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    This post is a repost of my Patreon, but it's very important that I let everyone here know what's going on. 

     

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    Big announcement here today. Good news and bad (Depending on how you view this!)

    I took a big look at my list of things to do for the rest of V13.

    Taking everything into account: My pacing, the team's pace, the large amount of work that still needs to get done, other ??? things... It was starting to look like a 2021 Spring/Summer release.

    Quite frankly... That's way too long of a wait.

     

    After discussing it with the team, we've come to the conclusion that the workload we have for this version is just too much. It's unhealthy. I will be the first one to admit that I probably took on way too much. The troubles this year threw at me
    were unprecedented.  It's gotten to the point where I've been extremely stressed out just by thinking about the game, which in turn, slows me down even further. That, topped on with school and irl responsibilities. It's been a rough year, for sure.

    Not to mention the things we need to test for with Route 4 and other various new things coming to V13. It's... It's a lot. I didn't mean for it to be this much, but that's just how it played out in the end, I suppose.

     

    As a result, I've decided to cut content.... Temporarily!

    Going forward, I will be releasing V13 in two parts. Base V13, and then a few months later will have V13.5. This way I can focus on important things and try to complete it without the daunting task that will be sidequests.

    That also means that if I dedicate a mini version to just side quests and the like, I can spend more time on them and make them how I want to. No cutting corners!

    So, what will both packs look like? This is what I have:

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    V13 will have:
    -Main Story content
    -First layer of Route 4.
    -Ana's Quest + Other minor quests
    -Gen 8 (Not including DLC)
    -A compensation gift from the Dev Team! (This is a super secret surprise)

     

    V13.5 will have:
    -Crown Tundra/Isle of Armor DLC.
    -Expanded Route 4.
    -7+ major quests dealing with main characters.

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    I've mentioned before that I really don't want any side quests during V14's cycle, and I stand by that. I want to give the time these quests deserve because I feel like these are gonna be some of people's favorites so far. Quality over anything and everything.
    ...I'm also scared that if I continue at this rate, I'll lose steam again. Last time it took nearly 5 months to get back to speed. Next time might be longer. I want to finish this game eventually lol.

    It's a little disappointing, I'm sure. But I believe this to be the best course of action.
    Think of it as Rejuv DLC, lol. Except it's free. As for that compensation gift? I won't tell you what it is... But I think you're going to be happy with it. That's all I'm going to say on that.

    That's all I have to say for this week. I know this can be disappointing to some, but it'll be better this way, I promise. 

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    Hope all is well!

    - Jan

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    Honestly I feel like this is a better course of action then just slamming us with all of the content! This works out to be more of an opportunity over anything. We get the main content and it keeps us invested until version 13.5. That way, the sole purpose of the 13.5 update is for us to 100% appreciate the work you've all done on the 7 major character quests and other side quests.  Either way, would still support the rejuv team throughout the entirety of the process.

     

    I'm sorry to hear of the stress levels have been high for y'all. Make sure you all take some deep breaths and smile! Rooting for you all!

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    Relax jan,  We wouldn't feel like we need compensation for a game we get for free anyways!
    The important thing is that both the maker and the players have fun in this whole endeavor, so curbing the development of the game in a way that ensures that, would benefit both sides.
    I for one didn't feel an inkling of remorse when i said that i wouldn't start working on next Urmumium version till after next year xD
     

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    Tbh that low-key feels right with gen 8 updates. Now Rejuvenation will have DLC-like expansion same as Sword and Shield. I actually like this idea more than doing whole v13 at once. :D

    And as everybody says, prioritise your health and don't feel like you disappoint someone with delays if you feel like you want to have a break from development and have a rest. 

