Monthly Updates: March 2021

Hi, this is Driller from Drillimation Systems.

If you’re seeing the pixel art-inspired art in the card above, it’s here to announce that I am making not one, but some very special announcements, both good and bad. As we prepare for spring, allow me to dust off my keyboard and get to the news. For our players in the Southern Hemisphere, we hope you had a great summer.

Chuhou Joutai 2: Paraided! Demo will release this week on itch.io

The first main part of this announcement is that we are only four days away from the release of the Chuhou Joutai 2: Paraided! Demo on itch.io. The first two trailers were well-received, meaning the demo for this new game could succeed. You can get a first glimpse of the second chapter of the Chuhou Joutai saga once it arrives.

Also, I want to mention that Chuhou Joutai on Steam is now $4.99. This is to commemorate the 3,000 follower milestone we made last Tuesday. This price drop is to thank you for it.

Drillimation Systems will be leaving Mercyhurst University at the end of this semester

My other big announcement is that over three weeks ago, I sent an official notice to Mercyhurst University, including my advisors that I am leaving at the end of this semester. May 2021 will be my last month at the university. Once that time comes, I will officially be doing independent game development full time from that point on, unless if something else pops up.

The decision for me to do this is because when I was making all the games featured on the site, I actually learned a lot more than to what I learned at Mercyhurst University. I can use some of the knowledge that I gained while making them to continue making games and make a living based on what I actually do and love.

Whenever I was working at home during breaks and even during quarantine at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become difficult when I have either my parents or the dog featured in Mario Maker Dog Source making noise all the time, whether it be from the TV or my mother coughing and hacking due to allergies. It’s not uncommon for my father to sit in his chair and watch a movie or two in a single day. During weekdays, I would generally have a lot more time to do my work and not have to deal with the TV volume being set really high.

Akyu’s Retro Score Vol.1 is now on Bandcamp

We’re also proud to announce that the soundtrack to the Touhou 1: The Highly Responsive to Prayers NES Demake is now on Bandcamp. Over the past few weeks, the game surpassed 500 downloads on itch.io. We are confident we can attract more players by uploading the soundtrack on Bandcamp. Do not forget the soundtrack is also available on YouTube. Click here to access its Bandcamp page.

The ‘Mario Maker Dog Source’ sadly passed away

Yesterday morning, the staff at Drillimation Systems was saddened to hear that the dog above featured in Mario Maker Dog Source, unfortunately passed away due to complications from thrombocytopenia at age 14. Jolene was a big member of the Drillimation atmosphere until her final day, being yesterday.

She will be cremated and will be honored in Chuhou Joutai 2: Paraided! as an easter egg. If you want to send condolence money to Drillimation, feel free to subscribe to our Patreon. Subscribers at the $5 level will get the full version of first game for free.

That’s all, players!

Anyway, that’s all and enjoy the Chuhou Joutai 2: Paraided! demo when it releases Friday.

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