The Sailor’s Drawings

First of all – some spoilers incoming, so please consider yourselves warned!

Our last three big projects have all had a very strong meta-element of some kind, often breaking the fourth wall in different ways. In the The Sailor’s Dream we do this in a few ways, mostly through a set of mysterious drawings.

These drawings are mentioned a few times in the story, and not only do they exist in the narrative, they depict other story scenes, and are drawn by one of the characters in that very same story (phew!).

Whith all of these narrative layers, we thought that it would be really cool if they were not visible on the screen in digital format, but instead manifested themselves as physical objects in the player’s reality – and so we came up with the idea that these could only be aquired if you print them out via an Air Print enabled printer. We knew this was going to be unconventional and a very uncompromising concept – but we think there’s simply something magical about them appearing in the real world, as out of thin air (and our hope is that if you don’t have the chance to print them out yourself, you’ll know a friend who have a printer, and can make a fun day out of it)!

For that reason, it was also important for us that these weren’t drawn digitally.

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We contacted our friend Johanna Meijer, an illustrator who resides in Copenhagen, and she kindly agreed to make them. The result was, as expected, lovely! These are all 100% hand-drawn with pencil, then scanned in.

When we had wrapped up the project, Johanna gave us a folder with every single version of the drawing which led up to the final version, along with concepts, early style tests and unused art as well. Today we placed them all on the floor, and it really is amazing how much work was put into these. We couldn’t resist showing you, so we’ve made an image gallery of it below – enjoy!

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Year Walk + Humble Weekly Bundle!


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Hello! It’s a New Year! We’re starting it with this:
The PC/Mac version of Year Walk is part of the Humble Weekly Bundle! Which means you’ll be able to get it, together with a bunch of other great games (Lovely Planet! The Blue Flamingo! Dust: An Elysian Tail! MIND: Path to Thalamus! Eidolon! Fract OSC!) for cheap … AND give some money to charity! And So please do that, ok?

And oh – Daniel Olsén’s amazing Year Walk soundtrack is included in the bundle too!

The Sensational December Machine

The year is almost over, and it’s that time of the year when you look back, get a bit contemplative and perhaps even a little misty eyed.

What we found looking back, is that we always get so much support and kindness from our fans, and we wanted to find a way to express our gratitude. So, we’ve spent the last three weeks creating this thing as a Christmas present for you, our dear fans:

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The Sensational December Machine. A short interactive story about an inventor and her unusual new creation. It features hand-drawn art and text, and dynamic music (which evolves with the story) by Daniel Olsén. We hope you’ll snuggle up with this little seasonal, and very three-dimensional, tale in fullscreen mode. Perhaps with some good headphones, and a warm drink by your side.

Download completely free, for PC and Mac:

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Thanks for all your support & love this year.

Hugs,
Simon & Gordon

The Sailor’s Dream Soundtrack

Finally! The music from The Sailor’s Dream is now available, basically, everywhere. In our humble opinion one of, if not the, loveliest videogame soundtracks in history.

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The Sailor’s Dream by Jonathan Eng, featuring Stephanie Hladowski, is available on iTunes, Spotify, Loudr, Amazon and Google Play!

To celebrate, we dug up this video from June, when we travelled to Mölle to find inspiration for The Sailor’s Dream. We were relaxing on the balcony after a day of walking, and Jonathan played us some tunes. Among them were the song that would later be dubbed “The Sailor’s Theme”.

Enjoy.

Soundtrack news and “Monday” demo

Good news:
Jonathan Eng’s lovely soundtrack for The Sailor’s Dream will be available THIS FRIDAY!

Oh, and while you wait. Enjoy this super beautiful demo of Monday in which Jonathan sings the song himself. This was the first of the week songs that Jonathan sent us. It’s really special to us.

Year Walk halloween sale & tale

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…

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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!

The Sailor’s Dream launches November 6th!

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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