The state of things for next update: -Map design:
Already complete. Largest update ever in this regard with 12 new areas.-New items, new monsters:
Mostly done.-Engine changes and new mechanics
Most of the work is done. Will be completed this week, I hope.-New assets:
there has been a lot of work on new monster sprites, map tiles and items. Mostly it is ready, but some art assets related to the ending are still pending.-Quests and writing:
Two new quests are fully written and working. Master's Laboratory is ready as well. But I am still far behind in the rest of writing. I am not sure if it will take me 1 week or 3 weeks to write and refine all the pending conversations and descriptions.
As this overlapped with my vacation time, looks like my estimates were too optimistic (what a surprise!). But I still work on vacation, fear not
If you want another completely unreliable estimate, I would say mid-august.
The good news is it's going to be awesome
EDIT: reworded a bit the "new maps" part to avoid confusion.