I have been hesitant to post anything about this, because I have a bad habit of starting something and then bailing on it half way through, but I am far enough along on this project to tell you about it.
If you follow me on Facebook and Tumblr, you may have noticed that my latest Ariane pictures look similar and she is dressed the same. That’s because I am making a new game. Currently titled “Ariane in Paradise”.
After experimenting with the genre with Something In The Air and Rachel and Ariane, I wanted to go back and do a second game like Date Ariane that is a little more chaotic and spontaneous. My original thought was create a new character, but I like Ariane too much so I decided I just need a new setting.
I thought about a tropical island game since I made the epilogue of Something In The Air, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Then I saw VDateGames has already done a couple of them, Zoe is free to play if you want to get the idea of where I am going with this.
It also helps that over the years I have collected a bunch of tropical themed 3D sets that I have barely even used.
The basic premise is this: Ariane follows Rachel to a fictional tropical island, where for Rachel it is a work trip: she is doing photo shoots for the entire week. This leaves Ariane all alone during the daytime hours to find some fun things to do. You are on vacation alone on the same island where you meet Ariane at the hotel pool.
I don’t want to get into details, because they are likely to change, but I wanted to throw that premise out there to tie all the stories together. You are not playing the same character as Date Ariane and SITA, in fact you can choose to be female if you want, that means you have to meet Ariane all over again.
Also, Ariane only has free time during the day, which means that unlike Date Ariane and SITA, both of which primarily take place at night, this game will primarily take place under sun and mostly blue skies.
I made it a fictional place, because making it a real place could offend people that live there. A fictional place allows me to, for example, create relaxed nudity laws. It also helps that my collection of exotic island sets include Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Polynesian looking props, so a generic tropical island in an unnamed ocean keeps the anachronisms down.
I have no time table of when it will be done. SITA and Rachel and Ariane both took around two years. I’m doing this for my own enjoyment, and I hate deadlines, so it will be ready when its ready.