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Enter a beautiful world haunted by its fateful past and join a party of unlikely heroes on their journey to rescue Amon's uncle from an ancient cult and uncover the secret of the Earthkey.
Enter a beautiful world haunted by its fateful past and join a party of unlikely heroes on their journey to rescue Amon's uncle from an ancient cult and uncover the secret of the Earthkey.
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Switch announcement!

Posted by Snowcastle Games (Creator)
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Here is an update from Tokyo Game Show

In this update: 

  • 1. Switch announcement 
  • 2. WiiU status

Earthlock on Switch
We are very happy to announce that we will be publishing Earthlock on the Switch. We will initially be doing this in Japanese and English only, and then as soon as we get the game translated to other languages, we will update with those. We can’t say much more about this release right now, but you may expect more exciting news about this release soon. As we release on Switch, we hopefully will be able to release the Japanese version of Earthlock on Playstation 4 at the same time.

Right now Bendik and Erik are attending Tokyo Game Show and meeting with Cross Function, our publishing partner in Japan.

WiiU keys and patch
We did a mistake when we prepared the WiiU selection options on Backerkit - we forgot to add region options like USA and EU. Since we need to pay Nintendo for the WiiU keys we give our backers, we have been waiting to see how many chose WiiU and what region they like it in. Keys have now been ordered and we will hopefully get them next week. We are really sorry for the delay and understand the frustration some backers have expressed as non-backers are now able to buy the game, but the backers have to wait.

We also regret to inform you that we have been alerted to a bug in the WiiU version that we are currently working on fixing. It’s our fist time trying to patch a Nintendo game so we don’t know how long the process takes, but we will update you as soon as we know.

If you have any problems with the reward selection or for some other reason like some support, pease contact us at support @ snowcastle.no

That is all for now!

Best regards,
Bendik

Wii U release imminent!

Posted by Snowcastle Games (Creator)
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Dear backers, 

In This Update: 

  • Wii U release imminent! 
  • Japanese Publishing deal 
  • Nintendo Switch version 

Wii U release imminent! 

We are very happy to announce that we have passed certification and the game is scheduled for Wii U launch on: 

We had some snags with the US version, though still in the certification process, the title has been approved and moved on to release preparations as we speak. If everything go as planned (and we don’t see any issues with the delivery as is at this point) the US version should be visible and ready for download on the 14th September. 

We will be sending out Wii U keys soon, so make sure that you have updated your BackerKit Survey (link). All who have ordered the game for Wii U still has a chance to update that order. Many people have replaced their Wii U with another console like the Switch.

It has taken a lot longer than anticipated, but we were dead set on keeping our promise to our Kickstarter backers.

So, from all of us to all of you, we sincerely hope you enjoy the journey through Umbra!

Japanese Publishing Deal

We are very happy to announce that Cross Function will be helping us publish Earthlock in the Japanese market digitally (no physical launch there).

We will be going over to Tokyo Game Show on September 20th to 24th to show off the Japanese version.

Switch Version? 

At this time we can’t say much more than earlier, but keep an eye out for announcements from Cross Function during Tokyo Game Show!

Best regards,
Snowcastle Games

Wii U Version

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Dear awesome Wii U backers,

Wii U
I would like to ensure you all that we are still working on the Wii U version. We did the first optimization pass in January and were very hopeful that we would be able to release the game soon after that. However during the Quality Assurance process afterwards, we concluded that it needed more work, and so here we are. 

The Wii U version has gone through a full second optimization pass and is now in QA again. We are still working hard on getting it out ASAP, but having missed the estimated date in the last KS update, I'll just stick to the "as soon as possible".

Nintendo Switch

Many of our Wii U backers have been asking us if we can give them the option to instead choose a Switch version. If and when we release a Switch version we have decided that all Wii U backers will get both. So feel free to get your Wii U version as soon as it arrives!

(We will announce news about a possible Switch version at a later time.)

Best regards,
Bendik

GOG Launch and Status Update

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In This Update:

  • GOG Launch
  • Wii U Status Update
  • Comic Book
  • PS4 Skin Packs

GOG Launch

Today, we officially launched on GOG! All backers who selected the DRM Free option have been sent their game and DLC skin pack codes, so please check your emails!

Wii U Status Update

Wii U Status UpdateWii U production is almost complete. We have only one scene left for optimization which should be completed by the end of the week, then we’ll begin the certification process. Since its our first time, we can’t predict how long the certification process will take but we will keep you updated along the way.

Comic Book

Last week we sent out the Digital Comic Book to all backers who have purchased the correct tier/add-on. We really hope you guys enjoy it!:)

PS4 Skin Packs

The PlayStation 4 Skin Pack codes have been sent out to all backers who have selected the North/South America region. We are waiting to hear back from Sony Europe regarding the European region codes and will get back to you as soon as we know more!

For any issues, please send us a private message so we can resolve it as quickly as possible.

Kind Regards,

Andrew and The Snowcastle Team

Playstation Launch today

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Launch

We are extremely happy to announce that the game has launched on PS4 in European territories. We have also released Earthlock Avatars that you can use for your profile. A few days a go, we sent out a request for all Playstation backers to double check if you had selected the right Playstation territory

If you still have not done so, please go here: https://earthlock.backerkit.com/

The game is also out physically in stores around in Europe and Oceana today. 
The US physical launch is set to February 14th.

8-9 days delay on EU (SCEE) keys

On to the bad, bad news. We submitted a Kickstarter Backer key request to Sony Europe two days ago and although we have been in touch with them throughout the day to try to speed up the process, there is a 10 day processing time on those keys. This will only affect those who have selected the EU region. We have distributed keys to the US region today.

We are of course terribly sorry for this! Still learning, unfortunately.
It is all my fault (Bendik's), so feel free to flame me in the comments section below. 

Remaining platforms (GOG and Wii U)

The GOG version is completed. We only need to get all set up with the GOG store. I hope to get it published within the next couple of weeks. I'll let you know as soon as we have a fixed date with GOG.

The Wii U version is giving us some challenges, but we have made great progress. Only the last few scenes remain to be optimised. We hope to enter certification in about 2 weeks. It might be tight, but we are still optimistic about a Wii U launch around the end of February/ beginning of March. I'll keep you posted once we have more precise dates.

The Linux version is still in beta on Steam, but we should be able to divert resources back to it now that we finally got the PS4 version out.

Nintendo Switch is still an uncertainty. Nintendo has not given us a clear response on when we may expect to publish on their new console. Feel free to use social media to let Nintendo know that you want Earthlock on the Switch. (https://twitter.com/NintendoAmerica)

First Blog Post

As I have mentioned to some of you in the comments section earlier I will write about Snowcastle and the 5.5 years since we began Earthlock. It's going to be quite a bit of writing on my behalf, but I have gotten started and here is the first part.

http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/BendikStang/20170118/289441/Starting_an_Indie_Game_Studio.php

That is it for now. We will update you as soon as we get those EU keys. 
Again, to all those people I have let down with the delayed keys, I'm so sorry!

Best regards,
Bendik