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JAST delays Shiny Days until the 29th


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Nope, not pissed off. It's par for course for JAST and I'm only marginally interested in Shiny Days anyway.

School Days is my most loathed VN title, so I was considering maybe picking it up just to wallow in that feeling again and compare the two, but it was going to be sometime after launch anyway.

 

Though I can sympathize with anyone that is looking forward to it, I was pretty disappointed when Littlewitch got pushed back last year.

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Basically the J-List site relaunch is being prioritized over getting this release out on time.  A JAST staff member commented that JAST's project manager is working 15hr days--and it's not to get Shiny Days released.  All that's left for the digital release is the installer, which they've had a full 11 days to work on with no progress.  This isn't rocket science.  If JAST wanted to they likely could have had this up and running several days ago.  But instead they've been ordered to help with the J-List site relaunch.  J-List lays their golden eggs.  JAST is just a side business.  They've chosen to allocate resources accordingly.

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This game was already delayed, it had that customary JAST delay. It didn't need more. 

 

The thing that makes me most mad about this is that it was announced on the day of the expected release. Again. They had to have known that they wouldn't be able to ship it out today if it was actually being delayed for 12 more days, but they didn't say anything until the very last moment. 

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from the devblog;

 

Why….

timdesu:

updated the game progress posts to reflect the new dates. Sorry for the continued delays.

Just finished a meeting on how to deal with Shiny Days. Kind of a roller coaster. What I was dreading has happened.. we need to extend the delay.

Sorry.

Since we have a pretty tiny staff, getting through the final motions of releasing this game has been a challenge. I just wanted to say sorry to all the people who have been anticipating this game, we’re really doing our best to get it out.

To address a few specific points:

The game has been mastered; it should be duplicating. The printed materials are done (AFAIK). However, we can’t help it if something holds up duplication. which really sucks. It’ll take at least another week to finish and I was given the estimate of the 30th. 

As for the download, we could “just release” it as many people have asked for. The biggest problem is that it’s a 16 gb installer, it’s huge; so when we cut it up into 1-3gb chunks to stitch together to make a working installer, if one of those parts is bad, it’s not going to work… Getting an installer that will check and tell you when something is not right and tell you specifically what part you need to redownload will save you guys and us some time and bandwidth, and hopefully we can use the installer model we’re building to apply to some of our other and future games, so in the long run for us it’ll be worth it, but the average fan just wants their game- and I totally agree, you should have it, but it should be as painless an install as possible. Just setting out a minimal installer and hoping people can figure it out while the 2.5 of us try to deal with the loads of problem/question tickets is not the way to go imo.

Also, pushing a DL install to everyone will probably increase server load which slows everyone down (I’m not sure how many of you actually instal from the dvd but if there were 1000 less people downloading the files, it’s likely that it’ll go a little faster.

I’m personally tired of making excuses for why this game can’t get out the door, I’m actually a huge “Days” game fan and it’s just painful for me to be on this side even trying to get all this to go. I hope this is the last time I have to write about how something is not working the way we want it too and that the next post for Shiny Days will be because it is ready for everyone to play. 

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This game was already delayed, it had that customary JAST delay. It didn't need more. 

 

The thing that makes me most mad about this is that it was announced on the day of the expected release. Again. They had to have known that they wouldn't be able to ship it out today if it was actually being delayed for 12 more days, but they didn't say anything until the very last moment. 

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For some mystifying reason, Tay allows me to write whatever I want in each week's VNTS. This week I wrote a little rant on this issue, basically mirroring a  lot of other people's thoughts: http://blog.fuwanovel.net/2015/09/visual-novel-translation-status-19092015/

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After clicking that link, looks like it's more "people mildly annoyed at sanahtlig for posting stupid shit with clickbait title" than anyone actually caring about the delay.  Seriously, I thought you were linking to an actual discussion but it's just you putting three links on reddit(only one of which is actually from a fan) and people getting snippy at you for it.  What the hell is the point of putting that link here?

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