Use this space to cheer the creator along, and talk to your fellow backers.
Have a question?
Please provide regular updates. One every 1-2 weeks would be appreciated.
Why not make a video update of you guys doing some of the lip syncing (maybe sped up) you might find it boring, but that's the stuff that is worthy of a update, we like to see the behind the scenes stuff.
So as things are heading forward. When can we expect a possible release date? An extra Christmass gift or is that too soon? Cheers
Hey guys. We're still working on lip-syncing all the voices for the game. We're about 3/4 of the way through the NPCs and have yet to record or lip-sync D'arc (the protagonist/narrator's) lines. Things have been hampered a little recently by an utterly abysmal and embarrassingly pathetic Internet connection in Australia, which I hope will be upgraded within the next couple of weeks. It has prevented me from pushing any GIT updates for a month or so, which has been frustrating. Anyway, we still have several months of lip-syncing and recording work ahead of us. Pretty monotonous stuff, really, and not the most update-worthy content. It's going to be more of the same, I'm afraid, until all the syncing work is done. I'll try drop in here at the comments and give milestone updates from time to time, so you all know where the progress is at.
As for the deleted comments, they were inappropriate for a public forum and were removed by Kickstarter at JP's request.
It's not a good sign when two of the background artists for the games get their comments deleted. Kickstarter *RARELY* removes comments. They essentially have to be full of personal information and/or significant threats.
Things have gone quiet here again. I am a little worried. Still expecting a mid year release? any updates for the printed physical copy? I know the digital release will have to go into full swing to manage any last bits of patches and fixes and funding for prints. just curious where we are?
An update would be most welcome. Any idea when we can expect our physical rewards? I've been waiting for this for a long time, as I'm sure many many have...
Whoa, what's with the comment graveyard?
Keep up the great work on the game, fellas!
And, most importantly, the actor never sounded annoying and never sounded like he was reading; he actually sounded like the character talking normally. He was very relaxed and didn't seem to be "trying too hard" or overdoing it.
Speaking of voice acting, I don't know if you're going for British accents only this time, but the guy who did Alexander's voice in your King's Quest 3 remake was very, very good. I can be picky about voice acting and narration, and I thought his performance was perfect. Good acting, pleasing sound, right speed, etc.
This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.
Thank you for the latest update. I wrote the following in the comment section there. One of the things I admire about Himalaya Studios is that they alway seem to have their act together. I always know they'll pull through with something great. Their updates make sense and provide useful information. There are never any "we're out of money" surprises or failures to meet their responsibilities. I have been irritated by some Kickstarter campaigns, but this one has never irritated me. In fact, I really respect Himalaya for being the solid people they are. I know this comment probably sounds corny, but I mean it. I have played their games since they were called AGDI and making King's Quest remakes, and I've always thought highly of them. Nothing against other indie adventure developers and people making similar games who have come and gone over the years, but Himalaya Studios/AGDI remains the gold standard in this department. The original and still the best. No one did more to "keep alive" and spark others' interest to create these kinds of games over the last decade and a half (especially in the early 2000's) than has AGDI/Himalaya, and I do think they deserve recognition for this. I'm glad they are going to get more well-deserved attention with Mage's Initiation, which appears to be a very complex and large game. Suffice it to say I'm a happy backer.
Any update? It was estimated to be done in February 2014. It's February 2017 now... I mean - I am working in software development so I've underestimated some timelines myself but this is kinda surprising.
Time for a new update folks ?
Hey Louis. Steam keys for the beta went out to all backers who pledged at the $70 Tier and above, providing they filled out the survey to gain access to the testing forum. If you're eligible and didn't get a key, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did not get my steam key - who do I talk about this? Tried emailing got no response.
Glad you approve, KSimms! The difference in animation/sprite quality you're seeing is most likely the result of us changing the game to use 16:10 aspect ratio. Doing so made all the character sprites much larger on-screen than they were in the previous demos. The best part is that we didn't actually have to change anything with the sprites. We simply cropped all the 640x480 backgrounds to be widescreen (640x400) so that the characters would appear larger when standing on them.
FANTASTIC! I just got my Steam key for the Alpha 3.1 test version and downloaded the alpha version of the game. I've decided not to play anything beyond the first scene, until I get the final release, so as not to spoil anything. But I wanted to say: the music and sound effects are outstanding, the portrait art is beautiful, the writing strong, and the animation is great. Not sure if it has changed since the short demo released during the Kickstarter, but D'arc's look and movements seem better now, for some reason.
Thank you for delivering and for giving us something very special. I look forward to the finished product with all the new recorded voices.
Hey Paskarl. Good to hear that you got it sorted. By the way, if you run into any further bugs or issues, could you post them over at the beta tester forums at the Himalaya site, here:
We're not actively monitoring these comments on Kickstarter for bug reports, and it's ideal to have everyone's reports consolidated in the forum for easy reference. Cheers!
