I think they're dead again :/ I'll give it another month *sigh*
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Spirit Parade is a commercial otome game with Asian mythological themes currently in development by Lettuce Waltz, aka artists Rins and Akane, and writer/programmer Lore. The game will retail for $20 when it's released, but pre-orders are open at a discounted price of $10. The game will have 5 routes/capturable characters and more than 30 different endings. Please follow our production diary for the latest updates!
The demo covers the entirety of the common route and should take about an hour to play, depending on your reading speed and choices. Please note that Mikio and Diaochan do not appear in the demo.
Spirit Parade has been greenlit and so everyone who pre-orders the game will also be receiving a Steam key once the game is released there. Thank you so much for your support!!
The story centers on Nara (her name can be set by the player), a cynical 17-year-old girl who mostly shut herself off from the world after contracting spinal polio at a young age and becoming unable to walk. One night, a festival is going on in town. Instead of going with her family, Nara wanders off alone, not wanting to slow them down. As she goes through the various stalls, things become hazier and gradually Nara finds herself surrounded by people with ears, tails, and horns…then suddenly her clothes and wheelchair disappear! After a run-in with a rambunctious kitsune named Hayato and a scary-looking dragon officer of death named Shuye, Nara finds out that her soul has left her body and has been transported to the Spirit World, where all the demons and spirits are celebrating a month-long festival. Until the end of this festival, she won't be able to return home… Will Nara survive long enough in the Spirit World to go back in one piece? Will she be able to get over her bitterness borne from the past, or will she be engulfed in hatred and lose sight of what's truly important?
You can see a labelled character line-up here, showing all of the main cast of the game.
NARA. (voiced by Jill Harris) A resourceful, bright girl who unfortunately has suffered from spinal polio from a young age. As a child, Nara was positive and amiable, so she made friends easily and had few problems. As her spinal polio developed, however, she became overly self-conscious and paranoid. She especially hates to be pitied. While she's still kind at heart and wants to help and be useful to others, she does not expect the same in return from the world at large. Nara greatly distrusts other people and is suspicious of those who are kind to her. She operates on a one-strike policy, so once someone has wronged her she will antagonize them pretty much forever.
HAYATO. (voiced by Mark Allen Jr.) He knew the heroine when they were kids, before her polio symptoms showed. Despite being a fox demon, Hayato frequently came to the human world out of curiosity. Being young by demon standards, Hayato is rather immature. He's also used to fighting for attention from his large family. Hayato has trouble understanding that other people are different from him and is confused whenever others don't want to do things his way. In this regard, he comes off as being very self-absorbed. It's not that Hayato only cares about himself. He does want others to enjoy themselves and be comfortable in his presence, it's just that he has trouble considering things from a different point of view. Hayato prefers spending time outdoors.
SHUYE. (voiced by SungWon Cho) One of the Heibai Wuchang, Shuye assists the king of the underworld with spirits, making sure everyone is in their right place. In particular, he deals with reaping good souls. Being used to dealing with the dead—who are often unhappy with their current state—he has become very patient and stone-faced no matter what the circumstances. He is a man of routine and prefers to operate in a stable, ordered environment. As a result, he is not very good at dealing with changes or at improvising. He shies away from conflict and is often called gullible or too trusting. After living and working in the court of the dead for so long, Shuye is very knowledgeable about the court, but not very much about what lies outside it.
HAIYUE. (voiced by Howard Wang) One of the Heibai Wuchang, Haiyue is Shuye's partner and childhood friend. He is the one tasked with reaping evil souls. Unlike Shuye, Haiyue is flighty and hedonistic. He takes every excuse to skip out on work and spend time in the tea houses above ground, leaving Shuye to deal with the pile-up of work. Despite his sweet, princely smile, Haiyue spouts insulting phrases and has no qualms about manipulating people to dance in the palm of his hand. Though he's constantly taking advantage of Shuye's gentle nature, Haiyue is protective and somewhat possessive of his friend. He views the world as black and white, but considers himself as someone who deserves to enjoy it and lord over others. He's particularly vain about his feathers.
MIKIO. (voiced by River Kanoff) The older brother of Hayato, Asuka, and Sakuya. He was born from an earlier litter, so they should be showing him deference as the eldest still in the household… However, rather than being a dependable older brother, Mikio is a NEET and a drunkard, always loafing around the house and relying on Asuka and Sakuya to take care of him since he refuses to get a job. He says wise things from time to time, but spoils them by following up with a plea for money or more wine. It seems that he was not always like this, but his siblings can hardly remember a time when he was not a drain on resources. Mikio is good-humored and intelligent, but only when sober (which is hardly ever).
DIAOCHAN. (voiced by Natalie Van Sistine) Renowned as a great beauty in the Spirit World, Diaochan is one of the magistrates in the underworld. However, she has seniority over the other magistrates because of her vast information network and smooth social skills. It is nearly impossible to go against Diaochan personally or politically because of the amount of blackmail material he has accrued over the years. He is a childhood friend of Shuye and Haiyue's and they all still get along, but the other two are careful never to get on his bad side. To Diaochan, beauty is very important. She can often be found fawning over female workers of the underworld and tends to spoil them while acting harshly towards men.
