Last week, Masayuki of Live2D visited us to talk about the future of Wispfire using their software to create our animated portraits. After a nice dinner we took this picture before we said goodbye.

We’re glad to have spoken, and we learned that the future will be very exciting!

casual note that the creative director of “Herald” game that recently came out made a pretty ableist joke, so if his mindsets are reflected in the game you should be concerned

bullskadan:

Image is a receipt. Response is my own, which was never mentioned by anyone on the dev team and there was never any apology or acknowledgement issued.

Why am I bringing this up? Because I’m tired.

I’m tired of ableist microaggressions and flat out aggression being okay because it comes from so-called progressive circles.

I’m tired of people thinking this garbage is funny. 

And I’m honestly tired of not making a loud angry stink about it. Differently abled and neurodivergent folks suffer so many abuses because it is still acceptable to use us as the butt of the joke. And I am not okay with that. I never will be. I will fight until it isn’t okay.

So fuck you if you make a triggered joke, I don’t care who it is about. I won’t be purchasing your game. 

Also if you call me racist/sexist/whatever else for making this assertion about a game with a very racially diverse cast and with a female protagonist, you’re missing the point entirely and you will be swiftly shown to the door. Just because this game might be good in some axes of diversity does NOT make it cool for this shit to go on. 

Heya!

We regret that there wasn’t a response on twitter, marketing a new game can be pretty hard as a small studio and we’ve all been super swamped. We couldn’t find the tweet anymore so we’ll respond here.

From our Creative Director: I’m sorry. As you said, it was a joke where I tried to turn the word back on the kind of person that uses that kind of language, but it’s hard to be subtle in 140 characters. I certainly didn’t meant to belittle or hurt, but I do understand my tweet could have done exactly that.

With Herald our company tries to tackle many difficult subjects in a respectful way, but our employees are people too, and people aren’t perfect. We’re always open to criticism though, and are here to listen when it’s needed.

Questions Answered!

We’ve had a lot of amazing response from you guys, so we thought we’d answer some of your burning questions!

siryl replied to your photoset:
Herald: An Interactive Period Drama – Book I & II…

It’s a maritime dating sim, right?

Yes that is totally what Herald is! ;p Kidding aside, flirting is not out of the question, but the focus of the game is more about making friends…or enemies!

scatteringmyashes reblogged your photoset and added:

The real question: can you be gay in it

You can be as gay as you like, but whether Devan is, is up for debate!

thisblackwitch reblogged your photoset and added:

Another “half white/half other” game? Lame. Can’t folks do anything else?

We’re sorry you feel that way! For Herald it was a very deliberate narrative choice as to place the player between two worlds and explore the identity struggle many people face in a multicultural society. 


We had a great time going through some of the tags you left!
If anyone has any questions about Herald, it’s themes and story, feel free to ask us!


Herald: Book I & II are available on: Steam | GOG | Humble Store | Itch.io

ineeddiversegames:

Herald Books I and II by Wispfire is now out! We had a chance to play through Book I on stream, and it was great. As expected from our run through the demo version, Herald is pretty damn great. It doesn’t shy away from issues of race or Imperialism in the games setting.

Like we said the game does not shy away from these issues. Also, POC characters are voiced by POC actors! Vivek Bhurtun voices your protagonist, Devan Ludlow. We had him and lead writer, Roy van der Schilden on Fresh Out of Tokens to talk about the voice acting and writing the game before release.

Vivek also wrote about his experience voicing Devan for Gamasutra!

Listen to to the episode

You can buy Herald ($9.99) on Steam, GOG or direct from Wispfire which gives them the biggest profit!

Thanks so much again for hosting us and your continued support! We’re thrilled that you liked the game after playing the demo earlier! 

Hi, i loved the first two books on Steam but I was wondering if there was anywhere I could go to find the release schedule for the other books.

We’re super glad you liked the game! Our release schedule for the last two books are currently being planned, but we are aiming to take no longer then a year on it. Once we know more, we’ll be sure to announce it!

If you loved Herald, you can support us out by leaving a review on Steam or GOG and telling your friends about it, every sale we make will directly go towards funding the next installment! 🙂

Identity Crisis – Playing a mixed heritage character in a modern day video game

Identity Crisis – Playing a mixed heritage character in a modern day video game

Herald: An Interactive Period Drama – Book I & II is out for PC, Mac & Linux!

Herald is a choice-driven adventure set during colonial times. Board the HLV Herald and uncover its dark secrets in an intriguing tale about tyranny and servitude.


You are Devan Rensburg, a man of mixed heritage living in an alternate 19th century. You were born in the Eastern Colonies – but raised in the West, in the Protectorate’s capital.

In search of your roots, you booked passage on board of the HLV Herald, a ‘Protectorian’ ship set for your country of birth.
During your voyage, news of colonial unrest created tensions between the diverse crew and passengers.

Months later you alone are dragged ashore. No ship, no crew. All that remains is you, your journal and a captain’s coat you were wearing. A mysterious woman is holding you captive and demands you to tell her what happened to ‘your’ ship. What you tell her, is your choice.


Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/380810/

GOG: https://goo.gl/RXZnOS

Humble: https://goo.gl/DO6C5V


We hope you’ll love the story!