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Title: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: Andail on 16 May 2016, 08:49
(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/woam_logo.png)
(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/bg_1600b.png)

AI was embedded everywhere. In our cars, in our homes. In the clothes we wore. For some of us, even inside our own bodies.

Dreading the Singularity, mankind abruptly put an end to AI. The result was a worldwide technological collapse.




Generations later, Vera, a federal homicide detective is sent to rural outpost Nordsund to investigate a string of murders.

Vera soon finds herself pulled into an invisible war about technology and religion. While some want to awaken the Singularity, seen as a last deity in a godless world, others are vehement technophobes.



(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/screenshot03a.png)

(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/screenshot04a.png)

(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/screenshot02a.png)

(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/screenshot01a.png)


Whispers of a Machine will feature handpainted 640x360 graphics, an exciting story with existential twists, and multiple endings.

Visit the Steam page and put it on your wish list! (https://store.steampowered.com/app/631570/Whispers_of_a_Machine/)

The team
Petter Ljungqvist (The Samaritan Paradox), Writing, Art
Joel Staaf Hästö (Kathy Rain), Writing, Programming
Jacob Lincke, Music and Sound Effects
Pontus Lund, aka StillInThe90s (Camp 1), Additional Animation
Ivan Ulyanov, Portrait Art
Dave Gilbert, Voice-over Direction

The game will be published by
(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/rf_logo.png)

Thanks for checking out this thread! Please write a comment and share your thoughts, or lack thereof.
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: CaptainD on 16 May 2016, 08:52
Interesting plot and gorgeous screens, teaming up two successful commercial adventure game developers, what's not to love?!
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Blondbraid on 16 May 2016, 09:38
Interesting plot and gorgeous screens, teaming up two successful commercial adventure game developers, what's not to love?!
Definitely agree, this looks beautiful!
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Mandle on 16 May 2016, 09:45
Holy God! That second screenshot (train-line and city) is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Looks bloody exciting!
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Cassiebsg on 16 May 2016, 10:52
Agree with what the others have said.
It's looking lovely and story sounds interesting! (nod)

Good luck!
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: kingstone on 16 May 2016, 11:38
Congratz on official kick off!!! Looks awesome :-D

Have you been inspired by Simon Stalenhags art (http://www.simonstalenhag.se/) for the visual style/setting of the game?

Really looking forward to following the progress of this game :)
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: shaun9991 on 16 May 2016, 12:16
Great news! I loved The Samaritan Paradox and I'm currently playing Kathy Rain and absolutely loving it.

The new games looks great and the story sounds very cool. Best of luck with the development, will be following closely :)
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Matti on 16 May 2016, 12:20
This sounds quite interesting and I love the artwork. Good luck with the development. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of this!
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: luisdementia on 16 May 2016, 12:34
Looking awesome! Kathy Rain is a must-play for me
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: AnasAbdin on 16 May 2016, 13:49
Awesome story and graphics. I like the colors used and camera angles. Good luck with the production :)
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: selmiak on 16 May 2016, 14:03
These are exciting news! And it looks so great and like a very interesting world already. I'll keep and eye out for God's algorithm for sure!
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Haggis on 16 May 2016, 14:38
Such stunning artwork, it's almost understated in a way but the detail is sublime - love the concrete base rising out of the forest.

Just looking at that last screenshot - like true Bluesmen do we get to squeeze that lemon? And what is that thing on top of the chest of drawers.

