A new, epic point and click adventure that will lead you through the world!
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Update #18: Covid-19 update and new release dates
9 days ago
– Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 12:12:06 AM
It’s been a while since our last update, but as with the rest of you, we got hit by the Covid-19 hurricane and needed a moment to regroup (both personally and professionally speaking).
Let’s start by reassuring you: we’re fine, we’re in lockdown, and despite the difficult times, work on the game continues. That doesn’t mean the pandemic hasn’t imposed hardship on our roadmap, however. The coordination between our departments is more arduous than ever and some of our voice-over artists are having problems getting access to studios, causing some delays in the last part of the dubbing process. For these reasons, we’re forced to push back our official release to the following dates:
Part 1: May 12
Part 2: September 8
As you can see, we’re confident we’ll be able to limit the delay in a way that – we hope – will be acceptable to you.
But now onto the good news to share what we have been up to since our last update!
We have basically completed all the voice acting for Part 1 and we want to reassure you about the results. Thanks to your contributions, we were able to hire all pro actors who will deliver the quality we promised during the campaign. You will find a diverse cast, passionate about the project, who are giving their best performance in every single line. Over the course of the coming weeks, we will share a few audio snippets on our social media channels, so follow us for an early taste!
For starters, we are delighted to share this great behind-the-scenes video recorded by Matthew Curtis while recording the role of Lars.
While some of us are busy completing the implementation of voices, our graphics department is committed to refining all the visual aspects of The Hand of Glory: scenes, additional assets, and new animations to enrich the game experience even more. This far along in development, we can assure that nearly every action accomplished by our valiant Lars will have a specific animation (our biggest dream).
Here’s a sample for you:
One of the most successful pledges during the Kickstarter campaign permitted some of you to appear in the game with a dedicated article published by the in-game newspaper, “The Miami Harbinger.” We’re happy to tell you that all articles for Part 1 are completely implemented and absolutely unmissable!
We had a ton of fun imagining our own weird stories and listening to yours (and some of them were REALLY crazy) and we’re thrilled to have added this pledge along the way. We can now unveil one of these articles thanks to our backer Christian, who gladly allows us to publish it.
“What about Part 2?” you might ask. And we’d answer: “It’s thriving!” Most of the necessary assets are done or nearly finished, while the authors are refining the script and game design to offer you a rich, varied and passionate adventure experience. Without a doubt, we can promise a very fun conclusion to the game!
…and if you won’t take our word for it, here’s one of the latest scenes to join the party (we have more than 100 scenes in the full game).
That’s a wrap for the March update. We apologize for the slight delay but trust that you can understand the unexpected reasons behind it. But most of all, our team wants to wish you all the good you can experience in this strange, difficult moment in time.
Stay home, stay safe (and play many videogames)!
Update #17: Release date and new format announced
3 months ago
– Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 02:51:29 AM
Hi guys! Today we want to update you with a few news announcements about the game release and its format. Let’s start with the latter: after long thought, we have reached the decision to split the game into two parts. This decision is to be considered purely authorial, with no other reasons than narrative ones. We just feel that what happens at the midpoint of the game is too intense to be treated as a simple cut-scene that links one scenario to another. We want you to dwell on it for a while and assimilate instead of rushing towards the conclusion of the journey. Therefore, the “episodic” division will remain even when Part 2 is released, just like you’re watching two seasons of a TV show.
We are fully aware that many players don’t like to play in “parts,” but this is how we feel The Hand of Glory is best experienced. Of course you are welcome to wait and “binge” both parts together, as it’s totally up to you, but our suggestion is to pause before playing Part 2. It certainly won’t be a short trip anyway: our testers took 6 to 8 hours just to finish Part 1, and you should add another few hours if you want to see all the achievements and Easter eggs we have planned.
I hope you all can understand our decision and come to embrace it for the reason intended – trust us, it’s better this way.
The wait won't be too long, as the new schedule for the two parts of the game is as follows:
Now the good bit: Part 1 is complete! We’re adding voices right now and then it’s just a matter of testing and tweaking the audio. The April 14 release date is locked and a sure bet: we’ll start sending out keys for the beta version to the backers who subscribed to that particular tier pretty soon (probably end of January). We’re very happy with how the game is shaping up and can’t wait to hear your feedback!
As always, we’re very open to suggestions, idea, insults (:D) – so hit the comments section if you have any questions or doubts. We’ll be happy to reply.
Ciao a tutti! Oggi vogliamo aggiornarvi sulle nostre ultime decisioni a proposito dell'uscita del gioco e del format che abbiamo deciso di adottare. Iniziamo con quest’ultimo: dopo averci pensato a lungo, abbiamo maturato la convinzione di dividere il gioco in due parti. Questa decisione è da considerarsi puramente autoriale, senza altre motivazioni se non narrative. Sentiamo che ciò che avviene a metà del gioco sia troppo intenso da essere relegato a una semplice cut-scene che collega uno scenario all’altro. Vogliamo che possiate soffermarvici per un po’ e assimilare gli eventi, invece di affrettarvi verso la conclusione dell’avventura. Pertanto, la divisione “episodica” rimarrà anche dopo l'uscita della Parte 2, proprio come accade quando si seguono due stagioni di una serie TV.
