Operation Backlog Completion 2017
May 172017
 

Netflix and Platige Image have announced a new series based on The Witcher.

If this sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because of the Witcher movie announced in 2015. Back then, Platige described a movie based on “The Witcher” and “The Lesser Evil,” which would lead into a TV series.

I haven’t seen anything else about the movie, but this seems to be the series they had in mind.

It will be produced by Sean Daniel and Jason Brown, along with Tomek Baginski and Jarek Sawko from Platige. Among other things, Baginski directed the intros for the three Witcher games, as well as the trailer for Cyberpunk 2077.

They haven’t said what parts of the story the show will follow, but Andrezej Sapkowski is on board as a creative consultant and sounds enthusiastic about the series staying true to his books.

I’ve never watched a Netflix series before… or anything else on Netflix, for that matter. However, if this is well-received, I might give it a try.

On a similar note, I finally picked up copies of The Tower of Swallows and The Lady of the Lake, so stay tuned for more Witcher reviews!

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May 152017
 

I recently mentioned my work on new video game projects, and it’s time to unveil one of them.

As we finish up work on Ascendant Hearts, I’ve begun a new project with Visualnoveler: a fantasy RPG called Destiny Chronicles.

Destiny Chronicles follows a young squire named Celeste on a journey to reclaim an ancient artifact that was stolen from her. On the way, she’ll cross paths with a mage named Ruby and a mercenary named Valana, among other characters.

We’ve drawn inspiration from JRPGs, especially action JRPGs. In addition to action RPG combat, it will have a talent tree, an upgrade system, and more.

As the writer for Destiny Chronicles, I’m responsible for both the overall story and the character interactions. We’re aiming for a fun, lighthearted tone that nevertheless tells a compelling, intriguing story.

Here are a couple screenshots showing Celeste in two of the environments you can look forward to exploring once the game is complete.

We have a few sample songs from the soundtrack available, too.

You can check out the official Destiny Chronicles website here, and take a look at the press release here.

We’re currently in the early development stage and intend to launch a Kickstarter in the future. In the meantime, if you have any questions about Destiny Chronicles, especially about its story or characters, let me know!

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May 122017
 

This morning, I went to Twitter and said to myself, “Huh. Why is Alan Wake trending? Wait–did they announce a sequel?!”

But it wasn’t about Alan Wake 2 or anything close. It was because of a big Alan Wake sale… ahead of the game being removed from digital stores.

Remedy announced that due to music licenses expiring, Alan Wake and its will be pulled from digital marketplaces next week.

Starting tomorrow, Alan Wake will be on sale for 90% off through Steam. No one knows yet if it will also go on sale at GOG.com or the Xbox Marketplace.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be on sale, but it will not be removed. Only the original game and its DLC are being removed.

This sale will last until May 15, after which you’ll no longer be able to buy a digital copy of Alan Wake or its DLC. If you’ve already bought it, you’ll still be able to download and play it.

Alan Wake was a great game with many memorable moments. I enjoyed it a lot, and it’s disappointing to see this news. At least there’s a little time left for those of you who haven’t played it.

Remedy is “looking into relicensing the music” for Alan Wake, but it’s hard to say what will happen. Since physical copies will also be removed from stores (and don’t include the DLC episodes), you might want to grab a copy of Alan Wake during the sale if you ever intend to play it.

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