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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.

A quick update!


Drifters! It's been a bit of time since the last update. We have a few things below we would like to share.

First, new GIFs:


There are two reasons for the longer-than-usual timing on the update:

1) Focus. We chose to keep anything besides development as a secondary concern in order to execute and it's been extremely productive for us. (For instance, we chose not to attend PAX Prime this year in order to remain focused, even though it would be lovely to engage with everyone there.) The whole team has been blazing though tasks as we gear up for the September beta. 

2) Health. As I've made public here and elsewhere on the internet, I suffer from serious health issues. Some months I'm able to do everything I need to, others, not so much. These last two months have been particularly rough for me, so updates and other Kickstarter/community related responsibilities that aren't paramount to game completion temporarily fall by the wayside in order to focus what energy I have into the game and maintaining physical stability. 

The positive component of such a downside remains the incredible support from the team. They've been keeping Hyper Light bursting and on track while I tend to recovery. I'll always have to deal with the terrible challenges my body presents, but it soothes and motivates me knowing that my team has my back.

Come next update we should have a solid beta release date for everyone to look forward to. See you then, Drifters.


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    1. J Pierce on September 8, 2014

      Just keep on trucking. I'm happy as long as people take the money from a kickstarter and do the work they say they will. I don't even care much about the estimated delivery dates. If I want a game right now, that's what Steam is for!

    2. BlackTurtle on September 2, 2014

      Your health comes first!!!

    3. Rullakebab99 on August 24, 2014

      Having suffered chronic back pain and all the surprising limitations that come with such obstinate diseases, all i can say, your health is everything. Tend to it first, everything else second. I hope you the very best. :)

    4. Noah Mattson on August 23, 2014

      Stay safe and stay healthy! Take your time getting it to us, we can wait.

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      Michael Smith on August 22, 2014

      Why does the first GIF look like a moldy demonic Pedobear to me? Must be something wrong with me.

    6. Alex Ting on August 22, 2014

      Take care, my friend <3

    7. Alejandro Szalay Gonzalez on August 22, 2014

      Dudes and dudettes of HeartMachine!! Listen to the people! You gotta take care of your health! We want the game! It looks awesome! But if it comes to a price that big, of course we can wait! You gotta feel good so we can feel good too!!

    8. Rafael Fernandes on August 22, 2014

      Hope you get better! And thanks for this awesome project!

    9. Francis on August 22, 2014

      The top GIF looks kinda like the Giants from Dark Souls 2 (…), on purpose? Anyways, awesome work as always! Take care of yourself, don't forget to exercise, even if it's just a little bit every now and then, I also work as a game developer, I find neglect of exercise makes me feel worse both mentally and physically thus making me also work worse.

    10. Ilhan Blanco on August 22, 2014

      The same as the other people here.
      Health, family, friends will be always more important than a game.
      So take your time.

      I've got a friend working as a game designer adn he didn't get holydays in 3 years. We hardly find time to have a drink together.

      So you'll understand that I prefer people doing games taking time.
      The result will be better for you and for us.

    11. Odd Nydren on August 22, 2014

      Hey, too many people stress for all too silly reasons... ..I'll be much happier to play your game knowing you enjoyed making it and taking care of yourself while doing it!! Cheers //O.

    12. Leon Chia on August 22, 2014

      Your health is first priority, please! I am more than happy to wait!

    13. John Michael Guerrero on August 21, 2014

      Take your time and get well. We'll all be on the sidelines cheering the team on. <:

    14. Jasmine Choinski
      on August 21, 2014

      Kia kaha.

    15. 404-tech on August 21, 2014

      Best wishes for you health status! I am confident you and your team will create an awesome game.

    16. D. Shaw on August 21, 2014

      A most definite health first, I already know the game is going to be awesome... so on that note please take care of yourself. Thank you for updating us on the project though, it's looking pretty damn good.

