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#1077672 - 08/10/16 08:52 PM midnight in salem
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BREAKING: On Friday, we will be providing a sneak peek of the character art for Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem cool lab puppy i cannot wait for friday.

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#1077674 - 08/10/16 08:59 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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I saw this announcement on Her Interactive's Facebook page - it's good to be getting this reassurance that they are working on the game. It would be even better if we could get some idea of a release date, but whether or not that will happen on Friday as well is anyone's guess.

It was funny to read the poster comments in response to this on Facebook. Kind of like a pack of wild dogs waiting to pounce on the tiniest morsel of food offered. grin

Thanks, family. wave

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#1077679 - 08/10/16 09:13 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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you are welcome, one character is up on the:r facebook mel parris cool lab puppy second character next week.


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#1081641 - 09/09/16 02:03 PM nancy drew midnight in salem
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they have the preview trailer for this game on their facebook with the characters. cool lab puppy but the page isn't up. never mind they pulled it.


Edited by family (09/09/16 02:10 PM)

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#1081642 - 09/09/16 02:12 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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I just looked at the new (and presumably last) character reveal. I was hoping for some more information about the game (screenshots, idea of a release date, etc.), but I am not finding anything.

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#1081643 - 09/09/16 02:23 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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they didn't release anything but the characters, they had a preview trailer, but they pull it, with the one from sea of darkness ending, i think it is coming out next year.

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#1081646 - 09/09/16 02:32 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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I agree that it is probably coming out next year. The biggest favor they could do us right now is to just let us know whether there is a chance that the game will be released this year. I would feel so much better knowing, one way or the other. And I would think it likely at this point, with only four months left of the year, they could tell us that.

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#1081647 - 09/09/16 02:41 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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i agree and i disappointed with them for not telling this, i just got throught emailing them, i hope they say something. cool lab puppy this is what they said.Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a more specific ETA for Nancy Drew: #33 Midnight in Salem than what was provided in our December 2015 letter on our website: http://www.herinteractive.com/about-us/news/ ; nor have we set the date for pre-orders. I'm sorry we do not have more information to share at this time and hope we will have an update for the fan base soon.

There has been a bit of buzz around the office, which leads me to believe we may share some additional artwork from the upcoming game (for the past few Fridays we have shared character images on the Amateur Sleuth Blog as well as our Facebook page), Nancy Drew: #33 Midnight in Salem, in the coming days.....so, please keep an eye on our social media channels (particularly Facebook and Twitter) and the Amateur Sleuth Blog.

Thank you for your patience and for supporting HeR Interactive and Nancy Drew Games!


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#1081732 - 09/10/16 01:28 AM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Thanks, family. It would be nice to get some additional artwork, anyway. I sure hope that they will be able to give us an update in the next month or so. wave

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#1081779 - 09/10/16 11:14 AM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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you are welcome, that is what they wrote me. cool lab puppy


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#1085595 - 10/12/16 11:31 AM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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when does the game midnight in salem comes

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#1085602 - 10/12/16 12:42 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: charlene]
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We do not know. It sounds like they might be announcing a release date in November. I would not get my hopes up for the game coming out before sometime in 2017, however. wave

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#1085732 - 10/13/16 04:18 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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the page is up on her interactive

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#1085733 - 10/13/16 04:22 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Wow - thank you for the heads up! No release date announced yet, but it's still good to see this. wave

Here's the link for anyone who is interested:

Midnight in Salem webpage

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#1085734 - 10/13/16 04:28 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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#1085736 - 10/13/16 04:34 PM Re: nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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They have also released an October newsletter, which reads as follows:

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OCTOBER LETTER FROM HER INTERACTIVE

Dear Nancy Drew fans –

Happy Autumn everyone! Halloween is right around the corner and thus we felt it was an appropriate time to release an update on Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem.

While we have made significant progress concerning the script, character concepts and artwork in the game during the last 12 months, we’re simply not as far along in the overall development of the game as we originally anticipated. Bottom line, we are not in a position to confirm a launch date for Nancy Drew: Midnight in Salem. We understand that many fans, due to the theme, thought this game would be released in time for Halloween but that is simply not the case. Please be assured that as soon as we are able to provide a release date, we will communicate it to the entire Nancy Drew universe. We sincerely appreciate your patience during this transitional period for the company.

As many of you know, our immediate focus has been on the recently launched Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues mobile series. Our inspiration for this new series for early learners was in part due to our amazing fan testimonials about how our games have inspired your interest in STEM education and careers. As you have undoubtedly noticed, coding has become a very hot topic, and an essential 21st century skill. We are excited that a much younger Nancy Drew is becoming such a positive STEM role model for girls across the globe.

