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Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with unknown dangers and lost technologies. Inspired by nightmares and dreams alike.
Explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with unknown dangers and lost technologies. Inspired by nightmares and dreams alike.
24,150 backers pledged $645,158 to help bring this project to life.

Final Trailer, Release date, Survey News!


Drifters! I come to you bearing the biggest gifts yet: a final trailer, a release date, and some information on Surveys and rewards.

Trailer 3 + Release date

March 31st. Frighteningly close!

Our Steam page is up, in case you'd also like to check that out:


I'm sure we'll get this question, so I'll head it off at the pass: we are still working out some final kinks on the Linux build; we still plan to launch it at the same time as PC and Mac, though there's the possibility of needing a bit of extra time. So far it's looking good, and like it'll be out in time. We'll keep everyone posted on this subject.


Our BackerKit surveys went out last week. Wow, what a difference! It has saved me MANY headaches and so much precious time. 

If you have yet to answer yours, please do so ASAP in order for us to get you your extra digital rewards + name in the credits on time! We have a hard cutoff of the 25th of this week. The surveys are super straightforward and smooth now, so it only takes a few minutes to answer them.

If you have not received an email for the survey, first check your spam folder. If nothing is there, please visit this link and your problems should be solved:

If you still have an issue that the Backerkit folk can't help with, please email me at and I'll do my best to respond quickly with the proper information.


We have a variety of rewards going out to backers over the course of this year. Digital rewards will go out with the game launch (on your platform of choice). Physical rewards will be distributed throughout the remaining part of this year as they take time to print all the orders, process, package and ship. Remaining t-shirts will be going out first; expect the print and box sometime in the summer; the art book closer to Fall, as that's the heftiest beast to edit, print and ship. We may even have a few surprises in those items for backers.

If there are any specific questions on the rewards, again, please hit me up at and I'll do my best to answer within a reasonable amount of time.

Final Bits

It's been an incredible adventure leading up to launch. I deeply appreciate everyone who has backed us, had faith in us, had patience through this process. You have all been wonderfully supportive and kind.

We've put together an experience we are deeply proud of, pouring ourselves into it entirely, and we hope you love it. 

See you on the other end of launch, Drifters.

George Hogberg, Alex Polson, and 185 more people like this update.


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    1. Fawzi Menkhour on April 2, 2016

      The sluggish jittery way the game's camera moves really gives me a headache and makes feel nauseous. First time I feel physically unwell playing a game, after 20min I had to take a break. Maybe I'll give a try on some other screens, but this is really painful to play right now :(

      I get that the game logic is tied to 30FPS and the 2D frames of animation were made with that in mind from the start, but if there's any way the experience can be made better (ie: Smoother camera scrolling) it would be really appreciated. As much work as having 60FPS support could be, I hope you guys look to implement it eventually.

    2. S.D. on March 30, 2016

      Yep! Only Steam keys, though. Either the DRM-free folks will have to wait, or those builds will appear on Humble at/around the same time that the Steam builds unlock. I hope it's the latter and not the former...

    3. Kosmo Kramer on March 30, 2016

      T-minus 8 hours...

    4. Matthew Barker on March 30, 2016

      Anyone have their steam keys yet o.o ??

    5. Kosmo Kramer on March 30, 2016

      T-minus 9 hours...

    6. Kosmo Kramer on March 30, 2016

      When can I expect my key?!
      13 hours and counting down!

    7. Rylock on March 29, 2016

      I doubt anyone here is a hater. That would make no sense. I'm immensely looking forward to playing this game and have liked everything put out by Heart Machine.

      Not having platform choice when it is relatively simple to make available is simply a mistake and not particularly respectful to backers. If the game wasn't releasing on GOG, it would be a different story. I'm still hoping this will be corrected in time for release in a couple days.

    8. Hussie Zahhak on March 29, 2016

      @Michael Vezina: "exactly my way only"

      Considering the complaints stem from the sudden lack of flexibility on distribution methods that is the opposite of what people are having problems with. You need to get your own head out of HM's ass.

    9. Michael Vezina on March 29, 2016

      So pumped.
      Haters: get heads out of asses. HM has been honest every step of the way. This is Kickstarter, not the "exactly my way only" platform.

    10. Shawn Michael Morriss on March 28, 2016

      I'm having the same issue as Conduit.
      When i open the link it just asks me to get put in my email for the survey..
      not to fill out a new survey..?
      are digital only not in need of getting a survey done?

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      Conduit on March 28, 2016

      I just got the email for my survey today. When I go to the backerkit website, it looks like the survey is already gone. Anyone have any idea what I should do now?

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      Andrew Cameron on March 28, 2016

      Can't wait to play it! Looks so good! So happy I backed it ages ago

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      Michele on March 28, 2016

      I agree. GOG can provide keys pretty easly so it would seems that is Hear Machine that doesn't want to provide them.
      That plus alt drifter won't work on the promised drm-free version and you got only one of them even if you backed for more copies (never advertised that way).

      To me it seems that once Heart Machine got money from backers didn't bother to do the minimum to honor that trust.
      Game is late be backers are the one that have to hurry to fill an incomplete survey without the time to set things right and have to beg for answers to their questions.
      It unfortunate and only hurt the trust in project like these.

      "It's been an incredible adventure leading up to launch. I deeply appreciate everyone who has backed us, had faith in us, had patience through this process. You have all been wonderfully supportive and kind." Yep, but still care only about the money apparently.

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      Greg Minton on March 28, 2016

      I agree it's pretty crappy to be selling the game on gog but not give backers a gog key option.

      I guess the humble store download will have to do.

