way into the visual novel despite being the only non-core series game character (or game character in general). To not give her a role somewhere somehow would make her inclusion rather wasteful. But… again, nothing written down yet.



              “What would you say was the most challenging part so far in making this game?”
              submitted by Jack_Sparrow


              The most challenging part so far I would like to say is a split between developing the battle engine and writing/implementing the absurd combinations of characters you can find in your classes. It’s not nearly as complicated as we once imagined, but it still got messy really fast when I first started working on the scenes.

              I can also tell you for a fact that our writer was going nuts writing the different dialogue. Just briefly think about it for a moment. Eighteen Pokémon types (or in other words, eighteen different class electives). You get to pick two. Each class has different characters. Those characters are also in two of their own elective classes. Some characters you already met along the way. Some get introduced there for the first time. Some you may see again in the second class, some you may not. There are a lot of combinations…



              “Any idea on what other web-sites the games will be released from, aside from Game Jolt and PokéCommunity?”
              submitted by Exodisius


              Funny this was brought up! We plan on creating a separate website for the game that’ll provide a lot more information, a discussion board, etc. but we haven’t made a move yet. Maybe in the coming months. It’s very low on the priority list right now.





              That's all for now! Hopefully you learned something and maybe you have even more questions now. I will try to post one of these each month around the second or third week. If you have an interesting development-related question you want answered, you can tweet at PokemonVisual or email [email protected].



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              Old February 21st, 2016 (1:53 AM).
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                Played the demo and decided to join the forum. The feel and look of the game reminds me of katawa shoujo. More cheerful though. Loving it so far. Even my sis kinda likes it, and that is an accomplishment!

                It is possible for the main guy to aid, take care/nurse a pokemon? I'm sure it can fit into one person's character arc. Plus give more of pokemon interaction without battling or capturing. I could see one of his romance interests hiding a hurt pokemon in her room.
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                  Is there a way to update to a newer version? Like going to v1.0.2 from v1.0.1 ?
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                  Old February 21st, 2016 (10:52 AM). Edited February 21st, 2016 by Maruno.
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                    i f**** love this!
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                    Is there a way to update to a newer version? Like going to v1.0.2 from v1.0.1 ?
                    Version 1.0.2 is not publicly available yet. But when it comes out, I strongly recommend playing from the beginning because we improved a lot of writing and extended a few scenes in the prologue. Also some internal variables for the newer content will be dependent on what happens in the prologue, so it'll be safer to play from the beginning.

                    You can still load from an auto-save file that's generated from the previous version. Just install the new version in a new folder, boot it up, delete the old version/folder and you get to keep all your old settings and saves.

                    But again, I strongly recommend starting from the beginning.
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                      i can wait for the next version to come out its gonna be gnarly!
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                        Any ideas on the next release ?
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                        Any ideas on the next release ?
                        #1 question you never ask about a game in development!

                        When a beta, next version, update, etc. is coming out.

                        Because if the developer(s) know when it's coming out, it would've been posted already.

                        That said, no idea. Hoping for February, no guarantees, but how many days do we have left? Hmm.
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                          I didnt mean to be rude sorry :3 i really enjoy this game so take your time! :D
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                          I didnt mean to be rude sorry :3 i really enjoy this game so take your time! :D
                          No rudeness. Just so everyone knows that any questions regarding release dates, unless such a date has already been publicly posted, will never be answered.

                          This applies to all games, not just this one.
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                              This looks so amazing!!.
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                              DEMO VERSION 1.0.2 IS LIVE!

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                              Pokémon Academy Life (visual novel) - DEMO VERSION 1.0.2 NOTES


                              IMPORTANT:
                              For those who have previous demo versions installed, you must start over from the beginning of the game in order to play this demo in full. Many internal variables were changed, added or removed, impacting many parts of the game. If you attempt to load an old save file, it is highly likely you will encounter bugs or your game will crash.

                              Plus, we rewrote some parts of the prologue section so you might as well take another ride through it!

                              There is no doubt that there will be some kind of bug or inconsistency somewhere in the game. If you spot anything, report it to [email protected]. Your assistance is much appreciated!

                              VERSION NOTES:

                              List of changes from 1.0.1c:
                              - Many prologue scenes were rewritten.
                              - One new scene added to the prologue.
                              - Several prologue scenes were overhauled or extended.
                              - Numerous animation transitions fixed; some may still exist.
                              - Various GUI elements streamlined.

                              New content in 1.0.2:
                              - New scenes that carry on through the first day of classes.
                              - New characters and CG art implemented.
                              - Huge number of alternate dialogue paths based on choices.

                              CLOSING WORDS:
                              Thanks to everyone who have offered their support. Knowing there are quite literally thousands of you out there wishing us the best keeps us going. While a single linear playthrough in this version might not last more than three hours or so depending on your reading speed, there is an insane number of different side-routes you can take. The game is still in its infancy, believe it or not, and we just managed to finish setting the foundation.

                              From this point forward, we will be going all-out in terms of writing for plot and story progression. Engines are also being developed to add depth to the game. The next version may take a while for release so in the meantime, play the crap out of this version, report all the bugs you encounter if you can (we'll try to implement the fixes when we can and put out a cleaned up version when possible), and stay tuned for more news.
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                                YESSS!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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                                  The update looks awesome
                                  Can you give us a table with the types each character chose?
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                                  The update looks awesome
                                  Can you give us a table with the types each character chose?
                                  Normally I would say yes for the sake of testing purposes, but in this case I would like to first let players explore on their own without guidance. For most characters you can guess what classes they'll be in based on a mix of signature Pokemon and personalities.

                                  Perhaps after a few days I can upload a walkthrough.
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                                    Wow guys. Just wow. I've already played through twice today trying to make as many different choices as possible and I can see myself spending hours trying to find all the little changes between paths!

                                    I can't wait to try all of the type elective classes - so far I've done water, ground, poison and electric. The electric class had me in stitches!

                                    Honestly amazing work, and don't worry, I will play the crap out of this demo until the next version arrives!
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