Moving a Big Boulder
Dear Kickstarter Backers,
ohhhh well,... we are aware that we've released our last update more than 3 months ago, but there was a good reason for the delay: We were working hard on something "really big". Indeed - a big and heavy boulder was lying in our way and it took us an incredible amount of time and concentration to move this bastard. As soon as we got this thing off the tracks, our head was free to focus on the next update. So, here it is! Finally! :)
The Big Boulder?!
So what is this "big boulder" that was lying in our way? Well, it's not more or less than the spectacular, extremely elaborate, grand finale of the game - the pretty emotional OUTRO of "The Mystery of Oak Island". In sum, we worked on this outro for about 4 months. What came out was a 4-minute-long hollywood like film sequence.
Why did the outro consume 4 months of development time?
This is what we asked ourselves many times and there are many answers to that question.
Since it is difficult to realize realistic, emotional facial expressions and movements in 3D without motion capturing, the work was quite difficult and exhausting for us. Furthermore, during the development of the outro, we went through various steps of learning. We were constantly developing our skills and we were raising our demands from week to week.
Each idea was discussed many times and often implemented as a test. During this work we often tried various perspectives, different kinds of lightning, several textures and effects of all kind. After we were fine with the visual implementation (graphics and animation work) we continued with music, sounds... and speech.
Speech? Yes, of course... the characters also talk in the outro. With the help of some talented amateur voice actors we were able to record speech samples for the outro and in the next step we tried to to realize natural mouth movements. Many thanks to Dean North, Kate North and their parrot Loki, who did their very best to provide us with very nice voice recordings. Not just once... they helped us over and over again! You guys are sensational!!
Anyway - the heavy and big boulder is out of the way now and we are very happy that we can focus on the next steps. Now we are preparing ourselves for the final sprint to the finish!
News from the music department
Although we were massively working on the outro sequence most of the time, this wasn't the only thing we did. Luigi-Maria Rapisarda made big steps forward in the music area. The music is now finished for almost every stage of the game and he also finished the music for most of our video sequences. It's all coming together.
Probably you are curious. So have fun with some little excerpts from "The Mystery of Oak Island Soundtrack":
Did we say that it is possible to pre-order the soundtrack as well?! Indeed it is! If you want it, please write us a regular e-Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
New, beautiful game scenes
Some guys might think we should "slightly cut" the game to bring the game development to a faster end. Yes, maybe we should do that and release a shorter game. But this would feel weird somehow.
Instead we are adding additional content here and there. Some game areas have been significantly expanded. We added a handful of new rooms and stages that originally were never planned. Here's one:
Working on the manual
The game will come with an well designed manual including many interesting stories and lots of background informations. Buyers of the digital version will receive this manual as a PDF document, while supporters of the Collector's Edition will receive the manual in a beautiful printed and elaborately produced form. Maybe we also perfume the manual with the smell of old graveyards, earth and rotten wood ;)
Anyways, the work on the manual has begun and we are making good progress here as well.
Merging the team
In recent years, we've had a rather decentralized way of working because we were living at different places in Germany (Düsseldorf, Siegen, Heilbronn). Just a month ago we changed this working structure.
Our 3D Graphic Designer Daniel and Project Manager Thomas teamed up to improve the working structure. This way we can work together more efficiently on the completion of the game.
Please be patient!
We know that it is hard to be patient. We have been developing this game for more than 3 years now and we understand your feelings very well. We are impatient too! This game costs much energy, time and money and it sometimes brings us to our limits. We want this game to be finished as soon as possible and we hope that all this effort will eventually pay off someday.
We are still looking for gifted voice actors
We are very happy that our last update has helped us receive quite a few promising voice actors. If you have a great voice and good quality recording equipment, you can still apply to us for a voice role.
If you have a great voice and good quality recording equipment, you can apply to us for a voice role. Send us a well-emphasized audio recording with the following text "The ship left the harbor and headed for the ocean, I'm scared ... but I can not go back, I feel this will be my last trip."Based on the recording we are able to assess your voice, the technique and the emphasis you put into the words. :)
Thank you very much in advance !!
Still missing supporter pictures
Most of you guys already sent us your pictures and some of you were very creative. If you are a high tier supporter and did not send us your picture yet, please do it now as we will need it very soon.
You are not a high tier supporter but want to become part of the Oak Island Museum?
You can expect a great place at the "Oak Island Museum", including your name and your picture. We want to use your pictures and some editing, transition them into the game. All these pictures will be shown in the Oak Island Museum. Join the Oak Island Museum. Join the Oak Island Museum.
It's easy to join our VIP supporter group by raising your pledge via Paypal. Please contact us at email@example.com and we will manage this together. Or just use the payment offers that you find in the foot of this update. Thank you! :)
DIGITAL STANDARD EDITION
Price: 15€ / 17$ /~13£
Get the game as a digital download, DRM free on PC, Mac or Linux (+ Steam key).
DIGITAL SPECIAL EDITION
Price: 25€ / 29$ / 22£
Get the game as a digital download, DRM free on PC, Mac or Linux (+ Steam key), including the awesome orchestral soundtrack, several digital add-ons (posters, T-shirt files and 3 great wallpapers) and an extended digital game manual.
MAJESTIC COLLECTORS BOX
Price: 95€ / 108$ / 93£
You receive the majestic boxed version of the game in an elaborately designed package, including the game on DVD, the extended orchestral soundtrack on a single CD, a printed game manual, prominent thanks in the game’s credits AND we will honor your amazing support by adding your NAME AND PICTURE to our game manual!
Thank you very much for your patience and your fantastic support! Yours sincerely, The Oak Island Team P.S.: You can always contact us by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org