In the meantime, we hope that you will take the time to play our 32 other PC/Mac titles, and that you will also try or recommend to family and friends our new Nancy Drew mobile app on iOS and Android – Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues.

Thank you for your ongoing support of HeR Interactive and Nancy Drew Games. We greatly appreciate our fantastic community and your notes of encouragement.

Sincerely,

Team HeR Interactive

PS: We always love hearing from our fans, so please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, questions, or ideas with us.


At least they are finally saying *something." It doesn't sound like the new game will be out until next year sometime, though.

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#1085829 - 10/14/16 03:31 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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I received my Nancy Drew Newsletter today. No release date but Nov. 1 seems plausible! It's been a long long wait! Hopefully HerInteractive will go back to producing 2 new games a year as they have in the past. I have always thought that Salem would be a perfect venue for a Nancy Drew game.I sure do hope that Midnight In Salem will be worth the wait!Happy Halloween everyone! Jackpumpkin
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#1085831 - 10/14/16 03:55 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Penny Lane]
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Nice to see you, Marlene. thumbsup

I don't think November 1st is a plausible release date at all, though I wish that were the case. Unless they are misrepresenting their progress in order to surprise fans, it sounds like the game is still a good ways off. wave

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#1085862 - 10/14/16 08:22 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Hi Marian!
Yes , I think you're right. I was referring to earlier posts that October was out of the question so I guess it is wishful thinking on my part to hope for a November release. What in the heck is going on with HerInteractive? I never really got to know the facts. If they keep this up people will lose interest. I have been a faithful customer and have all of the ND games. What we are getting is the shaft! Shame on them! Was the company bought out or something? What is the hold up ? I do know that Lani Minella well no longer portray Nancy. That right there will be hard to get used to. But I think that was Lani's decision? Well, thanks for your input and hopefully we will get our new game before the year is over. Those good old days of two games a year seem to be history! smirk
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#1085865 - 10/14/16 08:30 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Penny Lane]
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It wasn't Lani's decision to leave; the company decided they wanted a different voice for Nancy. Her Interactive has been going in a new direction and thus far their loyal fans are not seeing anything to jump for joy about. They have branched out and released a mobile app for kids, which has taken up most of their time for the last year. I don't think the company will ever be the old company that we remember, with 2 adventure games released per year. I believe those days are gone for good, unfortunately. It was great while it lasted. The company got a new CEO in 2015, a lot of staff was laid off, and it was decided that sweeping changes needed to be made.

A lot of the loyal fan base feel they have gotten the shaft - you are not alone in this feeling.

I think that Midnight in Salem was basically put on hold while they focused on the mobile app for kids, Codes and Clues, and thus no adventure game as yet.

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#1085867 - 10/14/16 08:40 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Oh! I am so sorry that Lani was dumped. I hadn't realized how many changes were going on at Her Interactive. Seems like these things happen when some "genius" takes over. I am almost tempted not to purchase Midnight in Salem. But I probably will just to see what they've done. Stupid Stupid people! mad
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#1085868 - 10/14/16 08:46 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Penny Lane]
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And speaking of Lani Minella, you might be interested in this as well.

We also did an interview with Lani, which you can read here. She talks a little about being "let go" from Her Interactive.


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#1085871 - 10/14/16 09:03 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Thanks Marian! wave
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#1088776 - 11/07/16 01:17 PM : nancy drew midnight in salem
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Does anybody know if Nancy drew midnight in salem pc when its sapposed to be out

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#1088779 - 11/07/16 01:34 PM Re: : nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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charlene, same answer as earlier in the thread. No one knows one yet. When we do, it will be posted.
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#1088785 - 11/07/16 02:48 PM Re: : nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I have something to add to this.

In the past week or so, someone posted a question on the Amateur Sleuth Blog of Her Interactive, asking the employee of Her Interactive who actually writes the Amateur Sleuth Blog, if they could confirm or deny that Midnight in Salem was actually being *worked* on - and the response was that she could neither confirm or deny this. This, after having put the game up on their product page, no less.

Feel free to draw your own conclusions, then, as to the status of Midnight in Salem.

