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Fade to Silence

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Black Forest Games
Release Date: 2018

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'Fade to Silence' (ALL) Early Access Update Adds New Follower, Region, Monster, Social Events - Screens

by Rainier on June 22, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m. PDT

In Fade to Silence you take the role of Ash, a natural but tormented leader. In that role you explore a post-apocalyptic, frozen wasteland to gather the resources necessary to establish a refuge for survival.

As the player you take the role of Ash, a natural but tormented leader. In that role you explore a post-apocalyptic, frozen wasteland to gather the resources necessary to establish a refuge for survival. With dwindling resources, simple tasks like upgrading equipment and collecting materials quickly require an expedition to scavenge the necessary items. In the search for survival materials, players must navigate a vast territory, in which they will encounter Eldritch monsters and an even greater foe: the unrelenting winter. While freezing temperatures constantly take their toll on the player Ash, the deadliest event is that of a blizzard. If caught by surprise, it takes every ounce of skill, determination and luck to survive.

In order to survive and overcome all challenges, the player needs to attract followers, bringing them into thei refuge. Each individual skillset and character traits grants access to higher tier resources and gear. Without such advances, the player character can scavenge only the barest necessities, crafting makeshift tools and weapons.


Fade to Silence's biggest update so far - "Guilt" is here.

Introducing a new follower, a new region to explore and a new kind of monster plus new social events, that will spice up how you deal with your followers and their problems - tough decisions ahead, survivor!

New Content and Features

The Glare and Shuttle
The new region, featuring an icy ravine leading up to a broken dam is now open for exploration. You can reach it via The Pit.

Introducing „The Feeder” – the bigger brother of the Crusher!
Vicious, slow and deadly. The Feeder has a tongue that darts out of the maw in its underbelly. On impact, it drags you back to the feeder – into the perfect position for its devastating attack.

Introducing Issa – The Sniper – new follower
Always armed and ready to hunt, Issa enjoys the thrill of the chase. She doesn’t give up until she gets what she wants. Issa only makes an enemy if she knows it will gain her a valuable friend...or lover. Issa laughs easily, but her smile rarely reaches her eyes. She is likelier to join if you have other people with you as tracks of your other followers may lead her to your camp.

Game-Over Cutscene
You lost all your precious lives? Now we show you what happens to Ash once The Inner Voice eventually claims him.

Reverse Finishers II
Dying is now more fun. Because the new finisher animations for all the monsters are now in. Go ahead. Try it. It’s fun.

Social Events & Leadership
The first batch of social events that occur in your camp and force you to make tough decisions. As your followers’ worldviews warped by the eternal winter clash, you must manage the intricate relationships for the sake of your camp. Each decision you’ll be forced to make will have an outcome and impact the overall morale of your followers. Do you dare to choose between them? Keep in mind that not doing anything is the worst you could do but if a follower decides to leave... That’s a burden on your camp, but a blessing on your resources?

Base management
The “Feast” hut upgrade has been implemented. This upgrade has a significant upfront cost and will raise the morale of your followers every hour for 24 hours, as well as keep them warm and fed for free for the duration.

Changes

New Claiming mechanic
We have changed the way gathering areas work: Once you approach a new resource area, the game will tell you that you have discovered it. From that moment on, it will show on your map. Depending on the type, the game will also tell you the necessary tasks to claim it (such as „hitting a deer with an arrow“). Once you claimed the resource, followers can be assigned to it by using the map, the overview screen, or by using the radial menu option within the gathering area.
Your followers will continue to gather resources until an area is depleted. In these cases, they will return to camp for rest. Once rested, they will be auto-assigned a task, or you can assign them their new job.
In your map & compass, an area that is not claimed will be displayed by a yellow star under the resource type icon. Once claimed, the icon is a blue diamond. If the area has no more resources left, the icon is transparent, and the area is no longer accessible to you or your followers.
This has no adverse effect in your existing games, as areas you have already visited will now be auto-claimed.

Combat Improvements
Following your feedback, we have done the following changes and fixes to the combat mechanics and the Spitters:

  • We have decreased the Stamina required to perform a dodge/roll. You can roll four times in a row now and have a smaller delay before Stamina regeneration starts.
  • The player will now get up faster after being knocked down to avoid follow-up attacks that would hit him otherwise. In the same vein, player control over the character during the get-up animation is also given tot he player earlier.
  • Fixed multiple issues where dodging while locked on a monster would make the player roll towards another monster.
  • Fixed and revised the conditions such as max and min range where auto-lock could engage and disengage.
  • Fixed the orientation of the player when auto-locked and after disengaging from an enemy.
  • Revised monsters‘ leash distances to the way they should be such as suiciding Spitters following you longer and larger monsters breaking their leashes sooner.
  • Spitters now have a better telegraph and shorter invulnerability period when engaging their suicide mode, making them easier to avoid. This makes the Spitter less deadly by allowing a single attack in a chain to go through before detonating them on a hit. This way, you can react more efficiently with a dodge or a counter.
  • Spitters projectiles are no longer homing to the player characters, their hitboxes and damage rates have been rebalanced.
  • We implemented an audio cue to warn the player that he is out of Stamina in addition to the visual effects.
  • Revised monster placement in the world for a better balance between challenge and reward.
  • Fixed issues where players using the mouse and keyboard would suffer from artificial lags resulting in weird camera and/or character movement making fights harder.
  • Revised Armor benefits provided crafted armor for players and followers to make them more resilient
  • Optimized Physics code and other optimizations
  • We implemented new physics code in addition to other optimizations to bring up the overall game performance. Optimizations will be ongoing targeting the best possible balance between gameplay and visual quality, prioritizing gameplay.
  • With the new physics code, there is less strain on the CPU for calculations, and it helps avoid most „getting stuck“ issues on the player character.
  • We have also optimized to use the GPU resources more efficiently. Multiple areas of the visual side of the game such as lighting, models, etc. have received optimizations.