SAKUYA (left, voiced by Amanda Gonzalez) and ASUKA (right, voiced by Sarah Williams) are Hayato's twin sisters who were born from the same litter as him. Despite their child-like looks, they are much wiser and more mature than he is. They insist on Hayato showing them deference as his older (by a few seconds) sisters and he has no choice but to listen, given how scary they are. He refers to both of them as "aneki". Sakuya and Asuka are in charge of the family's finances. Their family being quite large, this is something of an organizational nightmare, so the two of them have developed into rather stingy people. It's often said that they resemble yakuza loan sharks more than delicate young ladies… Be prepared to pay a lot of interest if you dare borrow from them!
While they both have similar tastes and sensibilities, Sakuya is more outgoing while Asuka is more reserved. (Sakuya insists that her twin is not shy, only doesn't like talking to people whom she considers beneath her) Asuka usually whispers insults to Sakuya, who then transmits them to the intended recipient.
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This is Rins, one of the artists for Spirit Parade. Thank you so much for supporting us and having patience with us. I wanted to let you know that the project is most certainly not dead. We are working on hammering out details on a hard release date with deadlines on when to finish what. Since we all have full-time jobs, we want to have a reasonable amount of time to work so we can produce the best quality for Spirit Parade. This project is very dear to us and we're very happy that everyone is excited about it. If you feel the wait is too long, we can definitely offer you a refund.
Thank you again for your continued support. Please look forward to our updates!
I'm very happy you replied to me ;A; Thank you! I will wait for the game because it has such a good premise and great art that I am rooting for it's completion. My comment came from concern and a bit of frustration, because ever since Audilis abruptly cancelled "Love is a Game" after months of no communication, I just wanted to reach out to the devs I have been following for any updates, even simple ones such as delays. Precatio's "Kokorogawari" and Aeon Dream's "Mystic Destinies" were also having similar communication problems with just posting updates about their delays that I ended up commenting in that manner. I apologize for that and am patiently waiting for the updates.
Hi everyone, dev Lore here. I'm typing from my phone at the moment so I'm sorry if this comes out weirdly.
This project is most certainly not dead, nor is it a scam. We were just at PAX East promoting it with a new demo and such, I've just been trying to iron out the kinks in that demo before releasing it to the general public. I was waiting to update when that was ready.
I've personally had a lot of things change in my life since last year. In general, I don't have as much time for game dev as I used to since I graduated college and got a full-time job. I'm not online as much as before either so I imagine that makes it look like our social media presence is a bit dead. All 3 of us are much busier with other obligations than before That doesn't excuse the lack of updates, I know, and I'm sorry. There isn't a lot to report right now, the game is just getting done slowly but surely. We'll try our best to update the blog soon.
We know it's disappointing that the game is taking longer to complete than anticipated. Trust me, it's as disappointing to us as it is to you. We've run into some unexpected problems and it's tough going, but our determination to finish the game has never wavered. Nonetheless, we've always given preorder refunds to people who needed them, no questions asked. If you email me at email@example.com with the details of your purchase, I'll get back to you with a refund within 24 hours.
I'm sorry again for the trouble and for worrying everyone. I know it's probably extra troubling because we used to be so on track with updates, but sadly life happens sometimes and it can be hard to adjust. We'll do our best to improve communication and I hope that the game can still be enjoyed once it's released. Thanks for reading.
Glad to see an official update after over half a year of silence; I did see on Twitter that you were promoting the game at PAX, so I figured the project wasn't dead, but it's still nice to see it being addressed.
Good luck with further development and life! I'm sure it will be worth the wait. Hope to see the new demo soon too (:
Happy to see that you guys are still working on this. Thanks so much for the update!
Please upload as soon as possible. So we can purchase and play to our hearts content. Thanks for taking the time to post. Much love.xx
If the game isn't done that's fine and well but at least give those of us who paid for it some kind of update letting us know what's going on. This is the first otome game I've ever paid for so I was really looking forward to it but I'm starting to think this was a scam. I know you guys have a life to deal with but when it comes to business and people who have paid you, You should make time to let them know what's going on. :(
It's probably not a scam, since these people have worked on other visual novels that have been finished and also this game has a demo. But the lack of an update since like september 2016 really makes me think the game is cancelled. If that's the case, we need refunds.
Someone needs to try and get a refund. If they can't get through to the creators, then hopefully we can go to someone on itch.io
Based on their history of the devs with their previous games. I can be confident to say it's not a scam. Although it seems they have put this game in the back burner for a long time due to real life stuff.
That being said. There has been no update whatsoever, for months, not even a post saying "I'm sorry, we are very much behind but are still working on it". Which itself really disappoints me, I understand that they cannot sacrifice their entire time for creating a game if they have other obligations but there is no reason not to at-least inform the people who have pre-ordered this game what the status is. Just anything to let us know what's going on. I don't think it's asking much....
