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Genre: Adventure
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Apr 19, 2015 @ 3:08am
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Whoohoo our Steam Page is online!

With Herald nearing its release, we thought it'd be a good idea to have the steam page already online. You can now wishlist our game!

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

Also, if you'd like to take an active part in polishing the game, you can join our PC Beta by posting on our brand-new forum![wispfire.com]

Cheers,

The Wispfire Team

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Description
Release date: Q1 2017
Herald is a two-part interactive period drama about colonialism. A choice-driven, 3D point and click adventure game for PC, Mac and Linux.

[heraldgame.com]



Herald is a two-part interactive period drama for PC, Mac and Linux that plays as a mix between a visual novel and a 3D point and click adventure game. You are Devan Rensburg, a man of mixed heritage, assigned to work as a steward aboard the merchant ship HLV Herald.

As a steward, you are responsible for the well-being of all passengers on board, be they rich or poor, important or downtrodden. Your job is best done without anybody noticing, so if a conflict should arise, you are well-served to solve it before the captain gets wind of it.

Which side of morality will you be on? Are you going to stand up for the oppressed, or will you stand idly by as those in authority abuse their power? Either way, you are responsible for your choices, and you will carry the consequences.





  • A branching narrative that changes depending on how you choose to play.
  • A gripping tale about finding your identity in a world divided by race, class and religion.
  • A beautiful hand-painted art style mixing 2D animated portraits with 3D environments.
  • A world inspired by historical events that took place in the final days of the Age of Sail.
  • A 19th century trading ship full of secrets and mysteries to uncover while you explore.
  • An interactive period drama with a heavy emphasis on character development.
  • A story within a story that switches between Devan's present and his past.



In an alternate 19th century, the West stands united as a single empire: the Protectorate.
As a republic with colonies, the Protectorate is ruled by an elected leader: the Lord Protector.
Each colony of the Empire is a potential new province, but to earn membership, a colony must adopt Protectorate law and customs.

In the year 1857, things are amiss in the realm. With the onset of modernity, the Protectorate is struggling to maintain order, as great inequality and prejudice give rise to tension between the colonizers and the colonized. Colonial governments are slowly losing their grasp on their territories, and rumors of a coming rebellion run rampant.




Held captive in a tower looking out over the sea, Devan Rensburg has no other choice but to tell his story to the woman holding him prisoner. The Rani, as she calls herself, has acquired Devan's journal and demands to know everything about his journey aboard the Herald.

Reluctantly, Devan tells her he was born in the East, but was adopted and raised in the West, a proud citizen of the Protectorate. As a man of mixed heritage he always yearned to know more about his past and one day return to his roots in the Eastern Colonies.

When Devan stumbled upon a recruiter in the Capital harbor, the man took a liking to Devan and granted him a position aboard His Lordship's Vessel Herald. Devan saw this as perhaps his only opportunity to finally discover more about his past, so he eagerly accepted the offer.

The HLV Herald was tasked with an important mission: to take an influential politician and his niece to the Eastern Colonies. But there was more to this voyage than Devan realized when he took this job; more than he ever bargained for...






Founded in 2013 by Roy van der Schilden, Bart Heijltjes, Aïda de Ridder and Remko Haagsma, Wispfire is an indie developer that makes video games that let you think about the world around you.

From the very beginning we knew one thing for sure: we wanted to make story-driven video games with moral choices, that would challenge players to think about their position in society. At the same time, we wanted to use our knowledge of dramaturgy to make games that resonate with a broad audience and feel distinctly different in tone from most other story-driven games on the market.

Wispfire is currently based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. As part of the incubation program of Dutch Game Garden we hold office among other Dutch indies such as Vlambeer, Ragesquid and Self Made Miracle. Since March 2014 we've been busy developing our first commercial title, Herald.

A great big thanks to the amazing backers who supported us!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1820225439/934677177?token=503f477c

Download our demo to check Herald out for yourself!
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yVfg1303jE7Zw_nkFxXGO554r8scVFdjfiajq-1nVr0/pub

Website[heraldgame.com]
Tumblr Devblog[heraldgame.tumblr.com]
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70 Comments
Dragon Sep 19, 2016 @ 12:20pm 
Glad to know this is still going.
thiruda Jun 18, 2016 @ 4:44am 
Hey guys just checked out your project and its amazing . Very nice work best of luck! Thank you for supporting our project too! Will be following your development cheers
Wispfire  [author] May 19, 2016 @ 9:10am 
Hey there! Sorry for the long wait! Herald is still 100% in development, but we've mostly been posting about it on our other channels, our apologies! We've posted an announcement (and updated the screenshots) with some news for everyone to read, and we'll be posting more announcements from here for on out. ;)

Cheers,

Wispfire
K-rollin Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:27pm 
I hope this is still going! It looks quite promising!
Dragon Sep 20, 2015 @ 12:41pm 
Is this still in development?
Abandonations Jun 8, 2015 @ 6:56am 
where can i access the demo for review? kickstarter?
Darkneko May 29, 2015 @ 9:27am 
Here my email to stay touch with me angel_vampire_1988@hotmail.com
Darkneko May 29, 2015 @ 9:26am 
thank you i will check out the demo goodluck with your game
Wispfire  [author] May 24, 2015 @ 12:04am 
Thank you, everyone, for supporting us! We reached our goal, and still have a day to go! Let's see if we can hit that stretch goal!
Ri'Zakar May 23, 2015 @ 2:34pm 
You are funded! Congratulations. I'm looking forward to play this awesome game!