Anyway, it looks and sounds fantastic.
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Stupot on 16 May 2016, 15:00
Gorgeous stuff. All the best Andail and JSH. I will be following this closely :-D
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Rocchinator on 16 May 2016, 15:17
Men this is beautiful, what a incredible looking game.
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 16 May 2016, 15:50
Butlerian Jihad for everyone! Yey!
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Ark on 16 May 2016, 17:42
Absolutely beautiful! (nod) I must play this.
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: selmiak on 16 May 2016, 19:24
*spoils the whole game*
Spoiler: ShowHide
(http://all-geo.org/highlyallochthonous/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/conspiracy_theories.jpg)
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Gribbler on 16 May 2016, 19:36
Looks beautiful. And considering your music taste in The Samaritan Paradox - it will sound beautiful too.
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Grundislav on 16 May 2016, 21:34
I am excited :D
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 16 May 2016, 21:39
Looking great, Andail! Glad to see you and Joel working on this, been watching it closely on twitter and definitely pleased to see the plans for a 2017 release date!
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: SilverSpook on 17 May 2016, 21:15
Nice work!  Nice naturalistic color scheme and wide-open space feel also. Kind of like a Myst-ified Beneath a Steal Sky.
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Andail on 18 May 2016, 09:20
Thanks for the kind words, everybody! They're a real inspiration injection!

Have you been inspired by Simon Stalenhags art (http://www.simonstalenhag.se/) for the visual style/setting of the game?

I'm not gonna pretend I haven't looked at and to a degree studied Stålenhags art, like most contemporary digital painters I guess, and when you paint sci/fi-landscapes in a distinctly nordic light the association is inevitable...

The particular stretch of road in the top image is the highway leading from Göteborg to my former hometown Uddevalla, by the way :)
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: xBRANEx on 27 May 2016, 09:52
I really liked the name of the game, and then I liked everything else even more: the plot, the art. Really nice.
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Gurok on 28 May 2016, 09:42
Intriguing. Everything looks very soft. Ambitious sprite size! And those sprites look so crisp comparatively.
Title: Re: God's Algorithm
Post by: Ctancreation on 29 May 2016, 19:04
need any help?
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 31 May 2016, 12:33
Important press release ;)
We have changed the title from God's Algorithm to Whispers of a Machine.
I also added another screenshot to make this a worthy update.

need any help?
We'll make sure to post in the recruitment section in that case, thanks though

PS:
Since I hate it when people bump their own threads excessively, I'm appending to this post to answer below question.

The reason we cut "God's Algorithm" is that it's a bit too 'techie' and complicated, and might deter non-computer-savvy players. Also, it refers to a game theory concept (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God%27s_algorithm) that won't really feature in the game, so it's a bit misguiding in that sense. "Whispers of a machine" has a (hopefully) broader appeal, and also happens to fit the plot spot on.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Mandle on 31 May 2016, 13:07
We have changed the title from God's Algorithm to Whispers of a Machine.

Hmmmmm...I must admit I thought the old title was better: The new one sounds a bit generic to my ear...Just my opinion of course...

Any reason for the change? Like you found another game with a similar name?
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: CaptainD on 31 May 2016, 13:51
also looks like you need to change your forum signature if the new name is going to stick. ;)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Ark on 21 Jun 2016, 14:14
I like the new name - somehow it sounds more intriguing to me. And the new screenshot, of course, is super beautiful. :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: WHAM on 18 Jul 2016, 11:33
Ooooh, I love everything about this! The story, the setting, the look, EVERYTHING!
Really looking forward to seeing this in action. :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 30 Jul 2016, 15:11
Hi all, thought I'd chime in here a bit :)

This project is something me and Petter have been discussing for years, super excited that it's finally gonna happen! Things are moving a bit slow as I'm still quite busy with the mobile ports for Kathy Rain, but at some point this fall we should get going properly with the development. Stay tuned!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Snake on 04 Aug 2016, 01:36
I'm still looking forward to this, Andail. I love the atmosphere, which isn't a surprise to me since all of your games have a great atmosphere. Great job and keep it up :)

PS
I want to see more screens!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: luisdementia on 04 Aug 2016, 01:43
Hi all, thought I'd chime in here a bit :)

This project is something me and Petter have been discussing for years, super excited that it's finally gonna happen! Things are moving a bit slow as I'm still quite busy with the mobile ports for Kathy Rain, but at some point this fall we should get going properly with the development. Stay tuned!