None of your personal blogs and Twitter accounts have recent updates, and the dev Twitter account of one of your members has gone private. I sent you a message on Tumblr, but it has gone unanswered. Can you *at least* confirm you are still working on this project? Had it been a free project I wouldn't be so disappointed, but I preordered the game -- as clearly did others.
Very sad that it seems this game will not be finished, especially seeing that I paid for it. Hopefully it's not actually canceled.
Don't mean to be a bother but when do you think the full game will be released
At the rate thing's are going, I think you can see this as a dropped project.
hope not it looks really good
Doesn't it? I was looking so forward to Haiyue and Diaochan's route, but sadly it has been over 6 months since the last update. If it takes this long, then it will probably take years for the game to get finished. But at least we have the demo.
Just as I was gonna pre-order it... now I'm sad :(
I'm not saying that it is a 100% certain that it is dropped. But you should probably wait until it is certain it will be released. I have been waiting for this game for about 1-2 years, but it has not been released. So the chances for it to be released soon are bleak. At the very least there are other games.
Have you played Cinderella Phenomenon for example? It has been released and can help you heal a little. ;)
Lore also has other games released that you can try.
You're right... of course they might be busy with other things. However, seeing such thing to be left behind it's sad and I know it's hard to make a game!
Yeah, I've tried CP and it was amazing!! I loved every bit of it. Actually, it's by far one of my favorite OELVN!
Hey, we haven't heard from you guys in a while and I just wanted to know if this game was still coming out?
I was worried about this too, but no fear! The game had been delayed while the writer moved house in December and finishes off another VN a long time coming, but a new demo is appearing this month at PAX East 2017, as reported on the author's Twitter: https://twitter.com/yandere?lang=en. The team is busy, but Spirit Parade is not cancelled!
So... the game will be released next year right?
When will you finish this game? I haven't seen updates for a very long time...
We're still working on it! All 3 of us have full-time jobs so progress isn't as fast as we'd like, but we're progressing on it as much as we can. We'll have another blog update soon.
The art is incredible and I def feel like this will be one of my favorites already from simply playing the demo, you all are doing a wonderful job.
The characters,Art, all brilliant. I am madly anticipating it's release.
HI, I just want to know is the game finish ?
I'm looking forward to this release! Purchased, good luck with development!!!
Well, I was surprised that yogoe(although I think the right spelling is yo-gwe), a Korean pronunciation for the Japanese youkai and the Chinese yaoguai. They use the same characters, but because of reasons, the majority knows only the Japanese term. It was also refreshing to have a protagonist having a Korean default name^^
I played the demo and I must say, I enjoyed it. Lovely art and voice acting! I personally would have loved it more if the background arts had more distinctive Chinese and Korean vibe.
But all in all, I like the demo enough to preorder^^
Er, hey, I noticed "jetblack font" font file in the game directory while playing the demo. Hope you guys have the proper permissions for it, because the font is licensed as "personal use/non-commercial". Unless that's just for the free demoand won't be in the final build.
Hi, thank you for your concern! The font never gets used in the game. We had been testing Japanese text on the coding level and sort of grabbed a font at random to use for internal testing purposes. We must have forgotten to delete it afterwards but yeah the font is not actually used in the game proper.
Do you know when the full game will be released? I played the demo and it was amazing, I plan on purchasing it soon. :)
Thank you so much for your interest and support! We don't have a predicted date yet because there are so many variable factors. Unfortunately, the three of us all have other jobs that we have to do to make enough money to survive so we can't devote all of our time to Spirit Parade, as much as we would like to.
When we have a solid release date in mind, we will definitely let everyone know!
I'm relatively sure Aaeri's question answered this but I want to be doubly sure: if we pay for the pre-order you'll be sending out an email to those of us who did for the [free] full download code when it's available on Steam, is that correct?
I've tried out the Demo and I love the quality and polish your team has displayed so far. I'm so excited to see more!
Thanks in advance for the clarification!
Yes, that is correct! Steam keys will be distributed through itch.io to everyone who's purchased/pre-ordered the game through here. The game should be out on both itch.io and Steam on the same day and we'll be emailing everyone a reminder once the game is out.
Thank you so much for your interest and support, we really appreciate it!
I Played your Demo guys and I just LUV LUV LUV LUVED IT!!!!! The main character is so like me its scary X3 when will the game be complete? plz i would love to know the quality is just exuistite, and i can't wait to see how the different paths will play out ^^
Thank you so much for your interest and support! The game should be out later this year, but we don't have a predicted date yet because there are so many variable factors. Unfortunately, the three of us all have other jobs that we have to do to make enough money to survive so we can't devote all of our time to Spirit Parade, as much as we would like to.
When we have a solid release date in mind, we will definitely let everyone know!
I bought this game through Paypal on Dec. 26th, but I was not registered for this site at the time. I can't remember if I will be getting an email when the full download is available or not. How can I make sure I get to download the game when it is released?