Recently a few of you have emailed to express concern regarding the condition or quality of the posters being sent to Akaneiro backers. I wanted to take a moment to address this topic and make sure everyone is happy.
The first concern is regarding the number of signatures on the posters. During our campaign I posted an image of Joey (concept artist) holding one of her illustrations, printed on canvas and signed by a large number of people from the Akaneiro team. While the posters we're sending out are of the same quality and size as the one seen in the photo, they are not fully covered with signatures. Based on the number of posters we needed to sign (over 300) and time required per-person to sign them (almost 2 hours), I made a decision to include only signatures from myself, Joey and Akaneiro's lead producer/designer, Matt Razzano. I also figured people would prefer a poster where the art wasn't completely covered by signatures. Seems some people have taken issue with this and for that, I apologize. It was 100% my decision and the resulting unhappiness is my fault. If you're displeased with the "signature situation," then please contact our Community Manager, Ophelea, and she'll work with you to sort out a solution: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second concern is regarding the general quality of the prints. While they are all printed on high-quality canvas with long-lasting archival inks, there was some slight variation in print quality from poster to poster - something which impacted only a handful of posters from the hundreds that we printed. While signing the posters I worked to remove all the prints that had blemishes issues, but it's possible I missed one or two with minor problems. One thing to note regarding print quality is that the original digital image contains what appears to be "pixilation" in the cloud layer (at top of the image). This artifact is a part of the original digital file and is in there with Joey's intention. Put differently, it's part of the original image and meant to be there. I asked Joey just to make sure - and she confirmed this point. Again, if you feel your image has an actual printing problem or are otherwise dissatisfied with the quality, please contact Ophelea and let her know. We want to make sure everyone is happy.
So far, we've received only two complaints on this topic, but I wanted to address it regardless - just in case there are others of you out there sitting on a poster you feel unhappy about. Our goal is to maintain and transparent and open dialog with our backers - and to ensure everyone is as happy as can be.
In terms of other campaign commitments...
At this time, all physical rewards with the exception of the Art of Akaneiro have been shipped. If you have not received your items, please contact Ophelea.
We should be launching to Steam's Early Access any day now... We had planned for 22nd of May, but Valve has presented us with an incredible amount of resistance throughout the submission and publishing process. We're now hoping they'll allow the title to be launched next week (week of June 10th). Fingers crossed.
Tablets are heading to backers who committed at that tier level. They will contain art, music and have been laser etched - they look awesome. Those backers will also have access to the early Alpha version of Akaneiro on tablet - something we'll update throughout the development process. We hope to deliver a final Android tablet version to the public around July or August.