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Among the Sleep is a first person horror adventure, in which you play a two year old child.
8,110 backers pledged $248,358 to help bring this project to life.

Kickstarter rewards update!

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Hey everyone!

Where we are now, current status:
First of all, we would like to apologize for the far too long quiet period since the last update. We’ve had our hands full for a long time now, but we can assure you that we have been working hard, and that we have every intention to continue delivering everything we have promised to you wonderful people :) 

We want to get you all updated on what’s up with the Kickstarter rewards, so let’s dive into it!

Digital rewards:

All of our digital goods are done, ready and shipped to Humble, who kindly helps out distribution them! This means that, as soon as everything is sorted out on Humble’s side of the internet, which hopefully is in a short period of time, you’ll be able to get all of the digital rewards there. When it is ready, you should receive an email with info on how to obtain them.

Digital Copy of the Game - Everybody should have received a digital copy of the game through Humble, which grants access to the game on Steam. Emails regarding this was sent to your Kickstarter emails around the day we launched. If you did not receive your email, please try the Humble resender. And if this still does not work, please send us an email to kickstarter@krillbite.com.

For the rest of the digital rewards, the following applies: Emails regarding the different rewards will be sent out to everyone.

Digital Soundtrack- Can be accessed through Humble within the next few days. Keep a lookout in your kickstarter mailbox!

Digital Signed Poster - Can be accessed through Humble within the next few days. Keep a lookout in your kickstarter mailbox!

Digital Signed Art Book - Can be accessed through Humble within the next few days. Keep a lookout in your kickstarter mailbox!

Access to Alpha test - The alpha was launched August 30th 2013, and we got lots of valuable feedback from the backers who tested it! Cheers again :)

Your name in the credits - See the special thanks section in the credits to find your name :D

Tier specific rewards:

Digital Signed Card - This has been completed and should soon be accessible through Humble for those eligible. An email will be sent to your Kickstarter email.

BABYSITTER tier rewards -For those of you fantastic people that decided to help us out in such a tremendous way by backing the game with the BABYSITTER tier, the promised rewards are coming, but there’s a few things we still need from you! We need some photos as references to the drawings that will be made, and portraits to hang up in our office. We’ve had a few responses on the last email we sent out regarding this, but we don’t have you all up there yet. We really want to see your beautiful faces! We will contact the remaining regarding the specifics of what we need soon.

Physical rewards:

A while back, we were in touch with a manufacturer for the all the physical rewards. Long story short, after we’d designed and sent them all the designs it turned out they were over capacity, and we eventually decided to switch to a different manufacturer. Right now, the status is that everything is ready for production with the new manufacturer, and we’re awaiting their delivery.

It is super important to us that you get what you ordered, and we want to bring you the physical goods as quickly as possible. In retrospect we realize that the physical rewards could have been prioritized above other things, such as stretch goals, and we could have been a lot better at communicating the status with you guys, and for that we apologize.

On behalf of the whole team, we would again like to give you all a deep, warm and loving thank you for backing this project. It was a dream of ours to finish the game, and we could never have done it without your help. We’re very proud of what we have created, and it is all based on the support of you fantastic people.

Stretch goals

Stretch goals, like the free DLC, have definitely been the biggest time consumer in the time since launch. From the feedback we have gotten we now understand that we should have prioritized all the digital/physical rewards first, so sorry to those who are eagerly awaiting this!

But let’s recap what has been delivered, and what we’re still working on:

DLC - The free DLC was developed along with all backers who wanted to participate, and launched last november. We’re happy with how it turned out, and that we got to focus a bit more on your parent’s relationship, and the familys history. It continues the creepy atmosphere from the main game, and we really hope you liked what you saw.

Thanks to all the backers that took part, and shared their feedback and ideas with us!

Oculus Rift support - Among the Sleep is one of the first games to be playable from start to finish with the DK1, and we learned quite a lot from working with the technology. It really helps to put you in the shoes of a tiny vulnerable child in a big scary world.

Currently we’re also working on support for the DK2, with positional tracking and higher resolution. This has proven to be a challenge to implement for many reasons, which we will write more about later. The DK2 implementation is out for beta testing later this week, and we hope that all you Rift lovers will help us make this the best experience possible!

Commentary track - Right before Christmas we started recording the Among the Sleep commentary track, with our thoughts from ‘behind the scenes’. We had a blast thinking back on the 3-4 years the game has been in development, and hope that those who are interested in hearing the process behing the game will enjoy this as soon as it’s patched in. We expect to have this live during the next 1-2 months.

TLDR; 

Digital backer rewards are done, uploaded and (hopefully) soon available. We are close to production and shipping of physical rewards. Sorry for being slow. You guys are awesome. Thank you for your patience :)

The free DLC for Among the Sleep is out!

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We’ve been working on this extra little bit of the game since release this summer. The free DLC contains a whole new chapter, which is meant to be played after the main game is completed (as it expands a bit on the main story). So for those of you who’ve finished the game and long for more: enjoy!

