#595 - The Air Ith Nice Out Here

#595 - The Air Ith Nice Out Here

Ayyyyyy, late upload! I got home very late last night and was too tired to upload the next page. Joke's on me! That just means I get fewer viewers and comments! Mua ha ha! Take that, ME!

Hope you guys enjoy this VERY SUBTLE JOKE, but more importantly, did you guys see the new FF7 Remake trailer???????? IT'S PERFECT. It's so good. Everything that needs to be there is there. Everything looks amazing. I'm so stoked.

Man, I should really get some Jim pages in here. But that requires, like... work? And I'm not about that.

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6.12.2019, 9:40 AM
Plot Twist: It was really named Sous City all along
6.12.2019, 6:30 PM
Retnuhytnuob (Guest)
Thous city would be an interesting name. ^_^ I wonder how we could theorycraft the origin of the name. Hm. Formerly known as Thousand Woods, but cut short after deforestation to build buildings?
6.12.2019, 10:16 AM
Ian the Great
Jim pages are for the end of a disk, yeah? So I think you've got quite a while before you need to get back to him.
I'm nervously excited about the new FF7 though. I mean, this isn't the first release date we've had for it, and if it's going to be released in episodes are we going to blow up Shinra Corp and then have to wait another 5 years before we get the Gold Saucer episode? I've been Half-lifed too many times. I hope it's good.
6.12.2019, 10:43 AM
Haha! I've heard it's only in two parts, and the second part starts after THE BIG THING THAT HAPPENS.
6.12.2019, 11:01 AM
Everfreefire (Guest)
To be fair, I've heard up to 4 parts.

Though if this first part is just Midgar like everything I see implies, what on earth did they do to make it two discs worth of stuff? And how many more discs will the whole game take? I just cannot wait to find out!
6.12.2019, 6:32 PM
Alright I looked and you're right, the entire first disc is Midgar and buddy I am so hyped.
6.12.2019, 7:03 PM
Retnuhytnuob (Guest)
I have always thought that the game's story decomposes fairly well into 3 stages, separated at leaving midgar, and 'the big event'. Exposition, build up, twist, and resolution, with major change.

As for 2 disks... it probably has something to do with a combination of the level of detail they have on the models/environment, the way they are handling the mid-fight voiceovers, and in how much they may have added for the hinted at story additions: to more organically introduce/flesh out the backstories of the Big Bad, Spikey Hair, Bruiser, and Healer. This could also remove the need for a multi-Gb day 1 'patch' for assets before the game is playable, chosing to, instead, ship them with the game.

Still, as a programmer, 2 blue rays sounds a bit high. I wonder how they will break it across disks. Will it be like disk 3 of the original? Will it be an asset disk that gets installed for a lot of reusable elements, with the second supplying all the run-time for enemy/boss choreography and witty banter? Will they force a disk swap at some point in the game? Or between certain areas? What would make a good disk swap point?
6.12.2019, 7:40 PM
Retnuhytnuob (Guest)
Speculation post:
As for time... I'd say that, after episode 1, the others will come quicker, maybe 1-2 years between them, and that the gap will be driven more by business concerns than developmental ones. Given that major hurdles, such as the engine and technology, and how the game plays will be solved already, most of what remains is simpler to work in parallel.

I don't know if the game will end up having an overworld, but if not, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few locations cut, due to moving their story pieces to accommodate the episodic story.

I also wouldn't be surprised if the game was either re-cut to reduce revisits between eposodes, or if the previous episodes was required to be installed, to reuse those assets.

Final theory: If they take a 3 episode approach, I wouldn't be surprised if they delay the smoker till phase 3, for story relevance.
6.13.2019, 11:33 AM
Everfreefire (Guest)
I joked that one of the discs was just for the Wall Market.

In regards to the cuts, I'm really not sure. Midgar being stopping place 1 makes sense, but where do you go from here? I feel like the Large Materia section might be it's own area, but that leaves a *large* chunk of game unaccounted for if there are only going to be 4 episodes.

If I were feeling particularly mean, I would have Episode 2 end at the end of the Temple, Episode 3 after the return of the leader, and Episode 4 anything else. Make Episode 3 the "Let's break our hero and rebuild him" Episode. But now 4 episodes for the whole game feels...Too few?
6.13.2019, 10:51 AM
Ian the Great
I love that the commentary on this is about an upcoming video game. It reminds me of the original Ian J. comments where he'd talk about Metal Gear Solid 2, or Zelda: Wind Waker. The OG feel continues.
6.13.2019, 3:56 PM
I do try 😂
6.12.2019, 11:07 AM
R.C.D. (Guest)
Aeris or Aerith: the most heated debate of the past three decades.
6.12.2019, 12:16 PM
Everfreefire (Guest)
There temptation to leave a dark reply is very high right now.
6.13.2019, 11:03 AM
Metro (Guest)
Deep cut. Well done.
6.12.2019, 1:57 PM
Ian the Great
I'm more into the Diane/Lienne debate.
6.12.2019, 4:11 PM
Beast Within
Can I get a pudding?
6.12.2019, 7:52 PM
Retnuhytnuob (Guest)
My apology for the lengthy comments. I tend towards a verbose writing style, and refuse to submit to Twitter's lengths.
Maybe I should learn a language with a denser written form? (such as Japanese)
6.12.2019, 8:29 PM
It's also why I tend to lurk, rather than post. - That said, I appear to be posting often enough, so I'll go ahead and make this official by creating an account. !?! ... ^_^ !!!
6.12.2019, 8:56 PM
I appreciate any and all comments of every length! Comments sustain my existence, so I'm happy to have every last one ♥️
6.12.2019, 11:10 PM
Blue_Elite (Guest)
I was wondering how long Syd's sleeve was going to stay torn.
6.12.2019, 11:19 PM
Till the next cure, of course. It just happened offscreen between comics.
6.13.2019, 10:27 AM
Cutscene graphics and in-game graphics are very different you see *nod*
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