Episode Four Development

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While developing Sally Face, each episode has been its own journey. Episode One, I worked on mostly in my free time and towards the end struggled with a lot of personal hardships. With Episode Two, I started working on the game full time, yet more hardships came and I was dealing with severe, long-term depression. Episode Three, I was coming out of my depressive slump and leaned into development pretty hard. Maybe too hard.

While developing the ep 3, I didn’t have a good balance of living my life and working. At first, it felt good and even helped get me out of the hole I was in. However, the amount of hours I was working (10 to 12+ hour days, almost every day) wasn’t sustainable. I wasn’t taking the best care of myself. I eventually started to feel the impact of that lifestyle, both physically and mentally, as it began to wear me out towards the end of production.

Since then, I’ve been putting in more effort not to overwork myself so much. To have a better balance of actually living my life and also getting work done. Eating healthier, being more active, being more social, taking more breaks, etc. I even went on a vacation with some friends, back in March! I think the last time I had a vacation, before that, was around 2014. There’s still a part of me that feels guilty, like, “oh, it’s gonna take you longer to finish your work now!” But I know that this way is better for my health, my sanity and my work in the long-term.

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So if this cycle has taken a little longer than Episode 3 did, that’s partly why. Additionally, I also did a bunch of conventions in the first half of this year. So traveling and preparing for those took up a good bit of time as well. I was promoting my other game, IMMURE, with Wither Studios, as we just launched the demo! Check it out here!

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Another reason that Episode Four is taking longer than Three did, is because this episode is much more involved and ambitious than the other episodes. This is gonna be the biggest episode yet and I really can’t wait to share it with everyone! To give an idea of the scope of this episode, in my original outline for Sally Face, ep 4 was split into 2 parts. I revised it early on to condense it into one episode.

My goal is to have it out by the end of this year. I’ll keep everyone updated on social media, as it gets closer. While I don’t want to give too many details about this episode just yet, I would like to officially announce the title.

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Sally Face, Episode Four: The Trial

Episode Four is the second to last episode of Sally Face and things are going to heat up fast. You can expect some big questions to be answered in this episode, some new questions to be raised, a return of many of the characters you love and even some new faces.

 

Thank you all for the continued love and support!
Steve

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Portable Moose

Artist and indie game developer. Creator of Sally Face.

9 thoughts on “Episode Four Development”

  1. You are doing everything right. Dont let the pressure make you feel like you are not. We can and will all wait. As a writer who also suffers from depression I know exactly what have gone through and what you are talking about. Your work is amazing dont ever let anyone say it isnt

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  2. Yayyyy! I just recently found your Sally Face series, and I read the development updates before diving in. I just wanted to say thanks for giving an insight into how you’ve been feeling and struggling with as you’ve been making these episodes. It actually helped me because I’ve been struggling in relatable ways to you. In some odd way, it was part of the process that has been helping me get out of the rut I’ve been in.

    If I’ve been learning anything at all, it’s to slow down and take our time ❤ with ourselves and our projects ❤

    Sending you love Steve, wishing you the best!

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  3. Health is very important, so please remember to take your time. Although its hard, i could wait for as long as needed if it meant your well being. Thanks for the hard work.

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  4. Just played through all four episodes of Sally Face. Freaking brilliant. Monumental. Even more disturbing/enjoyable than the Rusty Lake series, which was my most recent set of favorites up until I played Sally Face. I…did not see the endings of episodes 2 or 4 coming. REALLY well done.

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  5. Dear Steve..

    We all care for the game but what we care more about is your mental health!

    We will and must wait for as long as it takes for you to finish this (probably amazing) chapter..

    You should use all the time in the world that you need and not for a
    second think that you should hurry yourself for our sake..

    We love you and we want you to know that so please.. Use all the time you need ❤

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