    Best wishes to the Devs team. %)

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    Well for me this are good news, bec like this i will be superhappy when v13 drops and i will be superhappy when 13.5 drops so i'll get excited twice ;)

    Really take all the time you need Jan i'll wait patiently until the next version gets released and i know its worth waiting :) was hyped for it a year ago, i'm still hyped and i would also be hyped in a year if it should take that long

     

    Greetings from Germany 

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    breh we've been waiting on reborn for years, waiting for rejuv to update is laughably fast in comparison 😂 . we're all here for these quality games anyway, so you don't need to appease us with extra unnecessary content. your team's general well being and sanity are more important and these short update posts are more than enough for us to stay optimistic. so basically take care of yourself before you try to take care of others lol. also puppetmaster hype 👀

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    i honestly think that splitting it in two parts is a good and fun idea!

    i hope it helps lower the pressure on the dev team and i think i speak for everyone if i say that all of us really appreciate the time, effort and heart all of you put into the game so thanks a lot for that 

    i look forward to playing v13 and v13.5 

    ps. i like the dlc analogy😁

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    You KNOW that even with some planned content cut, the amount of new content in V13 is going to be incredible. I'm so excited to play it, and if you release more in 13.5 I'm going to be excited AGAIN

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    By the sounds of it, even before this post v13 is going to be HUGE, and that's without adding the stuff gen 8 gave us.

    Honestly using this method for future versions might not be a bad idea when you're feeling swamped, not just v13.  Granted this year in particular has sucked hardcore but still.

    NGL I'm still sad about the delay this version has suffered, but I understand the reasons.  I'll force myself to be patient if I have to, this game is worth it.  It's not a stretch to say I'm more hyped about v13 than I was about most of the official pokemon releases.

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    Jan please just do whatever you feel is necessary. Don't worry about the release date or anything. This is a fantastic game and can appreciate how much work it takes to complete. I was worried when you said you were updating older content because of the huge update V13 was going to be already. Either way I'm just grateful you have made this game at all. Keep up the great work and thank you Jan and all the Devs for working hard on this game. My favourite pokemon game, no favourite game ever! 

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    I'm glad you're thinking of yourself and the team, this split in production is actually a really good idea I fully support it, take the time you need, the fanbase might really enjoy it because we have something to look forward to right after the base v13 comes out. Just prioritize your well being and the dev team Jan we all been through a lot this year.

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    I find this to be good news! Because not only are you making sure you continue to work i the game, your also taking your own(and the team's) mental, emotional and physical health into account and those are important!

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    I agree with the consensus that it'll be for the best to split up Version 13 into two separate parts, based on just how large it'll be. The last thing any of us wants is for you and the dev team to get stressed out and put your personal health and irl responsibilities in jeopardy. I can safely say that the entire community is grateful to you all for all the hard work you put into the game; we wish you all the very best.

    PS: Can't wait to try out the character quests when they come out.

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    Hmm

    That picture

    Seems to be a mix of puppet and something else

    Tho I don't know what that something else is

    Anyway, I'm excited for the Rejuv V12 and DLC!

    Time to learn more about

    Nim!

     

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    Take all the time you need and know that whenever both parts of v13 come out that it'll be well worth the wait. I know, that at least personally, it never bothers me how long the wait is because it just means a quality and well loved product is being produced. not to mention its always good to take care of oneself and others mental and emotional needs when building something. I hope you all  are able to stay safe and healthy as best you can!

     

    if I can ask one question though, is I believe in a previous post or maybe back when there was a megathread there was mention of the mega ring being given to the player at some point as well as more megastones being made available to the player throughout the story. Is that still content planned to be added in v13, and if so which part?

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    "Ew! How dare you add DLC to the game! This is just a cash grab!"- some fool who hasn't figured out that the game is both naturally downloadable and, more importantly, free

     

    Don't worry too much about splitting this in two. You guys have stated that this Version was going to be substantially larger than the previous two were even before taking Gen. 8 and the extra work Jan put in earlier in the year. It isn't exactly surprising that it wound up getting to be a bit overwhelming once all the extra bells and whistles were taken into account. 

