Letting off some…

Today, LONE SURVIVOR is coming out on Steam, for Mac and PC.

It’s normally priced at $9.99 / £6.99, but it’s 20% off for the first week!

So if Steam’s your platform of choice, and you’ve been waiting for news, or just for the first official sale – well, here it is!

Now, the other thing that’s special about this release of the game, is that it’s NOT LONE SURVIVOR.

That’s right!

It’s LONE SURVIVOR v1.1 CODENAME: RED!

What does this mean???

It means:

  • Allows ESC to quit from the title screen or game over screen
  • Hunger increases 10% slower
  • Stealth movement 10% faster
  • Thinman patrol pause shortened
  • Red ending ‘officially’ added (although will be extended in LS:YELLOW later in the year)
  • Red ending requirements changed
  • Blue / red path ranks made more difficult
  • A few more contributing factors added
  • A new logo and icon
  • Tweaked art in the basement / ground floor to remove pure black pixels
  • Removed glitchy pixels from the side of the ammo store
  • Tin of pickles now has a description
  • Elevator upstairs gives message if powered
  • Save game is cleaned up: all traces of the old system removed
  • Save game no longer creates a Flash Shared Object except for volume settings
  • Numerous typos corrected
  • ??? won’t trade unless you’ve met him
  • ???’s name only appears once you’ve met him
  • Map hints disabled if not carrying the correct map
  • Some small, secret mechanic changes, mostly fixes
  • Some re-balancing to mental health-dependent descriptions
  • Can opener room door made a tiny bit clearer
  • The cat works

  • And these things are fixed:

  • Mac black screen issue no longer an issue
  • Panic attacks disabled in the boss sequence (which could rarely cause a corrupted save)
  • Fixed bug where it was possible to re-trigger the elevator sequence
  • Fixed bug with text boxes not reverting to interactive mode on game completion
  • Fundamental engine changes in cutscene / dialogue handling:
  • All world and object descriptions now have the player non-interactive
  • Last-resort freeze check & correct for scripts that don’t return control
  • Tweaks to the way sprites allow player interaction when simulating hotspots (solves the freezes related to positioning)
  • Cat / doll / stove / Gamejoy / bucket / hospital door freezes fixed by the above methods
  • Rare slowdown issue fixed (related to AIR system chrome setting, now disabled)

  • First Aid Edition Limited Run

    I’d also like to announce that I’m winding down the First Aid Edition.  It’s coming close to 200 purchases, which after tax, fees and so on gives me a good chunk of time to work on freeware work.

    So I’ve decided to make it a limited edition run of 200.  The game will be removed for sale after that.

    My reason is that it looks as if the game will enter profit now, and I don’t want to be greedy and ask more money than I need to survive.  I really appreciate all the support the First Aid customers have shown, so thankyou to each and every one of you.

    One of the things I plan to do with this time is to flesh out LS3D a bit more, and release it to the public as freeware.

    I’ll print 250 art cards in the next couple of weeks, and sign and mail the 200 out, keeping the others back for special occasions and replacements for lost ones.

    And finally…

    I just wanted to say thankyou to everyone for playing the game and sharing your thoughts.  It’s been so great to hear from you all, in blogs, comments, emails and so on.  I’m so glad people seem to like the game and I keep being surprised at the reviews and things that come in.

    - Jasper

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    • Comments (53)
    1. avatar
      • TechSpce
      • June 28th, 2012

      Dear Jasper,

      Hey, I represent TechSpce.com. I wanted to get in contact with you to see if I could maybe set up an interview, but I could not find an email to reach you at, so here I am leaving a comment. Anywho, if you read this comment and are interested in talking, reach me at lucas@TechSpce.com

      Thanks,
      - Lucas H.

    2. avatar
      • Wren
      • June 20th, 2012

      Love this game! One thing that made this so awesome for me was the MUSIC. especially the music that plays in your apartment. Great job on setting the mood with that.

      One nitpick though: When the monsters kill the player they should eat him or drag his body off the screen or do SOMETHING! Having them just stand there doesn’t look too..scary. In fact it looks dumb. Like those retro games with a time limit where you just fall off the screen for no apparent reason when the time runs out, instead of whatever terrible thing you were expecting to happen (like an invincible ghost showing up) and then the time limit doesn’t seem so threatening anymore.

      ANYway. Hope you’ll do another, longer, game in the same style!

    3. avatar

      This is a great post, thanks!

    4. avatar
      • Scott Vrakis
      • May 14th, 2012

      Will Lone Survivor be receiving any (more) updates than newer endings? Newer items? features? Characters?

    5. avatar
      • Dadou
      • May 5th, 2012

      @Joshua
      How about, you know, the DAMN + and – KEYS????

    6. avatar
      • Joshua
      • May 3rd, 2012

      @Dadou
      If there is a volume control, it is not mentioned in the control list, nor has it responded to any button I have pressed. If you are going to make a statement like that, how about not being an ass and SAY WHAT IT IS.

