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Release Date(s)! Indiecade! Poster Giveaway! Developer Diary! My Bursting Heart!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

UPDATE: Two things now that we’ve actually been at Indiecade a little bit:

1. To claim your poster, you must visit our booth and tell us the pass phrase in person. Our booth is in Sony’s tent, they’re calling it “The Creators Lounge.”

2. Ben’s showing Kachina in a tent right next to the Creator’s Lounge/check-in tent, not the Firehouse. You can follow him directly for more deets on twitter: @torahhorse

True Believers, bear with me as I enthusiastically hammer this post out in my rush to physically be at Indiecade, rather than writing about it. Everything that we could possibly desire to have happen is happening this week!

RELEASE DATE (it’s 23 OCT 2012):

First, as of 6 AM this morning, Sony has lifted the press embargo on our release date. The Unfinished Swan will be available for download on PSN on October 23rd. PlayStation Plus subscribers can get the game a week early, on October 16th. Sony even has a store page primed and ready!

INDIECADE:

We’ll be at Indiecade all weekend! We’ll be showing The Unfinished Swan in Sony’s pavilion, which will be open the following times:

5 pm – 7 pm Friday, 10/5 (TODAY!!!)

10 am – 7 pm Saturday, 10/6 (Tomorrow!)

12 pm – 5 pm Sunday, 10/7 (The distant future.)

We will be stopping by over the course of the weekend– consider this our “home base” at Indiecade. This will also be the location of our giveaway, which brings me to my next point!

POSTER GIVEAWAY:

Indiecade would not be complete without swag schwag presents. If you remember way back in 2009, we spent a morning throwing a bunch of paint around an undisclosed location. That was only the first time we did that. At a later date, with great experimental rigor, we decamped to another secret location and dropped paint onto a series of poster boards, in effect creating giant slides of reference splats. These slides were later photographed, scanned, and used as source material for the splats in the game throughout Unfinished Swan‘s development.

A very limited number of these survived, and we’ve turned them into signed and framed posters (see above). We’ll be giving one away every half hour to the first person who tells us the day’s pass phrase that we announce on twitter through the @GiantSparrow account.

Thank you to the handsome and talented Joshua Beeler, Cory Davis, and Julius Edraisa for modeling the poster for us.

DEVELOPER DIARY:

Sony filmed a series of these Developer Diaries with us, they offer a unique perspective into the development of the game. If you’re not a fan of the PlayStation Blog, you can check out the first one on Youtube (or here):

That’s all for now, we hope to see you at Indiecade!

-Max (@MaxGeiger)

PS.

I lied. That was not all. I almost forgot that Giant Sparrow’s level designer extraordinaire, Benjamin Esposito (@torahhorse), has a personal game at Indiecade. He’ll be showing his game, Kachina, in the firestation (edit: Ben’s actually showing Kachina with the other games by the main checkin area) with all the other Official Selections. Check it out!

Holiday Splat Cards!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

While we were cleaning up the office recently we found a cache of splattery holiday cards we made last Winter.

One of the challenges of being a tiny developer is finding cool ways to get our game out there. Especially when we don’t have a game we can talk much about yet. The holidays seemed like a good time to remind people that we were still alive and working and we also wanted to create a cool memento for our game.

We painted the cards in batches, which was messy and ruined quite a few cards in each batch. Then we all sat around for a few hours cutting out swans with Xacto knives. Which means each card is a little shoddy, but in their own special way. It took a few attempts to get them right and we wound up with some mutant swan cards, but we did get into the swing of it pretty quickly.

We probably spent too much time making these but any time we’re throwing paint around counts as good research. A few late evenings and repeated visits to local craft stores (which are their own special circle of hell during the holidays) seems like a small price to pay for the army of paper swans now decorating our cubicles.

Having found these extras nearly mid-way through 2010, it seems kind of silly to keep them around. The holiday season 2009-2010 isn’t getting any closer. But they are well made (if we say so ourselves) and we’d like to share them with you.

If you want one of these cards just be the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th, or 11th person to e-mail us with a valid postal address contests@giantsparrow.com and we’ll send you one.

Update:

The contest is now closed, thanks for mailing in everybody– you’ll get your cards just as soon as the postman drags them off.