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Title: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on February 20, 2013, 12:35:42 PM
It's no secret that I'm working on it, so I figure it's time to give out the juicy details:

Wadjet Eye Games (http://www.wadjeteyegames.com) presents:
Blackwell Epiphany
(Blackwell #5)

The story
A dead man's soul cries out against the force of a ferocious blizzard. He cries for help. He cries for answers. Then he screams as he is torn apart like damp tissue paper.

This wasn't the first time, and it won't be the last.

The police are powerless to stop it, so the duty falls to the only who can. What force could be so powerful - and so malevolent - that it would destroy the very core of a life in order to get what it wants?

Rosa Blackwell and Joey Mallone mean to find out, even if it means risking themselves in the process.

Screenshots
(http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/boe/epi/BE-shot1.png)
Rosa fortifies herself with coffee. The dead don't sleep and neither can she.

(http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/boe/epi/BE-shot3.png)
Joey talks to a ghost in an abandoned building.

(http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/boe/epi/BE-shot4.png)
The Blackwell homestead - now seen from a different angle!

(http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/boe/epi/BE-shot5.png)
Sam Durkin returns.

(http://www.wadjeteyegames.com/boe/epi/BE-shot2.png)
The void between worlds.

Team
Written and programmed by: Dave Gilbert
Background and Character sprites by: Ben Chandler (ben304)
Music by: Thomas Regin

Also, Abe Goldfarb and Rebecca Whittaker both return as Joey and Rosa.

Estimated release
Fall 2013
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: jonathanfrisby on February 21, 2013, 12:56:34 AM
Looking great! 

I've been enjoying digging into the Ben Chandler gameography... (http://ben304.blogspot.com.au/)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Mr_Nabby on February 21, 2013, 12:55:36 PM
Finally some news about Epiphany! ...and there was much rejoicing. Yaaaay!

-Looking forward to see the new footprint-mechanic in action.
-Oh no! The Eleven Foundation have been at it again!
-Love the new angle of Rosa's appartment. Great way of mixing it up!
-Another apperence of Durkin. Maybe we finally will get a Rabbi Stone cameo as well?
-She saved the ghost! Spoiler! Now this game is ruined for me...

It looks great so far. Also, where have I heard about Ben Chandler before? In your commentary tracks maybe?...
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Miranda on February 22, 2013, 02:15:30 AM
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Also, where have I heard about Ben Chandler before? In your commentary tracks maybe?...

Ben did the sprites in Deception, so Dave probably talked about him a bit there.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DarkValkyrie on February 22, 2013, 05:06:04 AM
Glad to hear the 5th one is on its way, no matter how long the wait from now. Deception's ending just screamed of a sequel, even though some people thought it was the last of the series.

I'm looking forward to the new weather change. Placing this game in a wintery environment not only gives it diversity from the other 4 installments, but the prospect of a haunting during holiday season gives it a new hopeful and yet tragic light - hopeful in the idea of miracle season and tragic because of the obvious events that take place. Wonder if Rosa will ever find peace of heart.

Also, the angle on Rosa's apartment made me believe she was in a different room altogether at first. It's nice to be able to see all the touches we couldn't before. Nice to hear Abe and Rebecca both return in their roles. They're doing a great job and especially Joey. I just love the way he's being interpreted. They get me connected even more with the story.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Chrome on February 23, 2013, 12:26:33 PM
Sweet! So we wil have a ghost killer on the loos, pretty new backgrounds, a winter scenery, a new view of Rosa's appartment (with a very *interesting* movie poster ;) ) and last but not least, a new chapter on my favorite adventure series
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: winfrey on February 26, 2013, 02:14:06 PM
Need any help testing on this one?
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on February 26, 2013, 02:15:07 PM
We're quite a ways from needing testers yet. But I'll be asking for them in the usual places (facebook, twitter) when the time comes.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DarkValkyrie on February 27, 2013, 03:43:56 PM
I would love to help with the testing, though won't know how time management would be at that point. It is kind of my day job in real life xD

I'm curious, how long does it take to write the story for a game and do you type it as a script or different system?
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: JFogarty on February 27, 2013, 05:53:32 PM
(http://www.davelgil.com/boe/epi/BE-shot4.png)
The Blackwell homestead - now seen from a different angle!

