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Different

A lot of people say that 2016 was a terrible year. Some do so with irony. Some mean it.

Others argue that it was rather unexceptional, offering statistics that suggest as much. Others still are always eager to remind anyone who would listen that life generally sucks. (Or that it’s generally lovely, although this idea is for some reason less popular.)

To us, this conundrum is very simple. Everyone is different—and so was everyone’s 2016. What’s tragic for one person is merely a shrug of the shoulders for another; the events in the world surrounding us are the same, yet we all have different takes on them.

This will not change in 2017.

And yet, however different, we still manage to find common ground, understand each other, and share interests. It was very apparent to us when we were reading your feedback on The Marble Nest: sometimes your critique was unexpected, while at other times you pointed out undeniable drawbacks. Sometimes your compliments were surprising, while at other times you justified our hopes.

Sometimes your tastes seemed a bit eccentric (especially the tastes of that guy who asked us to make the movement in Pathologic even slower), while sometimes you remained surprisingly unanimous.

There’s only one thing we know for certain: 2016 was the year when we constructed The Marble Nest. The new Pathologic appeared in the real playable flesh for the first time ever. We checked many a hypothesis; detected a number of less-than-impressive bits, too. But most importantly, we refined the course that had been charted previously. Now we’re sure which way to go.

And this is what we wish to all of you in the new year. 2017 will be different for everyone, but we sincerely hope that each of you will muster up enough wisdom and strength to shape it your own way, turning it into exactly the thing you need.

Even if what you need is to drag a huge bull into a small room.

The Void is back on Steam

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The Void makes a glorious return to Steam. Now with trading cards, badges and stuff, because nothing screams “gamify me” like an artistic game about exploring your soul and creativity.

If you already own The Void on Steam or GOG, the Russian, German, and Polish versions will unlock for you automatically, and your Steam copy will be updated to make the cards and other shiny stuff available.

Please keep in mind that apart from us giving in to the colorful appeal of collectible Steam items, it’s still very much the same game—no fixes, no updates, nothing remastered. It was still released in 2009. The Sisters are still alluring and the Brothers, still grotesque. You know, the usual.

For those of you who might be curious, The Void was taken off Steam due to legal issues, that have now been resolved (which, as a bonus, allowed us to finally include the original Russian texts).

The Color of the Void is once again in your hands and hearts now.

The One and Only

The one and only patch for The Marble Nest is out. We’re calling it “one and only” because we aren’t planning to release any more fixes to The Marble Nest.

We are aware of the fact that a number of issues with the game remain unresolved. However, since The Marble Nest was just a pre-alpha sort-of-demo created to gauge your kind feedback, it would be ill-advised of us to keep pouring resources into trying to polish it. Instead, we are processing said feedback to improve the main game and will now fully focus on developing Pathologic itself.

Thank you very much for all your kind and critical words! We have studied each piece of feedback very closely. If you have anything else to say about The Marble Nest, please keep in mind that it’s never too late to share your opinion on the forums, social networks, or via e-mail: mail@ice-pick.com.

You can find the patch notes here.

Pathologic: The Marble Nest (the First Playable)

The First Pathologic Playable Thing reached the backers who are eligible for alpha access today. You can download and play it right now.

The First Playable Things even has a separate name now, Pathologic: The Marble Nest. Which may be a bit odd, but this is the best way to highlight the fact that the thing that became available to you today is neither a demo (because it features a very limited number of mechanics), nor an alpha version of the real Pathologic (because it’s a separate story with its own self-contained plot). It’s almost like a small autonomous game that uses the assets, characters, and premise of Pathologic, but works on its own.

Kind of.

Continue reading Pathologic: The Marble Nest (the First Playable)

Moving Forward

We have some good news and some news that are less exciting. Would you like to sit down and grab a cup of coffee first?

(This is what PR people tell to the attendees if they can’t show them the game straight away, e.g. if the rig is already occupied. We’ve been told that coffee works wonders.)

The release of Pathologic will be postponed until Autumn, 2017.

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Continue reading Moving Forward

Ice-Pick Lodge in Cologne

Some part of the Ice-Pick Lodge team is in Cologne right now! You can find us at GDC, Innovate Kiosk, until August, 18. And after August 18 meet us at Gamescom business-zone, Booth C34, Hall 2.1.

