New Year's update and introducing the Mole
A belated Happy New Year to all of our backers! Sixteen days in, we hope 2015 has been a good year so far for everyone!
"Enough pleasantries, Red Thread," we hear you say (because you're all speaking in your outside voices and waving your arms a lot). "What about Book Two? We, the people, demand to know!"
You, the people: we hear you!
Book Two is about to enter final approach. The seats are upright, the entertainment systems have been switched off and drinks are no longer being served. Everyone has their seat belts on and tray tables up. There may be some turbulence ahead, and the pilot has just informed us that a couple of the instruments are acting up, but we expect to make it to the gate without any serious injuries.
In other words: Book Two is currently the only thing on our minds here at RTG central, and we're getting closer by the day. There's polishing going on, there's intense bug fixing, there are a few voice recording sessions left -- it's crunch time.
And, as we said before Christmas, when we're about 10-12 days away from release, we'll announce a landing ti-- uh, a date.
Before then, however, there's plenty to talk about. Starting next week, we'll be ramping up our enormous PR and marketing machine in order to get everyone talking about Dreamfall Chapters Book Two: Rebels!
(And by 'massive' we mean "one person, part-time, scrambling to put together enough artwork and videos to generate attention and excitement". We're nothing if not indie to the core.)
"But what about today, Red Thread?" you're shouting, because it's really hard to get a word in with us going on. "What do you have for us today?"
Today we have a brand new screenshot from Book Two (Rebels!) and we also have two lovely pieces of concept art, featuring an important character from our next episode:
This is Bandu-Ma-Seri, the Mole, and she defies expectations!
The Mole holds court in a cellar burrow within the borders of Oldtown, the magic ghetto. From here, she runs an underground network of magicals trafficking illegal weapons into the city and children out of the city, in addition to maintaining her iron grip on the Marcurian underground through the Hand.
The Mole is ancient, and mean, and deadly. She's also clever, charismatic, wise. Living amongst humans, she's never once considered herself part of the human world, and she hates people with a passion. Magicals are more acceptable to her, and the more they're hated and feared by humans, the better they are in her eyes. But she enjoys the power she has in Marcuria, and she really enjoys the money she makes, and she doesn't want to return to living in a burrow in the forest.
This is how the Mole currently looks in-game (the location and lighting are still work-in-progress), although the first time you meet her, the mask will be on and she will not be in a good mood.
That's it for today. Next week we'll be back with a really cool update, but until then, have a great weekend!