Well now, that wouldn't happen to be a poster from Frank Lyons' movie on Rosa's wall would it?  :)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on February 27, 2013, 06:25:05 PM
And the Joe Gould painting on the wall! The "real life" painting was taken down from its place in the Minetta. Nobody there seems to know where it is now, so I've decided that Rosa has it.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: jkuci on February 27, 2013, 07:41:20 PM

Are you ready for pre-orders???!!!!   I'm on board with that BIG time!!!!
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Rognik on February 28, 2013, 03:41:28 AM
Ooh, new angle! I guess we won't be using the kitchen or TV in this one.

Ooh, snow! Very underused in any New York setting. I'm kind of hoping this isn't around Christmas, though: snow is a torment for 3-4 months of the year, not just December.

Not too much to go on yet, just enough to tease us a little. And teased we are! Hope to hear more soon!
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DarkValkyrie on February 28, 2013, 06:29:47 AM
It is possible it's not around December, but it won't change the game for me one bit. I don't about other places, but around here it usually begins snowing late November/early December and they immediately relate it to the holidays. Winters haven't been as white as a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: ThatNickGuy on March 10, 2013, 12:33:42 AM
Heh heh heh. "Duty." /Five-year old mode: Off

But seriously? Awesome, I can't wait. I love the mythology you've built around the Blackwell series. Every time I think you've done everything with the concept, you go and throw me a total curveball.

Can't wait to see what curveballs you throw at the mythology this time.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on March 11, 2013, 09:05:18 AM
Thanks! It's taken be a bit longer to write than normal, but only because I want it to be good. :)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Revery on March 17, 2013, 05:45:28 PM
I just wanted to comment how much I love these games-- one of my favorite modern day adventure series!

Are you going to keep the portraits as they were in deception? I thought the portrait style from convergence (faces and talking) was the best of the bunch. That was one of my major gripes with deception over the others. Also, what kind of sound recording do you guys use? I noticed random p pops (took me out), though I loved the voice acting overall!
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on March 18, 2013, 07:54:31 AM
Thanks! We're a small shop so we use whatever we can afford! Convergence was made when we had more money coming in. Deception was made when we, um, didn't. We DID get a new microphone for Deception, though. We used to use a cheap headset microphone which created a lot of those breath pops. I've become better at avoiding them and removing them.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Revery on March 19, 2013, 02:36:42 PM
Thanks for the response, I always love to hear dev's reasoning/decisions on their games. As for the sound issue, why not just get a USB condenser mic and wind screen? They are fairly inexpensive now (around 80 USD) and have great sound quality! Love your games, keep it up! :D
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on March 19, 2013, 03:32:33 PM
Thanks for the response, I always love to hear dev's reasoning/decisions on their games. As for the sound issue, why not just get a USB condenser mic and wind screen? They are fairly inexpensive now (around 80 USD) and have great sound quality! Love your games, keep it up! :D

That's exactly what I'm using now!

(http://indiegames.com/cassandra/rebecca.jpg)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Revery on March 19, 2013, 07:00:12 PM
Ah! I read that wrong earlier (you got one during deception- not that you were still using a headset), but still it is neat to see some voice work being done!
Title: Woo-hoo! It's back (again)!
Post by: NicolasBahamondes on March 30, 2013, 12:18:46 PM
It's good to know the Episode 5 is on the way.
I got "chained" with the ending of the Episode 4 (Blackwell Deception). It will be interesting to know someone is treading Rosa's heels.

I want to buy this game through Steam when It's ready.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: TimSkilton87 on April 02, 2013, 06:48:54 PM
I have just finished the four Blackwell games and would just like to say I'm excited about the new one on the way! You should be proud of yourself Dave Gilbert on a job well done. The music is also top notch!! Nostalgia-ville! :)
Title: Lauren reappearance
Post by: NicolasBahamondes on April 02, 2013, 11:33:49 PM
Dave, is it possible Rosa meets face to face again with Lauren?
Title: Re: Lauren reappearance
Post by: DaveGilbert on April 03, 2013, 03:31:35 PM
Dave, is it possible Rosa meets face to face again with Lauren?