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    1 hour ago, erikabyte said:

    I can ask one question though, is I believe in a previous post or maybe back when there was a megathread there was mention of the mega ring being given to the player at some point as well as more megastones being made available to the player throughout the story. Is that still content planned to be added in v13, and if so which part?

     

    If I remember correctly the Mega Ring was going to be given out during main story of V13. So it would be given out in part 1 of V13. (Unless the devs decide to change that for some reason)

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    I think this is a smart move! We don’t want you to burn yourself out with all the amazing work you guys do, so this makes a lot of sense. Thanks for all the hard work and effort you and the team put in, it is very much appreciated. Hope you all have a fantastic day and or night. 

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    Jan, just make the video game you wanna make. We'll be happy either way.

    Also this game is really fucking good.

    Also the fact that we get a status update at least once every month is really good so its appreicated that you do it.

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    So you say its too much for one update, then you go and say that both updates are going to have more content than before? 

    I think we would be good with just normal v13 content split in two updates (bc it truly looks like a lot) so this is very very cool and not at all something to be sorry about! 

    Thanks! I hope this year doesn't throw more crazy stuff at you! (or all us, for that matter haha) 

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    This is great news! I can very much respect how much effort you have put into this, and won't mind if you need to take a break at all.  A game is most enjoyable when the devs are happy as well. Excited for what's to come!

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    Oh yeah!
    It's coming baybeeh!!

    About the cut content to be updated later, I don't see any problem here at all, that only means we get a part of the content early and the other one later, it keep interest and excitement going before you get hit by the 13.5, good stuff!

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    14 hours ago, No name said:

     

    If I remember correctly the Mega Ring was going to be given out during main story of V13. So it would be given out in part 1 of V13. (Unless the devs decide to change that for some reason)

    ah thank you that answers my question!

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    Hey as much as I need a Pokémon game to keep me fully occupied 

    I can live with this and accept the way you wanna do things

    This year alone been hectic so I understand fully where you’re coming from 

    I’ll enjoy it either way 

    Take whatever time you need

     

    i have a question tho

    I was thinking about starting over to keep me occupied 

    Are there any changes made to old routes and Pokémon encounters 

    I just wanna know if it would be worth it to start over or nothing much has changed and you guys are solely focusing on going forward with the game and not making any changes 

     

     

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    This works on many levels: we still get V13 and we get it sooner, it's still packed with content, you're not burned out, we still get amazing sidequests (and they'll be even better), AND a special surprise. I personally have no problem with this Jan. This is honestly my favorite fangame of all time, so if I have to wait a little longer, I'm willing to.

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    Thanks for the info!

    WHen this gets released, I'm tempted on a Gen 8 only run, to get myself to grow on the other Galar mons. The only ones I'm able to tolerate are the Galarian Fossils and these will probably won't be availble until later.

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    Where 's the bad news? I see only good news, here! What can be better than dev taking their time and polishing their work, "not cutting corners"? This is by far the best course possible. Anybody with a shred of self-control, would be happy to wait, in order to receive the good stuff in a more completed state. Just hang in there and don't collapse; work needs scedule and breaks. I am already drooling in the prospect of using Galarian forms; i will wait for Slowpoke, until which, Weezing and Sirfitch'd are more than good enough. Cheers!

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    11 hours ago, TjTheKidd said:

    i have a question tho

    I was thinking about starting over to keep me occupied 

    Are there any changes made to old routes and Pokémon encounters 

    I just wanna know if it would be worth it to start over or nothing much has changed and you guys are solely focusing on going forward with the game and not making any changes 

     

    A good amount of routes and locations have received overhauls either graphically, storywise or both -- particularly the ones earlier on in the game (but there's some newer content that got revisions as well). With the addition of Gen 8 mons becoming obtainable (through encounters or sidequests), the map updates and some ~*~*Other Neat Stuff That Is Still A Surprise(TM)*~*~ I would personally suggest starting a new file once V13 is out so you get the full experience!

