An earthly report and a heavenly mandate
Season's greetings dear backers!
We are almost at the end of 2016, and what a year it has been! Full of highs and lows, its been a year that has been very challenging yet rewarding at the same time. Speaking of Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders specifically, we reached many important milestones towards the full release, and we are very grateful for the continued support you've shown us. But, this time of year is not just about looking back, so we'd like to touch on some things to look forward to.
Right about now, we know many of you are asking yourselves, "when is this game going to be finished?" The good news is, the game is shaping up to be everything we had set out to create. The catch is we still need a few more months to complete it and hit the high standards we are aiming for. Concretely speaking, that puts the release window into the first half of 2017. Yay!
Expansion of Early Access
As many of you know, we released the prologue chapter of Detective Di three months ago to backers who had originally opted into the Kickstarter add-on. From our point of view, this was successful in that we were able to gather very positive feedback from the players who answered our survey about their experience. However, only about 25% of participants actually sent us any feedback, so we're hungry for more. Frankly, we just want to make sure we are getting the most out of this process, and involve our backers whenever possible.
So, if you are an existing backer and you are interested in playing the prologue in exchange for answering our short form, please send us a message via Kickstarter with the subject line "Prologue Early Access" and we will send you further instructions.
"Mandate of Heaven"
In the days of Chinese dynastic rule, the "Mandate of Heaven" was a notion utilized by the ruling class to justify their all-powerful dominion over the common folk. Even though our game essentially explores the journey of a single detective, albeit a great one, his pursuit of the truth leads him towards larger themes of the day.
In our next few updates leading up to the release of the game, we will sprinkle some of these notions and themes into the conversation to provide extra context. That way, those of you in tune with these ideas will hopefully take away even more from the final experience.
Here's a look at the "throne room", the hallowed hall in which Detective Di meets Empress Wu Zetian for the first time.
We hope you liked this update and would like to take this chance to wish all of you a very happy holidays and a marvelous new year!