Hey gang! If you haven’t already, check out Herald: An Interactive Period Drama! I got a chance to play the first two books, and it’s quickly grown to be one of my all-time favorite indie games. I can’t recommend it enough for people who love games with gorgeous visuals and great story! 

You can check it out on Steam or on GoG for 20% off this weekend!

Take a look at this fantastic art by Amelia! 

We’re so stoked with how she drew Devan and the Rani, such personality!

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


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. 


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

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

Hey everyone!

We have great news! The Mac and Linux versions of Herald: Book I & II will be releasing alongside with the Windows version on Steam and Humble when the game launches Wednesday, this week!

The screenshot above was the most relevant one we could find…

Decide Herald’s story before it releases!

Based on the most voted outcome of the first vignette, we have continued Herald’s story in Vignette #2: Louis Morton!

Due to Herald’s release on Thursday the 16th, we have delayed the next video and also allowed people to vote through a poll in the video itself! 😀

Voting ends on Monday the 20th, 11:00 AM GMT.
On Thursday the 23rd we will release a new vignette which will be a direct continuation of the choice with the most votes in total!

Let us know your choice in the comments or on our forum: wispfire.com/forum

Hey everyone!

To prepare you for the upcoming release of Herald, we made a special interactive video to illustrate what kind of choices you’ll be making.

In this interactive vignette you are presented with a conflict set aboard the Herald, and at the end you can vote to choose how our main character, Devan Rensburg, responds to the conflict.


Voting happens here and ends on Monday, 11 AM GMT!

Next Thursday we will release a new vignette which will be a direct continuation of the choice with the most votes in total! 

Reblogs would be appreciated!

Questions for Podcast?

In about 4,5 hours from now (20:00 GMT) we will be recording for the Fresh out of Tokens Podcast, hosted by Tanya from @ineeddiversegames.

Our lead writer, Roy van der Schilden and principal voice actor, Vivek Bhurtun will be answering questions about diversity in gaming, the history of Herald and more!

Let us know if you have any questions you’d like to have answered!