It should update to your copy of the game automatically, and you can access it from the chapter selection screen in the main menu :)

A screenshot from the DLC
A screenshot from the DLC

You can get a feel for the new setting in the DLC teaser >>

Going forward

As always we’re continuing to develop the PS4-version of the game, and adding support for new features (such as the Oculus DK2-support). We’ll also continue optimising the game in general (like the IPD/FOV-issues on Oculus DK1 sets) and fixing all other bugs we find :)

For those of you reading this far (who ever does that?), I can only assume you’re above averagely interested in our work! Maybe you’d like to work with us instead? Check out this opening for a full-time programmer! :D

All the best,
- The Krillbite Team

Free DLC out next week, and more!

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Recap & the road ahead

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Since release we have, among other things, been working to finish all the Kickstarter rewards. Like the Official Soundtrack (click here for a peak listen!), and Art Book (sneak peak below!).

All the rewards are really shaping up, and are going into mastering and physical production very soon. We’re sure you’ll be delighted to see the finished results!

We’ve also continued patching the game since release, with any technical issues that have been brought to our attention. You can read the complete patch notes on this page. We’ve scheduled the next patch (v.1.2.0) for this Friday! And as always, if you encounter any issues, please use this form to report it.

As one of our Stretch Goals we wanted to make a free DLC, in collaboration with you, our backers. This is something we’ll start working fully on from 23th of June, and the discussions for what it should be have already started over at the backer forum. We will let the discussions regarding overall theme, settings and content continue throughout this week, before we hope to set these things in stone pretty quickly next week. We’re really looking forward to getting started, and hearing all your awesome ideas!

The PS4 version of Among the Sleep is also progressing well, and will be continued to develop and polish in the time ahead. More news on this soon.

We’re also thrilled that Among the Sleep has sold quite well! There will be a blog post on the details soon, but this basically means that we’ll be able to continue working together on a new project! :D We’re well into planning our next project already, more on that soon.

And lastly,remember the in-game *secret* backer treat! At the bottom of the ‘Controls’ menu, assign a button to ‘Console’. Press the assigned key in-game, and enter the password “backerblocks” in the window, and press enter. Press the assigned key to hide the console-window again, and press ‘B’ to let the fun commence. There are lots of neat things you’ll be able to do with the console window, like this, but we’ll let you explore the rest on your own.

Thanks for reading, and speak soon!
- The Krillbite Team

First day is over! :D (Update on digital copies, incoming patch, and Reddit AMA tomorrow!)

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It’s been over one whole day since release! Feels more like five minutes though, and we’re not really resting yet!

To know that the game is actually out feels incredible! We’ve also received some really great responses, and are having a blast watching Twitch streamers :D GameInformer just called the game “an impressive feat in video game storytelling. It leaves more of an impact in a distilled 3 to 4 hours than some games with 60-hour campaigns". We sincerely hope some of you’ve had time to play it as well, and that you also enjoy the experience! We sure can’t wait to start making the awesome DLC in cooperation with you soon :)

The office is still teeming with life! Above averagely stoked krill, going about their post-release business.
The office is still teeming with life! Above averagely stoked krill, going about their post-release business.

Patch incoming!

Since release, we’ve been working to improve any issues that have been brought to our attention. The new patch is being uploaded right now, and your game should soon be updating automatically :) For the curious, here are the patch notes for the update!

We'll continue updating and improving on the game going forward, so please use this form if you encounter any issues!

Issue with the digital copies of the game?

We were bummed to hear that many backers did not receive their digital copies immediately at launch yesterday. These problems were apparently due to some technical issues, but the lovely people at Humble solved this, and say all keys should be delivered now. :)

If you for some reason are still waiting for a key, they recommended trying this tool. If this doesn’t work, let us know on contact@krillbite.com and we’ll work something out! And again, thanks for your great patience!

If it's any consolation: we've also implemented a backer treat in tomorrows Patch! :D

Luckily, something we do have control over, is the GAME! So we’ve included a treat especially for you in tomorrows patch!

In the ‘Controls’ menu, assign a button to ‘Console’ at the bottom. Press the assigned key in-game, and enter the password “BackerBlocks” in the window, before pressing enter. Press the assigned key again to hide the console-window, and press ‘B’ to let the fun commence. There are also other neat things you’ll be able to do with the console, but we’ll let you explore those on your own :D (PS: This might also be an advantage in a competition we’re running during tomorrows AMA)

Reddit AMA tomorrow!

Tomorrow evening at 10am PST / 5pm GMT we’ll be doing an AMA over at reddit.com/r/games! Here you’ll be able to talk to us directly, about anything about the game, development, release, thoughts, anything really.

I find Sveins proof picture and invite pretty sensual:

 We'll be in touch shortly, and hope to see you in the Reddit AMA tomorrow!

Until next time,

- The Krillbite Team