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    That's very reasonable. A game the size of Rejuvenation needs to be taken care of carefully, and I honestly think this is the best idea. Take things with care because, as a programmer myself, I know how a "damaged programmer/developer" can cost on a project.

     

    Having said that, I just want to ask this to be sure: I'm planning on restarting the game once the first part of V13 drops out. Is it safe to play that until the second part comes out or will I need to restart my game when it does?

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    Honestly I have to agree with the majority here, splitting it into two parts will probably make for an overall nicer release, V13 will let us continue the story and stuff like Ana's quest, then V13.5 will give us the other content later on, which will probably help make V13 come out better, less stress on the dev team is always good, and we get what will probably amount to an overall smoother experience of the new content.

     

    Much love to everyone on the dev team, it's been a crazy year but if we all take of ourselves and each other, then we'll make it through.

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    I wish I could help, place my grain of sand, but I'm not good with what programs you use to make the game or spriting. However, if one day, when the game is done, you and your team think on set it in another language I'll like to help if spanish is an option.

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    i've seen AAA game doing the same thing this year and saying that they may have to to do it again as the things slowly go back the the norm so jan its ok best not to over work yourself ok same goes for your team even if you have to do what i have seen big games like ff14 do i.e 13.1 then 13.2 putting in story and sub quest in little by little just to make it less taxing on you and the team then do so i think most of us fan will understand that your doing the best you can  do with what you have anyways keep up the good work 

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    This is literally the best news I've heard in weeks - I'm willing to wait however long it takes for a game of this quality but the idea of being able to play an updated version with gen 8 as soon as early to mid next year get's me hyped.

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    60 dollars for a lameass game like pokemon sword and shield proves that gamefreak became lazy and greedy. But the fact that we are getting marvellous,engaging games like pokemon rejuvenation FOR FREE is good enough. Take all the time you need for the masterpiece buddy....

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    the bad news i saw ?  its you losing the steam and stress gaining from the game. The rest is all good news and really. Be sure to rest and take it easy once a while. I get you dont wnat to lose steam but also dont go out of your way to work to exaustion. We all can wait for a bit more time and you and the amazing team of developers you all got keep up the great work. We all love you content so far and will be here wiating for when the continuation arrives. And once again, Chill and relax once in a while so you dont stress yourself too much

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    Hey, I'm part of the pretty big number of people who (almost) never post on the forums.
    Just wanted to say the whole team has our support, keep up the great work, the amount of visible support you get is small compared to the amount of invisible support (people who don't post stuff like me but who still enjoy the game anyway). That's why I wanted to post this, even tho y'all probably know that, remember that a ton of people support you, even if they don't express themselves much. 
    Keep up the great work and take as much time as needed. I personaly think releasing V13 in two parts is an amazing idea which you should probably use for the next versions if you feel they take too long to come out. (Just to clarify, I'm not complaining about that, I'm just saying releasing the version in 2 parts is a wonderful and smart idea).

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    Just make sure that you will complete this GOD made pokemon game and i can wait 10 more years. And i really hope you do because as we are all getting older, our minds as well as the available free time and encouragement change drastically. I'm still holding this youthful enthousiasm for Pokemon Rejuvenation in my heart though. And i will hold it till you finish the game. Pokemon hacks like Rejuvenation, Reborn, Insurgeance, Empyrean, Gaia, Radical Red and all Drayano's Hacks are like uber seminars that Gamefreak fools should watch to be able to create a proper and decent game at last. Since gen6 and on they have been producing crappy games with 3D animations. Nothing but heavy graphics on Gamefreak/ Nindendo pokemon games nowdays. I miss the days when pokemon games were 2D or pseudo 3D without stupid mechanisms like Z-moves and dynamax (mega evolutions are actually good). If they were clever they could introduce a fusion mechanism as they did back in pokemon black2/white2. I wrongfully thought back then that pokemon fusion would be the new generation mechanism.

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  • Old Content:

    #################### | Map Updates (95%)

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    New Content: 

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    Gen 8:

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    #################### | V13 Total Completion (80%)

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