Joselina and Abigail are silent protagonists, meaning that they are never given dialogue in the game, and it is only implied that they speak.
This was done for two reasons:
One, if I show the MC talking, then I’d have to give her a portrait. Since the MC can wear over 45 different outfits, it would annoy me endlessly to see the portrait as just the standard portrait that doesn’t reflect what they’re wearing. However, it’s just way too much work to actually make all portraits for all the different outfits. Not to mention I’d have to make all the different emotions as well, which is more workload.
Two, it’s a homage to Harvest Moon in which the main character never talks either, because they are empty shells meant for the player to imagine themselves in them.
But now I’m sitting here, thinking, what does my target audience want? I realize I could give the MC dialogue, and simply disregard reason number one, and not give her a portrait at all whenever she speaks (that way you can still somewhat imagine yourself in their shoes). They would only be given dialogue during cutscenes or heart events, never during regular dialogue, and it wouldn’t be very much to begin with.
I’d rather hear opinions on this now before I start to actually write out the cutscenes and heart events.
What do you think?
Edit: I should probably clarify what kind of dialogue the MC would have.
For example, she would have very generic dialogue that does not have any kind of personality. Imagine meeting someone upon the first time, the MC would simply say “My name is *insert character name here*. I’m opening up a tailor shop in District 3.”. Something like that.
During heart events, you will get several chances to choose the path you will take. For example, Bill’s first heart event involves him being coerced by Lily to help you move in, you can see he doesn’t really want to as he was in the middle of something. Lily introduces Bill as ‘Billy’ to you, then runs off so the two of you are alone. You can choose between these answers:
– Can you help me move in, Billy?
– What exactly is your name?
– You don’t have to help me if you don’t want to.
The silent protagonist way would lead directly to Bill’s dialogue with any of the choices, implying the MC has spoken. However, if I’d give the MC dialogue, she’ll elaborate a bit on these choices. Case in point, if you choose the third option, you might see her say:
“It’s okay, you don’t have to help me move in if you don’t want to. I can see you were busy.”
I wouldn’t add more than that, Joselina or Abigail would never be given a personality, and what they say will be based on the choices you make, or generic dialogue such as introducing yourself.
Hope that clears up a few things!