Ahhhh I’m late on writing this post. @_@
Ray route was previously planned for release on January 31st of 2018. It was released ON TIME on BOTH Android and iOS! Woot! It says February 1st for iOS release, but for my time zone, it was released on January 31st… so… o/
The route costs 250 hourglasses for those who already purchased V’s route. (I purchased V route beforehand, so I only need to pay 250 hourglasses this time.) For those who didn’t already purchase V’s route… well… Cheritz merged both routes into one price: 550 hourglasses. It kind of forces people who don’t want to play V’s route to buy his route anyways. I can see why Cheritz did that. Ray’s route is not unrelated to V’s route. In fact, they share common route content (Day 1 – Day 4). They also want to make it consistent. For instance, they only had 1 pricing for “Deep Story,” which is 80 hourglasses. Therefore, the 550 hourglasses for V’s route + Ray’s route is basically “Another Story’s” pricing.
When trying to purchase the route, there is an info pop up. The warning in red was… not supposed to be surprising, but… it still kind of surprised me… I mean, V’s route didn’t have that warning.
I started playing it around an hour after release. I found out that skipping straight to Ray’s route was not an option. You need to play the common route from scratch. However, this apparently is only the case for those who didn’t previously have a save file to jump right into Ray’s route. Let me explain a bit more.
I heard from someone who jumped straight into Ray’s route. They did this by collecting Ray’s hearts beforehand and saving the game on Day 4 right before the branch. Then, when the route was released, they bought the route. Afterwards, they load the save file and… clicked the branching button… and got Ray’s route!
I knew that Ray’s route requires common route from Another Story, but I didn’t realize I can’t jump right into the route first. (I didn’t know that in order to jump into any character route and skip the common route, you need to first finish a play through of that character’s route.) So… back to my original method… of how I play V’s route. ……Yes… I am buying a day’s worth of chat whenever I find I have time, so I can speed through the common route. Right now I am on Day 4 of the common route. The moment of truth will be tonight. O_O Let’s see if I successfully get Ray’s route…
I’ve already spoiled for myself some CGs from Ray’s route… via Tumblr. It was so ironic. I was reading a post about someone raging at spoiler content. I was thinking “it can’t be that bad, this person is overreacting.” However… I saw the spoiler content and I’m like… “Oh… now I get it…” :’D
Last but not least… I received a lollipop from Cheritz during the summer as an apology for late shipment.
I didn’t really care about the late shipment, but hey, free lollipop. Why not? :’D When V’s route was released, I was going to eat it… but… I don’t know… The lollipop look so nice, lol. Then I remember Ray likes candies, I was like ohhhhhh! +_+ I shall eat it while getting hearts for Ray! Or something dumb like that. However, I never got hearts for Ray because after a good few weeks of playing V’s route FOR V’s endings… I got so tired I didn’t want to replay the route anymore. That’s why I still have the candy.
THEN THEY ANNOUNCED RAY’S ROUTE! I was like “CHANCE!!! +_+ b” Yup… Now where did I put the lollipop. I am so gonna eat that lollipop! >:O *So obsessed*
Update: I made it to Ray’s route! Yayyyy! The hundreds of hourglasses are not in vain then! 😀
Also… I ate the lollipop… and holy slkfjaiea IT TASTES GOOD. To be fair, I never had this type of lollipop before. I expected the white part to be so hard that I can’t bite into… Well, it turns out I can bite, and it’ll turn into crumbs. It’s not extremely hard candy. Are all swirly lollipops like this? o_o The color flavors are yummy, too. I want more… Argh… I wonder where Cheritz bought it.