Mayybbeeee.
 ;D ;D
Title: :D
Post by: NicolasBahamondes on April 04, 2013, 01:15:44 AM
When you say at this way, I get enthust.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Rocka3030 on April 05, 2013, 01:46:41 AM
Its exciting to see there coming out with a 5th Blackwell game. IMO its one of the best adventure games of all time. I haven't been this pleased with an adventure game since Steve Purcell was making adventure games for Lucas Arts such as : The Dig, Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max & Indiana Jones (Fate of Atlantis).  I hoping to play the 5th Blackwell soon & also I wonder if they could release a playable demo at least a month or two before, that ways it keeps us fans busy until the arrival of the full game. 8)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on April 06, 2013, 04:01:54 PM
I usually do!
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: frederic09 on April 07, 2013, 12:44:35 PM
hey dave,

do you planned to show Dr Quentin as a ghost in this episode ? :p
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: mxtomek on April 19, 2013, 06:41:56 PM
hello again, this looks awesome and this would be a great game :)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: amylucio on April 25, 2013, 05:45:58 PM
I'm really excited for this game, I want to test it out!
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Kashi on April 26, 2013, 12:54:33 PM
Count me among the excited crowd! I can't wait for the witty banter again ( I have played all the games at least twice and I spend forever switching between Joey and Rosangela when I can just to hear the different lines).
Of course the new plot twists will be amazing too, I am certain of it. You have my best vibes for this!
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: immosi on May 25, 2013, 10:20:21 AM
"Epiphany will be the last Blackwell game"- I really hope not to hear these words.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Yinsho on July 25, 2013, 03:52:52 AM
I know I'm reviving a bit of an old thread here, but I just now registered on here so I could come and say: The Blackwell games are some of the best adventure games I've played.

I'm playing through Deception right now, and I'm loving everything about it.
Saying this prior to beating Deception, so far Convergence has been my favorite entry. It took so much from the first two games and tied it all together.
And I loved the fact that the Minetta, Joseph Mitchell, and Joe Gould were all real! That caught me off guard in the extras menu, and I had to go look them up to make sure.

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And the Joe Gould painting on the wall! The "real life" painting was taken down from its place in the Minetta. Nobody there seems to know where it is now, so I've decided that Rosa has it.

:( Having only recently learned who Joe Gould is, that makes me frown. I wonder what could have happened to it.

I'm curious, how long does it take to write the story for a game and do you type it as a script or different system?

I'm curious about this too. :3

Sorry for this post being so long, especially for a post bringing a dead thread back to life.
I guess I just created some internet work for Rosa and Joey, huh?  ;D
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on July 25, 2013, 06:42:47 AM
I know I'm reviving a bit of an old thread here, but I just now registered on here so I could come and say: The Blackwell games are some of the best adventure games I've played.

No worries at all! And thanks. :)

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I'm playing through Deception right now, and I'm loving everything about it.
Saying this prior to beating Deception, so far Convergence has been my favorite entry. It took so much from the first two games and tied it all together.
And I loved the fact that the Minetta, Joseph Mitchell, and Joe Gould were all real! That caught me off guard in the extras menu, and I had to go look them up to make sure.

Heh. Gould and Mitchell are fascinating people. I didn't have to do very much to make them interesting. I was obsessed with the book "Joe Gould's Secret" for a long time. There's also movie based on it with Stanley Tucci and Ian Holmes.

Quote from: DaveGilbert
And the Joe Gould painting on the wall! The "real life" painting was taken down from its place in the Minetta. Nobody there seems to know where it is now, so I've decided that Rosa has it.

:( Having only recently learned who Joe Gould is, that makes me frown. I wonder what could have happened to it.

I think the original owner of the place nabbed it before the bar was sold. Nobody working at the bar now seems to even be aware that the painting existed in the first place, which is just sad.

I'm curious, how long does it take to write the story for a game and do you type it as a script or different system?