Good luck with the game ^^
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: inkyserifs on 07 Aug 2016, 21:01
that looks absolutely fantastic. I love your scenery art. *_*
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 09 Aug 2016, 13:05
New background:
Not 100% done - the signs are basically placeholders, and some linework is a little rough - but you get the idea.
(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/entrance.png)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: xil on 09 Aug 2016, 13:45
This is looking fantastic mate, I really enjoyed TSM and Kathy Rain so I will definitely be picking this up. Name change was a good choice as well!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: SilverSpook on 09 Aug 2016, 23:01
Looks great +1! The new name fits the visuals better also, I think.  God's Algorithm gives me more neon or Matrix-ey cyberpunk.  Whispers of the machine fits the hushed nature-filled, natural-palette scenes here.  Like the future disappeared and is whispering to the inhabitants through relics, or some such.  Can't wait for this!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: ThreeOhFour on 10 Aug 2016, 03:57
Cool to see progress on this. I am fascinated with the idea of buildings within a building, and have been for some time, I like that you're doing something of that sort here.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 10 Aug 2016, 13:12
I see it now ;-)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: luisdementia on 11 Aug 2016, 11:01
This game looks really good.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 17 Sep 2016, 19:47
Yo yo,
Time to add a new background to this thread. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have seen it, so to also give you guys something extra I included a little step-by-step sequence to show you the process, kind of.

(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/tutmall1.png)
(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/tutmall2.png)
(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/tutmall3.png)
(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/tutmall4.png)
(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/tutmall5.png)

x1 x2 x4 x8


Thanks for watching!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: AnasAbdin on 17 Sep 2016, 19:53
That's amazing ;-D
I love seeing stuff being made by different people! Each one has a different perspective.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Cassiebsg on 17 Sep 2016, 20:19
Lovely! (nod)
Had a little fun spotting the difference between the last 2 pics. (laugh)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Yitcomics on 17 Sep 2016, 20:55
Yo yo,
Time to add a new background to this thread. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have seen it, so to also give you guys something extra I included a little step-by-step sequence to show you the process, kind of.

Andail this is so awesome,I always love looking at these kind of process,hoping that I might learn something.Unfortunately I don't have a twitter account,but I might just get one. :P
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: CrashPL on 19 Sep 2016, 08:18
Great looking background, nice step-by-step artworks as well! Can't wait to see more of such lovely things. :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: SilverSpook on 19 Sep 2016, 10:31
Great looking work there man!  Everything is coming together nicely.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: KyriakosCH on 03 Oct 2016, 18:32
Looking Excellent 8-)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: AndyfromVA on 04 Oct 2016, 14:59
Looks awesome.  Any chance of a sequel to Kathy Rain?
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 08 Oct 2016, 14:03
Looks awesome.  Any chance of a sequel to Kathy Rain?

It's a possiblity further down the line, but right now I'm fully engaged with WOAM :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: KyriakosCH on 08 Oct 2016, 17:21
New background:
Not 100% done - the signs are basically placeholders, and some linework is a little rough - but you get the idea.
(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/entrance.png)

Very fine... 8-)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: mercenario on 17 Oct 2016, 12:35
Another must play! I think I´m gonna make a post of it in my blog.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Chicky on 17 Oct 2016, 18:28
That hanger(?) background is giving me a real Studio Ghibli vibe, great work Andail.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 20 Oct 2016, 10:55
Thanks guys! Chicky, Studio Ghibli vibe is a great compliment :)

Latest iteration of protagonist Vera:
x1 x2 x4 x8

x1 x2 x4 x8

Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Peder 🚀 on 20 Oct 2016, 21:04
This is looking lovely!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Cassiebsg on 20 Oct 2016, 21:31
New character looks great! (nod)
But but but... I can't remember how she looked before! :~(

Keep up the great work. :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Ark on 28 Oct 2016, 12:27
Backgrounds look awesome! As well as the heroine, but I must say I liked the first version more. She was cuter in my eyes. :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Blondbraid on 28 Oct 2016, 20:12
Love the visuals, and it's fun to see character with an asymmetric style. 8-)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: cat on 30 Oct 2016, 14:44
Love the visuals, and it's fun to see character with an asymmetric style. 8-)

Indeed, this is going to be a nightmare to animate - doing all animations twice...
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 05 Nov 2016, 09:12
Love the visuals, and it's fun to see character with an asymmetric style. 8-)

Indeed, this is going to be a nightmare to animate - doing all animations twice...

