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Athena Cykes: Ace Attorney - Locks on the HeartTopic%20Title
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This idea came to me after a bout of depression and an interest in reworking Athena’s character and making a fangame focusing on her and psychology.

Athena Cykes: Ace Attorney - Locks on the Heart (LotH for short)
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The full game is being made for PyWright. Only cases 1 (demo version) and DLC (with placeholder, non-custom sprites) will be published on AAO.

WARNING: LotH contains spoilers and plot details relevant to PW:AA, JFA, T&T, AJ:AA, AAI, AAI2, DD, and SoJ.

The LotH Case 1 demo is now available to play! Click here to play!
(NOTE: Every testimony, present prompt, and "select an option" prompt has a unique failure dialogue! Please feel free to save spam and choose a wrong option or piece of evidence for all of those!)

This is my first-ever work on AAO, so if there are any errors, let me know! I hope it surpasses your expectations, though!
PLEASE share the demo to as many people as you can! It took so much work and I’d like to spread this project as far as possible!
And also, please leave a stream of consciousness in a reply if you'd like! Feedback is welcome and appreciated!
Also, the demo section will be slightly changed for the PyWright release, so look out for that!


Spoiler: Demo Walkthrough - TRY TO GO WITHOUT THIS!
No Penalty: Do whatever you want for the opening statement.

Testimony 1
(Optional/No Penalty: Present the knife on statement 2.)
Press statement 2.
Press statement 3. Select the first option.
Present the Knife on statement 2.

Select the third option.

Testimony 2
(Optional/No Penalty: Press statement 2. Select the first or second option.)
Press statement 2. Select the fourth option.
Press statement 3. Select the third option.
Press statement 3. Select the fourth option.

Select the first option.
Present the Security Footage.


Spoiler: Character Art Credits (SPOILERS)
Athena Cykes sprites by Rajin, mercurialSK, SuperAj3, ShiroForever, Hesseldahl, and Silver Glas.
Athena Cykes profile icon by Anyare.
Widget profile icon by Anyare.
Nina Phan is Porsha Posh by DragonTrainer.
Elle Braxton is Gretta Danllo by Hesseldahl.
Vincent Pulliam is Dypo Tarch by Singidava.
Lydon Case is Tori Labbe by DragonTrainer.
Additional Judge sprites by SuperAj3 and DarwinThe100.


Spoiler: Synopsis - Spoilers!
Several months after SoJ, Athena flies to the Kingdom of Khura’in to assist her co-worked, Apollo Justice, in reforming Khura’in’s legal system, and in resolving all of the cases in which an unjust verdict was given as a result of the legal system.
Athena takes on an interesting case (Case 1) upon her return, in which murder has taken place at an online convention, and her close friend is taken in for the crime.
About a month after Case 1, Athena finds herself muddled up in the emotional throes of investigating a serial killer known at “The Executioner” who has evaded the authorities for years.
As she investigates the Executioner’s crimes, Athena realizes that there are deep, dark secrets hidden in the shadows of the killer’s mind. She chases after the Executioner and looks deeply into their psychological makeup.
Meanwhile, Athena faces her own inner turmoil, and her perspective on a lot of things changes throughout the events of LotH. She begins to see the darkness hidden throughout the world and the people in it.
Will Athena be able to find the Executioner and make them pay dearly for their own crimes, or will she unwittingly find herself in a life-or-death scenario, and the Executioner be forever lost in the shadows, left to kill again and again?


Spoiler: Progress Summary
Music: 30% complete
Art: ~5% complete
Planning: ~20% complete


Spoiler: Case Names + Progress
Case 1 - Rendezvous at the Turnabout
Planning: 100%
Written Script: 100%
Coding: 100% (AAO demo), 0% (PyWright/other)
Character Sprites: 100% (lacking custom sprites, but ready for AAO release)
Backgrounds & Cutscenes: 80%

Case 2 - Turnabout Happenstance
Planning: 60%
Written Script: 20%
Coding: 0%
Character Sprites: 0%
Backgrounds & Cutscenes: 0%

Case 3 - Turnabout from Left Field
Planning: 15%
Written Script: 0%
Coding: 0%
Character Sprites: 0%
Backgrounds & Cutscenes: 0%

Case 4 - Turnabout to the Past
Planning: 15%
Written Script: 0%
Coding: 0%
Character Sprites: 0%
Backgrounds & Cutscenes: 0%

Case 5 - My Final Turnabout
Planning: 5%
Written Script: 0%
Coding: 0%
Character Sprites: 0%
Backgrounds & Cutscenes: 0%

Case DLC - The Costumed Turnabout
Planning: 30%
Written Script: 15%
Coding: 0%
Character Sprites: 0%
Backgrounds: 0%

Case Bonus - Athena Cykes ~ Asinine Attorney
Planning: 5%
Written Script: 0%
Coding: 0%
Character Sprites: 0%
Backgrounds & Cutscenes: 0%


HELP WANTED:
Spriter(s)/Misc. Artist(s): I have absolutely no artistic skills whatsoever, and need someone to create sprites for any original characters I have, given my description of them and ideas for their various poses, and also someone to create backgrounds and cutscenes for the game. Sprites and cutscenes should be in the classic Ace Attorney DS-game style, while I’m much more flexible with style for backgrounds. I can pay commissions, or if you don’t want a commission or want to publish something else with the art, that’s perfectly fine with me. Whichever works for you.

