The beta of the game will be released to backers and pre-purchasers in chapters, so an extra reward for helping us make the game is that you’ll get to play it sooner. Once the first chapter is released, we’ll probably release the next chapter in 2-4 months. It’ll depend on how well we fund (more funding = faster, less funding = slower).
The finished game (and chapter five) will be released all at once so no one can spoil the ending. Once that’s done, we’ll work on ports out to Mac, PlayStation, Wii, Xbox, etc.
There’s five chapters total. The story of the main four women plays out across those chapters, although each chapter focuses a little more on a specific woman’s story. The first chapter acts as a setup to both the world and the characters.
The expansion characters tend to pop in and out of various chapters, depending on how their story fits into the main story, but they’ll be available for multiplayer. Hopefully, we’ll fund enough to make the four side campaigns, witch will each be about the size of a large chapter.
As far as the free-play/multiplayer goes, we’re hoping to release several levels/challenges with each beta chapter, but we’ll have to see how the development pans out. We’re building Aberford on a tight budget, so we’ll have to favor what we need over what we want.