Twice is a bit of an exaggeration, frames just can't be flipped horizontally without tweaking the head :) Kathy Rain was a bit more difficult, since the asymmetry for her was prevalent over the entire sprite, not just the head. It still wasn't as much work as you'd think though, as many animations were drawn for a single direction anyway.

With that being said, since we are in somewhat uncharted waters with the bump to 640x360, we ARE looking for an additional animator (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=54083.0) to help alleviate the workload!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: harima on 30 Nov 2016, 03:52
graphics remind me orion conspirancy, but i'm shocked about the details of your characters! Nice nice nice work!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 30 Nov 2016, 18:07
New thread page, that means new screenshot, hooray :)
(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/MOCKUPpoliceoffice.png)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: CaptainD on 30 Nov 2016, 18:22
Looks fantastic!  Glad to see development is coming along nicely.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: selmiak on 30 Nov 2016, 21:12
oh nice! Let's a write a lot to get to a new page and a new screenshot soon!
That green light is cool. I'd totally click on it to walk into the light. Do these stairs lead to a door or are these glasswindows? Could be the outside world behind that or some eco terrarium thingy :D
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: harima on 30 Nov 2016, 23:13
The man sitted down is great!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Blondbraid on 30 Nov 2016, 23:22
Great looking screenshot, I like the colors!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Daniel Thomas on 01 Dec 2016, 19:28
Looks awesome, love the characters! But they must be a pain to animate. :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Nixxon on 01 Dec 2016, 23:06
Looks superb! I love the soft contrast and eerie vibe.

Might just be the best title/name ever, too!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 07 Dec 2016, 13:29
Announcement time! Pontus "StillInThe90s" Lund has joined the team as an Assistant Animator :)

If you haven't already, be sure to check out his short and sweet game, Camp 1: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=52224.new#new
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Armageddon on 08 Dec 2016, 11:23
Wanted to stop by and say this game looks GORGEOUS, and while I don't believe the singularity is a possibility the story sounds quite intriguing. Good luck guys!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: KyriakosCH on 02 Jan 2017, 02:20
New thread page, that means new screenshot, hooray :)
(http://esseb.com/andail/godsalgorithm/MOCKUPpoliceoffice.png)

Wow

Looking GREAT 8-)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: SilverSpook on 02 Jan 2017, 06:08
Announcement time! Pontus "StillInThe90s" Lund has joined the team as an Assistant Animator :)

If you haven't already, be sure to check out his short and sweet game, Camp 1: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=52224.new#new

Congrats to Pontus! 

Camp 1 was one of my first official AGS experiences outside of Wadjet Eye, and it was probably one of the most memorable.

Also, fantastic new screenshot!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 11 Feb 2017, 10:01
Hey guys, we've updated the website with some fresh screenshots, enjoy!
http://www.whispersofamachine.com/
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: luisdementia on 11 Feb 2017, 15:56
I can't wait to play this game.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: SilverSpook on 11 Feb 2017, 18:35
The new stuff looks awesome!  Can't wait for this one!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 20 May 2017, 10:16
Hey everyone it's Screenshot Saturday:
(http://esseb.com/andail/town_square_animated.gif)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: CaptainD on 20 May 2017, 10:29
Very nice!  :wink:
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Cassiebsg on 20 May 2017, 12:09
I just love screenshot Saturday!  (nod)
Somehow I'm always in awe about the amount of detail you guys manage to put into this lovely pictures.  ;-D
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Riaise on 20 May 2017, 13:04
I really love the style of the backgrounds, they look fantastic! ;-D
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: dactylopus on 20 May 2017, 16:48
That is looking very nice.  It also looks like there are plenty of places to go from here.

Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Ghostcat on 31 May 2017, 02:57
This looks incredible. The art style is very clean. Can't wait.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Vincent on 31 May 2017, 10:51
I really can't describe how Amazing these screenshots looks guys! Andail, you are Amazing as the rest of the team! I really cannot wait to play this game! please HURRY UP! :P
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: SilverSpook on 04 Jun 2017, 20:47
Great work!  I can definitely see the signature art style coming through here, from Kathy Rain, etc.  There are a lot of dystopias, post-apocalypses, and generally society-had-issues due to machine malfunction, but few set in... smaller towns.  Particularly ones that have this sort of look to them, with all that space and nature in between the little car crashes and hints of future architecture.

Very much looking forward to this!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 16 Jun 2017, 20:02
Hi all! We're looking for some long term testers to join the WOAM team :)

Your responsibility will be to play regular builds, find bugs and give general feedback on the game all the way up until release. You'll be directly involved in the development process, helping shape the direction of the game. Right now, we use Steam for build distribution and Slack for everything else, so you'll need to create accounts for both.

If you're interested, you can reach out to us at contact [at] whispersofamachine.com. Let us know which games you have tested or otherwise worked on before, and maybe just a few sentences of who you are and why you'd like to join the team :) Please do NOT use forum PM. Cheers!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: FruitTree on 21 Jun 2017, 11:05
intersting premise and I'm really diggin the backgrounds! sober but with a great feel for detail and atmosphere!

Will the site provide updates? or should we keep an eye on this thread?

very interested! keep creating guys!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 12 Jul 2017, 12:10
intersting premise and I'm really diggin the backgrounds! sober but with a great feel for detail and atmosphere!

Will the site provide updates? or should we keep an eye on this thread?

very interested! keep creating guys!

Periodically checking this thread should provide the most up-to-date info! :)

By the way, Clifftop Games and Faravid Interactive are now proud sponsors of AdventureX 2017! We'll both attend in November and exhibit WOAM, don't forget to say hi if you happen to see two grumpy guys wearing WOAM t-shirts! :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 02 Aug 2017, 14:47
Update: We've now recruited composer and sound effects guy Jacob Lincke to our team.

Check out his awesome stuff here:
https://jacoblincke.bandcamp.com

Jacob's also a Göteborg native like myself, so we'll have the chance to go out and record authentic Nordic sound effects together.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: selmiak on 02 Aug 2017, 18:46
this sounds pretty cool, good pick for a soundguy! ;-D
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Stupot on 02 Aug 2017, 23:23
Sounds like a real sound guy.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 12 Dec 2017, 16:56
Major update:
It's our pleasure to announce that Whispers of a Machine will be published by Raw Fury (http://rawfury.com/).
(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/rf_logo.png)

We'll also take the opportunity to show off our new game poster, painted by Swedish illustrator Gustav Rangmar:

(http://whispersofamachine.com/images/bg_1600b.png)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Grundislav on 12 Dec 2017, 17:01
Very nice!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: dactylopus on 13 Dec 2017, 02:20
Congrats on finding a publisher!  That poster looks great!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: CaptainD on 13 Dec 2017, 10:23
Terrific poster!

Haven't heard of Raw Fury before but their angle on being a publisher looks interesting.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: selmiak on 13 Dec 2017, 13:17
This is going to be great! And the poster is awesome!
But the upper border of the png is not blurred out like the rest of the borders and has a (semi)sharp edge to it...
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: CyberUncleCat on 20 Dec 2017, 06:51
Oh holy hell this game sure looks neat!

And Raw Fury, from how they describe themselves, do seem like a nice publisher so i wish you guys success with your game:).
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 22 Mar 2018, 10:28
Hey guys! The game is progressing nicely, here's a fresh screenshot for y'all!

(http://www.whispersofamachine.com/images/screenshot06a.png)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Slasher on 22 Mar 2018, 14:19
Looks brilliant...