      I really would like to hear the actual reason for us not being able to get gog keys though. With no reason given it just seems like laziness and not wanting to deal with it. And that's not cool at all.

    15. Scott DeRuby on March 28, 2016

      Most anticipated game of the year, I'm so excited. :D

    16. Rylock on March 27, 2016

      Many Kickstarter games have been able to provide GOG keys, I fail to see why Heart Machine can't. I'm talking way smaller projects than this that manged it.

      Backers should not be punished for backing this game and should get the platform of their choice.

    17. Henrik Persson on March 27, 2016

      Judging from some comments it does not look like backers will be able to collect the reward on GOG.

      I fail to see why as the game is also being sold there.

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      Neo on March 26, 2016

      Humble Bundle? But all my games on GOG. I want a GOG code.

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      Michele on March 26, 2016

      I asked some question and here's the reply.

      1) We will provide a Humble link, that gives you the option of a DL and/or Steam key. Your choice.
      2) Alt drifter will be a key, so you will need to activate the character through Steam/PSN/Xbox in order to play her. If you want the character for other copies of the game on other platforms, you will to purchase another addon for each platform you'd like it on, as it is DLC. Please leave us a note if you have extra platforms and copies and which you'd like it on.
      3) Ps4 and Vita version are coming out at very different times, so it doesn't make as much sense for us to do crossbuy.

      - NO GOG
      - The Alt Drifter is apparently a single copy even if you have more copy of the game. And it won't work on drm-free version.
      - No Crossbuy

      What a bummer.

    20. Ian on March 25, 2016

      I think I am as excited for the music in this game as I am for the actual game! Great job, you guys! And a heartfelt preemptive thanks for all the hard work!

    21. Solaiman Karimi on March 25, 2016

      The wait is almost over. HYPED!

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      Raik on March 25, 2016

      I am so hyped for the game. Thank you so much for this awesome journey! And I thank you especially for revising your plans for the linux launch and am happy to play with all the other drifters at launch or soon after!

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      Neo on March 24, 2016

      I wish we get a GOG codes! Still hope for Linux version! :)

    24. Dejan Holmstrand on March 23, 2016

      Soundtrack sounds amazing

    25. Matthew Bricker
      on March 23, 2016

      Question, will all keys get the Golden bonus, or only one? Also, was the $10 alt Drifter only for Steam, or can I buy a code to get him on console? Thanks for any response.

    26. Elisus on March 22, 2016

      Does anyone know if the music from the kickstarter trailer will be in the final game?

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      David Fenton on March 22, 2016

      I'm not receiving a survey email when I go to the backer-kit site to send a new survey. I originally was using hotmail when this all started, and have since switched my personal email to gmail. I am sending to my hotmail account, but it seems to be eating the survey, as it never shows up in any of the folders. Any help?

    28. Kitsune Jorge Torres on March 22, 2016

      Omg it looks amazing!! Congratulations to alex and all the team members!!

    29. Otoshigami No. 40723
      on March 22, 2016

      hope this game is a success. hyper light drifter 2 KS in the future? :)

    30. Blas Garcia on March 22, 2016

      I can't wait ... I love what the team did, you guys took pixel to another dimension I an spreading the rumors on my social media.

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      Michele on March 22, 2016

      The survey is not straighforward as you still have to reply to all the question backers asked you. Why set a close date to fill the survey while you cannot provide support in time? Why a so rushed?

    32. Adam Aeyne on March 22, 2016

      Never mind, third attempt finally worked.

    33. Adam Aeyne on March 22, 2016

      Backerkit isn't working for me either. Can I just go off my Kickstarter survey answers?

    34. Akule
      on March 22, 2016

      @Joshua - Thanks. I appreciate it. :)

    35. Henrik Præsteskov on March 22, 2016

      OMG !!! YEESSS !! Can't wait :D

    36. Joshua Fortiche on March 22, 2016

      @Akule I emailed about the alternate drifter earlier and it was confirmed the alternate drifter is on consoles

    37. Akule
      on March 22, 2016

      There still isn't a response about the alt drifter for consoles.

    38. Amer Ajami on March 22, 2016

      When's the console release?

    39. Oberon on March 22, 2016

      So, no release date for consoles. Just sometime in 2016 - a bit disappointing. I have a few kickstarters where is seems like the developers are struggling releasing the game on the console. I hope this isn't the case with this game and we are not waiting a long time for the game.

    40. Griffinman01 on March 22, 2016

      Game looks beautiful! March 31st can't come soon enough!

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      unmarkedone on March 22, 2016

      Congrats to Alex and the team! You guys have created something truly special.
      So psyched for launch day!

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      Lachlan Millar on March 22, 2016

      Can't wait the 31st can't come soon enough

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      Naru Sundar on March 22, 2016

      Awesome trailer and congrats on the upcoming release -- btw is there any particular reason for the style change of the music in the most recent trailer vs the more electronic feel of the older ones? Not that I mind, the most recent one has a very blade-runner-ish feel to the musical mood.

    44. giga-ganon on March 22, 2016

      Finally! I'm so happy right now!

    45. ShenaniganNinja on March 22, 2016

      The day before my birthday! Hell yeah I can't wait to play!

    46. Pierce Arner on March 22, 2016

      HUGE congrats to the team, and overwhelming excitement that it'll be in my hands soon!! Thanks for everything!

    47. Julius Liu on March 22, 2016

      It's happening!!! Congrats Heart Machine!!

    48. TouchGameplay
      on March 22, 2016

      Just checked my Humble Link and still only saw one Key there added also I pledged $40 so I should get a Link to two Keys + the awesome Soundtrack. Any Details on when this will get fixed or the second Key & Soundtrack added?