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#1088786 - 11/07/16 03:11 PM Re: : nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: family]
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rotfl All I can do is laugh Marian!
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#1088787 - 11/07/16 03:26 PM Re: : nancy drew midnight in salem [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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That is no doubt the best reaction for the sake of the mental health of Nancy Drew fans everywhere, Ana. slapforehead lol

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#1088799 - 11/07/16 06:38 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Penny Lane]
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Originally Posted By: Penny Lane
Oh! I am so sorry that Lani was dumped. I hadn't realized how many changes were going on at Her Interactive. Seems like these things happen when some "genius" takes over. I am almost tempted not to purchase Midnight in Salem. But I probably will just to see what they've done. Stupid Stupid people! mad

You may want to check the system requirements before you buy.
They decided to change to a 3D game engine, so system requirements that can be met by pretty much any Nancy Drew fan with a computer are probably a thing of the past.

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#1088812 - 11/07/16 08:44 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Jenny100]
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I am hoping that since upgrading to Windows 10 that the game will be compatible. It seems like HER is trying it's best to sabotage their own company. What a mess!
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#1089269 - 11/11/16 08:30 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Penny Lane]
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is midnight in salem out yet happydance

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#1089279 - 11/11/16 09:41 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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charlene, you do realize we have answered you twice in this thread already?
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#1089285 - 11/11/16 10:33 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Because Her Interactive was confronted on Facebook this past week with their "cannot confirm or deny" that they are working on Midnight in Salem comment, as of two days ago they are now saying that they are actively working on Midnight in Salem. I really don't see why coming out and saying this prior to a week ago was somehow a problem, but apparently it was (unless they just started working on it in the last seven days, of course - at this point nothing would surprise me).

Maybe we will see the game next year.

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#1089598 - 11/14/16 11:17 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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do we have to buy a new computer for this game.

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#1089600 - 11/14/16 11:28 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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The system requirements for the game haven't been released yet - those will be determined after the game is completed.

They did say on Facebook the other day that the price of the next game should be the same as it was before.

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#1089602 - 11/14/16 11:44 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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thank you very much.

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#1095258 - 01/04/17 08:39 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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I am so disgusted with the "new" HerInteractive. Is this game coming out this year(2017) or not? After being treated to 2 new games a year from the former company this really stinks! mad
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#1095261 - 01/04/17 09:12 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Penny Lane]
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They say they are working on the game, but no one really knows for sure what the status is. There have been big changes at this company (unfortunately, and not for the better), and we are seeing the "results" of this now. It's a frustrating and disappointing situation. The new CEO appears to be much more interested in mobile apps and kids games than she is in the adventure game series. A lot of the fan base is seething at this point.

In other news, the game designer of all of the ND games since Shadow at the Water's Edge left the company in September, and the speculation is that if the game is being worked on that it is being outsourced rather than worked on in-house. From what we can tell, there are very few actual employees left at Her Interactive.

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#1097307 - 01/18/17 08:26 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Marian]
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I have a small piece of info about Midnight in Salem, for those who care:

We have suspected for months that if this game is being worked on at all, it was being worked on elsewhere and not in-house, as Her Interactive has hardly any employees left as far as we can ascertain.

The fans have been asking for months now what the status of the game is, and it was finally admitted on the Amateur Sleuth Blog in the last couple of days, after repeated questioning, that the game is indeed being outsourced. This may be at least part of the reason why they aren't giving us any timeline as to a release date.

I'm still not convinced the game will ever be released at all, but there's the update.

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#1097309 - 01/18/17 08:38 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Thanks Marian(I think!) smirk I wonder why they are doing what they're doing? Are they going to kill the Nancy Drew games? I cannot figure this out. They were very popular and sold well as far as I know. I am assuming that "outsourcing" means another company is going to finish the game? They sure aren't up front about things are they? I'm totally disgusted with HER. mad They got some 'splaining to do! blech
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#1097310 - 01/18/17 08:50 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Thanks, Marian! They had such a great thing going. I just don't get it.

Ana wave
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#1097447 - 01/19/17 03:03 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Mind boggling, isn't it ?? woozy
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#1097691 - 01/21/17 11:27 AM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Mad]
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Someone has now put a petition up regarding these issues:

Answers about the future of Nancy Drew games

Anyone that cares, I encourage you to sign it. wave

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#1097702 - 01/21/17 01:02 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Marian]
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Signed it !! yes
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#1097711 - 01/21/17 02:47 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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#1097714 - 01/21/17 03:04 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Signed and commented. I hope that this petition will get things cleared up and moving!
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#1097718 - 01/21/17 03:55 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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#1097741 - 01/21/17 10:34 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Yes! I signed it!

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#1097744 - 01/21/17 10:41 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Draclvr]
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My grand daughter(my fellow sleuth) signed too! thumbsup
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#1099518 - 02/04/17 11:40 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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i sign, but i am not paying 5 dollars, and it didn't take it. cool lab puppy i have 2 change orp.


