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!
A nice little non-spoilery video review of Herald! For those of you still on the fence, this might give you some idea of what to expect.
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.
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!
An article written by Vivek J. Bhurtun, the voice actor of Herald’s protagonist.
“It was not until recently when I was asked to act as the protagonist in a video game, that I started to ask myself what it actually meant to be raised with eastern spiritual values in a western culture.”