Deleted the local content. Downloaded it again. Everything works fine :-)
Startet the Beta.
BUT: "Unable to initialize your audio hardware"
Tried every combination in the winsetup.exe menu but nothing works for me :(
Hi, guys. There's not much on the update front to report, really. We've just been getting a tonne of bug reports from beta testers that we've been gradually working through, and have been focused on fixing. We're about halfway through the testing process now, and will be thinking about plans for the voice acting once we near the end of the process.
We still have a few eligible backer tiers to grant beta access to, but all-in-all, things are moving along smoothly and we've adopted a number of suggestions, so far, based on player feedback.
If you like adventure games, you should check out their Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine game. I'm playing it again now on my phone (it is available on iOS). I can't get over how well point-and-click adventures are suited for touch screens. It takes up quite a bit of room, and I had to delete a lot of videos on my phone to reinstall it, but the amount of gameplay makes it worth it.
Aerouge, what are you talking about? There are recent, very thorough updates posted. Look at the update section. They are already involved in the various processes for alpha/beta testing.
Still no update... are you guys still in business or went bancrupt without telling us?
I'm very glad this has 640x400! I would not have played it under that, sorry.
@Andrew: We'll have another update coming out in early September. Stayed tuned.
@ThomasN: Not really, you just draw smaller sprites for a low-res game and the screen resolution stretches the pixels to look bigger. Mage's Initiation is 640x400, though, so there's 4 times as many pixels than a standard 320x200 classic"Sierra 'Quest' game.
So when you do a "classic-sierra-style-adventure" you have to make giant pixels? I never guessed that.
just wondering when the next update is coming and moreover when is the game being released?
@David: Commercial projects tend to be much more difficult to manage than fan-created ones. Funding on Kickstarter compounds that by a factor of 10, as not all of the costs raised go toward development. Also, as you've mentioned, there's (rightfully) a much higher level of public scrutiny on the project, its development timeline, and expectations for a timely release, while also trying to keep the project bug-free, without compromising on quality. For these reasons, I'm not sure we'd ever crowdfund another project on Kickstarter. Somewhat ironically, it's neither the cheapest, fastest, nor least stressful means to develop a game! That said, we're still doing better for time than a lot of the Sierra alumni projects, which received way more money and were funded on Kickstarter at least a year before ours. We'll have an update regarding beta testing pretty soon.
BTW, KQ3 Redux was announced only 2 weeks before we released it. You probably mean the QFG2 remake, which spent 8 years in development. ;)
I figured when King's Quest III came out that it took so long because then-AGD said KQ3:R was a fan project with very limited non-paid staff who worked on it in their own free time.
But then Mage's Initiation, a legit retail project by a backed, for-profit game developer, is taking such a long time to release this that it calls into question for me Himalaya Studios' timeliness/efficiency in general.
I'm not sure I'd back any more of your projects, were there to be any, considering how long just this one project alone is taking. You can't make the same excuses for this game that you made for KQ3 Redux.
This and Hero-U are by far the KS games I think about the most often. (Although there are of course several bigger ones in pipelines around the world I also can hardly wait for: Star Citizen, T:ToN, D:OS2, Kingdom Come,... And frankly, there aren't many games outside crowdfunded ones I'm looking forward to at all these days, let alone AAA ones. I am hyped for Persona 5 and the new Zelda game (and to a slightly lesser degree Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III), but that's pretty much it. But I digress. ;p) And I've been thinking for a while now that it's really high time for a new update, so it's nice to read that a big one is coming soon.
@Pasharl: Of course not. Telepathically-thought projected games will be common-place by then. (We're almost ready to start figuring out the logistics of how to get the beta version distrusted. Hang in there!)
@Jack: I'll keep it in mind for when we publish the next update.
Yeah! Will I be still able to play it or do I have to ask my grand-grand-grand-children to record a let's play for me? ;-)
@Chris any chance of a new video or screen shots etc? in the next update.
Paskarl: It will.
We just finished our internal playhrough with the final (fire mage) class. Doing some final bug-fixes for issues that we found in that session as we speak.
Will THIS ever be finished and released??
Thanks for the status. I personally do think that you should still send out a KS update. I think a lot of people just really like to know what's going on, even if it's "Sorry it's taking a bit longer than we expected when it was taking longer than expected!"
Hey guys, just a quick note that we're working around the clock in preparation for releasing the alpha version to backers. We've already thoroughly playtested with 3 of 4 characters and have just one remaining class to go through the game with before we feel it's 'solid' enough to put out there. We'll probably hold off on the official KS updates until we have reliable info on the alpha plans for backers, as these KS updates take a while to write (and we're straining to think of anything new or different to say!), and since we're so close now, anyway, that's time better spent on finalizing the build at this point so that we can get it out to you all faster.
Feel free to drop in here and ask if you have any pressing queries, though. We'll check in and answer questions if they come in!
I look forward to this so much. The wait is unbearable :)