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Silent Night Free Preview Available Today #1172316
12/20/18 12:28 PM
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You can download the Preview here for free (later today).

Here is an excerpt from the Silent Night Website blog.

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Something is wrong with Northfield Church. It’s chronologically confused. Nigel Danvers, Ghost-Hunter, has been lured to the old building, a few days before Christmas. It is a bright, calm wintry afternoon, with Thrushes singing their mournful tune; the crows circle the sky, caught in the last rays of the suns weakening eye. In the distance, through the chilly mist, Nigel spots the pyramid shaped spire of Northfield Church.

Making his way, across the rock hard turf of Brock Fields, Nigel can hear singing. Carol singing, from the stony interior of the ancient church! But, Northfield has no parishioners, no congregation to fill the pews. Knocking tentatively on the church door, Nigel Danvers is unaware that time has splintered. An event, from 1000 years ago has begun anew, as the weather takes a turn for the worse.

A big demo of Silent Night is available via Steam. It’s the first part of the story, with the complete story taking in the Solstice through to Easter; It’s a game about Winter, and the effect it has on people, places and the landscape. But, for obvious reasons I want the Christmas part out before the big day. It’s not like the game features Santa, Christmas Trees of the birth of Baby Jesus, but a ghost story for Christmas should kick off at actual Christmas. So, I’m thrilled and a bit exhausted, because it means the game is going out to a huge audience, probably my biggest, as gamers have only increased in number and demos are free.

The game functions in a new, more kinetic way, via the Keyboard and Mouse (if you’re a FPS gamer), via the Xbox controller for Windows, and also the Steam Controller. There are no sequences that require speed, balancing, dexterity of combat skills. It is an adventure game. Move Nigel around the game world, and action cursors appear to suggest interactions. All puzzles, investigations and interactions happen in First Person, just like TLC1.

In fact, many of quirks and fun of The Lost Crown have been recreated in the new engine. So, apart from having to move Nigel from A to B (he runs too!!! if you want) the set up is the same as old. I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel with this game, just move onto a new tech engine.

In the New Year a boxed version is planned, with language options for subtitles.

There are several Graphic Options in the menu, which will help the game run on slower machines. Do try the demo, or download the SnowGlobe, to test functionality.

I’ve had a great year learning new stuff, while BLK gets fixed and finished. It started with our ‘Glastonbury’ level. I told myself that if I could create a square mile of landscape, with buildings, sound, weather etc, that I’d give a Crown game the same treatment. Things came together nicely, and I was super pleased with the graphics and freedom. Unity is a good solid engine, with loads of export options. My main ally has been a Plug-In for Unity called Adventure Creator. I can’t rave about the software enough. It handles Inventory, Dialogs, Variables, Cameras, Converse... the list could go on. It’s why and how I’ve been able to make this game as quickly as possible, without having to beg poor Matt Clark to fix my s**t all the time. ;-)

Apart from that, I shall be seeing a lot of you soon! Take care in the church yard, the crows can be vicious. ;-)

Jonathan

P.s. Just a tip, do look around the fields and graveyards before knocking on the church door. Nothing lasts forever.


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172317
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Wonderful news, Ana!

And the demo is available now. happydance12

Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172322
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Thanks Ana santadance


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172324
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Thanks Ana.

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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172372
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Great news, thanks, Ana! happydance12 Hopefully, I'll have time to play some of this tomorrow. reindeer


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172432
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Got my Rumblepad2 out of storage... I am ready!


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: Winfrey] #1172469
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I just found in my Downloads Folder (Win7) a zipped file from 2014 called :
Silent_Night_WIN

Does anyone know if this is in any way related to the Silent Night currently being discussed (which seems unlikely) or whatever else it might be ?? woozy


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172476
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I though silent night full game was going to be released before christmas, I don't recall them mentioning it was just a demo.

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Originally Posted By: Mad
I just found in my Downloads Folder (Win7) a zipped file from 2014 called :
Silent_Night_WIN

Does anyone know if this is in any way related to the Silent Night currently being discussed (which seems unlikely) or whatever else it might be ?? woozy


Absolutely not, it wasn't even a dream in the developers eye back then.


Originally Posted By: plumgas
I though silent night full game was going to be released before christmas, I don't recall them mentioning it was just a demo.


The boxed version is not ready and they are releasing all at once. This is far more than a demo, it's a quarter of the game that takes you through Christmas. The rest of the game takes you through Easter and will be released after the holidays when all versions are ready. I think it's pretty great to get it for free!


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172488
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I'll be waiting for the full game myself. But what exactly is the Snowglobe download?

Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: oldbroad] #1172489
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Originally Posted By: oldbroad
I'll be waiting for the full game myself. But what exactly is the Snowglobe download?


It is an interactive snowglobe. It was announced here. This is a quarter of the game that is now available.


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172490
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Thanks Ana. I did see the announcement and refrained from asking at the time. I did download it but didn't want to open it because I don't know exactly what it is (still). What is an "interactive snowglobe"? It is not like a game or something, is it?

Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172491
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No, it's just a view of the church in a snowglobe and you can turn it. It's no spoilers so you can view if you want since you downloaded.


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Thank you for the further info. I will take a look at it. wave12

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Originally Posted By: BrownEyedTigre
[quote=Mad]I just found in my Downloads Folder (Win7) a zipped file from 2014 called :
Silent_Night_WIN

Does anyone know if this is in any way related to the Silent Night currently being discussed (which seems unlikely) or whatever else it might be ?? woozy


"Absolutely not, it wasn't even a dream in the developers eye back then."

>>>>>>

As I thought. Thank you, BrownEyedTigre grin


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172819
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What is this game really? They release a demo of a game that i've never heard of before, what happened to Blackenrock? I know that Jonathan Boakes is one of the most extreme procrastinators in the video gaming industry, but a demo of a new game with a release date in Q1-19? I have to see it to believe it. BTW the demo had sluggish mouse controls and dated graphics.

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We announced the game awhile back.

You can fix the mouse controls by turning off the steam overlays.

Jonathan is not a procrastinator, he is a creative visionary that works hard on producing something that makes him happy. He owes no one an early release that doesn't fit his vision.


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Re: Silent Night Free Preview Available Today [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1172985
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Turning off the steam overlay makes no difference. The bad controls makes the demo almost unplayable, which is a shame.

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Originally Posted By: Solebra
Turning off the steam overlay makes no difference. The bad controls makes the demo almost unplayable, which is a shame.


Jonathan said on Twitter that the boxed DVD version next year would offer a point and click control scheme for those who would prefer that.

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Only the boxed version Marian? I thought I remember reading somewhere that this would be an option - period. Not just on the boxed version. Or maybe I am thinking of a different game.

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THe full download version will also have point and click option available. The DVD will extras that the download won't, but P&C will be on all versions.

Ana wave


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Thanks for clarifying Ana.

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