PSCD art restyle might be done

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PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by jack1974 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:12 am

I've mentioned this in the past, but now I'm seriously thinking to go ahead. An art restyle for PSCD (CGs excluded since I think those are OK).

I KNOW that simply an art change can't do miracles. However, just observing Steam stats (I suppose something similar happens on my site but I don't have such advanced tools) makes it quite clear that the first impact of people with art causes less people to just click/visit the game page.

This doesn't mean that more people visiting will translate to more sales :) I know it well. But for sure wouldn't hurt. It's also something I'm thinking to do for my own ego haha. I hate to have a game that whenever is mentioned, they say "good gameplay/writing/music but the art... UGH, CREEEPY!" :lol: :lol:

Anyway, about the stats, I compared PSCD with Roommates (a good title) and Spirited Heart (a very old game!). One year stats. Here are the results:
Roommates = 3,74%
Spirited Heart (6 years old game) = 1,87% clickthrough
PSCD = 0,58% clickthrough!!!

Tag page:
Roommates = 4,24%
Spirited Heart = 2,84%
PSCD = 1,99%

Recommendations Main (more like this, etc):
Roommates = 6,34%
Spirited Heart = 7,51%
PSCD = 2,4%

Note this is just clickthrough, which means: players see the game banner, and with the new Steam system also the game screenshots. Then they click based on what they see. They clearly don't like what they see :mrgreen:
When a SIX YEARS OLD game like Spirited Heart gets higher clickthrough... and I just compared those 3. I just quickly looked at Heileen (another game not exactly new): 2,84%. Even Bionic Heart 2 which probably has the less well done art is at 2,13% !!
Heirs & Graces, my other "painted style" game: 3,1%!!

I could go on, but you get it :lol:

Of course this is just the long tail and I don't expect miracles, but my idea is that if the game stays the same, if I can get 2-3% more click to the game page (so more potential buyers) over the course of the next 2-3 years... might be worth it.

I haven't made my mind yet, but now that I have 1 year of data, I think it's not a crazy idea as I initially thought! :twisted:

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by Franka » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:04 pm

Well, just don't expect people to go back and change their reviews, that ship has already sailed.

But I'd love to see more love given to PSCD of course!

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by jack1974 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:26 pm

No of course (besides, the reviews were just 5! :lol:).
The bigger issue is all the CGs...I said I wouldn't redo them, but I am not sure if having manga characters and then the realistic style on the CG is a good idea. Damn I forgot how insanely big that game was :mrgreen:

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by DarkWolf » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:25 am

I think if you do this it would be better to make it a new release instead of replacing an old one, call it PSCD Remaster or something, this way you can in a way reset peoples opinions. I would also recommend if you are doing this to give people exactly what they want, like Deji style, since it takes more for people to change a negative opinion to positive then to get positive from a start.

True it would be nice of you if you ware to give a nice discount to people that both the original :mrgreen: .

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by jack1974 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:47 am

If I do it will change the name, and people who already bought it will get it for free of course :)
As for artist, I think something on level of Queen Of Thieves art or a new artist I'm working with (you can see some images of her here:viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3946 first image) would be enough (Deji is busy for the next 2-3 years!).

The other popular sci-fi VN games on Steam like Sunrider have an even more stylized manga art, so something like the two examples above should be already quite good I think :)

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by DarkWolf » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:35 am

jack1974 wrote: and people who already bought it will get it for free of course :)
Wow :) , I didn't expect that since you said after PSCD DLC that you won't be giving free stuff any more.
jack1974 wrote:As for artist, I think something on level of Queen Of Thieves art or a new artist I'm working with (you can see some images of her here:viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3946 first image) would be enough (Deji is busy for the next 2-3 years!).

The other popular sci-fi VN games on Steam like Sunrider have an even more stylized manga art, so something like the two examples above should be already quite good I think :)
Yes, that is a very good art.

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by jack1974 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:39 am

Well wouldn't be fair if people bought the old version, to charge them only because I changed art (even if it's going to be quite expensive). I know some people here that bought it "despite the art" just to support me, so... :)
Anyways, of course finishing Amber and the other games will have the priority.

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by Pace675 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:04 pm

jack1974 wrote:
I haven't made my mind yet, but now that I have 1 year of data, I think it's not a crazy idea as I initially thought! :twisted:
You would have a day one sale with me! XD

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by jack1974 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:21 pm

Thanks, I suspect also a few more other people just in this forums :)

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Re: PSCD art restyle might be done

Post by Sylrissa » Fri Dec 30, 2016 1:12 pm

Me as well, you know you've got my support!. i still find time to read up on thing here, even if I'm often too busy to post much anymore. ♥

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