Ahead of the Steam Visual Novel Festival running 8/7-8/14, here are some major announcements for the spy thriller interactive novel There's Always a Madman: Fight or Flight:
- A new free demo is available right now with the following updates: (a) contains 5 out of the 11 chapters from the full game (the previous demo had only 2 chapters), (b) the default volume sliders have been decreased from 100% to 50% so the sound should be at a reasonable volume with the ability to turn it up if you find it too soft, (c) more tracks and better-fitting music used in the pre-existing chapters (and added new music for the new chapters, of course). This new demo covering five chapters will remain up indefinitely (at least through the October Steam Next Fest) and is not limited to the one-week Visual Novel Festival
- A new release date trailer has been added to the game's Steam page showing off more of the story and what you'll do in the game, including a glimpse of something NOT in the newly-released demo. The new trailer has also been added to the company YouTube page
- March 15, 2024 selected as the release date for There's Always a Madman: Fight or Flight. The game's main antagonist is someone named Brutus, so it's definitely fitting that players should beware the Ides of March (3/15). Plus, one of the many reference points for the game is Mission: Impossible, and the climactic scene on the train in the first Mission: Impossible film is referred to in-movie as "Job 3:15" (after most of the film centers around something known as "Job 3:14")
- The end slate for the new trailer also announces that the game's Kickstarter will launch on October 9, 2023. I will write a separate news piece about the specific Kickstarter reward tiers, but for now, you can sign up to be notified for free when the Kickstarter launches right here. And you can see info about what Kickstarter-exclusive rewards there will be like getting your name in the credits or getting the game up to two weeks early in this previous Steam announcement post
Remember to wishlist and try out the new demo on the Steam store page for There's Always a Madman: Fight or Flight.
Because there's always a madman, and you're the best agent we've got, Franklin Benjamin!