The Ballad Singer is an asymmetric adventure, inspired by RPGs and game books, where you can experience many dynamic stories. Forge the fate of Hesperia through the stories of four different adventurers in a fantasy world completely illustrated and narrated.
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Sep 27, 2018
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Community support has a fundamental value for us. We want to improve and refine the game according to your feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We have planned a big patch in November where we will complete the insertion of all the material in the game.
We have also planned a series of patches between September 2018 and February 2019, when we plan to release the final version of the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The version in Early access will see the addition of different contents as illustrations and the missing finals of the narrative paths.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version includes all narrative paths. Only the last decision-making junctions will be added between October and November. So, you can play several hours but you’ll have to wait for the patch to finish some stories. In that case, we suggest keeping the save files for when the endings will be implemented.
We prefer offering a game at 70% of the potential (we'll get to 100% in November), and add content at the end of the various decision-making paths during these two months. This way, you will have an optimal experience since the first hours of gameplay.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of the game will not change once Early Access ends.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will read all the open discussions and we will even create some to ask for your opinion.
If you have any problems do not hesitate to write in the forum, we will try to solve them in the next patch.”
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November 30

Patch notes Early Access 0.3.1

With this patch we focused in particular on the game options and the preparation of the patch that will bring 100% content.

Patch notes:

- Anti-spoiler system of choices, you can decide whether to show the choices: right away (as now), immediately after the end of the narrative or at your click. At the beginning of the campaign it is possible to select one of these options, as well as during one of the saves already created;

- Editable game controls for keyboard and controller (in the menu and option selection screens are currently being tested and are disabled);

- Added customization options within the game session;

- Change of most of the game panels;

- Added brightness and gamma options;

- Ability to select the size of the text of the book and the choices;

- Option to decide whether to memorize the last position of the book;

- Introduced the video of "Tary Meldon and Era" once met;

- Game credits with an exclusive musical track!

- 3D Tune-in implemented and currently undergoing internal testing;

- Text search tool in the book being tested internally.


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November 28

Update Early Access 3

In this brief update I will explain how we have divided the contents of the next two big patches and the timing.

Patch 1 - Controls and options

In the first patch that will probably be released on Friday, November 30th, we will show you:

- Editable game controls for keyboard and mouse;

- Anti-spoiler system of choices, you can decide whether to show the choices right away (as now), immediately after the end of the narrative or at your click;

- Change of most of the game panels;

- Brightness and range adjustment;

- Ability to select the size of the text of the book and the choices;

- Option to decide whether to memorize the last position of the book;

- Game credits with an exclusive musical track!

Patch 2 - Game content and options

We still need 15 days for this patch. Recording studios are analyzing all the audio files for errors. The amount of work is really great considering that 40 hours are spoken by la, therefore, indicated to take a few extra days to make sure that the work is done at its best. It would not make sense to release the patch earlier but with errors. I hope you will agree with me!

Here's what we will include in this patch:

- Update of all audio tracks and addition of new audio tracks;

- Unlock of the whole adventure, you will be able to play all the 2000 decision nodes;

- Images, videos, texts, music and icons necessary for new decision-making nodes;

- 40 achievements covering the 4 characters and "generic" situations such as the number of scenes visited and the deaths of the characters.

After these patches we will:

- Continue the tests on the game in order to find any bugs;

- Introduce the interactive tutorial;

- Work on the second game mode;

- Add a demo with Leon's prologue;

- Complete the "Trophies and missions" section.

For now it's all, we will publish detailed patch updates as they become available!
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Reviews

“A great graphic adventure that will capture fans of role-playing games.”
8.2/10 – Gamodrome

“The Ballad Singer is a magnificient visual novel! The illustrations are exceptionally beautiful, and we are quickly transported into the world of the game!”
8/10 – Couple of Gamer

“We recommend the title to lovers of the RPG genre and graphic adventures and in general to anyone who wants to enjoy in peace a beautiful story told really well.”
8.4/10 – Games Village

About This Game

The Ballad Singer is an RPG/Graphic Adventure, set in a fantasy world completely controlled by the player's choices.

We've taken elements from game-books and visual novels to develop a videogame with an unprecedented format. TBS offers a fantasy story yet to be written, where the world changes and reacts to the player's actions. This will allow you to live up to 1700 stories and 40 different endings, your decisions will affect the way the tale unfolds. Every single development and subplot in the story is completely narrated and illustrated, even the smallest ones. In TBS, every choice is crucial.

Features:



  • Four heroes with different narrative developments
  • Asymmetric stories intertwining one to the other
  • During a single run with a character you will never face two fights alike
  • Your choices really matter, you can completely change the fate of the heroes through your decisions
  • Three degrees of challenge: deceive death and repeat mortal choices through powerful artefacts
  • Replayability: only by replaying TBS you will be able to discover the different decisional paths of each hero
  • Domino System: a choice in the first minutes of play could have strong repercussions throughout the course of the adventure
  • Fully narrated story, over 400,000 words and 40 hours of narration
  • More than 700 HD illustrations
  • Over 40 musical tracks
  • 400 different detailed deaths
  • Dying is part of the story, so there is no "Game Over". When a character you're playing as dies, you will play as a new hero, within the same story, in a different narrative path

How many roads are you willing to take?

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Nudity or Sexual Content, Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 1.4GHz / AMD Athlon x4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: On-board graphic card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard on-board sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 / AMD a8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX / Radeon HD 5850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or Ati GPU with 512mb Memory
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 2011 or newer Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or Ati GPU with 1GB Memory
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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