Herald: An Interactive Period Drama - Book I & II
Herald is a choice-driven adventure set on colonial tides. Board the HLV Herald and uncover its dark secrets in an intriguing tale about tyranny and servitude.
User reviews:
Overall:
Positive (34 reviews) - 97% of the 34 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 22, 2017

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Herald: An Interactive Period Drama - Book I & II

 

Recent updates View all (18)

May 12

Free Demo now available!

Hey everyone! Have you been thinking about buying Herald: An Interactive Period Drama Book I & II, but weren't quite convinced if it's your style of game?

We've just released our free demo for Steam. This is the same demo we've used to show off the game at trade shows during production, but updated with the latest tech and bug fixes.



The demo takes about 15 minutes to complete and features a unique conversation with the Rani, a flyover of the Herald, and a modified version of the 'Missing Gun' quest from the main game.

If you want to play the demo, you can find the 'Download Demo' button on the right-hand side of the store page. Unfortunately, because of the way Steam works it is not possible to play the demo on an account that already owns the main game.

- The Wispfire Team

1 comments Read more

March 31

Herald Patch 1.1.0 - CONTROLLER UPDATE - Out now!



Hey everyone! We're excited to announce the release of the first Feature Patch for Herald: An Interactive Period Drama. This free patch adds support for dual analog stick controllers such as the Xbox 360 controller, the XBox One controller and the Sony Dualshock 4.



As many people have indicated to us, Herald is a very suitable game to play from the comfort of your couch. It's even more fun to play together with someone and get into fights over what dialogue options to choose. Couch gaming with a mouse has its downsides though, so even before Herald released we were already planning to add controller support, but unfortunately it didn't make it in for launch.

Now we could have just slapped a cursor on your right analog stick, pretended it's a mouse and called it a day. But we didn't want to deliver that kind of sub-optimal experience, so instead we overhauled the control scheme specifically for the couch experience.



If you have a GamePad connected you can go to the Gameplay Settings menu in options and choose 'Use Gamepad' to control Devan directly with the left analog stick.On the other hand we didn't want to lose the point and click elements of the game, so we did actually also slap a cursor on your right analog stick, with which you can inspect and interact with the environment.
If we were able to identify your controller, dialogue choices show the appropriate button images for dialogue choices. If we were unable to identify it, the Xbox buttons will be used as default. The journal and in-game menus have also all been modified to be usable with only controller input.

And of course, if you'd rather play with a mouse (or a Steam Controller), you can just turn the 'Use Gamepad' option off in the settings and keep playing with click-to-move as you're used to. If the game detects there's no controller connected, everything stays the way it was.

But that's not all! We've also made some other improvements here and there, and added another piece of music. Details are in the changelog below.

We hope you enjoy the update, and if you run into issues or have comments, feature requests, etc, let us know in the community hub!

- The Wispfire Team



Herald version 1.1.0 New Features: - Controller Support for most Dual Analog Stick gamepads. - Alternative control scheme for controllers. Select 'Use Gamepad' in the Game Settings menu to switch between click-to-walk with the mouse and direct control with a gamepad's left analog stick. - Steam Trading Cards! Notes: - The Steam Controller works best with the 'Use Gamepad' setting turned off. - If your dual analog stick controller doesn't work with Herald, and you think it should be supported, please drop by the community forum! We have only been able to test a limited number of controllers and will patch in more later. - Daniel now has his own theme, which can be heard when he tells you about himself in the Galley. Changes: - When quitting the game, you now get a warning that you will lose unsaved progress since last checkpoint. - The graphic for checkpoints (spinning compass) now also says 'saving.' underneath, so you know your progress is safe. - NPCs' dialogue boxes now disappear when you click on them. - Various dialogue choice texts and help notes were rewritten for clarity. Bugfixes: - Sometimes the game would not remember whether you found out certain information about Senator Morton, making a later dialogue branch harder to reach than it should be. This has been corrected. - VSync & Target framerate are now correctly reset after cinematic interludes.

4 comments Read more

Reviews

“An engrossing and intrigue-fuelled start to an adventure with poignant themes uncommon in video games.”
85% – IND13

“Complex, interesting, and incredibly voiced characters, beautifully captivating art design, and a fresh and fun story that will leave you wanting more.”
9/10 – The Overpowered Noobs

“The universe created in Herald is fantastic.”
8/10 – GameSpew

About This Game

Herald is a choice-driven adventure game set during an alternate 19th century in which the West is united as a colonial superpower: the Protectorate.
Help tell the story of Devan Rensburg, a man of mixed heritage who became steward on board of the HLV Herald, a merchant ship set for his country of birth.
As Devan it is your job to keep the peace among the crew and passengers by resolving their daily squabbles. Set during a time of widespread inequality and injustice, you are challenged to uncover a great mystery that surrounds the Herald's perilous voyage.

Together, Herald Book I & II have around 4 hours of gameplay. Each Book has its own contained story. Book III & IV will tell new stories of Devan's adventures and will be released as episodic content at a later date.

Key Features


  • A branching narrative that changes depending on how you decide to play. Do you choose to be bold and stand up for the downtrodden, or would pleasing the elite be the safer and smarter choice?
  • Uncover all of the secrets aboard the merchant clipper Herald, as you explore its many nooks and crannies.
  • The Herald is a microcosm of 19th century society. The crew and passengers all have their own dark secrets and often use sly coercion to convince Devan to help them. But who can you trust?
  • Herald's diverse cast of characters is brought to life by beautifully animated portraits, and the performances of thirteen talented voice actors.
  • Herald is set during an alternate 1857 in which the West has been united as a single global superpower: the Protectorate. Governed not by kings but by an elected 'Lord Protector’, the Protectorians believe they are morally superior. But are they?
  • A gripping tale about finding your place in a world divided by race, class and culture.

CONTENT WARNING: Emotional and physical violence, suggestive themes and infrequent use of strong language. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor @2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9 compliant video card with 1GB of VRAM / Intel Graphics HD 4600 (720p, Low Settings)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel i5 @2,8 GHz or the equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450 or the equivelant (1080p, High Settings)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor @2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video Card with 1GB VRAM / Intel Graphics 4600 (720p, Low Settings)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: Intel i7 4700MQ @3,4 GHz or the equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450 or the equivelant (1080p, High Settings)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor @2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video Card with 1GB VRAM / Intel Graphics 4600 (720p, Low Settings)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: Intel i5 @2,8 GHz or the equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450 or the equivelant (1080p, High Settings)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Recommended Monitor Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 16:10

What Curators Say

8 Curators have reviewed this product. Click here to see them.
Customer reviews Learn More
Overall:
Positive (34 reviews)
Review Type


Purchase Type


Language


Display As:


(what is this?)
33 reviews match the filters above ( Positive)
There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
Loading reviews...