Games are doing far better these days in terms of characterization and dialogue. It used to be that even in games that let you talk to whomever you wanted, they would only have the one single thing they ever said. Today, developers often weave dialogue far better into the narrative, using it to create fuller, breathing storylines.Continue reading
Hi everyone. My name is Peter. I am project lead on Rain Games new game, Mesmer. I am also the game designer for the project.
With Mesmer it occured to me that over the last one and a half year, we have been working on and building a lot of things that as far as I know have no equivalent in other games. Perhaps this is something that people would be interested in knowing more about?Continue reading
Last year, in May, we announced that we had received new funding from the Norwegian Film Institute to help us develop our next game. For an independent studio like us, this means not only an economic boost, but also peace of mind: we can keep working on the kind of games we like, and giving more life to our worldbuilding as we wish.
It’s been a while since our last update, but let’s fix that. First and foremost, Spillprisen was a success! As you remember, we were nominated to 5 awards. Well, we won four of them: Best Audio, Best Visuals, Best Game Design and Best Fun to Everyone. A huge congrats to our friend Machineboy and Milkmaid of the Milky Way, for winning the Best Handheld and Game of the Year awards, and Fugl for Best Tech.
Spillprisen is an annual award show for Norwegian developers, organized by volunteers and hosted by Virke Produsentforeningen and Spillmakerlauget, to honor the best games made in the country each year. It will take place tomorrow, January 13th, at 7pm CET, and we’re happy to share that World to the West is nominated in five categories:
- Game of the Year
- Best Fun For Everyone
- Best Art
- Best Design
- Best Audio
It’s a true honor to be nominated, but most of all to be in such an excellent company: Milkmaid of the Milky Way, The Frostrune, Fugl, Corroded, Monster VR, Poio and Woeful Woebots. Cross your fingers for World to the West, but don’t forget to take a look at them!
The day has come! We’re all huge Nintendo lovers at the studio, so we’re excited to see our beloved child Teslagrad landing on Nintendo Switch. Never played the game on PC, missed the chance to get it on Wii U? Well, third time is the charm :). You can find it now for 14.99 USD / EU / GBP on the eShop, and buy it from the comfort of your tactile screen. And if you already explored the secrets of the Tesla tower, help us spread the word! Tell your friends about the game, give it in your Secret Santa… many possibilities!
But there are more good news coming this Winter. In about a month and a half, January 18th, World to the West will also be released on Switch. We’re also giving the final touches (hopefully!) to the Wii U version. Wii U owners, we still love you!
So, we’re happy to announce that World to the West is part of November’s Humble Monthly! And in good company, indeed: this is the complete lineup of games that subscribers can get this month.
- Resident Evil 5
- Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
- The Elders Scrolls Online
- Quake Champions
- The Elder Scrolls Legends
- Dead Rising 2
- Emily is Away 2
And that’s not all: Teslagrad is also included in Humble Trove, the DRM-free collection of games available for free. Isn’t this a nice candy box?
If you follow us or our Lead Artist Ole Ivar Rudi on Twitter (if you don’t, you should!), you are well aware of our love for Nintendo. Our release plans for World to the West included the Wii U version along with the rest of the platforms, but the process of optimizing the game is taking us longer than we would have desired. So, as you know, we couldn’t make it on time; actually, we’re still working on it. But barely a couple of months before the release of World to the West, Switch landed on the market. A brand new platform with tons of possibilities. Of course, we had an eye put on it from the very beginning.
The time has come: Steam Summer Sale is here again! Two weeks of madness to fill our libraries with all those games that we’ve been yearning for. It is also World to the West‘s first sale, and we’re pretty excited about it. We know many of you have been keeping the game on your wishlist, waiting for an opportunity like this. So, here it is. Don’t miss the chance to discover the new continent that lies far in the West, and join Lumina, Teri, Knaus and Clonington in their adventure.
Of course, Teslagrad is on sale too: Our debut title is still a fan favorite, and we’re really grateful for that. But that’s not all. We have some surprises for you: We recently uploaded to Steam both World to the West and Teslagrad’s OSTs, and we created a bundle with all our contents so far. Rain Games 2017 Collection is the best way to enter our universe without missing a single item, or get the games and DLCs you don’t own with a juicy discount.
We’re not finished yet. Brace yourselves for other announcements in upcoming weeks. More discounts for consoles, and yes, we haven’t forgotten about World to the West for Wii U. We’re working hard to solve the issues that delayed this version, and we hope to give you good news very soon!
All these months we’ve been sharing news with you. Showing you concept art, screens, the exhausted yet excited faces of our team members in events. We have introduced you to Lumina, heir of our beloved Teslakid; the young and optimistic Knaus, the bizarre strongman Lord Clonington and the talkative adventurer Miss Teri. Now, the time has come for you to join them and begin your journey to the West.
World to the West is now available in stores, in both digital and physical editions (thanks to our publisher Soedesco). We sincerely hope that you like the result and enjoy the story we have crafted for you.
Get World to the West on Steam, GOG or Humble Store. If you want to play in console, the game is currently available for PS4 and Xbox One. Wii U users, fear not! We haven’t abandoned you: although we encountered some unexpected issues, we’re still releasing the game, as we stated recently in our social media. Stay tuned!