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Countess in Crimson Development Update #3

Hello everyone.

Today we’d like to give you some details regarding progression and content unlocking we’ll have in place for Countess in Crimson

 

Many of you probably remember, in our previous game – Cockwork Industries, you had to increase your reputation with each separate character to unlock sex scenes and endings. In Countess in Crimson we’re approaching this differently. Instead of character reputation scores, the player will be developing three “Personality Traits”: Empathic, Naughty and Impressionable.

  • Empathic – You care about people around you, even at the cost of your own self-interest.
  • Naughty – You love all mischief, big and small. This includes flirty and cheeky behavior as well as downright rude, evil or cruel.
  • Impressionable – You’re likely to be influenced by others or your own unfounded beliefs. Also associated with spirituality and superstition.

Each girl will be attracted to one of those personality traits and each trait will allow you to unlock additional content with more than one girl. For example, developing the Empathic trait will improve your relationships with both Ashley and Irina.

This new system addresses many issues we had with the CI reputation-based system:

  • Because you’re developing your own personality traits instead of guessing what a certain character may or may not like, it’ll be easier to assess dialogue choices and judge the impact they have on character development, giving the player more agency from the get-go. To make it even clearer, you’ll see visual feedback for each of your chosen responses – blinking Heart icon means you raised your Empathic trait, Trident is for Wicked, Eye for Impressionable, while no icon means that particular response was neutral and had no impact on developing your personality traits. Here’s an example:
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  • It’ll be easier to unlock additional content with multiple girls in one playthrough since each trait corresponds to more than one (at the start we’ll have 2 girls for Empathic, 2 for Wicked and 1 for Impressionable; the ultimate goal after all DLC content is to have 3 for each / 9 girls total).
  • We don’t need to have a comparable number of dialogues for each girl. All that matters is that the number of Empathic/Wicked/Impressionable responses is roughly equal throughout the game. This helps in maintaining better story flow.

 

In terms of sex scenes available in your playthrough, 2 will be available for each girl without any effort, while “maxing out” personality traits will grant you access to additional, more spicy scenes.

To help you track your in-game progress, this time around we created the character progression screen:

 

On the image, you can see Personality Trait progress on the left as well as corresponding romance progress in the center.

You probably also noticed two additional parameters can also be seen at the bottom of the screen. Since Countess in Crimson also has a more elaborate story than Cockwork Industries, the endings will no longer be determined by your romance choices. Instead, it’ll be determined by “Plot Modifiers” – Sanity and Curiosity. Depending on the combined score of these two, the game’s last chapter will play out differently and contain additional unlockable content.

Hope you found this post as least remotely interesting 🙂 . To sweeten things up, here’s an in-game screenshot of Aliyah in her full glory:

21 comments

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    The Poet - 28/04/2021 18:57

    Can we expect more news soon? Really waiting for the game 🙂

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    • Astaroth [admin]

      Astaroth [admin] - 28/04/2021 19:02

      Yeah, sorry about no dev update in April. I’ll post another one in around two weeks.

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        Morelion - 20/05/2021 15:34

        Hello ! Still no news on the progress of the game after more than two weeks ?

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    boner - 25/04/2021 01:54

    any blonde girl comming too? and a black male playable character?

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    • Astaroth [admin]

      Astaroth [admin] - 25/04/2021 02:01

      any blonde girl comming too?
      Yes, but in a DLC.

      a black male playable character?
      Sorry, it’s a white dude this time around.

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    ms - 02/04/2021 10:57

    Those screenshots look great, I especially love the vibrant colors. Also looking forward to experimenting with the personality trait system aka getting on the characters nerves 🙂

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    jay - 20/03/2021 00:24

    I’m happy to see the new updates which are new and unique. speaking of new and unique does your game have blood, gore, death, and violence like vampires draining the blood from somebodys neck, dead bodies being found, and choices that decides somebodys life or death.

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    • Astaroth [admin]

      Astaroth [admin] - 20/03/2021 00:55

      Yes, there will be some of those things, but don’t expect a lot of gore. We’re leaning more towards atmospheric horror with this game.

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        jay - 20/03/2021 20:00

        That sounds great

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    Steady - 17/03/2021 08:20

    It’s getting better and better , counting the days to play . I assume its way too soon to talk about the release day and what about the pricing ?

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    • Astaroth [admin]

      Astaroth [admin] - 17/03/2021 11:53

      Yeah, the game is unfortunately still far from finished. As for the pricing, we don’t have plans to change our Members Area access price and in other stores, you can expect similar pricing to Cockwork Industries.

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        Steady - 17/03/2021 15:57

        I hope previews of lewd scenes ( gif ,screenshots ), are planned for the upcoming updates , nevertheless can’t wait

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        • Astaroth [admin]

          Astaroth [admin] - 17/03/2021 17:38

          Eventually yes, but because of how game development works, those will be made close to last, so please don’t expect much for the next update. Of course, I’ll try giving you as much I can.

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            Steady - 18/03/2021 06:48

            If there was a patreon account would definitely support you , its easier and more practical.

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            • Astaroth [admin]

              Astaroth [admin] - 18/03/2021 13:03

              We really appreciate your support. We don’t have a Patreon and don’t plan to because:
              1. We already charge money for access to our content and asking for additional money on Patreon just doesn’t feel right.
              2. Promoting porn on Patreon is very limited. As far as I know, adult content is no longer being indexed and is unavailable through search, category browsing, etc. You would only be able to access our site with a direct link.

              Don’t worry, we don’t have funding issues. All we really need is time :-). The best way to support is to simply buy the game once it comes out.

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                Steady - 18/03/2021 17:41

                Thank you for the hard work , bought CI on affect3d and steam , definitely doing the same with this game . Affect3d has the same release date as Steam ?

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                • Astaroth [admin]

                  Astaroth [admin] - 18/03/2021 17:49

                  No, the Steam release will be delayed a bit, so unless you need to have the game in your Steam library or care about the Steam achievements, trading cards, etc., there’s no point to wait for the Steam release.

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    Bror - 16/03/2021 23:36

    The day I decide to stop by and look for updates, you’ve uploaded one. Feeling blessed.

    I like the personality trait system because it doesn’t require the player to guess the girl’s personality. It’s a lot more reasonable to guess which answer corresponds to a particular personality. Though I wonder if maybe the choices will be a little bit too obvious as a result.

    Aliyah looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more of the girls in game.

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    • Astaroth [admin]

      Astaroth [admin] - 16/03/2021 23:47

      The choices serve the story most of all and don’t necessarily suggest a clear-cut association with personality traits, so hopefully that won’t make them too obvious, but logical enough at the same time.

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