tennenouji recently released a notice about the bad egg+ expansion pack. As you can expect, it’s not exactly good news, but it is pretty important.
By now, you are probably not surprised about the news at all, but the game has been delayed again from its current release date of December 2014.
The current progress of the game is:
– 80% of the epilogue scenarios after the original endings, and
– 36% of the new bad egg+ scenario
have been completed.
It is also worth noting that this mere “36%” is actually already 392% of what they had originally intended to add for the bad egg+ scenarios.
They have stated that while it is possible to complete the game simply by handing it off to other people (because the delays have been caused by various situations that will be gone into below), they – Jinnai and Suganuma – are trying their best to give the story to the fans with the best quality possible.
They also call this game the “concluding installment,” which is yet another reason to give it their best go.
Because of this, they have decided to change the release date to “Undetermined” for bad egg+.
As stated before, the reasons are gone into below in a letter written directly by Suganuma.
I will translate what he says below. Some parts … I don’t really feel comfortable translating, but as Suganuma himself wrote this, he would want it to be read in this fashion, in full, and so here it is, in full.
“Originally, +bad egg was set to have content (and the amount of content) on par with that of the Lucky Dog 1 main game, in addition to including the stories and information from the Drama [CDs] and SS that the fans love so much. We at tennenouji set up a schedule with this amount of volume in mind, and, being in charge of the script, I was given such a generous amount of time and payment to work on this project.
“However, because of personal errors on my part and various other reasons, the script creation has been immensely delayed, and it has in fact pushed back the +bad egg release schedule as well. I can only apologize deeply to the fans whose expectations have been betrayed and to the related parties for whom we have burdened.
“Starting last year, I have failed to maintain my own health, and because of this, the work that has been given to me has been greatly delayed. In addition, this year, my mother has fallen gravely ill, and I have been devoting my time to visiting her and caring for her.
“Even now, I am continuing caring for my mother, and, in a good sense, this difficult situation has stabilized. However, if I yield here, then I will be truly betraying all the fans that I have disappointed thus far, all the related parties, as well as this very job that has provided me with food on my table and skills to work this very task. I can’t bear to think of this. In this difficult time, even if I have to crawl and drag myself through working on this script, I have resolved to spend every last drop of what little ability I have to completing Lucky Dog 1 + bad egg.
“Currently, all the plotting and designing of +bad egg’s large multiple routes, the added Bakshi version, and the four stories detailing the battles and happiness awaiting each of the four characters after the [main] game have been completed, and the script is proceeding under Jinnai and the other staff members’ good hands. All the work involving the development and placement of new characters, the new event content, and the beautiful graphics in the game have proceeded as planned for everything other than what I’ve delayed.
“It is an embarrassment that I have to apologize and give my excuses in this fashion, and I cannot apologize enough for all of this.
“Up until now, we haven’t been reaching out or apologizing in this fashion, but starting now we hope to keep everyone updated on our progress as we continue our work.
“I can only humbly pray and request that you will continue to support the Lucky Dog 1 series and +bad egg in the future and that I may be scolded for my incompetence.
Aug. 22, 2014
…Is anyone interested in sending some get well cards to the poor fellow? I would love to organize this, but I don’t know the interest for it.
(Basically how I see it working is, you send the cards to me and I ship them in a bundled package to tennenouji. Simple.)
I would really love to be able to send him something nice, and though the contest book is also going to tennenouji, maybe this can be something more personal (and cheaper)?