Omni Link - Roencia


Crypterion: A great story is worth living

Crypterion builds off a classic nostalgic game I love and mixes it with "You" as the main protagonist. Omni Link has a great story, but I wanted to create a game that makes the story a distinctive adventure for each player.

Crypterion Introduction

Crypterion is a nostalgic re-imagining of the classic business simulation game Gazillionaire. At it's core, It's a Business Sim / Tycoon. It has a story with the depth of a visual novel filled with many interesting characters and character development. Meet a variety of alien inhabitants from different worlds and amass a fortune. Every time you play, it's different.

But what is a game about acquiring mass riches if you don't have a way to spend it? Spend your riches on items in game including: new ships, gifts for companions, technology, trade permits, concept art, and even planets.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1048860/Crypterion/

*Wishlist Crypterion to be notified of release date. There are plans for beta testing this year.

Omni Link engine change & development

I'd like to update you on the state of Omni Link. Omni Link is built in the Game Maker Studio engine. While fixing memory leaks and patching, YoYo Games was in the process of discontinuing "Game Maker Studio 1". They did one final large patch to GM1 and when I installed that it broke my game. I reverted back to a previous version and continued working.

Then one day I got on and the engine was broke again, with a windows update. Tired of this, I decided to port Omni Link into the GM2 Engine. The new engine is much more capable and supports newer direct X versions. This also gave me the idea that I could make a Steam Enhanced version of the game for free to owners of Omni Link.

Longer development time means a change of plans. This is my current development roadmap:

- Launch Crypterion
- Finish Omni Link GM2 engine port
- Steam Enhanced version of Omni Link (free to owners)
- Work on Omni Link 2?

Crypterion plays a big part for what's possible moving forward. That's why I've poured great effort into making a very unique and fun experience. I hope you will enjoy it!
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Enjoy the full game and story!



Omni Link has been face kicked from early access

Major changes from Early Access Include:

Trading Cards - nontraditional
Steam backgrounds, achievements, badges, & emoticons
More quests, choices, and influence
Added Manga panels
Vocal Dialogue for special scene
Second song created in-house
More difficulty levels
Bounty System
*Lots of story and gameplay secrets

For Those That Are New

Omni link is a visual novel and a top-down shooter hybrid. The gameplay features "Real-time tactical combat" - Defeat ships and absorb them into your fleet. Influenced by games such as Escape Velocity Nova and Star Control 3.

Dialogue and gameplay choices make every decision you make carry weight. Some are not fully apparent till later and it's too late to change course.

Hand drawn art & epic music - Beautiful art and music accompany your journey. Feel the emotion through epic battle moments and emotions that comes from characters as you take part in the story.

Manga adaption - Experience key scenes as if you're reading a manga.

PLEASE DON'T POST MAJOR SPOILERS

It's easy to screen capture important scenes and the art is fantastic so I don't blame you. However, there is a heavy spoiler background in particular that I will remove if I see it posted > from chapter 4. You'll know what it is when you see it.

For those that helped with bug testing and ship ideas, watch carefully at the end of the game :)

Note: Old save games from Early Access will not work.
Omni Link - Roencia
When I played through the entire story the other day and the credits rolled. I was really moved with emotions. The ending is truly epic to the tale I've been building the last two years and I can't wait tell you all experience it. The last chapter is truly the best of them all.

I'm happy to announce that Omni Link is complete and will be released September 4th. They often call a game when finished "Gold". My game at the moment is "Gold plated". I only need till Sep. 4th to iron out the last few things.

I've always wanted Omni Link is be a story you experience more than you read. I can safely say, that it's become like that for me.

Thankyou Steam Community for "Early Access" which made this possible!
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The game is almost finished! I'm waiting for game release to update the build. Here is a list of recent fixes and additions focusing on major changes only:

Additions:
  • Changed & added backgrounds in key areas.
  • New dialogue bar and mission graphics
  • Enhancements to choices:
    - Wording popup now appears showing you if the character liked your choice.
    - Reputations with characters branch dialogue and gameplay in key scenes.
  • Bounty system fully implemented:
  • New HUD icon underneath money/credits icon
    - Characters talk about your bounty and it will affect gameplay elements
    - Currently only relationship with Zoas and attacking neutral ships affects bounty.
  • Manga panels added to Prologue
  • Manga panels added to Dawn fight
  • Main menu finished
  • Ending Credits added
  • Added two new songs and swapped one
  • Suzumi's brother now has a face
  • Added “Graphic Buttons” when making unique choices or interacting with objects
  • Alias and other names picked at different times (other than at game start)
  • Added more “one-chance-to-get-it-right” choices
  • Two new character outfits added for Dawn & Arcadia
  • Various lines of voice acting added to important scene
  • Universe littered with more things to do and explore
Fixes:
  • Darkstar now flees when you allow escape, not stopping game progress
  • Can now access pirate base if allied with Celine
  • Scene transitions, balancing, character positions
  • *Other things mentioned by you in forum “bugs” topic
  • *spoiler fix
Still left to do:
  • Bigger exploration maps for Suzumi missions
  • “Relationship not high enough” events
  • Mission tracker & information for new quests
  • Two new gameplay puzzles
  • Achievement and trading card art
  • Testing activation of achievements > Deciding which ones I want!
  • Adding ship ideas
  • Editing (on-going)
Most of these changes are off the top of my head. I don't usually keep track of fixes as I work. I'm really liking the quality-of-life improvements made in the last weeks.
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It's summer time!

