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Heart Machine

24,150 backers pledged $645,158 to help bring this project to life.

On E3, Surveys and Betas!


Hello again, Drifters. June is ending soon, and one of the surveys has made its way to you once more. Some details within to help clarify questions you may have on the process and progress.


It was a blast to be there, though thoroughly exhausting. One of the most exciting moments was seeing Hyper Light up on the press conference stage shows for both Microsoft and Sony. Crazy times. Thanks again to both platforms for hosting and featuring us.

At the Sony booth
At the Sony booth



The $10 tier Survey went out this week. Some clarity on this tier (and the process in general):

  • Purpose: The Surveys allow us to collect critical information so we can distribute rewards (digital and physical, depending on add-ons) throughout development, once they're ready. The game is not done yet; release is still a ways off, with a date not yet announced. We're working incredibly hard each day, and we don't want to set a date until we are sure we can deliver!
  • Additional info: Kickstarter is somewhat limited in what it can do with forms, plus we can send each tier Survey only once. It's a bit harsh, I know. Thus, we need to stuff in all necessary questions into one single form for each tier; some people have physical reward add-ons from the before the campaign ended, and we need address/other info. If you don't have any physical rewards, please just put "none" in the spaces and it will be lovingly ignored.
  • If you added $5 to your pledge during the campaign to get a console copy, please just mark the system of your choice in the section that is titled "If you pledged for an extra copy..." and say so in the last section of notes.
  • We can't support adjustments/additions to pledges post-campaign: This was an issue covered last time around, but it deserves another quick spotlight. Unfortunately, KS doesn't allow us to accept additional pledges after a campaign ends, so upgrades become a very complex prospect, needing to be handled through an outside source to manage the large amount of backers we have. This could lead to potential issues with finances, something we don't want to chance. More importantly, this would take away a huge chunk of time from developing the game, as I would have to manage this system myself (we’re a 4 man team!).
  • "Early Backer" means you get the game at a deep discount for being an early supporter of the project; you'll get it at the same time as all backers.
  • Rewards: Some rewards will take longer: the art book, for example, will be ready shortly after the game releases as we want to be able to include plenty of final art. Others will be distributed throughout the process, like shirts and digital wallpapers. We'll continue to keep everyone in the loop through updates.

I hope this helps to clarify any questions that may arise. If/when more pop up, in the comments and through the message system, I'll continue to point people to this section to help keep it all consistent.

Beta Time

Early in the year we announced plans for the limited beta to hit during the mid-summer, targeting June. Since taking the game to both PAX East and E3, we've gathered critical feedback, which has motivated us to refine or rework certain systems and designs before putting it out to a larger audience. We want to put our best foot forward (for you to break to pieces), so we're going to hold the limited beta in the month of September. 

Here's a breakdown of what kind of fancy madness you'll be getting into with this pre-release bit of the game: the beta will include a cross section of the Challenge Mode, with increasingly difficult ways to power through select maps, racking up points while doing so. We're presenting a variety of weapons to play with (rail gun, diamond shot, roly poly, an exploding jar of flames among others), and increasingly murderous enemy waves to scream at - with some larger jerks tossed in to really break your soul.

Final Bits

We'll continue to keep everyone posted on beta progress throughout the summer, and keep posting fun items and broken moments on the devlog and other media. Stay tuned, lovely souls.

Adam Kosakowski, Koshinator, and 106 more people like this update.


    1. Creator Anthony Garcia on August 26, 2014

      No survey :(

    2. Creator Victor Strang on August 21, 2014

      Maybe off topic, but we'll have the second drifter in the release? Nothing but an early art was showed about him. Maybe it will come later after the game release?

    3. Creator Christopher Stephens on August 13, 2014

      They haven't sent them out yet to all tiers. Check out the general comments for more. This post from June about surveys was very confusing.

    4. Creator Andrew on August 12, 2014

      I'm in the $15 tier and have not received a survey to my email. An update on progress would be appreciated.

