Recruiting: Voice Actors and Animators

Hello everyone! Today I bring some great and not so great news. I’m disappointed to say that four of our voice actors, BreeFaith, Carmen, Mickwhitefire, and Divinexrose have decided to leave the team.

However, that means that we have open positions available! Please see the official descriptions of the roles we need at the link below. We also have recruitment pages back up for your review as well!

https://www.castingcall.club/projects/my-little-investigations

The deadline is AUGUST 1st, 2017 at 12 AM EST.

If you have any questions, please send them our way on the forum or at recruitment@equestriandreamers.com

We are also looking to recruit more animators to our team, so if you are free, don’t be shy and send us an application!

Thanks and we look forward to reporting more progress in the future.

Equestrian Dreamers: The Classified Files Part 5

 

At long last, it’s time to honor another one of the team’s alumni. This is Rautakoura’s final message to the fans of MLI, so I hope you are ready to hear some more insight from the team! I have nothing but praise for his incredible work in the cutscene art, setting the bar high for his successor. As he ventures off to more time in college, I and the rest of the team wish him the best of luck in his endeavors.

The floor is yours, Rautakoura.

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Equestrian Dreamers: The Classified Files Part 4

Today, we spotlight a dedicated and wonderful vector artist of the team, TehJadeh! Before she departs from the team for now, I want to say how much of a pleasure she was to work with for the past 2 years. Gabu, I, and the rest of the team will not forget her contributions to this project, and thus, we’ll be creating a new section in the “The Team” tab honoring all former team members. More names of members leaving the team will be posted as the days go by, so stayed tuned to that.

And without further ado, take it away, TehJadeh!

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Equestrian Dreamers: The Classified Files Part 3

Greetings and salutations to all the people that may read this article. The time is fast approaching where we can finally showcase the results of many hours of dedication and work put in by a lot of very talented people, and I am very excited for you guys to finally see what you have been eagerly waiting for. But for some reason, the head honchos thought you guys would be interested in my story. While I doubt the validity of this statement I will go ahead with it on the off-chance they are right.

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Equestrian Dreamers: The Classified Files Part 1

Hello dearest fans, both recent and old, of My Little Investigations. As the first case edges closer to completion each and every day, we have decided to share something new and unique. Starting today, various members of Equestrian Dreamers shall be releasing a multi-part series on our individual experiences throughout the development of the game. Brace yourselves for an inside, personal look at our roles in the project, the challenges we have overcome along the way, and our feelings about our time so far with the team!

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MLI demo 2 released!

At last, we’re finally ready to show you progress on My Little Investigations! Although this demo will not advance the plot further than the previous demo (so please don’t complain about that – that’s by design), it contains plenty of runtime improvements, and has a lot more gameplay polish. We’re hard at work on the end of case 1, so rest assured that it’s still coming along strong and that there’s plenty of work we’ve completed that we’re not showing you yet. However, for now, we thought we’d give you a little glimpse at what we’ve been working on in the hopes of keeping interest and excitement high as we finish things up and get the first case ready for playtesting.

First, without further ado you can find the demo here:

http://www.equestriandreamers.com/downloads/

And here’s a list of what’s new in this demo:

Code ported to C++ from Java

The first demo was written in Java, which worked for the purpose for which it was chosen – enabling the game to come to all three major OSes – but there were two major problems that people encountered:

  1. Software rendering was not supported, which meant that players with lower-end graphics cards couldn’t play the game; and
  2. Some pieces of software like WinRAR were associating themselves instead of the Java runtime with JAR files, which made people unable to start the game at all.

To fix both of these issues, we’ve ported the game to C++, and this demo shows the game in that form.

Gameplay mechanics and content

  • Twilight now has the ability to run! To run, double-click (or double-click and hold), and she’ll move much faster than walking.
  • The game now loads each location’s resources on the fly during gameplay, rather than loading everything at the start. This both makes initial loading much faster and cuts down on RAM and VRAM usage.
  • Evidence and profiles are now separated; you can swap between the two by clicking a tab at the top.
  • Cursors and mouse-over text have now been implemented to show who Twilight can talk to, what can be examined in the field, and where Twilight can exit the screen.
  • Pinkie Pie now teaches new players to the game about MLI’s gameplay mechanics! There will be an option to turn her off in the full game, but that hasn’t been implemented yet.
  • A second cutscene in town square has been added.
  • Cutscenes have been improved and now have greater functionality.

Visuals and audio

  • Screen transitions from one area to the next now feature a fade-to-black instead of just instantly swapping screens.
  • Interjections have been added – now, whenever Twilight presents evidence or presses a statement, our version of the objection bubbles appear on screen to accent those moments.
  • All of the lines in the demo have been mastered by X-Trav.
  • Almost all of the audio has now been implemented; there were several missing lines in the last demo.
  • Twilight has a couple of new emotional states since last time.
  • The “suspense” theme has now been updated to better reflect of the mood of the scene it plays in.
  • A fully animated title screen has been implemented.
  • Sound effects have been added to bring town square to life, and hoofstep sounds have been properly synched to animations.

Now that you know what’s up, downloading the game is as simple as before. Just head on over here:

http://www.equestriandreamers.com/downloads/

Please feel free to post feedback on this updated demo on the forums and let us know what you think! The team is gearing up for the final phases of development, so we’re hoping you’ll all continue to remain hyped about case 1. While you wait, we encourage you to help this project out by spreading the word! Our fans’ enthusiasm is and always has been what keeps us motivated to work strong to get this case completed.

That’s all for now! Thanks, all!

Welcome our two new team members!!!

Hello everypony! Apologies for not having posted things about MLI in a while, but we would like to formally introduce two new members of the team.

The first new member is Pony Tim. He is our new Field Character Artist/Animator and is currently WarpOut’s apprentice. Our second new member is Abion47. He is our new Dialogue Character Artist and will focus on helping the vectoring process along with TehJadeh.

We are super excited to have more power on the artistic front. This will greatly aid in speeding up development time for this case and beyond, as well as keep stress levels to a minimum. So, please join me in giving them a warm welcome to Equestrian Dreamers!

We look forward to releasing more info pertaining to MLI soon. So, please continue to be patient!

Field Character Artist Recruitment Reopens!

GIF Created by: WarpOut

Hey everypony, Equestrian Dreamers needs your assistance once again! That is why we have decided to recruit for another field character artist for the team to help WarpOut. So, check out all of the details you need to apply on the recruitment page at this link.

http://www.equestriandreamers.com/recruitment/visual-artists/

Recruitment will close on September 23rd at 12 AM PST! Please feel free to ask any questions as necessary. We will be happy to answer them as soon as we can. Good luck everypony and we look forward to your submissions!