In a previous progress update, I mentioned the release date is getting close when I start to implement your ideas for ship designs. https://steamcommunity.com/app/529100/discussions/0/224446614459439411/

I'm doing that now! So post your ideas if you want a chance of getting in. You will be in the credits of my game if I pick your ship idea.

I also want to share that the game is playable from beginning to end in my internal build. The stage I am at is play testing, polishing, side missions, and editing. The wait is almost over.

Release Date:

I originally wanted to release my game this month, but Steam likes to have sales in the summer. Instead, I decided that it would be best to release my game and launch discount 30 days after the next Steam sale which is usually mandatory for spacing out sales on Steam. Because you've been so patient waiting for release, the next Steam sale is going to have a better discount than the traditional game launch discount and a little higher than I would normally put.

EDIT: I want to release the game next month if possible

The extra time will also be used to finish the things I haven't been thinking of. Game Achievements & Steam Trading Cards so it works out better this way.

An Epic Adventure that You are Apart of:

I think you will be very pleased with how the story plays out. It's completely epic, and very unexpected. You will notice most of the Fantastic Artwork was saved for near the end.

I tried to make each character enduring so choices will be hard... including that of romance. I originally wanted only one save file so choices would be permanent. These choices make it so you can really feel like you are the protagonist of the story.

I also tried to make rewarding choices. The gameplay may be simple, but it allows for me to easily convey your choices in a way that other Visual Novels can't. But Omni Link is a visual novel first and a shooter game second. There is a ton of dialogue near the end.

On easy difficulty, you may skip gameplay elements quickly with brute strength just to enjoy the story. The hardest difficulty is meant to be unforgiving, just like the Virus is in the story. When you lose a ship, it is gone forever. You may reach the end of the game with no ships and little chance of winning. As it should be.

I can't wait to see you next month!
Omni Link - Roencia


Omni Link Manga released:

My first words are a shout out to my friends and family that have made the story of Omni Link possible. They not only helped with funding, but emotional cheers of support as well. It is your support on Steam and other places that has made these projects possible.

Omni Link Manga

*read and share the link with all your friends. For those that play the game, you'll notice the story's beginning is similar, yet unique in it's own way. Some events are entirely new. Issue #1 ends with Dawn's first test of strength on Remnos station. I'm sure many of you wanted to see that scene play out, and now you can :)

Video Game release date:

WIth the first comic/manga release out of the way, I can focus my attention 100% on the game. I don't yet know when I can release the game. That's not to say I don't know when I can finish the core game. There are reasons I can't be be more specific. You will know the time is close for release when...(read below). Sorry, I'm so vague.

Want to get more involved:

1) Before the games release I plan to introduce your ship ideas and side-quest ideas into the game. I think it would be fun for you to have a chance to be a part of the game in that way. *I'm hoping at least one of you will be able to design a character for the game too.

I will include these new pieces of content (your ships & side-quests) into the game, after the game is completely finished. So when I start asking for this information, you know the time is close for release.

2) If you want to support the game the most, get it during early access. All early access purchases increase the production value of the game including: new art, characters, music, and a manga for you to enjoy.

3) Share the manga with eveyone. Omni Link Manga

4) For exclusive info, art, and story, be a part of my Patreon:

Patreon Updates

Thankyou!
Omni Link - Roencia


Omni Link Manga released:

My first words are a shout out to my friends and family that have made the story of Omni Link possible. They not only helped with funding, but emotional cheers of support as well. It is your support on Steam and other places that has made these projects possible.

https://medibang.com/book/ar1809010013562230003767461

*read and share the link with all your friends. For those that play the game, you'll notice the story's beginning is similar, yet unique in it's own way. Some events are entirely new. Issue #1 ends with Dawn's first test of strength on Remnos station. I'm sure many of you wanted to see that scene play out, and now you can :)

Video Game release date:

WIth the first comic/manga release out of the way, I can focus my attention 100% on the game. I don't yet know when I can release the game. That's not to say I don't know when I can finish the core game. There are reasons I can't be be more specific. You will know the time is close for release when...(read below). Sorry, I'm so vague.

Want to get more involved:

1) Before the games release I plan to introduce your ship ideas and side-quest ideas into the game. I think it would be fun for you to have a chance to be a part of the game in that way. *I'm hoping at least one of you will be able to design a character for the game too.

I will include these new pieces of content (your ships & side-quests) into the game, after the game is completely finished. So when I start asking for this information, you know the time is close for release.

2) If you want to support the game the most, get it during early access. All early access purchases increase the production value of the game including: new art, characters, music, and a manga for you to enjoy.