Siamo pienamente consapevoli che molti giocatori non amano particolarmente questo tipo di divisione, ma è così che crediamo che sia meglio giocare a “The Hand of Glory”. Ovviamente potete tranquillamente attendere e “bingiare” insieme le due parti, ed è una scelta pienamente condivisibile, ma il nostro suggerimento è quello di prendersi una pausa prima di giocare alla Parte 2. Certamente non sarà un’esperienza breve, comunque: i nostri tester hanno impiegato dalle 6 alle 8 ore solo per finire la Parte 1, a cui va sicuramente aggiunto altro tempo se volete sbloccare tutti gli achievement e gli Easter-egg che abbiamo preparato.
Spero che possiate comprendere la nostra decisione e rispettare il nostro punto di vista – fidatevi, è meglio così.
L’attesa non sarà troppo lunga, dato che le nuove release date delle due parti del gioco sono le seguenti:
E ora, le buone notizie: Parte 1 è completa! Stiamo aggiungendo il doppiaggio proprio in questi giorni, dopodiché si tratterà solo di testare e di fare qualche piccola modifica audio. La release date del 14 Aprile è certa e confermata: inizieremo presto a inviare le chiavi per la versione beta a tutti i backer che hanno sottoscritto quel tier (probabilmente a fine gennaio). Siamo molto, molto contenti del risultato finale e non vediamo l’ora di sentire cosa ne pensate voi giocatori!
Come sempre, siamo apertissimi a qualsiasi suggerimento, idea, insulto (:D) – per cui non siate timidi e lasciate un commento se avete una domanda o un dubbio. Saremo felici di rispondere.
Update #16: November news!
5 months ago
– Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 02:24:57 AM
Hello guys, we're finally back with a few updates for you!
By now you should have received and completed your BackerKit survey; we only need a few answers yet, so if you haven't received it, please let us know! We'll close the survey at the end of the year, so just a month left for you to leave your data! Hurry, please! And don't forget: you can still add a reward or modify your tier, if you want!
We're working like crazy to ensure the Q1 2020 release we promised you guys, and we're happy to tell you that we have completed all the graphical assets of the game. The Hand of Glory is now playable from start to finish, and we're very happy with the results. We still have lots of thing to add and fix, but things are looking good! And hey, here's a new screenshot for you.
Plus, we're still waiting for you on our Discord channel! Join us to talk about The Hand of Glory and your favourite adventure game!
One of the things we're working on right now is adding the NPC backers in the game. A couple of them gave us permission to show their true counterparts in comparison with their character in the game, so here you go! What do you think about our Mike and Issa?
Our musician Carlos Leal Valladares is hard at work on the OST and boy, it's really exciting! Today we're presenting you his latest track, "Night Raid".
This is all for today! Thanks for reading!
Update #15: BackerKit survey incoming!
7 months ago
– Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 02:58:30 PM
we have been silent for a while on the surveys to find the best solution (for us and especially for you, backers!). In the end, we decided to use BackerKit!
The surveys will be sent in a few days to your email address! You don't need to create a BackerKit account, you just have to click on the link, fill it out and you're good! Again, the survey WILL BE SENT TO YOUR EMAIL, so you don't have to answer here. Of course we will be in touch for any kind of problem or questions, so don't be shy and ask if you need anything!
That's all for now, but we'll be back with an update next week to show you some new game stuff!
To the next update!
Update #14: August news!
8 months ago
– Sat, Aug 24, 2019 at 10:08:43 PM
So you thought we took a vacation, didn’t you? Instead, we have some fresh news for you!
Once the Kickstarter campaign was over, we took some time off from the socials, to recharge and, above all, to restart working with more enthusiasm than ever!
First off, we started the auditions to choose the actors who will work on the English voiceovers of The Hand of Glory. The first names are starting to emerge and we are more and more convinced that you’re going to love the final result!
But there’s more! You helped us reaching the second stretch goal, remember? We were so happy about that, we started working on the new area straight away! Here’s a preview of what’ you’re going to find in the game!
This new area not only allowed us to add suggestive locations, but also and above all to give greater emphasis to Alice, the young intern that will help Lazarus during his investigation.
Apart from being a great hook to the story, this game section is shaping up to be stimulating from the point of view of the game design as well. We’re making sure that playing with Alice will be a considerable different experience from controlling Lars. Take a look at her work desk!
In addition to using kinesics, the discipline that studies microgestures and involuntary movements, Alice is a tech enthusiast with good computer knowledge (something Lars can’t get a grip on!)
That's it! Have a nice end of August and don't forget we will start sending the KS surveys in a few weeks!