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Starlight Inception is the rebellious stepchild of Wing Commander, X-Wing and Freespace 2, taking a fresh approach to a classic genre.
3,724 backers pledged $158,152 to help bring this project to life.

Starlight Tactics live on Steam tomorrow (04.07.2015)

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Just a quick announcement that Starlight Tactics will be live on Steam tomorrow.

Starlight Tactics is a full 3D turn-based tactical space combat experience set in the Starlight 'verse.

Here is a link to the game page if you want to check it out:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/354050

In other news, we are putting the joystick patch for Starlight Inception through it's paces and fixing the last few bugs.  We've been testing it on the beta branch and hope to have it released later today or tomorrow.

It vastly improves joystick configuration in the game, allowing the player to use their joystick and set up bindings in the options menu once joystick is chosen.  I tested it with my really twitchy Microsoft Force Feedback2 joystick and with a Saitek x52 and the experience was awesome.

As soon as the Steam build is posted, we are going to generate the DRM-free PC build as well as the boxed set PC build and send those out to the backers who have been so patiently waiting for them.

Kindest Regards,
Garry and the Starlight Inception/Starlight Tactics Team

STARLIGHT TACTICS - Looking for Beta Testers on iOS and Android

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Android and iOS Players - We are looking for beta testers for Starlight Tactics beta 0.11 for iOS and Android phone or tablet. If you want to try it out, please also register for our bug database at www.unitedstarforce.com/mantis . First players to email at info@eschatch.com get to try out the beta version of the game. Thank you!

Starlight Tactics
Starlight Tactics

INSIDE THE READY ROOM - STARLIGHT 01.02.2015

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Welcome to the "Inside the Ready Room - Starlight Edition!" The Ready Room is the area on a carrier where pilots are given briefings and sent off onto missions; thus the name for this series of blogs. 

We wanted to give a status update of the many items we’ve been wrapping up for the Kickstarter and an exciting new announcement. 

And as always, because some of these dates are still reliant on factors out of our control, we ask that you understand that this information is subject to change… 

STARLIGHT TACTICS 
iOS, Android, PS4, XBOX One, PC, Mac, Linux 

We will be officially announcing our new game, Starlight Tactics, on Monday, January 5th. Please visit the Facebook page at \StarlightTactics for information about the newest game set in the Starlight universe. 

PAX SOUTH 

Escape Hatch Entertainment will be at PAX South, in San Antonio, Texas from 01/23 – 01/25/2015. 

Please feel free to stop by our booth and meet the developers, and to check out our newest demos. This is the first time that PAX has had a convention so close to home so we are really excited to be participating in this event. 

VITA SCEA/SCEE [Sony Computer Entertainment America/ Sony Computer Entertainment Europe] 

STATUS: Update 2 being readied 

Vita Full Game: We continue to work on refining Starlight Inception Vita, and are in preparation to release the new update, which greatly improves the file size, as well as adding greater CP rewards for Fly Patrol missions, and other fixes. Because the file size change (we have cut the game size roughly in half) entails a complete rerelease of the game through Sony, this is taking a little longer than expected, but we are plugging away. Expectation is early 2015 for this release. (And we are definitely looking into what it will take to get it on Playstation TV). 

EHE DRM-FREE / STEAM / BOX SET STATUS: Released through Steam / New update being readied for Steam / New DRM-free version being completed 

PC Full Game: We’ve been updating the PC version with refinements, enhancements and bug fixes from the Vita and PS3 version, and most importantly adding joystick support. Adam and his team have been creating a joystick configuration screen that will allow you to configure your joystick or controller with the game, and save the configuration. 

Once completed, the configurator will be integrated into the DRM-Free, Steam and Box Set versions of the game, and the box sets will be (finally) sent out to the backers patiently waiting for them. 

This issue has been a great source of frustration on this project, and this solution looks like it will be the keeper. We’re hoping for this before the end of January, and will keep you up to date on progress through Facebook at \StarlightIncept and Twitter at @eschatchent. 

PS3 SCEA / SCEE STATUS: Submitted to Sony, awaiting approval or resubmission 

PS3 Full Game: We have submitted this to the Sony Final QA department and are awaiting results. This was the fourth time we resubmitted, so we are hoping that the remaining issues are few or non-existent. We fixed a couple more bugs with multiplayer and splitscreen mode and resubmitted before the new year in SCEA territories, and will be resubmitting SCEE territories on 1/5/15. If all goes well, we will be announcing a release date soon on Facebook, Twitter and eschatch.com. This is definitely a crossbuy release. 

PS4 SCEA / SCEE STATUS: IN DEVELOPMENT 

PS4 Full Game: The PS4 version is now over much of its development hurdles and is really starting to come together. We’re hoping to have some early screenshots this month, and to show a working version at PAX South (January 23-25, 2015). Release is likely late Spring. We have already notified Sony that this will be a cross-buy release. 

KICKSTARTER PREMIUM FULFILLMENT 

Here is the status of the premium creation: 

3x Screen Backgrounds – this slipped under our radar. We’ll be producing and distributing these this month. 

Concept Art Book – the fifty page book has definitely turned into something much larger. In between game development, we have been making progress on this book. It promises to be really cool. We’re looking to have this completed by the early part of 2015. 

Box Set – as mentioned above, as soon as the joystick configuration has been added to the PC version, this will be sent out. All parts of the box set (the box, the manual, the USB drive, the pouch for the USB drive) are sitting here at Escape Hatch, ready to go. 

