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Her Majesty the Queen of England kindly seeks one's assistance in this intergalactic point and click adventure game.
Her Majesty the Queen of England kindly seeks one's assistance in this intergalactic point and click adventure game.
Her Majesty the Queen of England kindly seeks one's assistance in this intergalactic point and click adventure game.
776 backers pledged £33,813 to help bring this project to life.

September 2016

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Gamescom is behind us, while we didn't have as prominent a presence as some of the big boys and girls we did manage to showcase Her Majesty's SPIFFING to a few people who have since written some pleasant things, more on that below.

But first, people have been very vocal about one question in particular, when can they expect to play Her Majesty's SPIFFING for themselves? I can inform you that it is our intention to finally welcome the world on board the HMSS Imperialise II on Thursday October 20th (so, you'll be able to finish the game before Battlefield 1 comes out the following day!).

Thus is the plan at least! We're working flat out to get all versions of the game ready to go simultaneously (which is no mean feat). At the moment we're just about keeping on top of things, if we run into any setbacks we'll let you know here.

Gamescom Trailer

For folks following this blog that didn't back our campaign (and thus not be privy to the contents of our last, super secret back only update), so you don't feel left out here is the trailer we were showing at Gamescom:

Additionally you'll have missed Darren's updated S.P.I.F.F.I.N.G. emblem. Once again so folks don't feel left out:

For backers and regular readers we do have some new artwork to show, but first I wanted to talk about some of the more difficult decisions we've had to make during development.

Compromises

Back in November 2014 you helped us rase £33,813, for which I will personally be forever thankful. While this wasn't the full amount it would cost us to develop HMS it was crucially the amount that we needed at that time to kickstart the project. Through tax breaks and other government support (along with a few extra quid we scraped together ourselves) we've managed to stretch that £33,813 and sustain our small team for almost 22 months. However, I think it is fair to say, we've stretched things as far as is possible and we have to now wrap things up.

While I am very pleased with what our little team has accomplished there are things that we really wanted to include that we simply can't afford to. Something which has been difficult this last couple of months has been having to put a red line through some very amusing ideas (all of which would certainly have added to our game). Unfortunately the time required to properly implement them would prevent us from meeting our deadlines (which would cause a tremendous headache for our bank manager!) so we've had to make some difficult decisions.

That being said I'm confident that people will still be happy with what we have managed to include in the game! Perhaps in 15 years time we'll do a Super Ultra Anniversary 14K Hyper Definitive Special Turbo Definition GOTY Edition that we can stitch back in some of the bits that ended up on the cutting room floor. Perhaps.

Setting the (intro) scene

I'm pleased to introduce a late addition to the BillyGoat team, Alan Martin has joined us to help piece together a short intro sequence for the game, you can see a GIF of some of his handiwork below.

Expect to see more of this little fella and how our intro sequence is shaping up in a (near) future update!

In the press

As I said at the top of this post we met up with quite a few journalists while visiting Gamescom, including our friends from Adventure Corner who informed us that we'd been nominated for their Gamescom game of the show, which was nice! Other people we met who've written some nice things include:

  • Xbox Achievements - Gamescom 2016: Her Majesty’s SPIFFING Might Be the Most British Game We've Ever Played
  • TechRaptor - Gamescom 2016 – Her Majesty’s Spiffing Preview
  • Games-Magazin.de - gamescom 2016: Her Majesty’s Spiffing Präsentation
We've been informed that a few other articles are in the pipeline that will hopefully be up soon, we'll include the links in our next update.

Until next time...
As ever thank you so much for your support, we wouldn't have made it to this stage without each and every one of you. I'll have another update for you next month. Thank you again!

- Will
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    1. Missing avatar

      HansVoralberg on September 13, 2016

      Fantastic trailer. Very good graphics. Looking forward to playing!
      I love the dog.

    2. Jeremie Lariviere
      Superbacker
      on September 7, 2016

      thanks for the update, looking forward to playing the game

    3. flesk
      Superbacker
      on September 7, 2016

      Thanks for the update. :) Glad to hear the game is starting to come together.

    4. Chelle Destefano
      Superbacker
      on September 6, 2016

      That dog is SO cute! :D I would be delighted to see that dog heaps in the game :)