Dear backers, get ready for a novel.
As some of you already know since you’ve gotten e-mails about your replacements, we are finally starting to send out replacement packages, yay! Now you may ask, "Well geez guys, why is it taking so long?" The reason why is because our budget was incredibly tight after Christmas, and didn’t loosen at all until about February, and since we ran out of the majority of the materials we sent out for the Kickstarter rewards, we had to order more. We couldn’t order more until we had our budget confirmed, and even though we had ordered some replacements, we still had to wait until the majority of them arrived before we could start sending them out.
For example, only about 15 of your requested just a replacement pin, mouse pad, or art book, and we had those on hand so we could send them as soon as we were given the go-ahead by our budget-master. But those of you who requested a replacement art book, and a DVD, unfortunately have to wait until the extra DVDs come in before we can send your package. In addition to more goodies being ordered, we are also ordering more shipping materials. This includes more protection for the replacement posters, because there wouldn’t really be a point in sending out a second poster on its own in a box that will probably get flattened in transit.
The good news? The materials and placements are ordered, so now we just have to wait for them to arrive, and we can send out the packages. As soon as any materials come in, we look at the replacement list and see who’s replacement requests match all the materials we have at the time, and if they match, we’ll send them right away. We are getting just as tired of waiting as you guys are, (seriously, trust me on that) so if we’ve got all the stuff to send your package, we will, right away, and you will get an e-mail from email@example.com immediately once your package is sent out so you can know when it is on its way. As always if there are any issues, always e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and if for whatever reason you don’t get a reply, it’s because something went wrong, and alternatively you can just send a PM in the forums to BFGEm. Try and keep all concerns and questions out of the Reward Pics thread, and just send them directly to Emily, because that thread is just meant to be a place to post pictures, and you’ll get a faster response if you PM directly. We really appreciate your patience and we so sincerely apologize for the century-long wait you have had to endure, but we hope you understand and we will, as always, keep you updated.
Porting and retail release news: After making it to XBLA we took a few moments to celebrate with our company BBQ and live show, but we quickly got back on track and are now fully submerged in the PS3 port. We are still in the submission process with Sony but our release date is aimed for April, once that is finished, we will dive head-first into the Wii U port. If you want more information about the porting process, we made a mini-documentary with some of the team to explain what it's like. Check it out here.
The XBLA release has given us a pretty steady wave of new fans, especially in our online communities. Thanks to you guys we are even #2 in the top 10 German XBLA marketplace. Our retail PC version releases today, and is available for order on Amazon, and should be on the shelves any time now in Germany, Switzerland, Russia, France and US. There may be more countries in the future, but that of course is decided by our publisher.
Live Show: We were so lucky and excited to have such a great live show, with Machinae Supremacy, The Gentleman Gamer, and 4 times as many viewers, including some members of the press here and there that got to take part in our goofy stream. We had a few raffle winners, lots of new footage and sneak peaks to show, including the new track for the DLC from MaSu. If you'd like to watch the show, go here.
The next show will be April 4th, where we will announce the winners of our Fan Art Contest. Missing details on the contest? Click here!
Company Stuff: In Germany, Easter weekend means this Friday and Monday will be holidays, same goes for most of the EU but not for the US, who only gets Good Friday in most states. Just a heads up, our office will be closed from 7pm CET tonight to Tuesday morning, when normal office hours will occur. This means that you will get an out of office message when messaging the backer e-mail, but if there is some kind of backer emergency, you can always PM BFGEm on the forums to get an answer, because she has no life and always has time to solve backer problems.(She’s me.)
We hope you all have a great Easter Weekend, and that you’ll at least get a few moments of sunshine. Eat lots of chocolate, find lots of eggs, spend time with your families, and we’ll see you all on Tuesday.
Your BFG Team.