Hello, and thanks for posting.
TL;DR - Vampire character tools are coming next, very soon, and we believe fans are going to love them.
I’ll reply to a few of the comments directly here:
This is still an accurate statement - us figuring out Pathfinder was a crucial step in the process of us having a platform that we could then use for all the other games we’ll support.
To clarify here and accentuate my first reply, no, Pathfinder did not at ALL hit our target for it. We originally wanted to have it completed 6-9 months earlier than it ended up happening. That is unfortunately how things go sometimes with software development, but Pathfinder taking as long as it did very much pushed Vampire (and all the other games) back quite a bit.
This is more about the timing of announcements and not the actual work involved in something - Avatar’s PBtA system is incredibly simple, and we do indeed have different teams working on different games, so it completed a month or two earlier than Vampire.
No, the Marvel tools will not release before Vampire - Vampire will be next.
This has already been happening, and that’s the reason that Vampire will release in October.
I’ve talked about Vampire character tools and where they are in status for the last few months in virtually every Dev Update stream. We haven’t shared internal release notes since they won’t make much sense, but it won’t be much longer now at all.
The bottleneck was - as we have said all along - Pathfinder getting out into beta giving us a completed platform onto which we could build the other games.
Pathfinder’s beta started at the end of May. We released Avatar in August, and we’ll have character tools for at least three more games before the end of the year. That’s four games in less than six months (and that’s throwing the holidays in there that kind of makes the last 3-4 weeks a wash).
That’s all to say that our strategy of building a flexible platform where we could then move quickly with other games is already proving to be the right call.
No, Vampire and Avatar have been our second highest priority since the start. Pathfinder was the top priority because we knew if we could make a game system that complex work, we could make anything work.
Now that Pathfinder is out, Avatar and Vampire have been worked on in parallel, and Avatar released earlier since it’s such a (relatively) simple system. Vampire will be our third game with full character tools support - so even the release order should indicate the priority as I stated.
It is certainly not our lowest priority, as we have already signed literally dozens of games - there are many that are far lower than Vampire on our list, and we can’t wait to get to those either.
Thanks again, and as I said above, you won’t be waiting much longer at all for the Vampire character builder and digital character sheet. We are really excited to get them out into the night soon!