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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.
An enchanting Adventure/RPG set in a magical realm. Master spells, battle foes, and quest forth in this full-length game.
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Whole Lotta Talkin' Going On

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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!

Sincerely,

The Himalaya Team

Petteri Turtiainen, ET3D, and 19 more people like this update.

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    1. Joe Rundin on

      Been a little while, any new tidbits to share?

    2. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      @Blake: See my post below for how you can update your shipping address in the survey. We'll be allowing address changes right up until we're ready to start sending out physical items. At the moment, you should simply be able to log into your Kickstarter account, go to your previously-filled Mage's Initiation survey, and change the address field.

    3. Blake on

      Would it be best to email you with an address update?

    4. Alex the Gamer on

      I always appreciate updates! I don't check here very much anymore, but I'm excited for when the game comes out. Keep it up team!

    5. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      Hey guys. If you're at a tier that doesn't receive any physical/tangible items, then there's no survey to full out, as we don't need to collect any shipping address.

      However, if you pledged at a level that gives you physical reward items, and you didn't receive a survey via e-mail, then you should still be able to access it via your Kickstarter Account page. Here is an excerpt from Kickstarter's FAQ:

      Q) How can I view or change my survey responses?

      A) You can review your survey responses by logging into the account from which you originally pledged, visiting the project page and clicking the `View Pledge` button located to the right of the project image. One quick way to view project pages is to check Backed Projects on your account.

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      Louis Carson on

      I too, did not get a survey. Starting to think this is an elaborate troll.

    7. John Vaught II on

      I don't seem to have received a survey.

    8. Jeremie Lariviere
      Superbacker
      on

      thanks for the update!

    9. Karen Petrasko on

      That's fantastic news! Good luck with the D'arc dialogue.

      Just a heads up, when I navigate to the survey following the instructions, it shows me the message "This survey is closed. To update any of your responses, please contact Himalaya Studios, Inc.."

    10. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      If you can't find the survey, try this... Click your avatar at the top-right of the Kickstarter site. Under "Backed Projects", click "View All. Click on "Mages Initiation". On the page that opens next, you should see "Reward", "Survey", and "Messages". Click on "Survey" to access the survey and fill it out.

      If the "Survey" tab doesn't show up, it means you backed the project at a digital-only tier and there are no physical items to send, so we don't need to collect a shipping address.

    11. light487 - Kickstarter Junkie on

      Hrmm I don't seem to be able to find a survey email either in my inbox nor in my spam folder. What kind of survey was it? Kickstarter? Backerkit?

    12. Joe Rundin on

      So is it bad that I played through the beta when it was new for bug testing then stopped myself from playing more so I can enjoy the game when its finished? Still looking forward to this, even if the goblin camp is BS :D

    13. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      @Rambutaan A lot of the delays came down to cashflow and negotiating contracts, not so much the recording, line-splitting, and lip-syncing process. If I had all the lines together at once, then it would have probably only taken 5 months or so to handle all the NPCs. As for D'arc's lines, perhaps only 25% - 30% need lip-syncing. Just the lines where he speaks with other characters. All his lines for looking at rocks and trees etc. will just be echoes in his head that don't need the full treatment.

      @Isaac Solum I hear you. Mages should have been out a long time ago, and it would have been if not for the voice process. As far as I know, Hero-U won't have voices? If so, they'll get to skip that stage. I'm envious!

      @Jer Wallis They were e-mailed out. But I think you can also access all your Kickstarter surveys if you go into your Kickstarter account and look them up via the project. Somebody please correct me on this if I'm wrong!

    14. Jer Wallis on

      I can't find the survey to update my address. Do you have a link that we.can use or can you resend it?

    15. Isaac Solum on

      ...it'll probably be Hero-U despite their development problems :P

    16. Isaac Solum on

      Looks like we're going to have a winner in the "Will Hero-U or Mage's Initiation come out first?" pseudo-contest!

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      Snake2715 on

      Thanks for the update! Looking like a great fall will be upon us if the game continues to progress as planned. I suspect, as always, your games are worth the wait and this one will be no different. Keep pushing and know there are a lot of silent voices that are excited and anxious to enter the world you are creating.

    18. Rambutaan on

      If it took almost a full year to record 3,247 NPC lines and lip-sync them, Q3/Q4 sounds a bit optimistic to get D'arc's 5,712 lines recorded and lip-synced (or is a good proportion of that time spent planning and writing the script)? Not trying to be negative, mainly just curious about the process.

      Cheers for the update!

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      Michele on

      @Himalaya Studios
      Sorry, too much time has passed for me to remember correctly. I thought you used the KS survey and didn't find one on my profile. Thanks for checking.

    20. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      @Michelle the update with the form for the Book of Backer library book was sent a while ago here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2112639455/mages-initiation-a-classic-sierra-style-adventure/posts/1210035

      I just checked and you've already submitted your entry for the library book. So, no worries there.

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      Michele on

      What about the survey for the name in the library books?

    22. KSimms ✵ ✵ on

      Himalaya Studios (AGDI) is the best. I love all your games. You are legends. I am so excited that this tremendous game Mage's Initiation is nearing release.

    23. Himalaya Studios, Inc. Creator on

      @Patrick Jones: Yes, these were the surveys for backers who needed to supply us with a physical shipping address to send their tangible swag items to. For backers at the all-digital tiers, we'll simply send them all their digital rewards via a Humble Bundle link when the time comes.

    24. Patrick Jones
      Superbacker
      on

      For the surveys, you say you sent them out for "rewards tier levels". By that, do you mean only levels that are getting physical items?