Join The Church in the Darkness on August 2nd

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After several years in development, I’m pleased to announce that The Church in the Darkness will be launching simultaneously on PC/Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 next Friday. What’s more, the news has finally broken that the game will also arrive on Nintendo Switch the same day.

I’ll be honest: I have a strong bias toward this project, and have helped with its development as well as with showing it off at expos (which I’ve written about before). Its creator, Richard Rouse III, is a good friend and former colleague of mine.

But more than that, it’s an experience about a time and place in our history — one of intense civil disruption — that few other games even attempt to seriously explore. Its narrative permutations mean the characters aren’t always a group of fanatics or maniacs, but average people with wants and desires, either optimistic or cynical about the state of the world and their place in it. I believe these attitudes and contrasts are well reflected in the trailer embedded below.

Combined with the action-infiltration gameplay, player choice, and multiple objectives, each session can result in a variety of different outcomes. Unlike the popular conception of separatist socialist utopias in the 1970s, things don’t always have to end in tragedy.

I encourage you to check it out, and there are many ways you can do that:

During launch week all platforms will be 20% off, meaning you can get the game for $15.99 (regular $19.99). Or pick up the True Believer special edition on Steam, which includes the 28-song soundtrack and behind-the-scenes videos.

For more, visit the game’s official website — http://paranoidproductions.com/church/index.html — or watch the launch trailer below.

BIG wins for good friends

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Hey everyone, we hope you’ll join us in congratulating two of our collaborators who took home awards from the Brazil Independent Games (BIG) Festival, held the evening of 28 June in São Paulo.

Though they were up against a bevvy of equally high-quality international competitors Forgotton Anne by ThroughLine Games won for Best Narrative and Unheard by NEXT Studios won for Best Sound. Cheers to both teams!

Also kudos to the other nominees (full list here) and obrigado to the festival jury!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the winners, they’re available at a discount as part of the Steam Summer Sale, which runs until 9 July. Links below.

Forgotton Anne
50% OFF
(Collector’s Edition also available.)

Unheard
30% OFF

And we want to share two pieces of project news before we say até a próxima (that means “till next time”)…

  • You can now play Forgotton Anne on the go! Working with Hitcents.com Inc., the game is now available on iOS and features a free demo area, with the full version for $9.99. Please note: the app requires iOS 9 and a device with 2 GB of RAM or more to run.

  • There’s a cool new case in the works for Unheard, with more details to be revealed in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.