Samurai of Hyuga Book 3 Released!

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Samurai of Hyuga Book 3 has been released! Check out it’s page here!

It’s been a long year for me and Hyuga fans. I want to thank everyone reading this for their patience, especially those who have written such nice words to me on the forums, this website and twitter. Speaking of twitter, make sure to follow me @MChoiceStudios for blog updates and release dates!

If you’re interested in some behind-the-scenes insight, then keep reading! Some of these topics I’ll elaborate on in blog posts next year:

Mysteries are Tough
Through constant rewrites and discarded drafts, I have acquired a huge respect for mystery writers. It’s embarassing to say how much I had to throw out just to get the timeline to make any sense! And adding text-input to give readers that Clue Finding Feel™ was no easy task!

But I wanted a murder mystery in a Western-style mansion, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t make it happen!

The Power of the Premise Line
Book 3 is 20,000 words more than Book 2, but it is also faster-paced and much tighter. If I did my job right, you should feel like a lot more happened in Book 3 than any of my previous stories.

My secret can be found in a book: Anatomy of a Premise Line. It helped me outline and keep focus throughout the writing process. As the series goes on, outlining becomes an increasing necessity. One I have learned to love!

Finally, a Satisfying “Ending”
I won’t spoil the ending here, so no worries! While the series is certainly not over, the resolution at the end of Book 3 is solid. It represents a shift in tone and phase for the series while providing a lot of speculation for the fans.

What awaits our favorite ronin, I wonder?

14 Comments

  1. Oh, gosh, I’ve been waiting for this!! I can’t get it now so I’m dying on the inside, but I’ll definitely wait…!

    But from the demo, this looks so great and -groans- I’m going to die of impatience, I just know it! Thank you so much, and I really appreciate how much effort you put into this! I remember last year, playing your games at the park, and there was a nice breeze and a laptop, the temperature was just right, and just… It was perfect. I can’t wait to sit down and let tranquility consume me.

    Thank you again, and I look forward to the time I can finally play this!

  2. OMG I love you! Made my weekend, I am so excited 😆😃

  3. Hot damn! Thank you for another amazing release. I sacrificed studying for finals to read this. I have no regrets.

  4. Congratulations on the release! I haven’t played yet even though I have downloaded it on day one.

    For those who haven’t played yet. I suggest not to skim the forums for a while. It seems we have some members that don’t know how to blur spoilers or there are some reactions that feels spoilery. Trust me, I have learned from experience so the lesson play the game immediately. XD

  5. Whooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have waited so long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you. And just when I was getting depressed… Well, since I can’t deal with my inner demons, let’s deal with fictional ones.

  6. Welp, I’ve played through book 3 about 5 times now. Needless to say, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. Oh, but also, I hate it and I am feeling much pain. That said, I’m still having trouble with some of the achievements. Will a guide be released soon similar to that of the first and second books?

    • Glad you enjoyed it! Expect to see an achievement guide on this website in a few days.

  7. Is the achievement guide going to tell us how to perfect all of the companion tests? Cause on my first playthrough I got a few failed tests, some passed, and one perfect. On my last playthrough I got all of the tests perfect except for one companion who only passed, who was the one who got perfect on my first playthrough.

  8. Finally.

    And another one for anticipation, again.
    This one really had me work my brain out to figure things, but never made me lose interest while doing so!
    I love how you put so much in this, thank you! Please, keep up the good work!

  9. Played through only once for now, have to say this installment is too fast paced for my liking. First half is quiet original and exciting with the text input system. But it feels kinda weird to leave the major characters from previous books aside and start bonding with new characters right from mid section of the book, then suddenly get hit by the fact that you will likely never see them in future storyline.
    I understand the need to transit the story to a new phase, but after browsing the reviews on steam I notice I’m not the only person who find the ending to be abrupt.
    What else confused me is the drastic change of Ronin’s personality, since it won’t be possible to discuss this without spoilers I will leave it here that it not completely convincing for me to see my mc (impulsive, drifter, rough around the edges) to shift into a totally different state of mind on such short notice…even under the influence of one of the demons. I’m currently playing with another mc which is more protective and sophisticated to see if everything would finally fall into place.
    Samurai of Hyuga is no doubt among my favorite COYA games, I really love the first 2 installments of this series and was waiting for the new book the moment I finished book 2 one year ago and am still anxiously waiting for the next in line. Please don’t fault me for my too high expectation!

    Small suggestion none content related: you may want to find someone who understands Japanese instead of solely rely on google translation for the title of each chapter. I was bursting in laugh when I saw General Shatao was translated into something that can be roughly translate back to “normally Shatao”.
    P.s. I can help with these Japanese titles if you don’t mind.

  10. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH YES. LOVED IT. And now I’m dying for the 4th book <3 Jun been waiting for him for while WHOOO. I know its unreasonable but have you started the 4th book? ALSO LOVE YOUR WORK KEEP IT UPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!

  11. Just bought it and played through the whole book in one sitting. It was spectacular! The ending was abrupt abrupt but in a rather satisfying way that really tied together well with everything that happened.

    Thank you so much for writing this brilliant adventure that utilizes amazing story, action, and character development! Don’t know how I’m gonna bear waiting for the next installment!
    This is by far my favorite book series, interactive and otherwise

  12. Oh my god, even though I only just found out about this series a few days ago, it has quickly become a Personal favourate of mine. Iv’e really enjoying playing through book 1,2 and 3 and as alway the end of each book leaves me breathless, and craving for more. Please keep up the GREAT work and I can’t wait to see what the toughest roniin around gets up to in the future.

  13. Without ruining anything, will a certain female samurai and female yakuza make their way into the 4th book as a romanceable options? Absolutely enjoyed this book however ran into a few technical errors where you are penalized no matter what choice you pick. Cannot wait for the 4th book!

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