Nice work (laugh)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Matti on 22 Mar 2018, 14:51
Lovely! I really like the colors.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: dactylopus on 22 Mar 2018, 15:20
That's a fantastic screenshot!  The game is looking great!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 22 Mar 2018, 15:28
Please, draw a stool for the guy, he's standing there all day long :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: selmiak on 22 Mar 2018, 16:46
nah, he's just a robot selling robots, like everything else in there ;)

Looking good guys, keep it up!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: visionmind on 22 Mar 2018, 20:40
First, the screenshots look amazing.
Second, congratulations on getting a publisher.
Third, now that I see it, I can't unsee it... the poor shop guy does looks like he could use a sit down when no one else is in the shop. ;-D

keep up the good work
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Creamy on 23 Mar 2018, 18:44
Nice work as usual.

Kinda like a gloomier Risée du Monde (https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/brokensword/images/3/38/La_Riise_Monde.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/1000?cb=20140309013627).
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Stupot on 24 Mar 2018, 00:34
Hey guys! The game is progressing nicely, here's a fresh screenshot for y'all!
Spoiler: ShowHide

(http://www.whispersofamachine.com/images/screenshot06a.png)

That suit-of-armour looking robot body has exactly the same build and posture as the shopkeeper. Does he wear it?
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: henrikes on 24 Mar 2018, 08:52
Isn't the desk a bit short compared to the man?

BTW is that wall-e on the wall :D
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Click'd on 24 Mar 2018, 10:20
BTW is that wall-e on the wall :D
Johnny 5
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Mandle on 24 Mar 2018, 23:20
Great background!

I do feel that the metallic robots etc. in the background could do with a bit more shiny highlights though, maybe in the colour of the light. They look a bit flat to me, almost like they are drawn on the wall.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: ManicMatt on 27 Mar 2018, 22:14
Gorgeous graphics! Kathy Rain is on my pc, hopefully one day I'll actually play it haha.

I am slowly catching up with my backlog of games.

Resigning from your job helps.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 02 Apr 2018, 16:53
Thanks for these lovely comments and all the constructive feedback!

We have heard your pleas, and Sture the shopkeeper will be given a magnificent stool in the next iteration of the background. I myself advocated for a throne, but the rest of the team thought that was a bit much :) We'll also have a look at some of the scaling and lighting issues.

In other news, we could also use a few more long term beta testers. If you would like to share the WOAM journey with us, give me a holler at contact [at] clifftopgames , com! (no forum PM please). Cheers!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Cassiebsg on 02 Apr 2018, 17:08
I would love to beta test, but if it's Steam beta testing only I won't be able to join in the journey.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Click'd on 02 Apr 2018, 17:51
Yes, you'd need Steam.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 02 Apr 2018, 20:04
Yes, you'd need Steam.

Yup, sadly, Steam is required, as is creating a Slack account for communicating with the other team members.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 03 Aug 2018, 21:38
Hi all! We're not dead, albeit the heat wave this summer nearly did us in :X

I just wanted to let you know that I've created a Clifftop Games discord, where you can discuss Whispers of a Machine and other titles by us, and get exclusive early info before anyone else! http://discord.gg/aeYc64N
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 06 Oct 2018, 10:10
We have reached a critical milestone, as Whispers of a Machine is finally playable from beginning to end! :)

We have also teamed up with the legendary Ivan Ulyanov (known from countless WEG titles) for the character portraits!

(http://i65.tinypic.com/i3z580.png)

Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Cassiebsg on 06 Oct 2018, 11:57
Congrats on reaching the milestone. (nod)
And those portraits, BG and characters look awesome!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: StillInThe90s on 07 Oct 2018, 15:19
Good to hear about Ulyanov joining the project. Absolutely lovely portraits btw.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: shaun9991 on 09 Oct 2018, 10:19
Ulyanov is the portrait god - looking very nice indeed :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Dave Gilbert on 09 Oct 2018, 14:40
Yayyy! Ivan is fantastic. An excellent choice.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 09 Oct 2018, 15:56
Yayyy! Ivan is fantastic. An excellent choice.

