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Heat Signature will be out on Steam 21st of September 2017! At time of writing, that’s Thursday of next week. It’s for Windows PCs, other platforms will depend on how this one goes.
We don’t do pre-order bonuses because I don’t want to pressure you to buy before reviews are out. But I am super grateful to those who buy at launch, because our whole future depends on how we do that first week. So we’re doing a few special things to celebrate it and thank those of you who are joining us:
For the first two weeks, there’s a ship carrying a unique weapon passing through the galaxy. It’s called the Everything Gun, and if you steal it, you’ll also unlock it as a random drop in this and all your future games. More info below.
Heat Signature is all about the stories that emerge from what you get up to in game, not our pre-written lore. So for Steam Trading Cards, we want them to be about your stories. We want to see GIFs or short videos of crazy situations you’ve got into or clever tricks you’ve discovered, and we’ll turn the best into trading cards with your name on! You’ll have the strange sensation of being traded, sold, and perhaps broken down to make a badge. More info below.
How do I find the shipment?
You’ll come across it randomly (about every 30 secs) as you fly around, quite frequently, and you’ll know it by a big golden light flashing on it, like in the video.
Does this mean I have to be online to play?
Haha, God no. It’s a single player game and we’re not assholes. This is just a bit of fun.
What happens if I board the ship but fail?
That’s fine! The ship will still be flying around until the date it’s due to leave, so you’ve got as many chances as you like, with whatever characters you like.
What if I buy the game after the date the shipment leaves?
Same, you won’t get the Everything Gun, and it won’t drop randomly for you.
If miss out, will it ever return?
Yes, though we haven’t planned when exactly.
Is the ship hard?
Nope! See the video.
What kind of clips are you looking for?
– Clever or ridiculous: my favourite are ‘I was in this impossible situation and here’s the mad thing I tried to solve it’
– Less than 1 minute in length, preferably less than 30 secs.
– GIF, GFY or very short YouTube clip. You can also link to a particular timestamp in a longer YouTube or Twitch vid if you like
– Cut, or link, straight to the good bit, or at most a few seconds before. No lead-in – if it needs that it’s probably not what we’re after.
– Tell us in the Tweet what is happening, as best you can in the character limit.
How do I submit one?
On Twitter! But!
– Do it as a normal tweet, not a reply to us – we’d like people who don’t already follow us to see it. That means don’t start your tweet with @HeatSig.
– Instead, mention @HeatSig at the end! You can say something like “I just did X in @HeatSig [link]” – that way we’ll see it.
– Upload or link your clip, obviously. GIFs uploaded direct to Twitter are the coolest, but I know they’re more hassle to make and if they’re more than a few seconds they won’t fit in Twitter’s 7Mb, so links are fine.
I just used a Glitchtrap to teleport a body into space and then Swapped with it to escape the ship in @HeatSig https://youtu.be/zGRddCgdKPQ
What’s the deadline?
We’ll start looking at entries September 28th, but we’ll keep accepting them until we have enough that we love!
How will I know if I’m picked?
We’ll reply to you on Twitter.
How will I be credited on the Trading Card?
We’d like to make the title of the card your name, but!
– If you prefer an alias we can do that (caveat below).
– If you’d rather we used the name of the character you were playing at the time we’re very happy do that (we can still credit your real name in the description or not, your choice).
– If we’re using your name or an alias it’ll be subject to our approval: we don’t want anything that is or sounds like a joke name or something that’ll clash with the fiction.
– We can discuss this if you’re picked.
The description on the card will probably be our summary of your cool moment.
How do I capture videos or GIFs?
If your PC has an nVidia card I like nVidia ShadowPlay. It’s included in the GeForce Experience (unfortunately you have to make an nVidia account) and you can set it up to always be recording, then hit a key to have it save the last 5 minutes. Amazingly it seems to have almost no performance impact. That’s what I do.
