Herald now available!
Even better: Book I & II of Herald: An Interactive Period Drama have been available for a tenner for two weeks already on Steam, GOG, and Humble; I just hadn’t managed to put the news on my site yet due to being busy with all kinds of stuff. I am incredibly proud of the end result and of the team that got us there. I think I can safely say that this is the most awesome project I have ever worked on.
For anyone who missed it, here is Herald’s launch trailer:
The best thing, however, is that the players seem to like Herald as well. Some of the amazing reviews and articles:
“… the rich world established in Herald’s first two chapters is enough to have you eagerly awaiting the remainder of Devan’s tale.”
4/5 – The Guardian
“Herald is an engrossing nautical tale about colonialism that heavily touches upon race and class, but brings with it a nuance and subtlety uncommon in video games. Developer Wispfire has made a powerful debut, leaving no rough edges or longueurs to sully a high-quality narrative experience.”
85/100 – IND13
“Herald is a delight to play. It has a cast of complex, interesting, and incredibly voiced characters, beautifully captivating art design, and a fresh and fun story that will leave you wanting more.”
9/10 – The Overpowered Noobs
“Herald is both a beautiful story and a virtual space which makes you think and question the ethics and moralities of modern capitalist, Western society. […] Video games have the potential to give a new dimension to discussion of heritage, equality, social justice and more and Herald is one of the best examples out there.”
If that is not a great reception, I don’t know what is. The only thing we’re still missing is a bit more reach. So tell your friends about Herald if you like what you see!
Herald’s page has of course been updated with more images and videos and a more comprehensive description. I had been planning to add videos to the image gallery system for a long time, and this was a nice reason to finally figure out the technical aspects. I may still tweak the looks a bit, but it works!
Herald done, what now? Of course we’re starting work on Book III and IV, but I’m also picking up a few other interesting things… which I’ll doubtlessly write about later.