Thanks so much to all the contestants! Your work is lovely, and it is all proudly hanging by Sarah’s desk
Everyone will be getting an official BFG Tshirt as a reward!
The top 3: Yun Seokho, Anastasiya Peskova and Sara Litke will be getting an official BFG Shirt and Messenger Bag
Winner: Sara Litke will be recieving the shirt, bag, and a printed canvas of her artwork signed by us, another will be hung proudly in our office.
After making it to XBLA we took a few moments to celebrate with our company BBQ and live show, but we quickly got back on track and are now fully submerged in the PS3 port. We are still in the submission process with Sony but our release date is aimed for April, once that is finished, we will dive head-first into the Wii U port.
The XBLA release has given us a pretty steady wave of new fans, especially in our online communities. Thanks to you guys we are even #2 in the top 10 German XBLA marketplace. Our retail PC version releases today, and is available for order on Amazon, and should be on the shelves any time now in Germany, Switzerland, Russia, France and US. There may be more countries in the future, but that of course is decided by our publisher.
In Germany, Easter weekend means this Friday and Monday will be holidays, same goes for most of the EU but not for the US, who only gets Good Friday in most states. Just a heads up, our office will be closed from 7pm CET tonight to Tuesday morning, when normal office hours will occur. This means that you will get an out of office message when messaging the backer e-mail, but if there is some kind of backer emergency, you can always PM BFGEm on the forums to get an answer, because she has no life and always has time to solve backer problems.(She’s me.) For any bug issues, or just general questions regarding the game, go ahead and check in to the forums. Many of our team members like to hang out in the forums and if over the weekend you get a lot of playing done and want some feedback or to start a discussion regarding the XBLA version, feel free to join us in the forums.
Our art contest is still in full-swing, and voting opens on our facebook page on March 31st! For more details, just scroll down a little bit to view the detailed post
We hope you all have a great Easter Weekend, and that you’ll at least get a few moments of sunshine. Eat lots of chocolate, find lots of eggs, and we’ll see you all on Tuesday.
Your BFG Team.
We got through Microsoft’s submission process and Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams has a final release date! You’ll be able to buy it world-wide NEXT WEDNESDAY, March 20th, 2013 on XBOX LIVE ARCADE. The DVD-Edition will follow a week later and PSN in April. So tell us: how cool is that?
Don’t forget to celebrate with us the day after release, March 21st at 7pm CET on the BFG Live-Show. Tell us what you think so far of the game on x-box, hang out with the team, win some cool prizes, and join in an interview with the masters behind our metal soundtrack, Machinae Supremacy! Just scroll past this post for details!
We are celebrating Giana’s First ever release on XBLA with two exciting events!
On March 21st, 2013 at 7pm CET we will be hosting a very special Live Show in celebration of our first console release! It will be a show packed with fun extras including:
Official BFG Merch Raffle: Just join us in the Live Show chat and you are automatically entered!
Sneak Peek at our upcoming DLC
Live Skype Interview with Machinae Supremacy!
Simply head over to twitch.tv/blackforestgames on March 21st at 7pm CET!
Please send in your questions for us and for MaSu on FB, Twitter, Google+ or on the forums in our Bi-Weekly Live Show Planning Thread
The release is planned for the week of March 21st!
We are looking for your BEST Giana Sisters fan art! Send us your most prized creative spin on Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams in a still image for a chance to WIN:
Top 10 Submissions: Official BFG T-Shirt
Top 3 Submissions: Official BFG T-shirt and Messenger Bag
BFG T-shirt, Messenger bag, Promotion of your artwork website on our social media outlets AND
1 of 2 printed Canvases of your artwork, signed by the team, the other will hang in our office.
Step 1. Simply visit our facebook page by searching Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams or through the direct link at www.facebook.com/ProjectGiana, then select our competition app on the top of the page (next to likes).
Step 2. YOUR VOTE determines the top ten! So even if you don’t want to submit, head over to the voting gallery and pick your favorites!
Step 3. Tune in to our Bi-Weekly Live Show # 10 on April 4th, at 7pm when we will announce the winner!
1. Submission DEADLINE: April 2nd, 2013 at 2pm CET
2. 1 submission per person
3. All artwork must be 100% original
4. Artwork must not contain nudity/offensive language
Help us decide by VOTING for your favorites in the voting gallery, a new tab will appear in the competition app on March 31st, and voting ends April 4th at 12pm CET
We are looking for a hard-working, creative animator with a sharp eye and a strong passion for bringing life to a variety of projects, from wacky monsters to stunning cinematics and everything in between. At Black Forest Games we take pleasure in creating original content and getting input from team members, not only will you be working with a tight-knit, adventurous company, but you will have the opportunity to use your right-brain to it’s full potential in the creative process of our projects.
