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A psychological horror adventure inspired by H. P. Lovecraft and set in a massive, decaying mental institute.
An epic supernatural horror adventure set in a massive, decaying mental institute. Inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Hammer Films and the atmospheric horror of yesteryear. Coming as soon as we can. We swear.
An epic supernatural horror adventure set in a massive, decaying mental institute. Inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Hammer Films and the atmospheric horror of yesteryear. Coming as soon as we can. We swear.
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One of Those Awesome Friday Updates Bursting with News And HORROR! And sheer hatred.

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Somehow, I always manage to turn a perfectly peaceful Friday into sheer mayhem. Not mayhem for you, mind you, because chances are you're going to enjoy this update, but me, I had to deal with all kinds of technical issues, mostly related to capturing the whole game audio. I'm not sure which software should be blamed, if FMOD or Unreal Engine or macOS (most likely not macOS, of course, macOS is awesome) but the result was a very unhappy game developer.

All because I was determined to bring you a new video.

So I'm sorry if today I'm not in my most cheerful mood, but I did all this because I want make you happy. The downside is that I'm feeling all miserable and gloomy, but in no way I want to make you feel guilty.

I stress: in no way.

A conversation with Julia

If I was in a more cheerful mood, I would tell you all about this video, with in-depth comments about exciting milestones and progress, etc. Alas, this ranks very high as one of my crappiest Fridays ever. I'm sure you must be enjoying yours. Remember: I did all this for you.

So. Much. Atmosphere.

What the title says.

10.000+ wishlists on Steam

This is all very exciting but I have to go make dinner.

I hope you enjoy your weekend. At this rate, mine is going to be awful.

I still love you all.

—Agustín

Milestones, Videos, Streams and Emoji

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Greetings from beyond the computer monitor/mobile device screen/VR headset/AR glasses! I trust you're all doing great.

Look, following a massive, possibly longest update ever filled with words and multimedia, I'm going to keep this one laser-focused. I swear. In fact, it's probably our highest multimedia-to-word ratio yet. So many first milestones!

Speaking of milestones...

Progress update!

This little video has been making the rounds and I wasn't expecting such an overwhelming reaction. People genuinely loved it, and while you've seen how these features work by now, looking at them together and polished like this is exciting. At least that's what people told us:

It almost looks like a finished game!

I'm doing my best to avoid typing words, but I should post a quick overview of the stuff we did since the last update:

  • 🔍 Revised cursors and hotspots. The hands are smaller and detecting spots is now ultra smooth and sexy.
  • 📙 Incredibly awesome menu system and very die... diaie... diegait... DIEGETIC. Wait till you see how our achievements work.
  • 🗣 We’re finally able to have a proper conversation with the denizens of the asylum. And it looks good! And feels good! Our context-based dialogue system is unlike anything you have experienced in adventure games.
  • ✏️ 3D inventory and journal, including 3D pencil. So immersive, so fancy. Much 3D.
  • 🎥 Too many visual effects and tweaks to mention here.
  • 🕹 Surely many other things we’re forgetting. And obviously a huge deal of playable content!

(as you can see, I'm excited to see that I can use emoji on Kickstarter updates!)

Currently, we're putting the finishing touches to the hugely complex dialogue system, after which we'll be able to declare ASYLUM feature complete.

Nostalgia 🚙

Also, another video that I inexplicably forgot to share here. Fans of Scratches will appreciate this sequence. We're going out of our way to include loads of Easter Eggs and small details... for instance, you may want to repeatedly try to get a radio signal 😉

Do note as well how we'll allow you to explore and touch everything there is to see! 😍

What else? Right...

To hand or not to hand ✋

I've been discussing this all over our social networks. It's by far the most controversial aspect of ASYLUM, but I believe most of you are happy with the hands. Still, I wanted to make sure you think the hand cursors aren't detracting from the atmosphere or hurting immersion.

If you are fans of The Hand, you may enjoy this visual evolution of the most adventure-y cursor ever.

OK, so...

It's alive... I mean, they're alive! The streams!

Beginning tomorrow Friday at approximately 12:00 PM PST, I'm going to start doing regular livestreams on Twitch speaking about the development and current status of the project. Tomorrow is going to be a short "warm up" discussing the above milestones in detail before I go live with a lengthy playable chunk of the game. Make sure you follow the Senscape channel at: https://www.twitch.tv/senscape

I'll try to make fun and interesting streams, not just for fans of our games but fans of adventures and developers in general.

(I meant the developers themselves, not fans of developers)

We're verified 😎

Finally, we're now an officially verified Discord server! Look at that member count! It's a huge and ever-growing friendly community that's becoming a haven for fans of adventure games. Our newest feature? Coordinated Group Plays to enjoy your favorite games with other members! http://discord.gg/senscape

Speak to you soon and hope to see you tomorrow!

—Agustín

Amazingly huge update like old times sake with FREE LINKS INSIDE!

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Important weekend update with FREE STUFF INSIDE!

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Join our Discord server, read the Asylum Dev Journal, and win FREE Scratches keys!

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👉 JOIN US TODAY 👈

Featuring the official Asylum Dev Journal and our charming Warden bot!

Brag about your social status!

It's the friendliest Discord community around!

There’s a few more surprises coming up, including (wait for it) your chance to get FREE Scratches Steam keys. Yes, you read that right.

How to join, you say? Easy peasy, just go here: https://discord.gg/fJfuRVv

And boom! 💥 You’re in. Have a look, stick around, and get ready for the massive Asylum goodness we’re about to unleash. 

Backers will be able to upgrade their community rank when Julia arrives to our server next week. When she's around, simply issue the command:

!julia backer

If you're using the same Kickstarter email on Discord, you're good to go. If not, please issue the following command:

!julia backer <your_ks_email>

And that should do the trick. It would be great if you join us as we'll be discussing the upcoming exclusive Asylum backer demo in private channels. Obviously, I'll keep an eye on feedback here and in our official forums at https://talk.senscape.io, but Discord is already working really well for us.

See you there, and have a spooky weekend!

–Agustín