Community Announcements - Kent
We've just added the original score for The Novelist as DLC! You can find it here for just $4.99 USD.

The original score features 14 tracks of beautiful, haunting ambient piano music. While the game generates its soundtrack in realtime, the downloadable score contains compositions that were recorded and curated for offline listening.

We hope you enjoy it!
Dec 14, 2016
Community Announcements - Kent
We're very excited to announce The Novelist version 1.13, which is a stability and longevity update that also improves the save game system and adds Steam Cloud support.

Here's the list of changes:

  • The Novelist has been updated to Unity 4.7.2, the final build of the Unity 4.x branch. This brings stability, performance, and compatibility improvements that will extend the life of the game.
  • The game now uses a unified file format for saved games across all platforms, instead of using platform-specific systems like the Windows Registry and macOS .plist files. This makes it much easier to debug issues and move savegame files between computers. Existing saves will be converted to the new format the next time the game is launched; game progress will not be lost.
  • The Novelist now supports Steam Cloud for syncing save games. Note: Steam Cloud requires the new save game format to function, so you must launch the game once to convert your save to the new format before Steam Cloud can sync your save.
  • Fixed a bug where toggling fullscreen would sometimes not keep the current resolution.
  • Characters now save and restore the clothes they're wearing.
  • The Unity resolution picker can now be brought up by holding Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) when the game is launched. This is helpful if you encounter issues with window placement or resolution.

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported the game over the years!
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey, everyone, we're very excited to announce The Orthogonal Games Bundle! It packages Near Death with The Novelist for a $5 discount, and if you already own one of the games you still get a discount on the other one.

So spread the world and tell your friends.

Thanks!
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Joe Donnelly)

The Novelist was a thoughtful hands-off Poltergeist-meets-Gone Home-type endeavor, and Near Death [official site] marks a distinct change in direction for developers Orthogonal Games. Announced yesterday, the Californian outfit’s upcoming survival-a-thon pits you against the elements and is the result of the developer’s lifelong fascination with Antarctica. Come see it in motion after the drop.

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Community Announcements - Kent
Hey, everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the Humble Store is doing its Spring Sale for the next two weeks.

The Novelist is on sale there for a cool $5.09, and it comes with a Steam key so it's a great way to pick the game up for your Steam library. If you've already got it, tell your friends or gift it to them. :)

Have a good weekend!
Community Announcements - Kent
Players have been requesting this for quite some time, so I’m very excited to announce that trading cards have been added to The Novelist! There are 6 cards, 3 profile backgrounds, 6 emoticons, and of course 6 badge levels.

It was really fun revisiting the game after a long time away from working on it, and while I’m not sure achievements will ever be the right fit (they might clash with the story content), I think trading cards are a nice addition to the experience.

To celebrate the new feature, I’m also putting the game on sale for 40% off ($8.99). So if you’re looking for some new cards to gather and trade, fire the game up and start collecting!
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey, everyone! The game is on sale at 70% off as part of the Steam Halloween Sale, and to celebrate I wrote a new blog post over on the game's site. The Novelist is full of references to old horror movies, so I created a guide that lists all of the specific references, complete with fun movie clips from the horror flicks.

I think it's a pretty fun read ... check it out here!
Sep 8, 2014
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey everyone, I just wanted to make a quick post letting you know that The Novelist is on sale for $5.99 over at the Humble Store. You can also pick it up directly at the game's website.

Each purchase comes with a Steam key, so it's a good way to support the game, support charity, and still add the game to your Steam library.

Spread the word!
May 6, 2014
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey, everyone, I wanted to quickly let you know the game is part of the Humble Spring Sale here.

I didn't know that the Humble Spring Sale was coming when I put the game on a Weeklong Deal here last month, and unfortunately there is a two-month waiting period for sales here on Steam. This means that I'm prevented from reflecting the same 50% discount here on Steam. :-/

That said, Humble sales do come with a Steam key, so you can buy it there and then activate your game on Steam via your Humble account.

Sorry for the confusion, but I hope you enjoy the deal!
Apr 7, 2014
Community Announcements - Kent
Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the game is 50% off this week as part of Steam's Weeklong Deals.

There's also a new patch to the game with two important changes.

You can read more about everything here.
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