I'm curious about this too. :3

It always depends! Legacy and Unbound took me about four months each. It's hard to tell how long Convergence took, since I made Emerald City Confidential in the middle of it. Deception took about a year. I've been working on Epiphany full time for about seven months so far. It's about 80% scripted/written. It usually depends on how focused I can be. This year with our baby being born, trying to find a new place, selling our old one, etc - I've been MUCH less focused than usual. :)

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Sorry for this post being so long, especially for a post bringing a dead thread back to life.

Not a problem at all. :)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Yinsho on July 25, 2013, 05:09:19 PM
This year with our baby being born, trying to find a new place, selling our old one, etc - I've been MUCH less focused than usual. :)

Oh, congratulations. :D
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Yinsho on July 27, 2013, 05:16:14 AM
I just finished Deception, and it's not tied with Convergence as my favorite. ;A;
The ending was so great. It was tense, and there was so much going on.
And what gets said right at the very end is a great setup for the next episode.

The only problem I have is that this time, I didn't get a code for any extras menus or anything. The game closed itself after the ending, so I wanted to ask if it was supposed to do that, or if it maybe crashed. Or maybe Deception just doesn't have an extras menu? o3o
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on July 27, 2013, 01:05:00 PM
It does, but it's tied up with the commentary mode. So if you replay the game with commentary on, you'll see all the extras as clickable icons on the screen while you play.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: NicolasBahamondes on July 27, 2013, 11:59:46 PM
It does, but it's tied up with the commentary mode. So if you replay the game with commentary on, you'll see all the extras as clickable icons on the screen while you play.

Sounds like a VALVe Commentary Mode. :F
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Yinsho on July 30, 2013, 05:21:00 PM
It does, but it's tied up with the commentary mode. So if you replay the game with commentary on, you'll see all the extras as clickable icons on the screen while you play.

Oh, okay. Cool. :3 So it's like the commentary mode in Primordia.

Also, my last post was supposed to say that Deception is NOW* time with Convergence for my favorite. :v
I hit the wrong key.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: SirPrimalform on July 31, 2013, 04:48:31 PM
Hey Dave, I was wondering are you sticking with the mixed-resolution thing for Epiphany?

Gemini Rue, Resonance and Primordia run at 320x240(or 320x200) and therefore I can use the x3 scaler to fit them nicely to my screen, but the Blackwell games all run at 640x480 for some reason even though the actual game art is clearly 320x240. This stops me from fitting the games to my screen quite as well because even the x2 scaler is too big (1280x960 is too tall for my monitor) and 640x480 is a bit on the small side.

Also, the mixture of resolutions was pretty jarring in the first three Blackwells (even when it was mostly just the fonts) but having just started Deception I'm finding the high resolution portraits even more jarring. Is this the direction that Epiphany is heading too or is it going to be more like Resonance and Primordia (since they're more recent)?

Sorry if I'm being rude, you obviously have reasons for the resolutions you pick, I'm just curious about the direction Epiphany is headed (the images in the OP of this thread aren't loading for some reason).
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Rissa on August 01, 2013, 08:17:34 AM
You can see more pictures up at the AGS-forum:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=47682.0
Maybe this will already answer your question, SirPrimalform.

Dave, is there a chance that you'll upload these here, too? These pics are just too well done not to show them here at your own place, too! I really like the character portraits, way better than the ones in Deception.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on August 01, 2013, 12:37:35 PM
Funny that those pictures weren't loading here! I adjusted the URLs and they seem to be working now.