Help in the writing department is appreciated but not completely necessary - clcman serves as the co-writer and editor of the whole game, and is doing fantastically! However, any help I can get, even if it’s just comments on our scripts, is great. Betatesters are appreciated also, despite having six already.

Our current team:
Composers: MBr (SuperCykes), itskryode (Instagram), and FanFreak247! (Plus feedback from Broocevelt!)
Co-Editors: clcman!
Artists: Double KO, MasqueradeDemure, and DetectiveWhite!
Betatesters: clcman, Gorka, and FanFreak247!
Translators: German - BirbIsTheWord!

If you're interested in helping out or just want to join the Discord server for "Locks on the Heart", here you go! https://discord.gg/TQPhTfF
If you want to help, please PM me on Discord - the.armenator#1360 - or on AAO/PyWright (the.armenator).


Thank you so much for reading!

To check out a Twitter thread I wrote on my game-related account, explaining LotH’s synopsis, my reasons for creating it, and my goals for it, here you go! https://twitter.com/armendev/status/104 ... 84352?s=21
Additionally, please check out and share the link in the pinned tweet of said account!

Updates will be posted on the Discord server, here on C-R, and on AAO —> http://aaonline.fr/forum/viewtopic.php? ... 20#p767720

Thank you again! :athena:


Last edited by the.armenator on Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:32 pm, edited 26 times in total.
Re: Athena Cykes: Ace Attorney - Locks on the HeartTopic%20Title
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I’m interested in being a composer for your project. So you want DS-sounding music?

I also have over 3 years of roleplaying experience with Athena, so I can help with writing.
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MBr wrote:
I’m interested in being a composer for your project. So you want DS-sounding music?

I also have over 3 years of roleplaying experience with Athena, so I can help with writing.

YES YES YES! Thanks so much! I'll PM you. :D :athena:
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Ooh yes... I've been waiting for another fresh fangame to come out hooray! :gant: I wish you good luck with this project!
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the.armenator wrote:
Federal Investigation Agency


If you're going by the English version of Ace Attorney, then the term you're looking for is the FBI. If you're going by the Japanese version, then it's the Public Security Intelligence Agency.
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Ropfa wrote:
the.armenator wrote:
Federal Investigation Agency


If you're going by the English version of Ace Attorney, then the term you're looking for is the FBI. If you're going by the Japanese version, then it's the Public Security Intelligence Agency.

Oh. Yeah, I know that. I just don't know if I can use the FBI in it, so I made up another acronym.
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I'm always down for new fangames, and I wish you the best of luck. I do suggest at least trying to make some custom sprites on your own. It's much better to make the attempt than to wait for a sprite artist willing to do all your art, which is a rarity on here.
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Quick update: I already have someone working as a composer, so I don't need anyone else for music.
For the art: I've been told to not hold back on stock sprites, and I definitely want to use some. The thing is, some scenarios in the game require sprites, and none of the stock sprites I found would work. Same goes for backgrounds. If anyone is willing to make sprites and backgrounds without a commission, that would be amazing (but unlikely), but otherwise, I'll probably end up commissioning someone. Still, if you're willing to make some sprites and backgrounds and release them as stock sprites/backgrounds (or whatever works), I'd be down!
I still do need another co-writer - someone who can help with AA funnies and keeping canon characters, well, in-character.
Everything else is going well! Case 2 is 75% planned (still polishing up some bits) and I'm almost finished with the first few parts of the script.
So if anyone can offer help, please do so!
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New update:
Case 2 planning is 100% done. Writing is almost done, since my rough draft is completed, but I still have to figure out some logic errors and such, hence why an extra co-writer or two would be much appreciated. I currently have two co-writers/editors (Spybreak001 and clcman), and one composer (MBr, I don't need any more composers since we're working together). I've contacted Hesseldahl asking if they'd be willing to do art for a commission or to publish it as stock, and I haven't gotten a response yet, but any artists willing to help are welcomed. :)
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Just a comment that Armen is indeed still working on this. We've been in talks for me doing some sprite commissions. He's putting a good amount of effort into it!

