The popularity surprised me, and my web server, forcing me to release it for offline play. Creating a city wide environment, means I had room to play and expand.I spent 2012 and most of 2013 creating a "sequel" called Something's In The Air which plays a lot more like a traditional visual novel with multiple potential women to date including a second date with Ariane.
Date Ariane may not have been the first dating sim to only have a single character, or created using 3D graphics, though I dont know any that predate it, and I wasnt influenced by any.Since then dozens of similar character romance games with 3D graphics have been released online and as downloads, many of the creators citing Date Ariane as an influence. The game sat on my website practically unnoticed for 3 years.It was a personal project, and except for a couple of forums I frequented, I did not advertise it anywhere.In 2007, it got discovered by a popular fantasy football forum, and suddenly I had 3 million visitors in 3 months. Until then I was using a lot of screenshots from video games as backgrounds, which I decided was a bit tacky (not that the whole game wasn't already a bit tacky).The graphics in Something's In The Air were superior in every way to Date Ariane, and so I decided Date Ariane needed a graphic update, too.