- Creating 3D animations for characters and creatures for in-game and set pieces (key framed)
- Character rigging and skinning
- Cleaning up and editing motion capture data
- Working together with our game designers, concept artists and character modelers on the aesthetic of the movement and gameplay specific animations timing
- Able to produce realistic as well as stylized human and non-human movement
- Understanding of animation requirements for an action game (sharpness, telegraph timings, combat actions timings, etc)
- 3+ years in the game industry
- Proficient with 3DS Max or Maya
- A plus: Motion Builder, FaceFX, experience with blend trees and state machines
Interested in working with us at Black Forest Games? Send you application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Platforms for Giana
Not only are we happy to announce that GS:TD is now available on Amazon and Origin, but also that we are working hard on getting the sisters on the Playstation Network. Alongside our XBLA release which is confirmed, we are in the middle of our submission to Sony and hope to have a solid release date within the coming weeks, so you can all mark your calendars and count down the days. You can all expect Giana to be available on XBLA, PSN, as well as a physical PC release by this Summer.
The DemoNews GOTY Award
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams has won best puzzle and jump n’ run from the Demo News GOTY award 2012! We are super excited about it!
The SteelSeries raffle is still going strong on facebook! Head over toFacebook.com/SteelSeries to enter! Just click on the raffle image, like the page, enter your email address, and you’re golden.
New Distribution Partners
Just in time for Christmas we are happy to announce two new retail partners who offer Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams through their online shops.
The first on is Orange.fr – the french power house ISP who offers it on their games channel. http://jeuxvideo.jeu.orange.fr/acheter-telecharger-jeux-pc/Giana-Sisters-Twisted-Dreams-757456.html
Next up is Gamesrocket.com – the Germany based download shop offers a wide variety of Ggmes from gamers to gamers. Also they offer Giana DRM-free on http://www.gamesrocket.com/download/Giana-Sisters-Twisted-Dreams.html
Giana can be purchased now on 5 different sites world-wide and we we have only just begun. Please stay tuned, for we will announce new distribution partners very soon.
Also, don’t forget…
We heard that there are still some people who haven’t played Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams yet. Help us spread the word that our great game is part of the Steam and GOG.com Holiday Sales with 40% off!
We have a special gift prepared for its fans and gamers all over the world: An exclusive Christmas level for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams!
Giana runs, jumps and ice-skates through a captivating snow-covered winter wonderland, which morphs into a nightmarish barren wasteland at the press of a button. To get into the spirit, the designers created a ton of morphing holiday objects to be discovered by the players, and it requires all the skills that players can muster to make it through and to bash the vicious Santa-Owls.
Owners of the game will receive this content automatically. The level can be selected via the “Extras” entry in the game’s main menu and is available as a free update on Steam, GOG.COM, as well as the backer versions of the game.
We had some technicaly issues with the website over the weekend, so this is a general update on what went down last week, and over the weekend!
Halloween happened, last Wednesday! We have something special for you: Our designers reworked the Enchanted Mountain Path level of Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams matching to the occasion. Experience new challenges and a ghost invasion in an exclusive night setting surrounded by spooky pumpkins.
Along with the Halloween special comes Patch 1.0.1 with the following changes
- More code optimizations for smoother frame rates.
- Removed and/or altered final boss attacks that could trap you or catch you by surprise. Shield gem now spawns after phase 2 instead of after phase 1.
- More checkpoints!
- Miscellaneous level tweaks.
- Trampolines now have more lenient timing.
- Updated music and sound effects.
- Alt-tabbing should no longer cause any issues.
- Dashing into an enemy and rebounding into another should no longer get you killed except in some rare cases.
- Missing screen resolutions for certain refresh rates have been fixed.
- Game no longer crashes if you have no sound card or deactivate it.
- The idle animation can now also be canceled with a crouch as intended.
- Jumping on owls in Score Attack now gives you points as it should.
- Dashing at turtles should now be easier.
- Bricks now always shatter if you dash through them.
- Some erroneous EN text in non-EN languages has been fixed.
- Miscellaneous small fixes to the launcher.
We sent out mails to all the backers with the update for their DRM-free copy, and the patch is automatically available on Steam, GOG and Gamersgate.
If you don’t get your mail, please check your spam folder and mail to email@example.com if you don’t find it there.
We hope you enjoy our Halloween special and enjoyed Halloween itself!
Your BFG Team