    7. avatar
      • Dadou
      • May 3rd, 2012

      There is already a volume control in the game -_-

    8. avatar
      • Joshua
      • May 3rd, 2012

      Please add a volume control. My friend bought me a copy of this, so that we could play it together while in Steam chat. The game sound is too loud. I cannot hear what my friend is saying!

    9. avatar
      • Kizagui
      • May 1st, 2012

      I loved this game,
      I only wished it was longer, but it was the best game I’ve played in a while.
      Hope you make more.

    10. avatar
      • breakfastsquid
      • April 26th, 2012

      sweet! 10/10 great game will play again.

    11. avatar

      Ok Steam keys will definitely be possible, and I have set up the new email address. I just need to find a suitable way to provide the DRM-free alternative, and I’m looking into several alternatives there. As soon as I have that last piece of the puzzle, I’ll announce the email address and what to put in the subject line to get your chosen version. You’ll just need your order number handy.

      Thanks again for your patience with this.

      Jasper

    12. avatar
      • Ahmad
      • April 25th, 2012

      Steam key is A-Okay :D I’m glad to see you happy with the reception the game had.. I bet you are so proud of your masterpiece as you deserve to be.
      Cheers,

    13. avatar
      • Owen S
      • April 25th, 2012

      May I humbly suggest looking into something like what Puppygames has installed (http://www.puppygames.net/steam/) if you’re still looking for a way to distribute the Steam keys? Not entirely sure as to how it works but it might be worth a shot. :)

    14. avatar
      • Luis Botello – Omegathousand
      • April 25th, 2012

      Thank’s for your hard work jasper you’ve created a masterpiece, now I’m waiting the update or the steam key (I bought the game like 2 weeks ago) but I’m more excited to hear you have the funds for your new project… I can’t wait!!!!

    15. avatar
      • Superflat
      • April 25th, 2012

      Thanks it may not be as far off as you guys think – its just that, as always, I feel it’s better to only announce something when it’s 100% confirmed and all the potential questions have answers! Hence the very long last post, above.

    16. avatar

      You know, when I saw this was on steam, my first emotion wasn’t positive. I desperately looked for a CD Key in my FastSpring emails so I could claim my copy on steam (if it’s not on my steam account, I forget I own it). After my search failed, I wandered to this website feeling pretty cheated until I read the top news article. I definitely appreciate the honesty. I think any consumer does more than any business, big or small, realizes. I can appreciate the massive load of effort that you are undertaking Jasper, and I thank you for working to help us early adopters out.

      I came here expecting the same old run around, and now I’m more than happy to wait. Don’t rush on my account and thanks for working so hard to help us!

      p.s. I would definitely be A-Okay with a steam key :D

    17. avatar
      • TheLastBaron
      • April 24th, 2012

      This is re-assuring, I looked on steam today and was a bit annoyed but my friend linked me here and now I am happy, Steam key would be awesome :D

    18. avatar
      • Flingbatter
      • April 24th, 2012

      @ScorpionWasp
      He was referencing how the ending is in the game now, but will be expanded upon in the Yellow update which is coming at some point in the future. After the yellow update, the Red ending will be finalized, hence the quotes around “officially”.

    19. avatar
      • Alex
      • April 24th, 2012

      Good news, buying now.

    20. avatar
      • sam
      • April 24th, 2012

      I say this again, this game is awesome, really, I don’t mind waiting as long as I’m sure I will play the new update, which I know I will. I’m happy to know that one of my favourite games is having a lot of success. Keep up the good work, your fans will be waiting patiently for anything new. Good day.

    21. avatar
      • Tennou
      • April 24th, 2012

      I want and additional steam key to my direct buy :C
      Pretty please! ;__;

    22. avatar
      • Eric
      • April 24th, 2012

      Take your time, Jasper! I’m a huge fan of the game (bought the First Aid Edition) and am very happy to hear that it’s about to pay for itself :)

    23. avatar
      • Justin
      • April 24th, 2012

      @Outsiplou
      Seconded. I like my ridiculous Steam game list, but I bought Legend of Grimrock twice because the game is worth the money and I had already bought it on GoG.

    24. avatar
      • Justin
      • April 24th, 2012

      Awesome. Good news indeed. I like all my games being in one place. Truth be told, if you hadn’t done this, when I got some extra change, I would have rebought your game. It’s a fantastic experience and I can’t tell enough people about this. So few devs deserve this type of attention because they turn out junk and call it games. INDIE DEVELOPMENT FOREVER!

    25. avatar
      • Bryce
      • April 24th, 2012

      Take your time with the steam keys, I’m really happy you got on Steam so more people can experience this game. I look forward to Giant Bomb’s coverage.

    26. avatar
      • Malek86
      • April 24th, 2012

      Congrats on getting the game on Steam! And I’ll say, their Top 10 is looking pretty nifty right now…

      I’ll wait patiently for our update. In the meantime, I’ve already told all my friends to check it out on Steam. They always complain that survival horrors today are bad, so I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised.

