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! 

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!

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!

Update 7: Gamescom, Delays and Demos

Update 7: Gamescom, Delays and Demos

“And that there, is the Rani. She’s asking you all these questions about this ship you sailed on.”

That’s right, parents – you can just drop off your kids at our booth, and we’ll provide them with a live translation and interpretation of this game about colonialism, racism and identity. Easy peasy.

“And so, this sailor … is angry, because … the captain … doesn’t treat him like other sailors … because … well … he has a different skin colour and all that … but then … you, Devan, can say you don’t think it is because of that, because … ugh… the sailor … he does things that aren’t allowed … and … well, that could be the reason too.” See, easy peasy!

We had a wonderful time showcasing at the Indie MEGABOOTH! We hope you guys enjoyed our new demo!

And if you’d like to support the development of Herald, you can pre-order from our site!