    17. Ryan Brady-Toomey on August 21, 2014

      Take all the time you need to do this right. I appreciate the update to let us know whats going on and some sweet new gifs :)

    18. Rhys K on August 21, 2014

      All I need is a monthly dose of HLD gifs. :P

      I'd rather have the game come out a couple of months late if it means you won't have to make sacrifices regarding your health! :)

    19. Jon J. Lecuona on August 21, 2014

      Health first! I hope you get better soon!

      I appreciate the "no news" news tho =)

    20. rjm on August 21, 2014

      pshh, take your time and get better dude. we want the game bad, but we can wait!

    21. Heart Machine Creator on August 21, 2014

      I sincerely appreciate all of the positive comments and support here. I should amend my statement in the post and add that all the backers and the community behind the game inspire and sustain me as well. Thanks, everyone.

    22. Alex Neilson
      on August 21, 2014

      Take care of yourselves!

    23. Romain Claperon on August 21, 2014

      Take care! Thank you for your job!

    24. Narno on August 21, 2014

      Bonne santé, from France ! The animations (GIFs) alone are already very exciting!

    25. Alexis L on August 21, 2014

      You and your team's health is more important. Take care of yourself, we're all looking forward to the game when it comes, whenever that may be. :)

    26. Otoshigami No. 40723
      on August 21, 2014

      "try to be" is not the right word, more like "always stay healthy". :)

    27. Otoshigami No. 40723
      on August 21, 2014

      as other people said, take your sweet time!! recovering your health is you most priority than making the game because making the game while being sick is a bad habit that might ended up loose ends on the game like bugs, glitches, story/gameplay missing materials, etc. that said try to be 100% healthy and then work on your game. :)

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      Jacob Perlman on August 21, 2014

      Take your time, man! It was great to meet you at E3!

    29. Robert on August 21, 2014

      Health comes first! So get well soon! And only then should you keep up the good work!

    30. Bruno S. Briseno on August 21, 2014

      It's ready when it's ready hey! Take it easy!

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      Joshua Ponder on August 21, 2014

      Looks amazing keep up the great work!

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      Devin King on August 21, 2014

      Take care of yourself! I'd rather wait longer than have you in a bad condition.

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      Lorenz Jugel on August 21, 2014

      Keep on trucking, but please don't overdo it. No game is worth your health.

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      Everette Scott on August 21, 2014

      You are an inspiration to me as well as many of my friends! I wish you the best! I hope you don't stress over the game. Just do what you can. If you can't tell already, your Kickstarters want the best for you. I'm just happy you are building a game that has the potential to be one of the best ever. Be well, good sir. Best wishes!

    35. Mathew Hoy on August 21, 2014

      take care of yourself, dude! you can do it.

    36. Rincs on August 21, 2014

      No worries!! Your health is #1 priority, then game is #2! Thanks for taking the time to update today! Thank you for all you guys' hard work! I'm sure I can speak for most (if not all) when I say that we're rooting for you!! :D stay safe and recover!

    37. Raül Meroño Pericas on August 21, 2014

      Be safe. Your health is more important than anything else. The rest will come in time.

    38. Devin on August 21, 2014

      You are an inspiration to so many! Thank you for working so hard on this game, but do not think for a second that the adoring public's love of the project is more important than your health. It wouldn't exist without you, and you deserve to enjoy the process just as much as we'll undoubtedly one day enjoy the game. Take it easy and don't forget to breathe. We love you guys! :-)

    39. Max VanDuyne on August 21, 2014

      Like the others said, we're all here for you if you need us! Do what you need to do to take care of yourself, and know that we're all cool with you taking as much time as you need to make the game as awesome as possible. <3

    40. Jeffrey Campbell on August 21, 2014

      We've got your back too, buddy! Keep it up!

    41. Daniel T. Bekmand on August 21, 2014

      I do not know if your sicknes is chronic or not. But I know I would be devestated if I learned that you made yourself permanently worse just to finish this game sooner. So don't stress development at the cost of your health for my sake. And on that note, I'm impressed that you have started this project and I do hope that you will be happy with the result. I'm patiently looking forward to seeing more of it.

    42. Calvin Lindfors on August 21, 2014

      Hang in there Alex, your health is always more important than the game.