The past two weeks I've been mostly writing story, working on dialogue scripts, and getting stuff together for the Soul Saga Kickstarter. I have had to cut the project off with the Video Producer I was working with since I couldn't see his section of the video getting done in a time frame I needed to launch the Kickstarter. I wanted to launch the last week of April and, well, it's now the first week of May and this Kickstarter won't be launched for at least another 3 weeks.
The theme song is done! Well, almost. Right now it has a vocaloid (like Miku) singing, so the composer will be getting a vocalist to do the real vocals now. Hopefully that is officially finished next week. It was fun going through all the composers who applied. There is a whole lot of talent out there. In the end I went with a Japanese composer who best fit the Anime style I am looking to go for with Soul Saga's theme song. I will most likely look back on the submissions I got to find a different composer for the rest of the soundtrack, though. Like an anime, I had the theme song specifically tailored to a style different than the actual content's scoring will be like.
Since the theme song is basically done, I've also picked up After Effects and started to throw together a music video of concept images and gameplay footage. I have never used After Effects or made a video before, but after a day of studying it I almost have the music video done! It's pretty cool to see all the work I've had for years start to take motion and come to life in the form of a polished presentation.
In a previous Developer Diary I had mentioned that voice acting might be a possibility for Soul Saga. I'm still looking for the right voice for the main male character, Mithos, but I'm pretty sure voice acting will be making a debut in the Kickstarter. After getting a price quote, I determined that getting voice acting for Soul Saga will have to be a stretch goal. I think I'll make it the first stretch goal, because I think it'd be pretty sweet to have a lot of voiced dialogue in Soul Saga.
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I'm going to continue working on the music video for a few more days. By the time I'm done with it I'm hoping I will have been able to lock down a voice actor for Mithos. I'll then start working on the second part of the Kickstarter video. Hopefully the next Dev Blog will be good news about the Kickstarter launching!