If you visit any of these events, you could see a demo-version of our new Pathologic and ask any questions to our developers. Follow us at our newsfeeds! More news about our progress: coming soon!

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Pathologic Tabletop

The tabletop Pathologic is based on the video game by the same name, but, unlike its inspiration, offers the role of the Sand Pest to one of the players. Treacherous and elusive, the Plague aims to kill a number of predetermined victims. This role will likely fit the players who prefer to be sneaky, stealthy, upset others’ plans, and be a one-person team.

Others become the healers. Each of them has their own strong suits, but none can overcome the Plague on their own—so they’ll have to cooperate, forging temporary alliances and executing common strategies. But the game only has one winner, who gets everything—while the rest will have wasted their efforts in vain. Thus the healers’ roles are most likely to be of interest to the players who like to negotiate, cooperate, break their promises, negotiate again, keep an eye on a lot of events unfolding in every corner of the map, and break their promises once more.

Features
  • 2–4 players.
  • An average session takes 60–80 min.
  • Each player takes on the role of one of the three Healers or the Plague.
  • Each Healer has their own playstyle and abilities, with the Plague’s gameplay being drastically different.
  • The Healers resolve missions while doing all they can to preserve their Wards; the Plague aims to kill the latter.
  • The Healers act on their own or delegate tasks to the Wards. The Plague has no assistance and is usually stealthed, only revealing its location when it goes for the kill.
  • Players will have to strategize, trying to evaluate each other’s secret plans while executing their own. Talking, bluffing, and manipulations will become second nature to everyone in the Town.
  • Every action has consequences. Great risks yield great rewards… and with those comes great responsibility.
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Knock Knock

There is an unusual cabin deep in the woods. It had served as a laboratory and a dwelling for three generations of Lodgers.

But as of late the latest Lodger has been noticing weird changes in familiar surroundings; things are missing, noises and rattle heard. Something odd is coming out of the woods. Come night, it seems like someone’s made himself at home in the twilight of rooms, attics, and cellars.

You need to stay awake and sane till dawn.

The Lodger is wandering the rooms, evading the unknown, counting minutes till morning. But it’s only in the night that he can solve the main puzzle and find the answers. What’s going on? Are the Guests real, or are they just figments of his insomniac imagination? What’d happened to the forest? What’s happening to the cabin? Is there a line between reality and imagination?

Features
  • Hide! Play hide-and-seek with denizens of your nightmares.
  • Don’t look now! The goal of each night is to reach dawn while still sane.
  • Fill in the gaps. The house aids the Lodger. You only have to fix it up and keep it in order.
  • Seek. Something very important has been lost. The reason for the unfolding events is hidden inside The Lodger himself. Everything that is happening can be explained, you only need to find the key and bring it to light.
  • Wait. In this game you need to watch and listen carefully. Inspect and scrutinize. You only have to last until sunrise.
  • Follow the rules of the game! Of course you must first unveil them, understanding what game you are playing.
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Cargo! The Quest for Gravity

Its dreariness highlighted by seemingly colorful appearances, this dystopian study daringly presents us with a world based upon a metaphor taken literally. “Everything has lost weight, things have flown into space”; upon this foundation, the game builds a thought-provoking narrative, contemplating the importance of cultural heritage, history, and artifacts of everyday life. Thrown into a phantasmagoric world, Flox wants to restore it to normality by extracting FUN from all around her. But can FUN ground us in this world? Can it make the world meaningful again? These are the questions the player will have to ponder.

Oh, and also you can totally kick weird naked people.

Features
  • Kick weird naked people for FUN.
  • Explore crazy environments—including flying islands and huge underwater caverns—filled to the brim with challenges and opportunities to produce more FUN.
  • Build zany yet functional contraptions to face the challenges, kick more weird naked people and simply feel awesome, thanks to the innovative physics-driven engine of the game. Piloting your own creations is FUN!
  • Try the endless sandbox mode that offers an infinity of FUN!
  • Customize the game by adding your own soundtrack. Playing under the beat you know and love is immense FUN!
  • Have FUN!
  • Seriously, this is a game about kicking dwarfs for FUN.
  • Did we tell you they’re naked?
  • FUN
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