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An enchanting Adventure/RPG set in a magical realm. Master spells, battle foes, and quest forth in this full-length game.
3,157 backers pledged $125,174 to help bring this project to life.

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Initiation day is here! Play Mage’s Initiation!

Posted by Himalaya Studios, Inc. (Creator)

Hello, Dear Backers!

It’s been a long time coming, but Mage’s Initiation has finally released today after 10 years (!) in development. This is a far cry from our original estimate, but we got there in the end! We truly appreciate our backers’ patience and enthusiasm as we worked to make this game the very best it could be. Thank you!

As of today, Mage’s Initiation is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux on Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store. Spread the word! Tell your friends!

We’re distributing digital rewards through Humble Bundle. By now you should have received details for claiming your DRM-Free copy and Steam/GOG key and soundtrack at the e-mail address we have on file for you. If you didn’t get that (and it’s not in your spam folder), please review Humble's support page on the topic.  If you still can't locate the e-mail, click the "Contact a Humble  Support Ninja" link at the bottom of the page and they'll help  you out.

Launch Trailer

Let’s talk it up!

· Please help us out by leaving a review  on Steam. It'll greatly help in boosting discoverability and let new people find out about the game. More adventure for all!

· If you need support, help, hints, or just want to leave some feedback, visit us over at the Himalaya Studios forums and drop a line!

Now, with development largely off our plate, we'll be spending the next year manufacturing the rest of the swag and figuring out how to best get that into your hot little hands (for the Fire Mage's among you, at least!) We'll also be looking into smartphone ports.

Thank you again for supporting Mage’s Initiation. We couldn’t have done it without you guys. And now we can’t wait to hear what you think of the game!

The Himalaya Team

Mage's Initiation Mac and Linux Beta Testing

Posted by Himalaya Studios, Inc. (Creator)
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Mage's Initiation Release Date Announced

Posted by Himalaya Studios, Inc. (Creator)

Greetings and salutations, backers!

This update will be short and sweet...

Release Date Announced

We're excited to announce that Mage's Initiation finally has a release date! Set your calendars for January 30th, 2019.

We also have a new preview teaser video to whet your appetite for what's to come.

Platform Availability

The game has a Steam page where you can start wish-listing it. So be sure to do that and help us spread the word! 
We're also in talks with GOG about releasing on their service and we're waiting to hear back from them, so a status about GOG availability couldn't be included in this update. Hopefully soon!

This game is wheely magical.
This game is wheely magical.
Magical Mana vs. Shield and Armor
Magical Mana vs. Shield and Armor

The first previews have started coming in and the press are liking what they've seen!

PC Gamer (Greek)
Outcast (Italian)

Ports A-Go-Go

Last but not least, we're currently working on native Mac OSX and Linux ports and hope to have them ready for release day (or thereabouts). Fingers crossed! We may actually need a few Linux and Mac beta testers to put those versions through their paces. But more on that when the time comes.

Thanks to everyone for your patience. The long wait is almost over!

Yours in Sorcery, Necromancy, and Prestidigitation,

The Himalaya Team

Beta Begins

Posted by Himalaya Studios, Inc. (Creator)

Welcome, Backers of Magic and Mystery, to yet another update!

We’ve hit our next major milestone and we’re eager to tell you all about it. 

It Speaks! It’s Synced!

After a very long and arduous process, it’s most pleasing to now say that ALL the voice and speech audio for Mage’s Initiation has FINALLY been completely recorded, lip-synced, and is functional in the game! We’ve recently moved the game from alpha into beta and have launched a new beta testing phase (more on that below). We’re currently doing some final retakes and going through all the scenes in the game, listening to the voices, and adjusting them for timing in their respective scenes (i.e. so that they match up with musical cues and so that the pauses between dialogue lines with other NPCs sounds natural). We’re fixing any remaining bugs we find along the way, too.

Beta Testing Commences

The latest beta version (v 1.3) of Mage’s Initiation is currently live on Steam and ready to be tested. This build has all the character voices included.

It has been quite a long while since the alpha phase was active, so we wanted to do a general call-out to remind all eligible backers (i.e. those who backed at the $70 Shaman tier or higher) to visit the Himalaya Studios forums, log into the Mages Beta Testing Forum, and report any bugs/issues you find.

Please note that (unlike previous alpha builds) in order to test this new beta, you must enter a special password into Steam. You'll need to visit the Himalaya Studios Beta Testing Forum to obtain this password and further instructions. Otherwise, your Steam version will only function as a demo of the game's first task.

If you're at an eligible tier and didn’t previously validate your Steam key and are looking for it, please check your e-mail inbox and junk/spam folders. Search for an email from Humble Bundle dated between September 10th 2016 and January 8th 2017. If you're having difficulty, try performing a search for "Humble" or "Beta Testing", which  should help.

If you haven't done so already, you'll also need to register an account at the Himalaya Studios Forums so we can grant you access to the private beta testing forum - where all bug reports and communications take place.