    27. avatar
      • Dadou
      • April 24th, 2012

      Do GOG and I’m buying it a fourth time, it’s a promise :P
      And moar updates, yay!

    28. avatar

      @ScorpionWasp

      Yes! It’s always been there, now it’s just clearer.

      @everyone

      Thanks for the support, I’ll definitely bring the game to GOG if they’re interested. I am also looking at other store-fronts, which support updates, so more news on that very soon.

      Also, I’m adding a new section to this blog post with more details about how I’m going to make the update happen…

    29. avatar

      For a moment I was freaking out that my pre order would be punished but its a great experience and I’m happy yto wait for our lovely pre-order goodness and whatnot.

    30. avatar
      • John
      • April 24th, 2012

      Congrats! I hope sales continue to exceed expectations, you deserve it!

    31. avatar
      • Dadou
      • April 24th, 2012

      Yeah GOG is another GREAT alternative you could go for :D

    32. avatar
      • Outsiplou
      • April 24th, 2012

      You really should submit your game to GOG.com. This way, you keep the drm-free aspect for people who are not fond of steam, you get another distribution channeland and don’t have to care so much updates (like the last update of Legend Of Grimrock which is already available on GOG).

    33. avatar
      • ScorpionWasp
      • April 24th, 2012

      “Red ending ‘officially’ added”

      Does that mean it was already included in the original to begin with? 0_0

    34. avatar
      • Dadou
      • April 24th, 2012

      And you’ve convinced me, I just bought the First Aid edition, looking forward to those art prints!

    35. avatar

      hey Jasper, congratulations on getting it released on steam you and teh game really deserved that. Good to hear the First Aid is selling well. About the update: i could wait and i think its important that u dont rush this and end up with opening the pirates all doors. Keep up the great work and im proud that i have supported the game on day 1 :)

    36. avatar
      • Antsch
      • April 24th, 2012

      Uugh, couldn’t wait and bought this a few days ago… And now comes the Steam announcement… :/ Always wanted this to be on Steam, HOPEFULLY those who bought the game earlier will get the keys mailed… *_*

    37. avatar
      • Stephan
      • April 24th, 2012

      It would be great, if I would get a steam key for this awesome game!

      Best Regards from Germany!

      Stephan

    38. avatar
      • David Goodis
      • April 24th, 2012

      Same for me, I bought on day 1 and a steam key would be perfect (if I can reuse my save file ?)

      I will be waiting for it.

      頑張れ!

    39. avatar
      • Dadou
      • April 24th, 2012

      Awesome!
      But you know what?
      Screw Steam keys, I just bought the game again :P

    40. avatar
      • Armando Perales
      • April 24th, 2012

      I think Steam keys would work perfectly! Hopefully it passes. Steam is my choice of platform

    41. avatar
      • Robert
      • April 24th, 2012

      Congratulations on getting it out on Steam! I was going to hold out till Steam got it but I just couldn’t wait. I hope you’re able to get those keys for the ones that bought it beforehand but no rush! Thank you for the great game!

    42. avatar
      • Folca
      • April 24th, 2012

      Will Lone Survivor be available on GOG.com any time soon?

    43. avatar
      • EnthalpyFlow
      • April 23rd, 2012

      Supporting devs like you makes me feel really good. Such a great job. COngratulations and thank you so much :)

    44. avatar
      • Lucas
      • April 23rd, 2012

      I saw somewhere that devs can get as many keys as they want for their games. Anyway, your game is awesome and i bought it on day one, really hope there is someway to get steam key. (:

    45. avatar
      • Andrew
      • April 23rd, 2012

      Couldn’t wait to see the new content so I bought another copy on Steam, if keys come about I will be really happy, because then my girlfriend can play it / fear quit after 5 minutes.

    46. avatar
      • Sefam
      • April 23rd, 2012

      Yeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaa!!!

      Finally on Steam! Cheers Jasper!

      Also bought it for a friend, it’s his birthday today.

    47. avatar
      • Jimmy James
      • April 23rd, 2012

      Thanks for looking in to getting Steam keys for those of us that got it directly. I am really enjoying the soundtrack, though. Definitely worth it!

    48. avatar
      • RandomPixel
      • April 23rd, 2012

      Really liking the initiative.

      Is it possible to play the version you downloaded trough steam without launching the Steam client tho?

    49. avatar

      Don’t worry, I haven’t stopped working for several months, and I won’t until everyone has their updates! :)

    50. avatar
      • Sylvan
      • April 23rd, 2012

      I actually came here looking for the possibility of a steam key for previous purchasers. The fact that the Steam version is a newer update it makes me that much more excited about it. If you can work out the details a key would definitely be most appreciated.

    51. avatar
      • Botcher
      • April 23rd, 2012

      I really hope you roll out the steam keys. If not, I’ll just end up buying your game twice. >.>

    52. avatar

      A Steam key will be perfect, thanks. And please, keep up the good work! =)

    53. avatar
      • ognissanti
      • April 23rd, 2012

      Awesome, waiting for the red release to non steam users.

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