BUG FIXES and Minor changes:

  • Fixed various issues where weather conditions and game mood weren’t reset appropriately in different cases of deaths.
  • Fixed multiple crash issues.
  • We have fixed various bugs regarding in our UI for better usability and polish.
  • We have updated some UI icons for better legibility.
  • Overall quality and stability pass on game events.
  • Many points of interests have been re-balanced in regards to location, loot, and stability.
  • The Inner Vision feature received multiple stability fixes, such as destroying the outlines properly, a range rebalancing, color-coding review, etc.
  • Saving checkpoints have received stability fixes.
  • Polished and revised navigation paths for followers in event locations.
  • Fixed many instances of invisible monsters.
  • Fixed many cases of hero or followers clipping or falling through the world.
  • Fixed many cases in which hero could get stuck between objects.
  • Fixed many instances of wrong sled placement.
  • Revised the tutorial fight difficulty by lowering exploding corruption bulb radius, damage, and the aggressiveness of the first monster.
  • Fixed multiple instances of HUD messages displaying too fast in order.
  • Fixed many instances in the UI where the mouse or the gamepad would lose focus.
  • Fixed issues with the tornado physics, and other various bugs in relation tot he player dying in a tornado.
  • Fixed many instances where calling the sled would result in erratic behavior.

KNOWN ISSUES:

  • In rare cases, Rhys may glitch. If you see his corpse in your camp’s social area, resurrect him. He will display some erratic behavior, and may not correctly join your expedition when told to do so. You can work around this issue by sending him off to work manually by assigning a gathering task to him via the Overview menu. Once you dismiss him and add him in your expedition, he should behave normally.
  • The game crashes after changing the Playback Devices settings while the game is running in the background.
  • The character may remain stuck inside the train tracks after crashing the sled into the Crusher.
  • Monsters from Jin's recruitment event may be missing in the Forestland Resort but does not prevent the event from being completed.
  • In rare cases where the character may fall in front of the sled, the character can be placed outside of the playable area when crashing the sled against the tunnel walls in rare cases.
  • A crash occurs on a new game after reaching the Game Over screen while overview tab is open
  • A follower is missing when restarting the game immediately after recruiting him.
  • The player character is misaligned during the (blue) Ice Crusher finisher.
  • In particular hardware configurations, having too many buildings may cause an FPS drop.
  • In rare cases, the game may crash after the Wolf recruitment scene in the Flats outpost.
  • In rare cases, a lens flare may remain after the hero dies during totem cleansing.
  • If the player hard quits the game via ALT-F4 in between dialogs during events, last visible event state will not be saved. Always see the saving icon before quitting.
  • The game crashes in RX 480 OC video card machines, especially using older drivers. After updating the drivers, the crash is 10% likely to happen.

“You’re glad to have found wood; for once, you’ll have a roaring fire in the camp. As your sled wolves race home, you pay no attention to the strange lights in the forest. You’ve done enough for today.

The wind suddenly picks up - a blizzard is moving in fast. The voice in your head dares you to keep going,”Come on! You have plenty of time to make it back.” You doubt it, but stopping now means you need to build a shelter—out of that precious wood. The snow begins to fall; you have only a moment to decide. Should you risk it and keep going, or do you play it safe but lose your firewood?”

Fade to Silence introduces the many dynamics of a harsh winter climate to a complex, character-driven, group survival experience. The dynamic weather system adds to the immersion of survival in a cold, corrupted world. Survival depends on how well the players read weather patterns, and if they come to the right conclusion - look for shelter or press home. The dynamic snow displacement leaves a realistic path by both player character and NPC. This telltale sign will tell you regions where it is good to hunt and regions where monsters are roaming.

“You’re out hunting. The barren, snow-filled landscape is endless and unrelenting. A Ripper comes out of nowhere, and you fight it off, narrowly dodging its gigantic claws.

Then you see it: a distant fire. Another person? Impossible. But there’s a strange noise—a voice? Wild hope sears your heart; you won’t be alone anymore. The voice in your head steps in, discouraging you from investigating. “Anyone living must have done terrible things to survive”, it says. You quiet the voice, defying it this time, and move in closer. Another person could help you rebuild, gather food, harvest deer. You see someone—yes! Someone else is out here. Then, you hear a scream. But you hesitate. How can you trust them? Another scream, desperate. There’s only one way to find out.”

Key Features:

  • Explore a vast winter landscape: The launch version lets you explore a river delta, a dense forest region and cultivated farmland of an 8km² area.
  • Wolf Sled Expeditions: Pack your sled, take a follower with you and engage in long term expeditions into the farthest regions.
  • Fight System: Tiered weapon system, melee and ranged combat.
  • Moral choices: Save and recruit various NPCs to join your group. Harsh choices have to be made; who do you take, who do you leave behind.
  • Battle increasingly dangerous Eldritch creatures that roam an apocalyptic world.
  • Trust your inner voice. It is your friend.

Fade to Silence is currently in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, scheduled for launch in August 2018.


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