A couple of weeks ago (see: A New Ariane) it was revealed how Ariane's features were going to be upgraded as the earlier model dated from about a decade ago. The result was a 'new' Ariane who looked a bit like the original's older sister.
Reactions from the fans were mixed although everyone had to agree that the old 3D model was outdated and needed a makeover. The Creator did listen though to our wishes and created yet another incarnation of our favourite cybergirl. ArianeV4 has been modeled 'trying to balance between matching the proportions of “classic” Ariane, and what actually looks good'.
The final result with technical gobbledygook can be found on the official Ariane blog: A Final V4 Ariane and Poser 9 is Out.
The sequel will not only have an entirely new Ariane. Also the gameplay will change considerably as it will be a visual novel, made with the freeware Ren'Py.
Visual novels are quite common in Japan but have never really caught on in the western world because they mostly fiddle around with typical Japanese subjects and fetishes. I have once jokingly described those as stories 'where the only purpose seems to be to put as many tentacles from an alien octopus into the different orifices of a badly drawn under aged hentai girl'. I'm afraid those are only the soft ones as I recently was disgusted by a manga where nude girls were stir-fried alive in a huge wok.
The Ariane sequel, working title Date Night in America, won't have anything of that sick shit. Let's quote the Creator:
First of all, potential dates are women, not girls.
Second, Manga art is out, 3D art is in.
Third, an actual plot, with good guys, bad guys, surprising twists, and humor.
Fourth, a focus on American style modern story telling, inspired by Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Joss Whedon and others.
Fifth, instead of a story that takes weeks to develop your character and your relationships, it all takes place in a single day.
(Taken from: More Info on “The Sequel”.)
It will take several months before a demo version of Date Night will be published. In the meantime ArianeB can be found at arianeb dot com, playable online or as a download: Go on a virtual date with me, Ariane .
And if you are stuck the blog you are reading now offers nearly 50 different scenarios for the game. Have fun!