I am aware of the "issues" regarding the Deception portraits and we're going low-res this time. :-D Check the first post. And Rissa - you are so right. I should upload them to this forum.
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: SirPrimalform on August 02, 2013, 10:42:47 AM
Ah yeah, it's looking great! I do really like Ben Chandler's sprite work and the portraits and text blend much better now. Not only that but it looks likely I'll be able to play more or less full screen, hooray!
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Sunaia on September 21, 2013, 03:53:39 PM
I would really like to say that I am beyond crazy about the Blackwell games!
I have played them all through within a week and right now (about a month later) I am playing them again. It is a lot of fun to play them twice as you know the (current) story and can relate to the earlier games more easily that way.
They're such interesting games and I just love the storyline and puzzling 'quests' for Rosa! That and the fact that I am ever so amused by the humourous conversations and remarks make these games so great.
Never have I been so keen on a game before!
So when I found out the next one was in the make... I was overjoyed :D
I hope you'll be alright working on this *and* having your baby right now.
And speaking of which, congrats! :)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: ciearams on October 03, 2013, 04:05:09 PM
Any updates? I'm about to pee my pants I'm so excited for Epiphany!! Expected launch date known at all"?
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on October 03, 2013, 04:11:07 PM
Getting there! I've pretty much coded the entire game and I'm mostly waiting on a LOT of art assets. Right now, a huge chunk of it is made with my crappy placeholder art and looks like THIS (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2opg77wqhtr1rje/Screenshot%202013-09-18%2015.44.53.png)! :)

My original estimate of December is probably going to not happen (new baby and all!) so I am estimating... February?  Once I have a better handle on how things are progressing I will announce an official date.

-Dave
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Kashi on October 04, 2013, 08:42:55 AM
Nothing bad with crappy placeholder art.. XD Take your time (babies can be more time consuming than one thinks)! Even though I am eager to play it I also don't want to rush anyone's life out of the window. :)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: dianaincognito on October 04, 2013, 06:24:12 PM
I am a member of STEAM, and have re-purchased the Blackwell game series for the achievements (yes, I am a sucker for those achievements ...  ;) ).  I was really shocked with the visual graphics with Deception.  I loved the game, don't get me wrong --- but really missed the retro pixel-art style of the characters.  Same great voice actors --- but visually, Deception just didn't 'feel' like the same 'Rosa and Joey' anymore with the new look.  In viewing some of the screenshots for Epiphany, I see that you are going BACK to the original look for Rosa and Joey ... hopefully.  Anywho,  thanks, Dave, for a great game series.  Looking forward to Epiphany ---- and hopefully many more to follow in the Blackwell series!

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BELOW IS THE REVIEW I SUBMITTED ON STEAM FOR DECEPTION  (Also left positive reviews for the other 3 games with the obvious exception of the P.S.) :

Really enjoyed the Blackwell game series by Wadjet Eye Games.  There are 4 games in the series with plans for additional sequels, and are point and click adventure games.  They are intentionally created using the retro pixel-art style.  The dialogue and beautiful music give these games that 'film noir' feel to them.  The plots involve both the supernatural and detective drama elements.  The main characters (a medium and a ghost) verbally play off one another in a somewhat campy comical style which fits the characters and games nicely.  (Also recommend playing each game a second time with the commentary on - as the creator, David Gilbert, has some interesting and funny things to say about the game, the voice actors, etc.) 
 
 Highly recommend the Blackwell game series!
 
 P.S.:  On a more personal note, I enjoyed the game (Deception) but was not crazy about the dramatic change in appearance of Rosa and Joey. Much preferred the 'old' look. Same voice actors --- but visually, just doesn't feel like the same 'Rosa and Joey' anymore with the new look.  jmo         
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Sunaia on October 05, 2013, 09:11:55 AM
Personally I think February is very fast concerning you're having a baby!
I have to agree with the person above me, it's not as nice as the other three games but I got used to it and still loving the game nonetheless :)
It's not like it ruined the game for me at all or "didn't feel like Rosa and Joey anymore". It's different yes, but you've got to make do with the money you've got.
I can't wait for the next game! The screenshots look amazing :)
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: Mr_Nabby on November 24, 2013, 01:10:17 PM
"Epiphany will be the last Blackwell game"- I really hope not to hear these words.

I just read the latest newsletter, and it contained a rather disturbing phrase:
"We are still plugging away on the fifth and last Blackwell game."

NOOOOOOO! It can't end yet! We are not ready for it!
Title: Re: Next Blackwell game: Blackwell Epiphany
Post by: DaveGilbert on December 01, 2013, 10:40:16 AM
I'm just as sad as you guys are. Believe me.  :'(

I mentioned this in another post, but the gist of it is that this felt like the most natural place for the story to end. Anything more would just be padding, and I don't want that.