*Ropfa seal of approval here*
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Ropfa wrote:
Just a comment that Armen is indeed still working on this. We've been in talks for me doing some sprite commissions. He's putting a good amount of effort into it!

*Ropfa seal of approval here*

Seal of approval? I'm flattered. :bellboy:
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Justifiable double post (in my opinion).

We now have a solid team!
Composers: MBr (SuperCykes), FanFreak247, and iKiwed!
Co-Editors: clcman, FanFreak247, and Ropfa!
Artists: Ropfa, Sandal (Puchi), and iKiwed!
Betatesters: Spybreak001 and Ropfa!

Of course, if you'd like to help out, feel free! Any and all help is appreciated and useful.
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OP has been updated and changed hugely!! Extra, extra, read all about it! This project is not dead and has not been!
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Okay, well damn. I can't delete my two previous posts now. Oops. Well, this is quite a justifiable quadruple-post, I should say...

Hi again! Please read this reply in its entirety!

After ELEVEN MONTHS of writing and re-writing the script, discussing mental disorders and psychological dynamics, and writing music... I would like to announce that

Case 1 for AAO is now in production!

This is my first ever AAO case and I estimate it will be about 5,000 frames.
Right now, I'm working, pretty much entirely on my lonesome, on importing the entire script to the editor. (And making it look as close to perfect as I can, with fades and pauses and all. I'm too obsessive-compulsive of a person to not do that.)

We have all of our custom artistic assets made for the Case 1 demo! However, we will be switching out a few characters' sprites for the "full version" to be released on PyWright (estimated release date TBD), and will need to commission spriters for said characters. Hopefully - and I believe this will be the case - Case 1 will look promising enough that some of you artists out there will be willing to work with me and the team, commission or not!

Please look forward to the release of Case 1 here on AAO! As of now, it seems the demo release date will be somewhere between mid-June and mid-July, at the pace we're working! (I've already finished ~400 frames!)

And as of now, please refer to the OP for more details on Locks on the Heart as a whole, and for details on what kind of help we'll need, if you're willing to help. And if you choose to wait until Case 1 is released, that's quite understandable!

Thank you!
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Well, this certainly is a pleasant surprise. Glad to see that everything is moving along! The more fangames being worked on, the better.
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Thunder84 wrote:
Well, this certainly is a pleasant surprise. Glad to see that everything is moving along! The more fangames being worked on, the better.

Thanks! Hopefully you'll enjoy the finished product of Case 1. ;)
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Mini-update!
OP has been updated to the most current version of events.
Lots of progress is being made with planning and music; not so much with art, for rather obvious reasons. Case 2 got a re-write and is now 30x better!
This project is still being worked on, and we need all the help we can get! Please refer to the OP for details. (Read the whole thing! Also, follow @ArmenDev on Twitter for *QUALITY* retweeted AA content, and occasional updates that won’t be posted here.)

The demo version of Case 1 is projected to be released on AAO by July 1!
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Additional Update:

The "Locks on the Heart" demo is on par to be released on AAO on July 1!

The demo will consist of the "trial former" segment of Case 1, and hopefully all of you will enjoy! :athena:
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Good luck, Armen! I know you've been putting a lot of time into this but I hope it pays off! You've got a good team of writers too, so I'm hopeful for you.
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The LotH Case 1 demo is now available to play! Click here to play!
(NOTE: Every testimony, present prompt, and "select an option" prompt has a unique failure dialogue! Please feel free to save spam and choose a wrong option or piece of evidence for all of those! There is also a walkthrough in the OP, but please don't use it unless you need to!)

This is my first-ever work on AAO, so if there are any errors, let me know! I hope it surpasses your expectations, though!
PLEASE share the demo to as many people as you can! It took so much work and I’d like to spread this project as far as possible!
And also, please leave a stream of consciousness in a reply if you'd like! Feedback is welcome and appreciated!
Also, the demo section will be slightly changed for the PyWright release, so look out for that!


(Hah, a day early!)
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Just finished the demo. Nice job so far! The writing is great, the new mood matrix is really cool, and I love the cliffhanger at the end. If I had one critique, it'd be that it drags on a bit too much at the start. I'd try and tone down the whole "explaining the crime" part a bit if possible, as it takes a fairly long time to actually get to the first testimony.

Still, it's awesome to see the demo out. Congrats man!
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Thunder84 wrote:
Just finished the demo. Nice job so far! The writing is great, the new mood matrix is really cool, and I love the cliffhanger at the end. If I had one critique, it'd be that it drags on a bit too much at the start. I'd try and tone down the whole "explaining the crime" part a bit if possible, as it takes a fairly long time to actually get to the first testimony.

Still, it's awesome to see the demo out. Congrats man!

Thanks for your feedback! Yeah, the opening's going to be shortened quite a bit in the full version, so look out for that!
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