3) Share the manga with eveyone. Omni Link Manga

4) For exclusive info, art, and story, be a part of my Patreon:

Edit 2/19/2019: Patreon is being majorly changed and updated (coming soon)
Patreon Updates

Thankyou!
Omni Link - Roencia
Today the project has launched! Here is a sample of the Manga.



This project enhances an already great story and game!

Check out the link and if you like what you see, donating even a dollar is a big help: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/994920323/omni-link-science-fiction-manga-and-visual-novel

Can't donate. No problem!
1) Post on Twitter or Facebook
2) Post in your favorite Manga forums like Crunchyroll, AnimeSuki, or Lemma Soft.
3) Link it on Reddit
4) Remember Omni Link is a game and a manga. Feel free to post about the game aspect to your friends not interested in the Manga.



Download Assets

Funds go towards these things which can be applied towards game and manga:
1) Editors
2) Translations
3) Scenes & Backgrounds
4) Representation
5) Vocal Talents

* Expect to see some game related announcments this month if all goes as planned.
Jul 21, 2017
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I don't think many of you were expecting this announcment. If you did, leave a comment and I'll find someway to reward you with a, "I knew it was coming!" badge.

My dream goal is to bring the story of Omni Link for you to enjoy as an Anime. I'd like to confirm that progress towards an earlier step is happening. Omni Link is transitioning to a Manga. I'm going to ask and answer some questions I think you would ask.

Is the "Game Version" story and Manga going to be the same?

A new script has been written for the Manga. These drafts are different from, but complement the game. Edit: I can't have side quests, tons of battles, and traveling from place to place in a Manga script, so I had to write new content for the Manga. Much of the new content makes for a better story and some of the content will make it to the game.

Also, bringing the characters together quickly was important, so completly new events and scenes were added for the Manga..

Will game development take longer now with the manga?

Doing this has somewhat taken my attention from developing the game at full speed, but it's worth it and has enriched the game. For example: the story has been enhanced with complete and compelling backstories for the characters. Dialogue has been flushed out, and you can see from my last update to the game I changed from passive to active voice.

This was all possible thanks to the extra work I've done in preparation for a Manga with the help of my artist.

On the subject of funding?

Game sales while positive have been low (due to visibility) and the funds from Patreon have been a great help. My crowdfunding initiative is because I haven't been able to do what I want to do:

1) voice acting
2) translation
3) localization

I haven't been able to do this because lack of funding and talent. Is there anyone out there that would like to sing, "Love is Pretend" in japanease? Both the game and the Manga need this.

I'm going to run this Kickstarter for a very small amount that will alleviate the risk I've been taking going full out with Omni Link. I don't have another job and have been working full time on Omni Link. I want to create a story you will enjoy and be happy that you've read. I can't do that with my hands tied.

Can I have confidence in this project?

If you want to read Omni Link as a manga, or play Omni Link as a game... this the answer is absolutely yes!

Take a look at what's happened since last year!

1) 300 pages of dialogue have been written for the game
2) 114 pages of anime/manga script have been written (separate from game script)
3) Two new original songs have been recorded
4) Game itself is polished with 60 fps, New Save System, 17 total avatars,17 backdrops, 19 hand drawn fully rendered scenes with 11 currently in the game, 15 playable ships.
5) And tons of research has been done to see if a Manga is realistically possible... and it is!

It would be nice if you share information from the project after it launches, or if you know a big industry guru, you can share it with them now.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/994920323/1633563910?ref=preview&token=e4c2eb7d

I really like Omni Link. What can I do?

You don't know how happy it makes me to hear you say that. Even though it's really me saying it ...to myself.



Download Graphics Here

When the Kickstarter launches, please donate $1. Kickstarter takes donations of any kind very seriously and that will improve my ranking and visibility which ultimately gets me funded.

What the heck is Kickstarter!

Kickstarter is a way to fund something you like. They actually have some pretty cool gadgest on there sometimes.

If you haven't bought the game, you can buy it from there instead. I keep more of the profits and you get rewards such as:

1) A signed copy of the theme song or
2) The new song
3) Issue #1 of the manga
4) Credited in the manga

For a limited time during the Kickstarter, I'm letting people who donate on Patreon get the same rewards on the Kickstarter. Meaning the amount you've donated there will translate into the reward tiers on Kickstarter. All the way up.

Patreon Link



I've covered much and will edit if I've missed anything. Any questions?

Jun 22, 2017
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Looks like Dawn is ready for summer vacation. If you remember last Christmas, I also did one with that theme. I was going to post this as the main image in the store, but nobody else seems to be doing it.

Omni Link is 20% off right now. A couple weeks back I had a major update so you can play chapters 1-3 now. Although, I don't consider those chapters finished, there is still plenty to play.

I have an announcement I want to give, but it's not ready. Early next month is my estimation. So this is an announcement of the announcement hmm...

Thank you for your positive reviews. Although few, they mean a lot and Omni Link hasn't got much attention. I'm glad to know you are liking the game and look forward to improving based off the feedback I've gotten so far.

Happy Summer!
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