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.
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Feb 22, 2017
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December 31, 2018

Herald New Year's Update - December 2018

Before the year closes, a short update from Wispfire. In the past year our studio has been a bit in limbo. We were stuck in-between finding money to continue with Herald, and doing a lot of other stuff like work-for-hire projects, giving talks, doing guest lectures and pitching new projects that we want to do once Herald is finished. It sure has been a ride, but it has finally bore its fruits.

In the most recent update we showed you a bit of Herald: Book III & IV in development, and we also went in depth about our situation regarding funding for the project. We were struggling to work on Herald without the neccesary funds to pay for the more expensive parts, like voice acting and 3D animation. Regarding this particular roadblock, we have some exciting news that we can share.

In 2019, Wispfire will partner with researchers from the Utrecht University of the Arts to do a reasearch project on Interactive Narrative Design, with Herald's final books as the subject of the research. To do this research we applied for a grant with the Creative Industries Fund NL, and we got the grant! This grant is a giant step towards finishing Herald, because it pays for our livelihoods, which in turn frees up a budget for voice-acting and animation. The research will also provide us ample opportunity to experiment with gameplay mechanics that we will be able to use in Herald: Book IV and future projects.

There is even more that we can't share yet, but will be exciting once we get to it, so expect to hear back from us soon. For now, thank you for sticking with us, we've grown imensely from trying to keep ourselves standing in this competitive industry. But since 2018 marked our fifth aniversary, we're confident that we will be able to weather the troubles still hiding along our way. We would like to thank all of those who played Herald since its release, and we hope to see you again in 2019, the year in which we will resume full-time production on Herald Book III and IV again! :D

- The Wispfire Team

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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:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • 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

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