Do you know him too?
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Ilyich on 09 Oct 2018, 16:17
Haha, you are all much too lovely! Excited to be involved in this game, I have a vague suspicion it's going to be a good one! ;)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Dave Gilbert on 09 Oct 2018, 16:39
Yayyy! Ivan is fantastic. An excellent choice.

Do you know him too?

I've only worked with him on almost every project of mine since 2014. :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: Andail on 10 Oct 2018, 07:33
Good to hear about Ulyanov joining the project. Absolutely lovely portraits btw.
There's still animations to draw if you need work :)

Yayyy! Ivan is fantastic. An excellent choice.

Do you know him too?

I've only worked with him on almost every project of mine since 2014. :)
;)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: ArsCreativa on 14 Oct 2018, 17:53
Nice screenshots! I really like the style, I'd love to see a video of the game in motion.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: AGD2 on 29 Nov 2018, 12:52
Wow, this is looking great! Who's doing your character sprite design? The details are really nice.

Best of luck with this!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: sawyer on 30 Nov 2018, 00:51

release the kracken!!!!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: JSH on 03 Dec 2018, 16:16
So, WOAM finally has a steam page and a trailer!

Check them out and don't forget to wishlist, like and share! :)

Steam Page (https://store.steampowered.com/app/631570/Whispers_of_a_Machine/)
Trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=387SnBp92Rw&list=PLuwwLD7PTg2gOOF-vyk63YZcx5i9A8Z8r)


Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine
Post by: dactylopus on 03 Dec 2018, 22:59
So, WOAM finally has a steam page and a trailer!

And I have a new item on my Wishlist!

Nice teaser trailer, too!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: AndyfromVA on 09 Dec 2018, 00:49
Looks good!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: JSH on 21 Jan 2019, 07:22
Today the voice over recordings begin, with Dave Gilbert at the helm :-D Exciting times!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: rocifier on 23 Jan 2019, 00:03
This looks like a game I NEED to play.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: Surdy on 25 Jan 2019, 15:42
I am very interested in this game. When will it be released on GOG?
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: JSH on 25 Jan 2019, 20:59
I am very interested in this game. When will it be released on GOG?

We don't have a release date set on GOG (or anywhere else for that matter), but we're doing our best to have the game out some time in the spring of this year.

It should also be mentioned that GOG has a curated store and they have yet to look at the game, so we can't guarantee that it will be available there. But we'll definitely send them a build at some point and hope for the best :)
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 28 Jan 2019, 16:15
We don't have a release date set on GOG (or anywhere else for that matter),

I was initially reluctant to register to Steam just for that, but in the end I did it. That's how attractive the game is ;)
I have a small tip though : when you go to your game's web page (not the steam pace, I mean your own page with your own domain name), there's no hint that the game has been released, and no link to Steam. It even says "the game IS BEING developed...", "it WILL feature...".
There should be a huge button in the middle that says "THE GAME HAS BEEN RELEASED, CLICK HERE TO BUY IT FROM STEAM" or something.
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: JSH on 28 Jan 2019, 16:21
We don't have a release date set on GOG (or anywhere else for that matter),

I was initially reluctant to register to Steam just for that, but in the end I did it. That's how attractive the game is ;)
I have a small tip though : when you go to your game's web page (not the steam pace, I mean your own page with your own domain name), there's no hint that the game has been released, and no link to Steam. It even says "the game IS BEING developed...", "it WILL feature...".
There should be a huge button in the middle that says "THE GAME HAS BEEN RELEASED, CLICK HERE TO BUY IT FROM STEAM" or something.


Thanks for going to such lengths to play WoaM, but it IS still being developed, it's not released or available for sale :) We should add a Steam link to the website though, true, and the same for the publisher page for the game. Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Whispers of a Machine - now has a Steam page!
Post by: Monsieur OUXX on 29 Jan 2019, 21:28
it IS still being developed, it's not released or available for sale :)
OK I have no idea what made me think it was. I saw some updates on Facebook and convinced myself that the game was released.