Well, February 11th isn't exactly early into the month, but this time we're releasing the update earlier than the last couple of updates. We keep trying to release the update as early as possible, but we also keep adding new content, so... You know, the usual. The good thing while this update did take a little bit less time than usual, it still has plenty of new content.
Spoiler alert, here's the 0.23 change log.
The locker room
There's a new regular event for changing into the sports uniform and swimming suit before PE and swimming classes. These two mini events check what characters are present in the locker room, their stage of undressing, and has different angles. It took plenty of sprites and some new code, but it looks really nice. We also used this new code for other events, too.
Cheerleading squad trials
So, this is where the new events start. First you need to finish the old content related to the cheerleading squad. The last step was Karen catching Kate without wearing any underwear during the uniform checkup.
Once that's done, the next step is to ask Angela about the cheerleading squad. She'll tell Kate to wait for the next PE class (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). The quest log will have the hints to guide you along the way if you get lost. There are several unique new PE lessons where Angela will be talking about the new trials and earning points. You can see the number of earned points in the change log, by the way.
We don't want to spoil too much about the trials, so we're going to be vague here. Go and check it out yourselves.
All trials are completely optional. You can skip any of them or decide to do them at a later date.
Every trial gives Kate an opportunity to earn points. The number will vary on her behavior. Some of them are periodic and can be repeated as much as possible. Here's a small spoiler: slapping Oscar will result in a longer cooldown, but he will be back eventually.
One of the trials involves a sex shop. For now it only sells one item, but it will increase its stock in the future.
Doing the trials will lead to various people wanting to discuss them with Kate, so there are plenty of new dialogs, too.
The final trial
The ultimate trial will let Kate earn a whole bunch of points, it is the longest event we've ever made. Including choices, it has 122 steps.
You can repeat the last trial to see the alternative option. We didn't want to make a periodic version of the event with the same images but new text, so we're going to expand it in the future. But for now, you can ask Angela and make everyone forget the final trial so you can do it again. Canonically, the event only happens once, so everyone is going to act like it's happening for the first time and Kate won't be earning any extra points. Or you can just save before asking Angela to set up the trial for the first time, if you want. That's basically how it works, but you can still replay even if you forgot to make a save point.
So we had a poll about Kate/Max updates ratio and, not to make this post too, em, topical, but the result is a virtual tie and we're going to piss off half of you no matter we do next, yay :) Because of that we are going with a compromise so no one is happy! Politics! Kate won, so we will keep the old ratio (two Kate per one Max update ratio), but for being a close second, Max gets a consolation prize. 0.24 will be focused on Max, and after that 0.25 and 0.26 will be focused on Kate.
As usual, today is February 11th and 0.23 is released for our $40 Patrons. $20 Patrons will get it on the 18th, $10 Patrons — February 22nd, $5 Patrons — February 25th, same day we release the offline version for the 0.22.
As always, your client will update to version 0.23 automatically (including images).
If you don't have a client installed on your device, you can download it from here.
Automatic updates should work as usual, but if you want you can download a build with all images from here.
Please enjoy our game!