Release Date

Now, to the question on everybody’s lips? Exactly WHEN is this ^#$#@ game going to be released? Well, dear backers, we’re glad you asked! Originally, we had slated the game for a Q3 or Q4 release in 2018. However, now that we’re rapidly approaching the end of the year when things are starting to heat up with all the AAA titles during the pre-Christmas rush, we decided it would be prudent to hold off and release in early 2019 instead.

While the game will certainly be polished and ready for release within a month or so, we really don’t want to just rush it out at the most hectic time of year and see it get buried as a result. No, we must be very strategic about this and carefully consider how to best approach our PR campaign. This will go into action in October, and a preview build will be sent out to interested gaming media and press. After investing so much time developing this game over the past decade, we really want to maximize its chance of doing well. For that to happen, we need to allow ample time for reviewers and previewers to fit it into their busy schedules and give it a proper amount of playtime (it’s a big game!). So, yes, early 2019 is the time to look forward to. We haven't revealed a specific date yet, but that will be announced as we get closer.

Steam and GOG Status


We have a shiny new “Coming Soon” Steam store page for Mage’s Initiation!  Check it out here and be sure to add it to your wish-lists. Even though you’ll already be getting a copy via Kickstarter, apparently adding it still helps with Steam’s algorithms and such. Please get your buddies, cohorts, and frenemies to add it too, if they’d be into this sort of game!


We had hoped to have an announcement about Mage’s Initiation’s availability on GOG for this update. We contacted them after they showed initial interest, but haven't heard back from them as of yet. In the meantime, you can continue to vote for Mage’s Initiation via the GOG Community Wish-list and post comments about why you believe it would be a good match for inclusion on the GOG store.


We haven’t done any shoutouts for a while, but there are a couple of interesting projects to mention at the moment.

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption

Lori and Corey Cole, of Sierra On-Line and Quest for Glory fame recently released their first crowd-funded game “Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption”. It’s an RPG in the spirit of Quest for Glory and features a similar stats system as well as many throwbacks and references to their classics. Hero-U is also currently on sale at Steam with a 35% discount. Featuring the trademark storytelling from the Coles, and artwork from Mage’s Initiation artist JP Selwood (who worked on both games), this is definitely one to check out for old Sierra fans! You can get it here.

Nighthawks - The Vampire RPG

Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games has teamed-up with sometime Rock Paper Shotgun contributor Richard Cobbett to create Nighthawks - The Vampire RPG. Described as being “a brand new urban fantasy RPG”, this title is sure to have all the hallmarks and trimmings one has come to expect from Wadjet Eye’s titles and should be a real treat. There's less than 20 hours remaining in their Kickstarter campaign and they're so very close to the finishing line. Head on over to their page and get involved, if you’re so inclined. 

And that about ties up all the loose ends for this go-around. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for interim updates, if you don’t already, and stay tuned for more details on the upcoming release as we finish up beta testing and approach year’s end.

Until then, stay Magical!

The Himalaya Team

Whole Lotta Talkin' Going On

Posted by Himalaya Studios, Inc. (Creator)

Hello, Magically-inclined people,

We just wanted to provide a quick update on where things stand in the voice implementation schedule.

NPCs Got the Gift of the Gab

It's most pleasing to say that we've FINALLY hit the major milestone of getting all of the NPC characters' voices recorded and completely lip-synced. That equates to a total of 3,247 lines; a process that took almost one full year! With that task now squarely in the rear-view mirror, we've started concentrating on slaying the final beast - D'arc's lines. At this point in time we're still preparing his script and haven't actually started recordings yet. However, that's on track to commence within the next few weeks. D'arc has lines. A LOT of lines. 5,712 lines to be precise. So MANY lines that it's taken several weeks just to organize his script document, add all the directional notes, and put everything in the right contextual order. It's almost like proof-checking a short novel. (By comparison, a typical NPC script takes around an hour to compile and organize). Thankfully, not all of D'arc's lines will need lip-syncing, as many of them (such as narration descriptions) will merely be thoughts in his head that don't require his mouth to move.

It's anticipated that D'arc's lines will take another two to three months to record, lip-sync, and implement into the game. After that's been sorted, we'll need to do a few final rounds of beta testing to check that everything's working properly, tidy up a few remaining bugs, and to catch any voice files that may have been missed or that might require retakes on account of having the wrong inflection or tone.

Aside from that, only the cutscene intermission movies still need to be finalized by having the final character voices and lip-syncing added, as well as some editing adjustments to make the timing cleaner and snappier. We're excited to be nearing the light at the end of the tunnel – it's approaching like a Flame Bolt to face... only less cauterizing.

Surveys Reminder

A quick reminder about rewards surveys: We sent them out to coincide with our last update (on Oct 11th, 2017), so if you missed that and you're a backer at one of the rewards tier levels, please check your e-mail accounts/spam folders from around that date and fill the form. The form makes it very easy to update your address details if you've moved houses since initially filling it out.

When all's said and done, it looks as if we're on track for a Q3 or Q4 2018 release! We'd like to thank everyone again for your incredible patience (and sometimes eager impatience) and for bearing with us through this lengthy development cycle. You'll have the game in your hot little hands before too long!


The Himalaya Team