Otherwise, OBS is your best bet. You’ll want to go to Settings > Broadcast Settings > Mode > File Output Only to make it save to disk instead of streaming live. I think it can do a similar always-recording thing but I haven’t used it for that myself.
For editing, I like Avidemux.
For sharing, I suggest YouTube. In theory it’s possible to upload videos straight to Twitter but it’s never worked for gameplay videos for me.
To make GIFs, first make a video as above, then I recommend GIFCam for capturing the bit you want.
You just watch your video back and put GIFcam on top of it and hit Record. I’d say 16 fps is good enough for this, and you’ll need the file size to be under 7MB to upload it on Twitter, which is the best way.
Failing that, you can upload small videos to GFYCat and it’ll both GIF them and GFY them – GFYs are better quality equivalent of GIFs, but they don’t embed natively in Twitter.
Your Mom: Good thing I signed up for the mailing list. You remember, the mailing list that hasn't posted a single email? I have to get my update via a youtube subscription date? Dude, what the fuck?
Your Mom: Dude make a special edition or something i'll buy the hell out of it.
Tangent: Any news about the price or when it will go on sale?
Faried: How much work is it to port to other platforms? I'll gladly buy it when it ships, but I don't have a Windows computer to play games on.
DrCryllus: I am unable to get Shadowplay working on Heat Signature Beta- unless that will be added in full version. Also, can/will my progress be carried over from beta to final?
Paperboy64: Very excited for the launch!
Cornelius Razzmatazz: I made myself a Heat Signature name.
Andi: I literally followed your Twitter yesterday and today you set a release date. I don't know about you guys but I think I've got a mutant power. I'm going to follow Gabe Newell now. You can thank me later.
Rafael ‘Metalbear’: Hey Tom and gang,
I run a Youtube channel in Brazilian Portuguese (www.youtube.com/shardikmetalbear), with over 58k subs and 700k monthly views. I would like a press code to try out your game, Heat Signature, so I can feature it in my channel. I loved Gunpoint, and have been following Heat Signature since announced, so I'm very excited to play it and show it to my subs.
If you provide embargoed pre-release keys, be sure I'll respect the specified date.
I focus on strategy, puzzle and managment games, and lately I've been trying to get some different / less known games that get my attention so people can hear about them. I think that a lot of my demographics would be interested in a game like yours. Hope to hear from you!
Thanks in advance,
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Zoey: I'm going to be in the hospital for the release week. I'll never get that everything gun :(
fourthdwarf: This looks fantastic, but, no tux no bux. How can I support a Linux version of this game?
Anonymous: I am so excited for Heat Signature!
One issue though is that I participated in one of the Betas so I already have HeatSig in my library and weird things happen when I try to wishlist it. I believe I can also review it already even though it isn't out yet.
My steam profile can be found at http://shauncheah.com (it's a redirect) if you'd like to investigate.
Shaun Cheah: Zoey, one thing you could try is to change your steam login credentials before you leave for hospital and then let someone else use the account to get the Everything Gun. Then when you're back to good health you just change the info back. =D
Jonatan: Hello Tom, The game seems cool and I will buy it.
But why your does whole future depend on the sales of the first week?
ND Geek: What is the "Supporter" DLC? It says it includes everything available to "supporters"...is this separate from the gun unlock?
I'll be buying the game shortly, including the DLC, just wondering what I get.
ND Geek: Nevermind...I see that there is now a "Supporter" edition.
Shaun Cheah: I'm just about to launch the game and I'm anticipating some sort of "Reset Stations" button like the "Reset Outposts" button in the Fars Cry, but if Tom has already implemented it in-universe as a sort of "Fast forward a hundred years to when our freedom-loving republic has turned into a tyrannical empire so now go and start the cycle all over again" then holy shit, wow, best game ever just got even better.
Anonymous: I agree with fourthdwarf. Linux support would be great. More info on how or if it is possible would be nice.