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Huge thanks to all the backers that supported Visage. We will keep you updated on what's going to happen next!
Huge thanks to all the backers that supported Visage. We will keep you updated on what's going to happen next!
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Update #20 — Information long overdue

Posted by SadSquare Studio (Creator)
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Hi there beautiful people from all around the globe,

An update from us is well overdue, and we apologize for the long delay. We wanted the next update to be the one to announce the new chapter being released in Early Access, but since we're terrible at estimating workloads, here we are again. Let us share with you the reasons why we're late, once again. We'll also share some information about the console versions, since many, many fans have been asking for it.

Also note that development updates have mostly been shared on these mediums:

Steam forums: https://steamcommunity.com/app/594330 

Discord server: https://discord.gg/visage

We want more

The general idea here, for brevity, is that we've added content that wasn't initially planned to be in the upcoming chapter.

Nothing new here, when we've got new ideas which we believe are great, we're going all in, and it happened again. 

When we released Lucy's chapter in early access, we were stoked at how positive the response was from the players, especially knowing that the chapter had some small, but important content cuts that diverged the game from what we initially wanted it to be. If I had to put it in a few words, I would say that Lucy's chapter feels too linear. If you remember the initial concept (from the Kickstarter campaign), we had put a lot of focus on the game being different with every playthrough. With Lucy's chapter, there are definitely some key elements that differs from every player's playthrough, but to some extent.

Our initial ideas to make the game feel different with every playthrough had proved to be extremely time consuming, so we had to cut on them, but this time around, after digesting all this awesome feedback from the players, we believe we have found a great way to add both replayability and uniqueness to the next chapter's experience, without it having a too enormous impact on workload.

So... When's the next chapter coming, then?

Soon.

We truly, truly apologize for our vagueness. At this point, we're done making estimates. We believe that all game developers should take the time they need to make their game meet their own expectations, when they can, however high those expectations are.

Information on console developments

We realize now that we haven't shared much information on console development and there isn't a console early access version. Some more eager fans have been making sure to let us know that, and we thank them for it. Some of the comments might seem rude to other fans, but all those concerns are definitely valid, and we tend to see eagerness as a good sign that players can't wait to play the game! Ahem... News, right. There it is:

What's going on with console development?

- Console development has begun, and has been for a while now.

- We are official Microsoft and Sony partners.

- We have working versions of the game on both consoles (Xbox One, and PlayStation 4).

- Those versions contain game-breaking bugs that includes missing required features and intermittent crashes, and those bugs need to be squashed before a public playable version is released. Fixing these will take time.

Why is the Early Access only on PC?

- PC is a GREAT platform to identify and fix bugs that we may have missed, thanks to the variety of specifications.

- Managing feedback, communication, and updates on three different consoles is something we cannot afford at the moment.

- Releasing a finished and polished version is crucially important on console, because of the lack of specifications' variety. If we missed a single bug, all (or most) console players will experience it.

Will PC players play the whole game in Early Access?

No. The upcoming chapter will be the FINAL chapter available in Early Access before full release. It is crucial for us to make this chapter available in Early Access for multiple technical reasons, including performance issues, code being extremely different from Lucy's chapter, and more.

To be more concise: TWO chapters out of FOUR will be available in Early Access.

A small token of appreciation for all the console backers

We understand it's unfair for the console backers to be left out from the Early Access, and we also understand that this token does NOT make it even. With that said, we will be sending an extra PC Early Access key to every backer who have pledged to receive a console version. That way, if you have a PC available, or if you want to gift it to a friend with a PC, so you can enjoy it together, you'll be able to do so for free.

If for any reason you feel like this move from us is making it unfair because of a special case we haven't thought of, please make sure to contact us directly on Kickstarter, and we'll see what we can do. We do value the support you've given us.

Huge thanks to all the fans

Internet can really be a pool of bloodthirsty sharks sometimes, but man oh man, is it not in here. You guys have shown unwavering patience and support ever since the very beginning of the project. Seriously, every now and then, people actually take the time to reach out to us simply to say that they are grateful for our work and that they love the game. That is freaking awesome, so thanks for that.

