Hello everyone,

I hope this update finds you well. I’m excited to share with you a brand new trailer ‘Every Choice Counts’ I’ve been working on for a long time along with other development tasks.

It’s based on an idea I had years ago and waited a long time to have the resources, time, and skill to pull it off. I had great help from Anirban Sentantubay, our location artist; and Samuli Lautjarvi adding fire and fog effects as well as editing the video. And of course, what helps bring it to another level is Doug Cockle’s voice-over.

BREAKING THE SHIELD WALL CALEDONIAN STYLE

The trailer features a military tactic that seems to have been forgotten in time. If you’d like to know more about how I connected the dots, I’ve prepared an entire IMGUR post full of exciting shield wall action from various tv shows and movies:

Please watch the post on IMGUR and if you like it UPVOTE it.

We need 100 upvotes to get the ball rolling. We can’t make it alone, but it’s not impossible. Every upvote counts. Thank you.

PLAYABLE DEMO UP FOR A WEEK

Starting June 16th, you will be able to get your hands on the first public demo of Sacred Fire during the Steam Next Fest! The demo will let you play through the first chapter of the story with updated visuals and in-game choices, as well as voice acting. Doug Cockle is cast as the voice of your older brother Wid. Joining him are Ben Britton as a local bully Morl and Michelle Gonzo as your childhood friend Etain.

Doug Cockle’s voice brings an important character to life in the demo

We can’t wait for you all to get your hands on the demo. The demo consists of 4 scenes, with each of them offering many ways how to tackle the obstacles in your way. Especially one of the scenes has exactly 18 ways how you can resolve a conflict. The demo furthermore plays a little bit differently when you select a male or female protagonist thanks to Jennie Kong who contributed the nuanced, but meaningful differences between the two perspectives. We’ll be happy to listen to your feedback and have you discuss and compare your playthrough of the demo with the rest of the community when it goes live on the official Sacred Fire Discord.

RELEASE WINDOW

Sacred Fire will be coming to Early Access in Fall 2021.

The choice to launch in Early Access comes after careful consideration. We understand this makes the wait for the finished experience longer, but the key factor outweighing everything else, is that we believe, involving the community and listening to your feedback, is the way to create the best possible game. It feels like a natural step for us to take, as Sacred Fire, since its first inception as a purely text-based experience, was developed with community play-testing and community feedback.

The Early Access version will contain full character creation and customization, and the first of three acts, introducing many of the companion characters, tough dilemmas, and turn-based boss fights. The first act is a contained story with a rewarding ending and offers thousands of choices, two completely separate story branches, and plenty of nuanced differences when playing as a male or a female protagonist. This feels like entering a new chapter in development. Thank you for your patience and ongoing support, I couldn’t have reached this far towards the stars without you.


Stay safe and have a great day.

Best,
Andrej

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