Soundtracks, T-shirts, hats, posters, mugs and hoodies, Lightnings, Vitas, etc. – all have been sent or downloaded. There are still a few of the physical items available on our newly updated shopping site at shop.eschatch.com

FORUMS 

If you are a backer, or have taken advantage of our prepurchase program on the www.eschatch.com, and want to join our forums, please feel free to sign up. 

SPREAD THE WORD 

We have again started our public relations push, so now is the time to once again start spreading the word about this game, coming to PS4, PS3, PC and PS Vita. We appreciate all you can do to let the world know about this game. 

THANK YOU 

Thank you again for participating in this process, and for backing this game. We have lots of exciting news to share in the months to come, so stay tuned. 

Kindest Regards,
Garry, Melissa and the Starlight Inception team

INSIDE THE READY ROOM - STARLIGHT INCEPTION 10.3.2014

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INSIDE THE READY ROOM - STARLIGHT INCEPTION 10.03.2014 

Welcome to the "Inside the Ready Room - Starlight Inception Edition!" The Ready Room is the area on a carrier where pilots are given briefings and sent off onto missions; thus the name for this series of blogs. 

It has been a while since our last full update, and so we wanted to give a status update of the many items we’ve been wrapping up for the Kickstarter. 

And as always, because some of these dates are still reliant on factors out of our control, we ask that you understand that this information is subject to change… 

VITA SCEA/SCEE [Sony Computer Entertainment America/ Sony Computer Entertainment Europe] 

STATUS: Update 1 released/Update 2 being worked on 

Vita Full Game: We continue to support Starlight Inception, working through the newest reported bugs and refining the game experience as we move forward. We have found a way to optimize the game to lower it’s size and will be integrating that into the next update. 

EHE DRM-FREE / STEAM / BOX SET STATUS: Released through Steam / New update being readied for Steam / New DRM-free version being completed 

PC Full Game: We’ve been updating the PC version with refinements, enhancements and bug fixes from the Vita version but the big missing piece continues to be joystick support. To that end, Adam and his team will be creating a joystick configuration screen within the next month that will allow you to configure your joystick or controller with the game, and save the configuration. 

Once completed, the configurator will be integrated into the DRM-Free, Steam and Box Set versions of the game, and the box sets will be sent out to the backers patiently waiting for them. We have worked out agreements to carry the DRM-Free version, external to our server. They are just waiting for this next version. Thank you for your patience. 

The joystick compatibility issue has been a great source of frustration on this project, and this solution looks like it will be the keeper. Look for this by the end of October. 

PS3 SCEA / SCEE STATUS: Submitting in two weeks 

PS3 Full Game: We are going to be submitting this to the Sony store imminently. We needed to integrate 576i support (does anyone still have this kind of television) and fix a couple bugs with multiplayer. Adam and his team are wrapping up these fixes next week and resubmitting. If all goes well, the game will be available on the Sony store and to those who preordered well before Thanksgiving. 

PS4 SCEA / SCEE STATUS: IN DEVELOPMENT PS4 Full Game: The PS4 version continues to be developed, and is showing great progress. We should have some early screenshots within the next month, so stay tuned. Look for this game early in 2015 after the Christmas rush is over. 

IOS STATUS: LOOK FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT SOON 

We should be making an announcement soon regarding a related product in the Starlightverse for iPad and iPhone. 

KICKSTARTER PREMIUM FULFILLMENT 

Here is the status of the premium creation: 3x Screen Backgrounds – We’ll be producing and distributing these before the end of October. 

Concept Art Book – well, we promised a fifty page book, but it may turn out a bit larger. In between game development, we have been making progress on this book. It promises to be really cool. We have set the end of the year as the deadline, so look for it in the next couple months. 

Box Set – as mentioned above, as soon as the joystick configuration has been added to the PC version, this will be sent out. All parts of the box set (the box, the manual, the USB drive, the pouch for the USB drive) are sitting here at Escape Hatch, ready to go. 

Soundtracks, T-shirts, hats, posters, mugs and hoodies, Lightnings, Vitas, etc. – all have been sent or downloaded. We have been working directly with any outstanding backers. There are still a few of the physical items available on our newly updated shopping site at shop.eschatch.com

FORUMS 

If you are a backer, or have taken advantage of our prepurchase program on the www.eschatch.com, and want to join our forums, please feel free to sign up. 

SPREAD THE WORD 

We have started our public relations push, so now is the time to once again start spreading the word about this game, coming to PC, PS3 and PS Vita. We appreciate all you can do to let the world know about this game. 

WIZARD WORLD AUSTIN COMIC CON

We will be at Wizard World Austin Comic Con doing a panel on "Breaking into the Video Game Industry" (and some Starlight stuff) on SATURDAY OCTOBER 4TH from 4:00 - 4:45 in Room 6, Austin Convention Center, Austin Texas. 

We hope to see you there! http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-tx.html

THANK YOU 

Thank you again for participating in this process, and for backing this game. We have lots of exciting news to share in the months to come, so stay tuned. 

Kindest Regards, 
Garry, Melissa and the Starlight Inception team

New store is open!

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We just wanted to make a quick announcement that our new store, which includes lots of new items, and has a completely new look, is now open at shop.eschatch.com 

We now also have the ability to accept credit cards as well as paypal, for those who are interested.

Please check it out and let us know how it is working when you have a moment.

Kindest Regards,

Garry, Melissa and the Starlight Inception team