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We are pleased to let everyone know that our Dark Salvation for Windows PC has gone gold and is now available for purchase. What we have done is provide two options in how to obtain the game. One by mail order and the other via online digital distribution.

Posted by MangledEyeStudios on Jul 27th, 2009

Dark Salvation Has Gone Gold And Ready For Purchase!

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We are pleased to let everyone know that our Dark Salvation for Windows PC has gone gold and is now available for purchase. What we have done is provide two options in how to obtain the game. One by mail order and the other via online digital distribution.

The Limited Unrated Dual-Disc edition which comes with the game on DVD, extras and an audio soundtrack on CD. Once these are gone only the Digital Download version will be available. Being limited edition they are numbered and can be signed by available developers by request.

The online Digital Download version (1.3GB) which only contains the game itself. This can be purchased from one of the leaders in digital game downloads Direct2Drive.

This is a small bit of history about the creation of Dark Salvation.

Dark Salvation was conjured up from scratch by Thearrel 'Kiltron' McKinney back in 1999 right after Quake 3: Arena's commercial release. It originally started out as a nameless mod which was going to be an extra Tier for Quake 3: Arena. That idea/work eventually got scrapped in favor of a more botlike/single player experience with random bots. This was also eventually scrapped as well in favor of a final rendition of a full on Single Player game. I ended up landing a job in the game industry in 2001 and at that point the game had to be put on hold until I got used to a real developers environment. I was able to start working on the project again down the road, more ideas came and more ideas got tossed and so on and so forth.

I left in 2004 to pursue working on this title with my complete development attention while working odd and end jobs to support its development. I contracted a number of developers/musicians to do various tasks such as programming, art, soundtrack, etc. all of which were only temporary. We're now here in 2009 and the game is finally done and ready for everyone to play.

Was it a struggle? Yes creating this game in my home office has been the biggest struggle of my life mentally, physically and financially but it has been an experience that has helped me grow as a developer and forced me to learn skills I did not have prior. Some days I felt like saying fuck it and just give up when things weren't working for days. Sometimes I would even cry cause things would break, wouldn't work as supposed to, pull my hair out etc. etc. It all came with development and the stress was really high but in the end it turned out due to persistence, a passion for games and to see them through to the end.

Something else that was hard for me to deal with was the passing away of Jessica Eastwood. She is the woman who portrays the main character Talia in this game. She passed away during the end development stages of the game and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She was extremely excited to be a part of this project yet she never got to see how it turned out. RIP!

It doesn't end here though, I'm giving my full support to maintain this game and make sure we squash any bugs we may have overlooked that anyone out there finds. Our focus for now will be working on releasing a patch for any known bugs as well as an SDK and source code so people can create maps and mods for the game.

We're also looking into making available a port for MAC and Linux. Thanks to everyone for their support. There's more down the road.

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Trestkon Jul 28 2009 says:

Wow, that's quite the story. Congratulations for sticking with it and finishing your project, I look forward to checking it out!

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AlCool Jul 28 2009 says:

I have to say it looks rather interesting. Might have to check that one out.

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Daystranger Jul 28 2009 says:

Well, that reasonable price for an indie game.
But this dark gory setting is not for me.

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sbnewsom Jul 28 2009 replied:

Yeah, but its quite funny that you have a Rorschach avatar and then say this game is too gory. How sad.

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rettichschnidi Jul 28 2009 says:

+1 for a Linuxversion (datafiles to use with e.g. ioquake3 would be fine for me) + CD for the Linuxversion would be amazing

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MangledEyeStudios Author
MangledEyeStudios Jul 29 2009 replied:

This would not work with ioquake3. Dark Salvation couldn't be run using anything defaulting to Q3A.

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enzolt Jul 28 2009 says:

you guys should release this in steam and the other big name distros. you'll get more advertisement that way.

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AlCool Jul 28 2009 replied:

Yes because all game devs want less money.

This is a specialized genre. One that steam lacks the community of. They will do just fine once they find the right crowd.

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ExecutorTassadar Aug 3 2009 replied:

I think a Steam release would open this game up to people who wouldn't even think about buying this in the first place, because of never having heard about it.
In what way does that reduce revenue?

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DaveTheFreak Jul 28 2009 says:

Best wishies for finally finishing this game, cannot wait to play my preordered version. Still the question is, where you gonna sell it to those who want the digital version.

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myles Jul 28 2009 says:

Congrats :)

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Esoj Jul 28 2009 says:

I would have considered going for the cd version but I live outside of the US and the shipping just puts the price up a bit too far than I can afford for something like this. The digital version though works out a lot better for me so will be ordering that later this week. congrats on finally finishing the game though I have been watching this for awhile now good to see it coming out.

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Mars_3K Jul 28 2009 says:


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pvt.Johnson Jul 28 2009 says:

Interesting story, a mac port would make this an instant buy for me for sure :]

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boredgamer Jul 28 2009 says:

You definitely need to get this on Steam or Impulse.

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MrTambourineMan Jul 28 2009 says:

You should release a demo, many people (including me) like to try before they buy. Congrats on release.

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treat Jul 28 2009 says:

It looks original and interesting enough to warrant the lowered movement speed, but I still hope there's bunny hopping.

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DukeNico Jul 28 2009 says:

Bought the limited edition :)

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sauerfreak Jul 28 2009 says:

Ahahahaa, will have to check this one out. :D Congrats on the final project, you did well! ;)
RIP Jessica -- The sudden passing of anyone is hard to take.

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EmotionalRobot Jul 28 2009 says:

Great to see more indie games coming to the market place...
Hard work and dedication man
good stuff

bet this feels pretty damn good... having a huge weight lifted eh :)

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TheHappyFriar Jul 28 2009 says:

reminds me of what Quake was said to be, before it was actually developed. :) Nice! (I've been playing for two days... mine arrived early!)

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Kasplatt Jul 28 2009 says:

oh this should make its way to steam, would definitely buy it

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razorb Jul 28 2009 says:

yea congrats guys \o/

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teknikal-vision Aug 4 2009 says:

this game looks mighty sweet. definately want to get my hands on it one day

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MattColes Aug 5 2009 says:

ordered my copy on dvd. congrats on finishing a game :D No minor accomplishment!

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MangledEyeStudios Sep 8 2009 says:

The Dark Salvation digital download can now be purchased through Direct2Drive for only $14.95. D2D is a very fast and reliable service.

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