Hey people! Nick Guérin, artistic director of Spiritfarer right here. It’s a bittersweet time for the group at the moment as we’re launching the ultimate content material replace for Spiritfarer, the comfortable administration sport about dying. In at the moment’s Jackie and Daria Replace, you’ll assist our heroine Stella soothe a troubled thoughts and produce a dilapidated hospital again to its former glory. It’s a beautiful curtain name for the sport in addition to an excellent present of gratitude to the followers who’ve supported us because the day we introduced the challenge – we hope you like it!
Sure, it’s the tip of an extended journey for Crew Spiritfarer. At this time, since we’re closing the e-book on the sport for the foreseeable future, we’re including the “Farewell Version” subtitle to Spiritfarer. It’s a victory lap of kinds for a sport close to and expensive to us, one which we by no means dreamed could be embraced by one-million gamers and counting. I’d prefer to take this chance to inform you a bit of extra about how we bought right here.
As we shipped Spiritfarer, our cozy administration sport about dying, throughout a worldwide pandemic in August 2020, we felt a whirlwind of doubts and pleasure, a maelstrom of anxiousness and reduction.
Early critiques had been good – dare I say nice! However particularly shocking had been the emails, letters, and direct messages bearing heartfelt, type phrases. Phrases of gratitude. Gratitude for the way Spiritfarer had made them really feel, suppose, or behave. For the position it had performed in soothing the grief wrought by the pandemic. And even for the way it had rekindled their ardour for his or her jobs as healthcare professionals or their duties as caregivers. All this was completely heart-melting.
Clearly, followers had actually linked with the sport. And though the group was fairly happy with the model of Spiritfarer at launch, we knew there was extra we nonetheless wanted to do. Past that, as we delved into all the pieces we had collected to craft the unique sport, it turned clear that the group nonetheless had lots of tales to inform on this world.
At the start, we needed to verify we had been telling Stella’s story correctly. We didn’t wish to depart gamers puzzled as to what precisely occurred within the story – so with our first content material replace, we added Lily, Stella’s sister, to assist flesh out the story elegantly and shut that foremost narrative loop.
Subsequent, we turned to the characters we already knew intimately, that we’d created early on however had been unable to deliver into the unique sport – nonetheless patiently ready for his or her time within the highlight, to have their tales written and instructed. Therefore had been born Beverly, the diminutive-yet-adorable owl spirit from our summer season replace.
Now, what are you able to anticipate in at the moment’s replace? Stella units sail for Overbrook Island, the place issues abound on the dilapidated native hospital. Stella will first befriend the hyena spirit Jackie, a well-meaning however dispirited lug who’s overwhelmed by all the pieces that should be completed to maintain the power working. Stella will lend a serving to hand by offering new sources for the hospital, in addition to by understanding the workings of the mysterious Charon Merchandising Machine.
Stella additionally meets and befriends Daria, a bat spirit and notably troubled affected person of the power. Because the story unfolds and Daria begins enjoying a significant position in Overbrook, she’ll spur Stella into finishing an all-new rhythmic platforming problem, in a kaleidoscopic stage seemingly conjured straight from Daria’s agitated thoughts.
Ultimately, gamers shall be happy to find that the Jackie & Daria Replace performs into the evergreen Spiritfarer themes of caretaking and saying goodbye. The brand new pals launched right here will go on too, as soon as Stella has completed her faring responsibility. Nevertheless it was particularly essential to the artwork group that the protagonist’s world-affecting kindness be communicated visually on this last replace. On Overbrook, Stella’s passage actually brings shade and life again to the island and its buildings, as is clear within the before-and-after ideas proven right here.
I’m extraordinarily happy with what the group has completed in crafting the suite of updates, culminating in at the moment’s launch. I don’t have the phrases to precise how grateful I’m to the group, the general public, and everybody concerned in making Spiritfarer what it’s at the moment.
However it’s time now to bid farewell to this world, to let it relaxation and bear in mind it because the bittersweet beacon of affection we had hoped it could be, and the way rather more it turned.
Thanks all, and Farewell.