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Update #57

Steam Keys Away!

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After last night's announcement the response for Steam keys was... overwhelming to say the least. I just received the keys about an hour ago. Rather than respond to several hundred e-mails individually, we've issued a key to Steam Early Access for every Kickstarter backer.

To obtain your key, please head to BackerKit, sign in with your account and grab your key! Keep in mind, your BackerKit e-mail is the same e-mail you used for Kickstarter. If you can't remember your password, simply request another and you'll be on your way.

Happy Hunting!

-Ophelea


Update #56

Full Steam Ahead!

Today, Akaneiro launched on Steam’s Early Access program. This is critical milestone for us; something we had been working towards completing for several weeks now and we’re all very proud to have made it. Launching Akaneiro through the Early Access program has been a controversial decision, for in doing so we have made the game available at a cost of $10. This $10 gifts the player with $30 of in-game items, but as a game that it available elsewhere as free-to-play it has garnered more than a few questions.

Why $10? Our initial launch of Akaneiro across our SpicyWorld platform and Kongregate, though successful, simply hasn’t provided us with the necessary feedback to prepare the game for the next stage, for crafting and co-op. When Valve discussed placing Akaneiro in the Early Access program, we saw this as an opportunity to leverage the experience of the Steam community before opening the game to a wider audience.

What about Kickstarter backers? As a Kickstarter backer, you’ve already “paid” for the game once. We’re not going to ask you to pay a second time. If you wish to play Akaneiro on Steam now, e-mail Ophelea and she will provide you with the necessary key. Can I transfer my account from SpicyWorld/Kongregate? No. This is simply not possible as it breaks the Terms of Service with Valve. We cannot move account information from one platform to another.

What about Groupees participants? If you are a Groupees beta tester and wish to receive your free Karma for beta testing, please contact Ophelea and she will provide you with the necessary key.

What are the known bugs? 
  • Linux – dual monitors are not supported and may crash your system
  • Framerate lag is occurring on some high-end systems. If this occurs, please submit a ticket to http://support.spicyhorse.com
  • Some gates are unbreakable. This is not consistent for all players
  • If you should delete your first character, you WILL lose your Starter Pack items. Please keep this in mind when creating characters. 

When is the next build coming and what does it contain? The next build is due in 7-10 days. It will include fixes to the above issues where appropriate, as well as Area 7 and Phase 1 of Crafting. We will keep you posted.

When do the next Exclusive Kickstarter in-game items arrive? In-game Kickstarter items such as The Granny’s Cap and Akane Signet ring will begin arriving in the next 7-10 days. Backers will receive two of each item; one for lower level play and one for higher level. 

If you have any questions beyond the above, please contact us through our support site at http://support.spicyhorse.com or by e-mailing Ophelea at Ophelea@spicyhorse.com.


Ophelea


Update #55

A note from American on backer rewards

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: ophelea@spicyhorse.com

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. 

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Update #54

Akaneiro Heads to Print

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Angry Red looks good in newsprint. Dark Horse did a fantastic job of bringing our heroine to life in the pages of her first comic, Akaneiro: The Path of Cloak and Wolf. Available now for pre-order for anyone who wants it, those of you who backed us on Kickstarter have a sweet, sweet surprise waiting for you in your BackerKit account.

THE DIGITAL COMICS HAVE ARRIVED!

Now, to redeem your key you'll need to follow these directions (also in BackerKit):

"Simply go to http://digital.darkhorse.com/redeem. Sign in to your Dark Horse Digital account or create one. Enter your unique code and start reading your comic. You can read online or in app!"

What could be more simple? I know, having the comic in your hot little hands could be. Anyone who runs into trouble let me know. Just give me a holler at Ophelea@spicyhorse.com and I'll do my darnedest to help.

Coming up next: in-game rewards.

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Update #53

Stuff, Stuffage, Stuffagola...

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We're nearing the end of sending out all of the physical items. I have a big ole pile of boxes in my garage that contained signed figurines, A:MR PS3, and more lithographs than you can shake a stick at. Today, after much waiting, the necessary materials to pack aforementioned goodies have arrived! There should be much rejoicing!

Meanwhile in Shanghai...

American now has in his hands a bagazillion copies of canvas posters. They're in the process of being signed and then they'll be leaving the office. That leaves only the Art of Akaneiro but we don't expect that to go to print for another few months.

As for your digital goodies, I have an update!

Pets are being animated and we're working on a delivery system. Player-created items are being... created!

But there is a hold up on armor and weapons, that hold-up being the crafting system. While we could give you the items now, most of you will have leveled right out of their usefulness. This would suck.

So, we're putting in the crafting system first so that you can craft abilities onto your items. This will make them far more useful.

Now, I have to go buy 3000 feet of packing tape. 

Until next time,

Ophelea

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