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Update #3

Update #3: DRM-free Copies, New Reward Tier, and Aliasing Video!

Hey, everyone!

In less than 36 hours, we've already obtained over 36% of our final goal! The incredible support is making us very warm and fuzzy, so we've decided to expand things a bit for you guys.

First off, we heard you! We're announcing a DRM-FREE version of the game, offered as an alternate to a Steam copy for backers of all levels. We'll be sending out a survey before the game's release, in which you can choose which version of the game you'd like.

Second, we've added a new tier at the $60 level! Essentially, it replaces the chance to audition (which, understandably, not everyone is interested in) with the digital commentary track formerly found only at the $150 level. Backers at the $100 level may choose either $60 level to include (we'll send out another survey when needed), and backers above that receive both by default. Let us know if you have any problems switching over!

Finally, we've recorded a new video showing off some of the aliasing features of There Came an Echo. This is just a small example of what you'll be able to do, but we thought it'd be a fun look. Some notes about the video:

  • You'll notice there's no headset this time. This particular video shows off the use of the Microsoft Kinect, off-camera, about three feet away.
  • The debugging speech recognition feature is enabled, showing the system's ability to parse and interpret commands in real-time. You can see all the action near the bottom of the screen.
  • The general flow is pretty identical to the video in the original pitch. We didn't vary it up too much, as a lot of the alternate functionality (for instance, choosing "Go For the CO") isn't quite up to snuff just yet.
  • It took us a grand total of one take to capture this footage. No mistakes in recognition were made. = D

Enjoy the video!

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      Creator Iridium Studios on February 22, 2013

      @Hannah: Maybe. Allowing too many aliases many decrease overall recognition percentages, so we'll be doing testing on that later on.

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      Creator Hannah Ætheria Roat on February 21, 2013

      Will we be able to specify multiple versions of commands? It'd basically make my life to be able to bark "Yippee-ki-ay!", "Party time!", or "I'm king of the world!!", all to mean mark..

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      Creator Iridium Studios on February 20, 2013

      @Huntress: You know, a lot of people have asked that? We've never worked with GoG, but we see no reason not to. However, either way, we'll provide a direct download of the DRM-free game itself.

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      Creator gandalf.nho - Huntress OOoE/WoOS/Torment on February 20, 2013

      The DRM-free option will be in GOG?

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      Creator Daniel Osborne on February 20, 2013

      Have you considered allowing backers to have access to both a steam and DRM-free copy? Perhaps by adding an additional $5 or $10 to our pledge for example? Other Indie games such as FTL and Solar 2 have that option if you purchase from their sites.

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      Creator Jordan Joyner on February 20, 2013

      I'm getting soooo hyped for this game. That video may have just sold a couple of my friends on the kickstarter

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      Creator Iridium Studios on February 20, 2013

      @Jordan: You'll be able to type the commands directly into the UI. The Microsoft Speech API *does* have a "dictation" mode, but we haven't messed around with it yet.

      @Daniel: We'll look into it, but some people just flat out hate Steam, so we'd rather have a completely separate option as well.

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      Creator Jordan Carroll on February 20, 2013

      What does the aliasing process look like, roughly? Do you have to repeat the same command several times for it to be "trained"? What's the accuracy like when someone else uses your aliased command?

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      Creator Daniel Nugent on February 20, 2013

      Why don't you just make the Steam version DRM free? For example, here is a list of games sold through Steam that are currently DRM free: http://www.gog.com/forum/general/list_of_drmfree_games_on_steam/page1…

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      Creator Iridium Studios on February 19, 2013

      Oh, yeah. And we're not confirming anything, but wouldn't it be cool to put up full packs of aliased commands on the Steam Workshop?

      I mean, we think it'd be cool.

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      Creator Iridium Studios on February 19, 2013

      Just like your username, Bomo.

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      Creator Chris Ellis on February 19, 2013

      Hilarious. This game is going to be epic.

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      Creator Bryy Miller on February 19, 2013

      Jason, you magnificent bastard! You're going to LIVE!

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