And to all the people who are getting impatient, know that we understand your feeling, we are gamers too, and we know that we're really pushing it far. Know that we're on it every day, and we're doing all we can so that waiting will be worth it in the end!

A wonderful day to all of you!

Cameron Craig, Paul Dulski, and 72 more people like this update.

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    1. Ben Clark on

      Guys, information is long overdue again ;)

    2. Seth Walker on

      When are early access keys going out for console backers?

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      tj fitzpatrick on

      I never got my early access code for console backer

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      Patrick Horstmann on

      Dear SadSquare-Team, I am one of the console version backers, but unforuntaley I haven't received my Early Access key yet. Please let me know when and how Iwill receive it. Can't wait to test it out on my friends PC :)

    5. Muldjord on

      I don't care how long this takes, I'm happy to wait. Keep it up guys! Postponing stuff is != letting us down. Postponing == better quality.

    6. Contemplar on

      It's at times like these that I regret being the kind of player that waits for all content to be in place before I begin playing, haha. The praise from others is only making it that bit more difficult, but I only imagine it would be harder to wait for follow-on chapters while hungry for more.

      Great to see a kickstarter project flourishing :)

    7. Tea-Reen
      Superbacker
      on

      As always, excited to play the game but enjoying the anticipation too. Keep plugging away at it. Make it as amazing as you can; I can wait. :)

    8. Raúl Carrasco López on

      Thanks a lot for the heads up and for the Early Access key. I am very grateful and really looking forward for the final release. Go on, people!

    9. Rydavim on

      Obviously I’d like to be playing Visage on my PS4 right now - but anyone who expected to get it on time has never backed any software, let alone a game.

      Keep doing what you’re doing, and keep updating us on it. We’ll get our hands on it in the end. 😊

    10. Cory Fleury on

      Wow! Awesome, thanks so much for sending us console backers PC keys! It was definitely unnecessary, but greatly appreciated. Keep up the great work.

    11. SadSquare Studio Creator on

      @Alan McInnes
      All console backers should have their PC Early Access key by Monday.

      @Heath Frantz
      We're ready to get the mini-arc going, we can continue that discussion through direct messaging.

      @TJ Farrel
      It's a bit of a rough one, since we've already implemented the backers' name in the credits, but it's not out of the question. Please contact us through direct messaging and we'll take it from there.

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      Alan McInnes on

      awesome! Roughly when will console backers get their PC early access key?

    13. Aaron Madison on

      You guys are awesome

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      Scott Kremer on

      If what Heath Frantz said below is true, this is very concerning. This was a Kickstarter project to begin with, and to not even address or contact a backer of the second highest tier is unacceptable. I hope you can address this matter.

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      Kristina on

      Thanks for everything you are doing. Each update keeps me psyched and pumped to play the game! You guys are awesome!

    16. Nathan Erickson
      Superbacker
      on

      Good update. Thanks

    17. Tamzen Hunter on

      Can't wait for the next chapter team! Thank you for the updates!

    18. TJ Farrell on

      Are refunds an option at this point?

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      Micheal Bearcomesout on

      Hey sadsquare console backer here, thank you for this update it seriously addressed my concerns as I wanted to play on my PC the early access but bought console package so no early access, also keep up the great work I am devoted fan of horror video games and want to see them flourish so take your time and make something great! I'm willing to wait for you guys!!

    20. Megalchari on

      At least the proyect is still alive, maybe my sons will have the opportunity to play this game in case I die first waiting for it

    21. Roman Anthony Lopez on

      When can we expect the early access keys for console backer?

    22. Paul Dulski on

      I like it, just wish my console code was still an option. I switched to PC because I had two console codes, but I guess it bit me in the ass.

      Can't wait for the new updates nonetheless on PC. Had fun with what I could play so far. Cheers.

    23. Chase Stafford on

      Hey I’m just glad to get updates because I was one of the few thousand that got screwed by the evil dead 2 board game

    24. Heath Frantz on

      I still have no clue as to how my mini arc is suppose to be implemented. I have it written and need to get it to you all. Please let me know what needs to be done.

    25. Cameron Craig on

      Keep it up! You guys are doing great and I’m so excited to hear the early access is going well! I’m looking forward to the console release but no rush! Take the time you need and thank you again for all you are putting into this!