The story of how ihobo games made Silk, a neo-retro game with the exploration of classic tile-based games like Eye of the Beholder and The Lords of Midnight, and a unique Advisor system where who you hire determines the choices you can make. Out Now!
Pleased to report that Silk is now out for Steam and Switch! Infinite thanks to all our wonderful backers, without whom the game would never have come to pass. If you are playing and enjoying the game, don't forget to mention it to anyone you know who might like it! You've all got spare Steam keys you can give out, of course, so help us spread the word and get this game in the hands of players who might enjoy getting lost in three million miles of wilderness.
Every backer who answered the survey by Monday and requested a Switch key should now have received one... if you replied since Monday, you'll get one the next time we wrangle the surveys. It's quite a complex process, as we have to export the data from Kickstarter, import it into our absurdly complex Backer Tracker spreadsheet, then run the keymailers for each platform. And although generating the text is automated in the spreadsheet, every email we send out is compiled by hand - no robots were harmed in the distribution of your keys, although we melted our producer Sean's eyes when we sent out all the Steam emails!
Next step is the Retro USBs, which will come with a DRM-free version of the Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of the game. We are actually ahead of schedule for these - we vouched February next year, but we plan to get them to you before the end of this year. Stay tuned!
A little surprised and shocked to report that our release date has completely crept up on us: Silk will officially launch on Switch and Steam Friday 11th October at 2 pm UK time. That's just two days from this post! I've been so busy testing the v1.5 release candidates for Steam that I haven't had time to stop and compose a devblog update mentioning the launch...
If you are a backer at the Digital Game Bundle tier or above, you should have received a survey from Kickstarter asking you to confirm which Digital Key you want to claim... those of you who have already responded and asked for a Switch key should get your code on the launch day (probably just a little after the launch time), provided Nintendo release the codes to us in time. Anyone who hasn't responded yet still has a chance to get in this first batch of Switch keys if you complete the survey at least twenty four hours before launch (and if not, you'll still get your key, you just might have to wait a little longer).
Thrilled to report that the store page for Silk just appeared on the Nintendo Shop for the Switch - along with a pre-order discount of 20%. Our official release date is a week from today, Friday 11th October 2019, and the game will be available on both Steam and Switch then. You have seven days to pre-order the game on Switch at the lower price, and then another week before the launch discount ends. (Sorry, Valve won't let us discount pre-orders, but it will get a discount at launch!)
If you're a Kickstarter backer at the Digital Game Bundle tier or above, look out for the survey message you're about to receive - you'll need to let us know if you are claiming your Digital Key (or Keys) for the Switch version within a few days or we won't be able to get you the keys for launch. We strongly encourage you to claim your keys for the Switch if you have a Switch, not only because it's ready now but also because it will help us a great deal if as many backers as possible support the earliest console release.
We are one week from launch everyone! Thank you all, as ever, for your support!
As we wait for Nintendo to certify the Switch build, we're beavering away at various other things, including Steam integration issues like Cloud Saves and Achievements, optimisation for the Mac version (although Unity is not our friend in this regard...), and of course - the remaining Backer rewards. The Retro USB Cassette and the Limited Edition Retro USB Cassette are both in production... they will share the same inlay card, but the Limited Edition version has leagues of extra features inside and out... more on that in a future week.
The cover design features the Personal Advisor Portraits of the development team. From left to right, Becky (Portrait Artist) as a Nomad Shamaness; Patrick (Producer) as a Parthian Rider; Jamie (Artist) as a Han Rider; Nathan (Programmer) as a Kushan Merchant; and myself, Chris (Design) as a Kushan Warrior.
The Limited Edition version is exclusively available to Backers and a few selected supporters of the project, whereas the Retro USB Cassette will retail for £19.99 and comes with a DRM-free copy of v1.5 of the game.
Last week, we shared the last of our Personal Advisor Portraits for Silk on the devblog. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every one of the Backers who helped these come about. It is literally the case that there would be no game if you hadn't chosen to support the Kickstarter. And I absolutely adore the results - Becky, our portrait artist, created some wonderful characters from your reference photographs, and I'm hard-pressed to pick favourites from the results.
I hope you'll have as much fun hiring these Advisors as I am!
It's been a hell of a month for the ihobo games team getting Silk where we wanted it to be, but I'm proud to announce that on Monday this week we submitted our Master Candidate to Nintendo. Yes, Silk is coming to Switch later this year. It's a perfect for the Switch's handheld mode, and it's great to play on a big screen too.
This officially marks the end of the Beta period, and although we still have some tweaks and fixes to implement before we're done, the game is now substantially complete.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us getting to this momentous moment!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that, following the victory of 'verbose and detailed' over 'clear and compact' in a recent Twitter poll, I have completed work on the Silk Manual and Almanac.
You can find it in the usual place for the Silk manual (it's always available via a link from our Steam page).
If you wanted a clear and compact manual, the old concise reference manual is still at the beginning in just two pages (plus two pages of hints). But if you wanted detail, you'll find the Almanac just what you wanted. Written in the style of the first century BC text Parthian Stations by Isidore of Charax, The Stations of the Silk Road is a traveller's guide to the "Overland Trade Route between the Levant and the Orient."