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October Update Time!

Posted by Heart Machine (Creator)
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Drifters! The September post was a somber one, with cancellations and a tired face. This month is much different, with celebrations to be had for many reasons.

The Massive 60 fps Update

I alluded to our biggest update yet in our last post. At the end of September, on Steam, we delivered a complete 60 fps conversion of the game! Not only that, it also includes a Newcomer mode and Boss Rush mode.

Hot damn was it an amazing amount of work, but completely worth it. It's like a brand new game. For all the lovely details, please see our post here on the Steam page: 

http://steamcommunity.com/games/257850/announcements/detail/580226743110138539 

We will be bringing this to other platforms (Humble, GOG, Mac+Linux) ASAP. We're still working out some kinks, as you can imagine the amount of labor that has gone into this requires some significant time to settle any remaining bugs. 

We're also planning to release the update on PS4 and Xbox One as soon as we can. These will take a bit more testing and must go through the rigors of the Sony and MS patching routine, which always takes more time. 

I'll keep folks up to date, as usual, on developments for specific platforms.

IndieCade Awards

We won the IndieCade 2016 Jury Selection award this past Sunday!

http://www.indiecade.com/2016/FestivalAwards

It was a lovely and fantastic honor to be recognized by our piers. There were many incredible games submitted, so to be chosen as a stand-out among all the other works of art is humbling. Thank you for the gesture, recognition and adorable/rad custom sculpted award, IndieCade.

Boxes, Carts, Surprise Map

These are a real thing now:

Our partners at iam8bit have already started shipping out the SNES boxes + manuals (and carts for those that added the option on after)! Backers should be receiving them over the course of the next few weeks, so please give it a bit of time as shipping is staggered due to the volume and labor involved.

As a great bonus surprise we have included a full color printed fold-out map from the game in each box, whether you got the cart add-on or just the box+manual.

It's really amazing to see this come together finally, and honestly is a bit overwhelming. Everything turned out beautifully with this product and fulfills some part of a deep childhood dream.

Prints

Both the 11x14 and 18x24 (+ variant), again handled by iam8bit, are finalized and will also be shipping out over the course of the next several weeks. We'll let everyone know once everything has FULLY shipped; please have patience as they roll out to your address during this multi-week process. 

Art Book

The art book layout is complete! It's been a huge endeavor, with so much great material buried throughout. It's a small glimpse into the inner workings of our intense process. Putting it together has made me realize just how much art we made for this game.

With the help of the lovely folks at Fangamer we're beginning the process of printing next week. Once we are satisfied with the quality of test prints, we'll upload the digital version on Backerkit for download and start the major process of printing all the physical copies.

The book is a beastly thing that takes significant time to print, bind and process, so we'll have further info once these start shipping out in the coming months.

By the way, as another happy surprise, every Kickstarter backer that ordered this art book is getting a special limited run hardcover edition instead of the softcover!

Support Reminder

If you have any questions about any topics, please email support@heart-machine.com. Please do not use our KS message system as it is a terrible and unwieldy thing to keep track of. 

Final Bits

What a month! I'm glad that we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to rewards fulfillment. The boxes and carts and prints have all turned out amazing, and I can't wait to see the final results of the art book. 

I'll have more news next month, Drifters.

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    1. David Brami on

      Same as Nick, I just received a mail from double fine showcasing the boxed edition as a perfect christmas gift, but I'm still waiting for updates on mine. Any news ?
      Take care you guys ^^

    2. Nick Evans on

      Any update on any of the physical rewards? I still have yet to receive my box, map, art book, and I also got the cartridge upgrade. So far nothing.. I backed at a very high tier here, so I am a little worried..

    3. Keyan Shokraie on

      You made one of the very best games of this year. Thank you for your hard work!

    4. Brien Howard on

      WOW. That is one gorgeous game package!!!

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      VkBest on

      60fps is coming to consoles too? or exclusive for PC?

    6. Pierce Arner on

      This is endlessly exciting!! I cannot wait to see how all of these things turn out when I finally get to hold them myself!

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      Robert Silesius on

      The 60fps update is amazing! I can finally play it now, and it is so smooth. Thank you for that!

      And yes... any way for Kickstarter backers who didn't opt for the book to get in on the hardcover art book?

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      Jabberwok on

      Will it be possible to buy the boxed edition and/or art book separately, if we just backed at the basic level?

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      BSL on

      Thanks for the update, hopefully with newcomer mode and the frame rate boost, it might entice me to jump back in, I played 10 hours at launch (went to the western map first) walked away and haven't been back since.

      Found certain things too obtuse, frustrating and wasn't liking the upgrades available as I didn't feel it game my character the edge I was looking for (which is exactly why you added them as you did) which I disagreed with.

      Regardless, it's a nice game, but hopefully with the patch it'll entice me to check it out again and possibly finish it this time. Otherwise I'll be happy I supported it, but disappointed I misjudged it as a game I thought I'd like, but discovered just wasn't what I was looking for.

      Cheers.

    10. Niki Coppola
      Superbacker
      on

      Hope you're feeling better. I hope a Nintendo Switch is possible in the future.

    11. Carl Bricknell on

      As someone who works on large enterprise projects you guys have done a stellar job. The passion for your work has been amazing. Hats off to you and your team.

    12. Nick Evans on

      Are you guys serious? Our art books are hard covers now??? Amazing!!

      The box, cart and manual look really, really great. Can't wait to get mine.

      This project is quickly becoming my favorite. You guys have really gone above and beyond with everything that you do.

      I know it has probably been a lot of long hours and tiring work, but I want you to know that it definitely has not gone unnoticed.

      Thank you again to everyone at Heart Machine. You guys truly rock.

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      Andrew Sarkarati on

      Great work! I'm still showing the game to new people and everyone loves it!

      Can you please let us know when this new update is released on DRM-free platforms (Humble, GOG)?

    14. JTD121 on

      O SNAPPLES. Will bring out all the DSLR gear to do these fantastic retro-future pieces some GREAT JUSTICE!

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      Alexander Aitman on

      I regret not backing for the boxed copy, this turned out to be one of my favourite games of the year!

    16. Matt Gibbons on

      You guys are the best. Best Kickstarter campaign I was ever a part of and quite possibly ever will be.