Edited by family (02/05/17 12:39 PM)

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#1100123 - 02/09/17 07:55 AM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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I signed. I don't understand this extreme delay between ND games and it does seem like the Nancy fans do at least deserve a strait answer on a timetable for release even if that answer is 'we're not even working on it right now'.
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#1100141 - 02/09/17 09:54 AM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Outlast]
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Thanks for signing, Outlast.

HeR isn't really telling us anything, but if you read this article from May 2015 it's pretty easy to put two-and-two together. A little research/googling, and a lot of things become more clear. Lani was let go in late 2014 after she did the voice work for SEA and a few months after the new CEO was hired. That article was from May 2015, around the time that Sea of Darkness was released. Checking Linked In, where you can view an individual's employment history, gives you an idea of how many of the key players in the development team of the ND series were let go. For the next year, all attention was focused on Codes and Clues (most of which was presumably outsourced). They basically had no development team left save for the game designer, who apparently provided some design assistance on Codes and Clues. During this time, Midnight in Salem was obviously put on the back burner. Finally HeR Interactive put up a webpage for Midnight in Salem last year which consisted of character art and descriptions, along with a game description (which was a rough draft that had been written by the writer of SEA before she also left the company - since rewritten by someone else after comments that it didn't sound very polished - the writer herself on Twitter lamented the fact that it had been posted in that condition). I honestly think that the game page was put up in an attempt to placate fans who were continually asking questions about Midnight in Salem, or else we would not have seen that at all. Subsequently the game designer left HeR Interactive, seemingly the last person who was still there from the core team. Now we have learned that the game is being outsourced. They are telling us that outsourcing is nothing new for the ND series; that all of the work done on prior games was never 100% internal. What they are not mentioning is the fact that outsourcing for music, VA, and some character art is a far cry from outsourcing the entire game, which appears to be the case. And yes, the new Unity game engine might have made development take a bit longer, but not this long.

The big mystery now is why they are seemingly so reluctant to provide fans with an update. Surely they know what is going on concerning the status of the game, even if they are not the ones actually making it.

I love the last line of the article I linked to, by the way:

"A big part of my job will be to accelerate our ability to bring innovative games and apps to our customers more quickly.”

sherlock

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#1100152 - 02/09/17 10:42 AM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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They probably just don't want to admit they made a HUGE mistake (or three or ten).

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#1100171 - 02/09/17 12:38 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: oldbroad]
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Yes. But despite everything, I would still like to see the company get back on track. There may be too many obstacles to overcome at this point, though.

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#1100190 - 02/09/17 03:46 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: oldbroad]
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Originally Posted By: oldbroad
They probably just don't want to admit they made a HUGE mistake (or three or ten).

The "new CEO" killed the company, and is probably laughing all the way to the bank with her paycheck. Too bad she can't be sued for her idiotic mismanagement.

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#1100207 - 02/09/17 04:22 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: Jenny100]
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There's a lot of discussion about all of this on Reddit. One ex-employee that was part of the 2015 layoffs said that the whole team had been excited and enthusiastic at the prospect of developing Midnight in Salem. It's all very depressing.

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#1103388 - 03/10/17 03:38 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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ive been waiting ever since 2016 and here its 2017 dont they know that were waiting for it to come out lol

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#1103390 - 03/10/17 04:01 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: charlene]
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Originally Posted By: charlene
ive been waiting ever since 2016 and here its 2017 dont they know that were waiting for it to come out lol


They certainly do know - people are bashing them and complaining about it pretty much every day on Facebook. All they are saying at the moment is that good progress on the game is being made but that they can't give us a release date as yet. The game is being outsourced, so who knows what will ultimately happen.

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#1103398 - 03/10/17 05:47 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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they still will not, all they have is characters and one screenshot on the page nothing else. cool lab puppy


Edited by family (03/11/17 01:18 AM)

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#1103410 - 03/10/17 08:14 PM Re: midnight in salem [Re: family]
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Something weird is going on! Why all the mystery? No reasonable explanations or information. I have a feeling we might never see Midnight In Salem. I go to the HER forum but nothing is being said. There are a lot of young fans of the Nancy Drew games who must be very upset and frustrated. This is just plain ridiculous! There would be a lot of revenue coming into the company. Why are they dragging their heels? I don't get it!

I guess I'll pull out my copy of "Curse Of Blacknoor Manor" (my favorite) and get my Nancy Drew fix! thumbsup wave


Edited by Penny Lane (03/10/17 08:14 PM)
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