… Sorry it took so long. I actually decided this weeks ago, but then uni and assignments and… yeah. You’ve heard it all before. So without further ado, the heir to Generation 4 will be…
(I haven’t done an official “heir photoshoot” so please accept this smiling Gabriel as a placeholder. Side note: does anyone know why some of the shadows in my game/screenshots – like the ones around Gabriel’s neck in the above picture – are so pixelated, and how do I fix it?)
I know a lot of you liked Hugo – some more strongly than others – and will likely be at least a little bit disappointed by this decision. So I’m going to try and, not justify it exactly, but walk you through as much as I can of my thought process without spoiling the story, so that you can hopefully understand why I came to the conclusion that I did.
First of all, when I asked for advice on the heir vote situation, the majority of you said that I should pick who I wanted/go with my gut. So to start with, I plotted out both Gabriel’s and Hugo’s stories, in the hope that it would help me to decide who I liked better, because I really did have a great deal of affection for both of them.
Initially as I was writing the stories, I was leaning towards Hugo, because his involved a sort of redeption arc and a teen-child mentor type relationship, which is another of my soft spots (a bit like Bianca and Tyler in Gen 2, but not quite). However, Gabriel had the interesting romantic arc going for him, as well as the fact that I just enjoyed writing him more.
It was really important to me that the events of the stories made sense, not only in terms of the timeline but that they were consistent with the characters themselves and that the way they played out was logical and meaningful. And the more I explored their stories, the more Gabriel’s seemed to make sense, and Hugo’s just kept hitting wall after wall. There were a couple of scenes that were common to both storylines, and I found that pretty much all of them made more sense and had more significance in terms of character and plot development from Gabriel’s perspective than Hugo’s. Eventually it came to a point where the only thing Hugo really had going for him was that he was (in my opinion) better looking. And at that point, I thought, if it’s really that big a deal I can edit Gabriel’s face. It’s not something I do often, but I will if it bothers me, and characters and story are far more important.
So that’s why I ended up choosing Gabriel. I hope my reasoning made sense, and you can understand where I’m coming from even though I’m sure some of you will still be somewhat disappointed. If it’s any consolation, Hugo is still going to be around a lot (remember we still have that whole Adelaide debacle to sort through). I plan for their stories to be interwoven a fair bit, especially near the start while they’re still living in the same house. So rest assured, we’ll still be seeing plenty of him and his story will still be playing out in the background, just from Gabriel’s perspective.
Thank you all for voting, and I’m sorry the whole heir-picking process didn’t go quite as planned. I’ve told you the story before about how Diana was actually my least favourite when she was first voted in and now I wouldn’t have it any other way, and I’m sure that as the story continues I and hopefully you will come to love Gabriel in the same way. In the meantime, feel free to let me know your thoughts, and (fingers crossed) I’ll see you soon for the official start of Gabriel’s story!