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Embrace the night. Live the nightmare. Climb from rags to riches as a modern Vampire in a city where your secret has been revealed.
3,934 backers pledged $136,128 to help bring this project to life.

Dawn Of An Endless Night...

Posted by Richard Cobbett (Collaborator)
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Success! Never doubted it for a minute...
Success! Never doubted it for a minute...

We did it! We're funded! And exhausted! But mostly funded!

This is the point where you're meant to say that you're 'humbled' by success, but I'm not going to do that because I'm a professional writer and so try to use words correctly. However, I know I speak for everyone involved in say that we're incredibly honoured by your support and your faith, both in directly pledging to make Nighthawks happen and in spreading the word until people were sick of the sight of the bloody thing. 

Good job! Now go and rest our heroes!

There are enough people to thank to fill three entire Oscar speeches, but I'd like to throw some particular in-no-order shoutouts to Simon Canbäck, Jake Rodkin, the whole wonderful Failbetter team but particularly Haley Uyrus for her marketing help, Tobias Sjögren, Alexis Kennedy, Charles Cecil, Nina Roussakoff, Ivy Dupler, Ragnar Tørnquist, Danielle Woodford and the Disco Elysium team (when's that release date, folks?), everyone on our Discord channel, and of course my cat Humbug, who has been sitting patiently all day while his human stared at silly numbers without making too much fuss about his missing kitty treats.

And believe me, that's just the tip of the gratitude iceberg here. As tiring as this month has been, you simply don't get to do a $125,000 Kickstarter for an original IP in 2018 without immense backing from everyone around you, whether offering their advice, time, or helping with testing. I'm sure the second I send this, I'll be going "Oh, crap, I didn't mention...", but I promise I have not forgotten. Hopefully we'll be seeing some of you at AdventureX!

(Almost four thousand backers. Bloody hellfire...)

So, What Happens Now?

First, I need a very long sleep. After that, we head into pre-production. While there's a more complex timeline behind the scenes, the basic plan is that for this year I'll be clearing the current contracts on my slate while working on finalising the main design and code of the game, with the fingers-crossed goal of releasing a technology test version for PC, Mac, and if possible, Linux by the end of the year. This will be the same basic content as the demo version, but with much more polished up code and additional features, essentially built with the goal of making sure everything is running properly. That then frees up 2019 for writing and drawing the content, with the goal being for voice recording and beta-testing in early 2020. Development and slippage are obviously brothers in arms, but... that's the plan!

Spreading The Word

What's that? Still got some unspent money burning in your pockets? Excellent! What better way could there be to end a campaign than sharing the love a bit, by pointing you towards some other very deserving projects that could use your support during their final days...

Darkside Detective: Season 2

"Neee-naw, neee-naw-" "Stop that, Dooley."
"Neee-naw, neee-naw-" "Stop that, Dooley."

The first series was awesome, and you can play a couple of episodes for free! I'm really looking forward to some more cases with the wackiest cops this side of a Twin Peaks reunion. They're not far off their base goal, and more than deserve to make it.

Nick Bounty: The Dame With The Blue Chewed Shoe

Old school comedy detectives. Noirishing.
Old school comedy detectives. Noirishing.

If you've been following industry news recently, you'll have heard that Telltale collapsed basically overnight, leaving its employees screwed. Nick Bounty creator Mark Darin was one of those, and a lovely chap, who is currently trying to start up a new project for himself and any other former non-management Telltalers he can rope in. A very worthy goal.

Encased

They say old school, but my old school didn't look like this. More bricks. With a field.
They say old school, but my old school didn't look like this. More bricks. With a field.

Coming from a team including ex-Larian folk (Divine Divinity, Divinity: Original Sin, Beyond Divinity, Divinity On Toast, I Can't Believe It's Not Divinity), this one's looking like an awesome new RPG in the Fallout style, with a little Stalker mixed in for good measure. Those are good words in my book. They're almost at their goal, but need a little push.

And finally, because us urban fantasy types should stick together...

Red Embrace: Hollywood

Sir, I demand your hair-care tips.
Sir, I demand your hair-care tips.

If you like Bloodlines - and if you don't, you're probably not reading this - then you might also want to check out this more visual novel style trip into the darkness. I've only played the demo version, but it was quite fun and moody. So, definitely check that out.

Aaaaaand speaking of checking out, I think that's what I'm going to do right now.

Speak again soon, and again, thanks so much for your support!

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    1. Joonas Laakso on

      Massive congrats. This was the first videogame KS I've backed in a while, simply because very worthy people told me to do it (Kieron Gillen comes to mind) and the subject matter is very near and dear to me. <3

    2. Thirith on

      Just so that you know, Richard, if anything goes wrong, we will blame you 110% because you're the public voice of this. It'll all be your fault. Grr.

    3. Caitlin Blanchard on

      So, It'll be in my steam account next week? Just kidding!

    4. Richard Cobbett Collaborator on

      First time involved with one in any way :-)

    5. Blessed on

      Richard I am guessing Nighthawks is your first kickstarter you are involved in front and center. Your should feel good, really good. It has been a smashing success!

    6. Peter Andersson on

      Soooo happy that the game made it!

    7. Hurley
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      on

      Congratulations! I am personally delighted it was funded, great work!

    8. Thirith on

      Congratulations! I was a big Kickhead back in the day and my crowdfunding activity has since lessened considerably, but this was the first project in a long time that I was very excited about. So glad that this is coming about!

    9. Kent Jenkins on

      Amazing! Congratulations.

    10. Richard Cobbett Collaborator on

      Absolutely, that's the point! I basically want to try and sort the major engine-level issues in advance so that beta testing for the final game can focus more on content. There'll still be stuff to fix, I'm sure, but at least we can make sure the basic engine runs nicely and reliably.

    11. Blessed on

      That looks like a great plan Richard. Get a good rest, clear your plate and start the new year working on your own game :)

      Will the upcoming tech demo be made available to all backers when it is ready?

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      cpt_freakout on

      This is amazing news, congratulations! That was a very exciting end-of-campaign, perhaps unnecessarily so, haha :)

    13. Hiroshi Mishima on

      Thanks for reminding me about the Darkside Detective campaign. Now I'm working again I totally wanted to back it. Same with Nick Bounty, but I thought that one was over so I'm glad I got in on that!

      I am just so happy this succeeds, since the other game I was gonna back fell through.

    14. Joaquin B. on

      I heard about the project on the Cultist Simulator Discord, congrats on the funding! .Looking foward to it.

    15. Edward Drummond
      Superbacker
      on

      *exhales cigarette smoke slowly and sighs, tilting head to Project Nighthawks* "By the Antichrist..that was fantastic."

    16. Richard Cobbett Collaborator on

      I've been saying since the start that Linux is a 'I will try' :-) Can't promise.

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      Kai Sterker on

      Congratulations!

      Did I just read Linux? That would be icing on the cake (not that there's much that wine doesn't run these days)

      Also, if you ever hear back from the Disco Elysium team, I'd be very interested in that particular date too :-).

    18. Raphael S. Neto on

      Congrats on reaching the goal!! =D