      Thank you for your time,


    5. Creator Michael Faries on August 8, 2014

      And I'll add that I haven't received a survey, either.

      Could the team (please) provide an update? Thank you!

    6. Creator Cactuar on July 25, 2014

      never got a survey

    7. Creator John Lacy on July 24, 2014

      Never got mine either :P

    8. Creator MetalShadowOverlord on July 23, 2014

      I never got a survey. O_o;;

    9. Creator AlieN InK on July 22, 2014

      Seeing the image of the game running on Vita... *droooooolz* Take all the time you want :-)

    10. Creator Jonathan Mckay Moran on July 15, 2014

      I backed the project because of it's June 2014 release date. But if it really is going to be delayed by three months, I may not get a chance to play the game. somewhere around September/October/November time, i'll be leaving the country for 2 years.

    11. Creator alex on July 15, 2014

      never got a survey....

    12. Creator David Cherry on July 7, 2014

      I didn't receive a survey in my email.

    13. Creator Loweak on July 5, 2014

      I'm worried too, I didn't receive any email survey :/ hope it´ll be sebd soon !

    14. Creator Shinigami Panda on July 3, 2014

      p.s. take ur time, like you could take 5 years if you want just keep going!!!! don't forget us big $ backers!

    15. Creator Shinigami Panda on July 3, 2014

      how about the 200$ tier THANK YOU SCROLL AW YWAH

    16. Creator Jasmine Perez on July 2, 2014

      I'm worried, I didn't receive any email survey about the $10 tier... I made sure my email is still up-to-date. Thanks for the T-shirt, looks so cool!

    17. Creator Lewis Vaughan Thomas on July 2, 2014

      Is the $25 tier survey being sent out at some other time?

    18. Creator Timothy Lose on July 2, 2014

      I completely support any delays you guys see as necessary, and I truly hope hyper light drifter ends up as the colossal success that it deserves to be, but as far as for me personally the whole, "not being able to upgrade to console version," thing has pretty much killed my buzz for this game. My own fault I guess, but it's still mega disappointing.

    19. Creator Ryan Brady-Toomey on July 1, 2014

      It looks like my question was overlooked amidst all of the people asking about the $15 pledge. I pledged $10 and have not received the survey yet. Could someone let me know if this could be looked into?

    20. Creator Sebastian Laumann on July 1, 2014

      Would be cool if this game came out on Tegrazone for my shield since it is developed for Ouya which is Tegra 3.
      Will just play it on my Vita otherwise! Can't wait! ^^

    21. Creator Jeffrey Gates on July 1, 2014

      Question: Is there a way to edit or resubmit surveys? Because I would like to switch my stuff.

    22. Creator Fernando on June 30, 2014

      just a question
      the surveys went only to the 10$ pledge so far? it will go to the 15$-20$-25$-40$ in this order? sorry just a little confusing.

      not sure if I should had it already I pledged 40.

      the game is looking great btw. love the concepts and the animation.

    23. Creator OtoshiGami No. 40723 on June 30, 2014

      @Heart machine
      Don't worry about it, just keep polishing your game until you have nothing to polish. if that's the delay you want, sure go ahead. "Delayed games is a good game." i'll be looking forward to play the Beta. :)

    24. Creator Sean Broderick on June 30, 2014

      Hello, I pledged 10 originally and upped to 15 to get console version, but I did not receive the survey. Do I need to do something special to get it?

    25. Creator Richard Osborne on June 30, 2014

      Whew thank god I gave enough for the console copy

    26. Creator Tyler Ferguson on June 30, 2014

      So I'm Assuming since I pledged $40 I also will be receiving the Survey at a later Date. Still one of my most anticipated games can't wait.

