Halloween is upon us and we’re putting the Steam version of Year Walk on sale! To mark the occasion, we decided to dive once more into Scandinavian folklore in search of suitably spine-chilling tales, and we weren’t disappointed…
We found an interesting short story from the October chapter in a book called Mina Månaders Berättelser (My Months Stories), a small compendium of folklore stories from 1936 by Jens Årebäck. It’s the very last of the October stories, and is called Ingeborg och Silkesvantarna (Ingeborg and the Silk Gloves). It goes something like this:
A rich woman named Ingeborg goes to the market. She comes across a pair of lovely gloves. The seller is skinny and pale, and wears thin rags, even though it’s a cold October night. Ingeborg can’t believe how desperate the man must be to ask a mere two kronor for such a wonderful pair of gloves. In town, she has seen a similiar pair of gloves for at least double the price. Nonetheless, Ingeborg pays the man two kronor. Just as she hands over the coins, a man dressed in black appears behind her, and gives the seller another two.
“Here’s the difference,” says the man, and hurries away.
The following night Ingeborg’s suitor is coming for a lavish dinner. She puts on her new gloves by the mirror, and suddenly feels very tired and decides to take quick nap before her suitor arrives. When he finally does, Ingeborg is still asleep. The suitor is annoyed. He had planned to surprise her with a ring over dinner, but sees his chance for romance, as he decides to surprise Ingeborg in her sleep. He takes off her gloves, and as he does, a coin falls out from each of them. The suitor is of course surprised, but not as surprised as when he only finds stumps as he reaches for Ingeborg’s hands.
So … Well … Happy Halloween! Enjoy the sale, friends!
Yes! Our 6th game(-like project) will be available in less than two weeks! Mark November 6th in your calendar!
Here’s a new trailer:
You might be wondering what that song is, right? This is one of the tracks written for the game by Jonathan Eng (which you of course know now), which features vocals by the ever so talented Stephanie Hladowski
One of the tracks?
Yup! Jonathan has (in addition to a full instrumental soundtrack) written no less than seven songs on which you’ll hear Stephanie’s lovely, special voice.
There’s much we could say about these songs, but they are all part of the story and mystery, so we’d just like for you to explore the game and find them yourselves.
Ok, but what about that other voice?
Oh, that fantastic voice at the end? That’s the amazing actor R Bruce Elliot, which you will hear a lot more from when you get your hands on The Sailor’s Dream.
So, we’ve worked with a lot of new people (and old friends, as Jonathan and Jonas), but there’s actually one more person’s work you can see in the trailer! That person is the mega-talented Johanna Meijer. But her part of this is way to secret and exciting for us to talk about now, so that we will leave as a surprise until you find it …
As you can tell, The Sailor’s Dream is without doubt and in every respect our most ambitious project yet. We sincerely hope it can live up to expectations.
In the meantime, have a look at some new screenshots.
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One year has passed since we introduced the entertainment experience DEVICE 6. It’s been a tremendous year, but we’ve got a few more things to share with you. As many of our Players know, we have had great reception technology and entertainment community, but we’ve also had great reception from individuals who are leading experts in the field of personal expression and design. For this very reason, we partnered with Fangamer and their Click-To-Buy-Merchandise-Technology to bring you two limited edition posters based on DEVICE 6.
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These posters are the best in class individually, but they have also been designed to work seamlessly together for the most impactful visual experience on your walls.
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To celebrate this year of verity, prosperity and belief, today we are proud and happy to announce a permanent price drop on the posters. We can’t wait for you to experience them at their new lower price, and bring a small piece of us, always with you
watching you in your own home. ❤
NOW $17 (WAS $25)
32% Cheaper // $8 saved // 24″ x 18″ on natural matte paper
(limited edition, 250 available)
NOW $12 (WAS $15)
20% Cheaper // $3 saved // 24″ x 18″ on glossy paper
(limited edition, 500 available)
As you have probably noticed, we’ve been a bit quiet about The Sailor’s Dream. We’re actually very far along with the project – we’re wrapping it up and currently polishing, testing and squashing bugs!
We’d like to explain a bit about the reasoning for us being so quiet about the project – because it’s been a very deliberate choice from our side.
We have a lot of fun features and elements in The Sailor’s Dream, which we believe are unique, and exciting. And as much as we’d like to shout about how exciting we think they are, we’ve made a (tough!) decision to not talk about them before the release.
It’s quite simple. We just don’t want to rob you of the sense of wonder and discovery.
We’re fans of the element of surprise, and as we talked about when we were making Year Walk, that’s an element we miss from the games we played when growing up. And even though The Sailor’s Dream is nothing like those games, it’s a box of stories and little glimpses into a world that we’d like you to discover and piece together for yourselves.
That said, we know that some of you have wanted to see more. And we’re not mean people (well…), so we’ve put together a little something for you to think about and ponder without spoiling any surprises. So, put in your earphones, and enjoy!
We hope you’ll appreciate this decision once you’ll get the chance to experience The Sailor’s Dream for yourselves. We don’t have any firm date yet, but we’ll definitely let you know once we have.
We forgot to post this Vine of some smoke we were making for The Sailor’s Dream!
And in other news, this nice two spread preview is in the latest Edge, which should be out in stores now:
Here’s a view of the Secret Lighthouse from The Sailor’s Dream!
We don’t have a design document for The Sailor’s Dream. Our ideas and thoughts are spread out on paper, on post-its or in notebooks all over the office.
Four years ago, these two gentlemen set out on an adventure.
And luckily enough for them, a lot of people decided to share that adventure with them.
We’d like to hug all of you, but as that is a somewhat complex task, we would at least like to express our eternal gratitude;
Thank you so much for believing in us.
Simon & Gordon