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Honestly, i would be happy even if they keep the old engine and release V4 with the old engine LOL! I dont think we needed a new engine that much. and maybe make it more open world than it already was. like that high school stuff would have been neat! and a bunch of girls, maybe some guys to vary i guess , or to make it easier for users to allow new models purchased from other sources


Sun May 19, 2019 4:47 am
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pedrolugan wrote:
Honestly, i would be happy even if they keep the old engine and release V4 with the old engine LOL! I dont think we needed a new engine that much. and maybe make it more open world than it already was. like that high school stuff would have been neat! and a bunch of girls, maybe some guys to vary i guess , or to make it easier for users to allow new models purchased from other sources


The old Engine could not handle it, you get problem with like 4npc in same room.


Sun May 19, 2019 9:27 am
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skidrow wrote:
The old Engine could not handle it, you get problem with like 4npc in same room.


While orgies are fun, you can do stories without them. The real problem was that although the physics simulation may make existing users into fans, the initial buying decision is usually made based on how good the graphics look, and the engine was getting dated. So making new stories with dated engine would not expand the user base much, and I'm betting the existing user base was not large enough to make XStory development sustainable. In general, creating a sustainable business model in adult games seems difficult since people are not willing to pay all that much and the customer segment is much smaller than for normal games. Basically you get the same business model as in regular porn, keep production costs low and keep churning out new stuff at a fast pace. Witness the flood of visual novels on Steam. Alternatively you could create a single large-investment game and hope for better sales than with the regular fluff, but that is a high-risk medium-reward plan - not necessarily the wisest choice when market place is saturated and chance of creating a hit is always somewhat random. You could try to to create a single high-investment game as a platform for micro-transactions, and that might work out, but again high risk.

I think updating the engine was the right call, it just did not work out due to complexity. Right now I think chances of seeing further versions of XStoryPlayer are very low. A pity, but sooner or later (when game engines start incorporating similar physics simulation capabilities) other games with similar features will appear.


Sun May 19, 2019 9:57 am
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Eskarn wrote:
The idea behind updating their engine is to update the engine
From a modders perspective there are a bunch of limitations in 3.5 and i know some of these are already resolved in version 4
It's not a small project reworking an entire game engine to use newer tech

I do still talk to XPA every few months and nothing much has changed, they are still working on it
it will be done when its done and if they have something they want to show then they will
I do agree they they should pop their heads into the forum every now and then to say hi but i can't force that


Have you ever directly mentioned this to them? I've been on here for years but have never once made a post. I come on almost weekly (just out of habit at this point) But have you ever asked why the silence? I'm not trying to be crass here but - you are obviously the closest person in this community to being an actual dev, so I understand the devs consideration to you. But it really comes off as strange (and wrong to be frank) that other loyal followers of this project receive absolutely no communication from them.

Again, I will strongly emphasize I'm in no way criticizing you, I love you and all the work you've done - I can't state that enough. But essentially, why should only you be privy to communication with the developers and the rest of us are just left completely out of the loop?

I understand that I can try to contact them directly, but that's not the point. I don't have any special thing to ask them, I just want to know if XpAdmin is alive, sick, taking a break or permanently putting the project on hold. In reality, I don't even truly know if he is aware of the fanbases increasing concern.

That's it, after years and years I just posted my first two-cents. Again not criticizing you - anyone who's provided content that I can consistently pop-one-off to is a hero in my book.


Edit: While I'm at it, just throwing this out there. Have you considered updating or taking over the development of the Brutal Suck Mod? I've always wanted that Mod to work. I think myself and a lot of others would be stoked if you could, thanks!


Mon May 20, 2019 9:59 am
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Yes i have asked XPA and yes i did get a reply but thats as much as I'm going to say
Their reasons for not wanting to post are their own and not for me to relay to the world

However i will post this quote
Fri Apr 05, 2019
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development is ongoing.


I had a look at Brutal Suck Mod and its pretty broken
However i might make a smallish mod

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Tue May 21, 2019 6:12 am
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@Eskarn: While I am not neccessarily saying that you are lying to us, you could also just fake a quote. It's not that hard, especially not for someone like you who knows basic coding.

Could you provide us with a screenshot of the DM? Maybe blacken or blur out the parts not suitable for our eyes. That wouuld be a more solid proof I think

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TotalyFakeQuote wrote:
@Eskarn: While I am not neccessarily saying that you are lying to us, you could also just fake a quote. It's not that hard, especially not for someone like you who knows basic coding.

Quotes are just BBCode with a name and some text, hit the quote button on this message
I also know how to use photoshop so making a fake screenshot would be easy

But the real question would be why would i bother to lie
I don't make money or monetize my mods and i don't even have a donate or patron

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Tue May 21, 2019 9:02 am
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To be very blunt, i cant picture a reason that justifies not taking the time to post a 5 word message down here once every 2 months. Or more specifixally not one that is compatible with a "development is ongoing" status.

I mean, this took me like 2 minutes.


Tue May 21, 2019 10:51 pm
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Fly88xx wrote:
@Eskarn: While I am not neccessarily saying that you are lying to us, you could also just fake a quote. It's not that hard, especially not for someone like you who knows basic coding.

Could you provide us with a screenshot of the DM? Maybe blacken or blur out the parts not suitable for our eyes. That wouuld be a more solid proof I think


Stupid to even question Eskarn like that, I've followed his post since day 1 of joining, i dont think he's the type that would post a fake quote, what the hell would he get out of that??
I would like to THANK @Eskarn for doing that and giving us hope. Quit worrying about why the devs aren't popping in and be greatful Eskarn gave us that!
It's SOMETHING! I'm stoked to say the least


Thu May 23, 2019 10:50 am
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I dont understand. They have everything to gain from just making a small post about v4. But i know i will keep coming back every month to check the forum for updates until i die because there isnt anything like this game out there


Sun May 26, 2019 7:06 pm
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