    27. Creator Patrick Martin on June 30, 2014

      I've given extra money during the backer survey for multiple other Kickstarter projects in the past for additional rewards. Why can I not do the same for this project and add $5 to my pledge? My fault that I never saw the $5 additional pledge, but I don't have a platform to play this on with just the PC version. Why can't I add $5 during the backer survey stage to upgrade to a console version?

    28. Creator Leland_Rodriguez on June 30, 2014

      Just to be clear, does this mean that those who backed at 15 and up ( I backed at 40 myself) will have their choice of platform, or that any donation level would need 5 dollars added on for a console version? Just curious.

    29. Creator Jeremy on June 30, 2014

      Thanks. Keep your time to polish and deliver the experience you want to give us. Totally agree with the Miyamoto's quote Alex is using often in interview.

    30. Creator Timothy Lose on June 30, 2014

      While I understand the trouble involved with upgrading pledges, punishing those who pledged early buy not letting them select the game on the console of their choice is just not cool, seriously disappointed, that's what I get for being an early adopter I guess...

    31. Creator Heart Machine on June 30, 2014


      I totally understand, Eric. We just want people to play the best we can present at the right time.

    32. Creator Eric on June 30, 2014

      I appreciate you keeping us informed and I know well the desire to get something not horribly broken in front of people for the first time.

      Just wanted you to know I was a little sad to know that I have to wait three more months before I can play anything at all; I got very excited when I saw the "June 2014" date on the backer reward.

    33. Creator Heart Machine on June 30, 2014


      Hey Jeremy, we have not sent the $15 tier yet; in due time!

    34. Creator Heart Machine on June 30, 2014

      @Ernesto Mántaras:

      We have not yet sent this survey tier yet; in due time!

    35. Creator Heart Machine on June 30, 2014

      @Jesus Antonio Rivera Muñoz:

      Hey Jesus. $15 survey has not been sent yet. In due time!

    36. Creator Jesus Antonio Rivera Muñoz on June 30, 2014

      i pledged 15 also... im starting to think its US only... =/

      my Wii U wants this ._.

    37. Creator Ernesto Mántaras on June 30, 2014

      Same question here, I pledged $15 but didn't get the survey. Should I look it up or is it for US only?

    38. Creator Heart Machine on June 30, 2014

      Just to cover a few comments: The $10 tier went out this last week, the $15 will be next once we settle remaining questions!

    39. Creator Jeremy on June 30, 2014

      Also like Simon and others. I pledged 15 but didn't get the survey either. Or is it US only for now? I want a PSVita version so bad ! Keep up the good work guys.

    40. Creator Shawn Harris on June 30, 2014

      Excellent update! So glad to hear everything's truckin along, even if beta has been slightly delayed.. every time new footage pops up, I'm awestruck by the art n animation. Can't wait for the later tier surveys to go out!

    41. Creator Carl Springer on June 30, 2014

      Take your time guys and make this the best you can! Can't wait!

    42. Creator Simon Ovadia on June 30, 2014

      I pledged 15 but didn't get the survey either. Or is it US only for now?

    43. Creator Jeffrey Gates on June 30, 2014

      Aw damn it, in the survey I asked in the comment section about switching my added 5 dollars towards a console copy, but I didn't actually mark it down. Now I don't think I can resubmit my survey.

      Ah well. I guess I'll have to buy it twice. Or gift the PC one to someone else.

    44. Creator Ryan Brady-Toomey on June 30, 2014

      I pledged at the $10 tier and did not receive a survey this week. Am I misinterpreting the update, or will the surveys be going out soon? This update seems to indicate that the survey went out already.

    45. Creator Andreas Walters on June 30, 2014

      Can't wait to see it!

    46. Creator Daniel Chavez on June 30, 2014

      Way to go guys! Can't wait

    47. Creator Humbleroots on June 30, 2014

      Beat update of the day!

    48. Creator GunplaGamer on June 30, 2014

      As a person who pledged $25 i for one cannot WAIT for the BETA!!! :D :D Keep up the great work guys!!