Mittwoch, 13. Dezember 2017

Winter Update & Charity Sale

Hi everyone,
we hope you're all doing well and are prepared for Christmas and the end of the year! We've been busy improving Episode 1 and adding features and are launching the big winter update, before logging off for the holidays.

 German Version

We're happy to announce that with today's update the German translation is available. You can change the language in the main menu. Note, that the audio is still English, but all texts are now available in German.

Accessible Version

The accessible mode for blind and visually impaired players is now available and can be activated with CTRL + V. We hope you enjoy the game! We love to make games more accessible for everyone and are learning with every step. We're happy and thankful to have your support and feedback, it helped a lot!

On Steam, the update will download automatically. You'll have to re-download the DRM-free version. The update also contains minor tweaks and bug fixes. The Antibiotic achievement is now finally achievable!


Charity Sale

To celebrate the accessible version, between Dec 13th and Dec 26th, we are donating 10% of Code 7's revenue to blista. blista is a competence center for blind and visually-impaired people and at the same time an open and lively education and meeting site for all ages.
Help us share this event and create awareness for accessibility in gaming. Spread the hashtag #gamingwithoutbarriers!
Thank you all for your support and patience. Have a wonderful Christmas and a great start into the year!
Kevin and Zein

Dienstag, 2. Mai 2017

Devlog #13: It's not all fun, but there are games

Hello, everyone!

It's been a while since our last update. Apologies! We have dived down the mysterious and dark "tunnel" of development. We coded, wrote, discussed, decided, fixed, tested and so on and so on... and now you're probably wondering "what are those guys up to?!"

We've made good progress with Episode 1 and we're really happy with the depth it reached but we also realized that we will not be able to do the ship in May. We're truly sorry about that. We really try hard (as in working day and night, which we did for several weeks...) to keep our promises but unfortunately this one we can't keep. This has two reasons:

1.) We underestimated the content of Episode 1. This is one of the "better" problems to have, because it means that the game is longer and richer than anticipated but it also means we need more time to make it right, fix the bugs, polish. There would be some publishers who'd force us to still release in May, but we don't want to launch an unfinished game.

2.) Bureaucracy. Don't we all love it? We're still waiting for our European tax number which we applied for several weeks ago, which we need to apply for a U.S. tax number, which then again takes weeks for approval, which we need to set up our stores and, and, and, and...AND!!!
You know that office scene in Asterix and Obelix? That's us now (we let you debate who is Asterix and who Obelix... don't be mean!)

Actual footage of Goodwolf Studio applying for a tax number

So without further ado, here's our announcement:

The Release of Episode 1 is planned to be end of July.

Yep. It's going to be three more months. We're sorry about that but this is going to be the best for the game, the soundtrack, the voices, the Kickstarter Rewards and so on (we're still only two guys doing all this... can we make cloning happen? No? Ok...)


So now that we got that out we can talk about some good news! Hey, look, we won an award! Code 7 - Episode 0: Allocation was awarded Best Youth Game at the "Deutscher Computerspielpreis 2017". This is a huge deal for us and we're super happy. We're receiving 75.000€ for a "future project." Whether this includes the following episodes of Code 7 or not, has yet to be found out. We will keep you posted. But one way or the other, we will probably not get the financial support before next year, so there will be no impact on current development.

If you're interested, you can watch us on stage here, and below a short interview by our national TV channel ARD. It's in German, but we've added English subtitles. Congratulations to all the other winners!

Our redesigned website is up and running, including a new press kit. You can check it out here:
Along with the redesign, we also added new screenshots from Episode 1, which we want to share with you here as well:

We know, delays suck and we'd love to release the game as much as you do (and also to start earning money so we can kinda live normally and stuff...), but we're taking the time we need for this. We want it to be the best game it can be and we're working hard to achieve this. Because you deserve nothing less.

Zein & Kevin

Mittwoch, 15. Februar 2017

Devlog #12: Less is More... Literally!

Hello, everyone!

How is the development of Code 7 going, you ask? Well, it's going great! We have finished our first alpha test and learned a lot from it. Features and plot are getting even juicier and the best part is: people had fun playing it! We gathered a lot of feedback and would like to show you our decisions and some of the features.

Less is More... no, really!

We have fleshed out the overall plot and also the story arcs of the episodes; together with the fact that Episode 1 is around 3 hours long (in contrast to our 1.5 hours estimate), we have decided to reshape our episode plan. In order to avoid filler plot (hi there, One Piece!) and also add more gameplay, we decided to tell the story in four episodes instead of five. But don't fear, fellow hackers! At the end of the day the game will still be longer than originally planned. Feast your eyes upon this comparison:

Even though we will have one less episode, the fact that we can crank up the gameplay to 3 hours per chapter will result in almost 5 hours of additional content. This will give us the opportunity to tell the story in a more thrilling way and additionally reduces the time until the full game is released (meaning all episodes). With the current development plan, Episode 1 will hopefully launch early to mid May.

New Features

You want to know what will be new in the Episode 1? No problem, we'll tell you right away:

Utilities: You can find utility software on computers and download them to your systems. You can also install them on different computers and use them to help you solve puzzles.

Network Jammer (Utility): Install Network Jammers on computers to help you during Man-in-the-Middle Attacks (Hacking Game). Deploy them to stun a security node for a short time. Knowing the map and where computers are is even more important, now!

Brute Force: Your new Intelligence App will gather contextual data about various persons of interest and store it. You can always look up what you have found out about a person, like their date of birth or names of family members. Use this data to generate possible passwords through a Brute Force Attack.

Network Movement: You can access the Network and freely move between connected computers or other hardware. Forgot to get a software on a computer you have passed earlier? Move back over the network and get it from there, or reach systems that are locked behind doors.

Advanced Feedback: We worked on giving the player more feedback about what options are immediately available. The portrait will now show the number of available places, inspectable objects, and dialogue lines.

We have compiled a little sneak peek video of the current version, so you can get a glimpse on how things are evolving. Enjoy here, or watch it on Youtube.

What are your thoughts about the episode changes? And what are you looking forward to most? Tell us your thoughts and as always, thank you for your support!

Samstag, 31. Dezember 2016

Devlog #11: End of the Year

Hello, everyone!
It's been a while since our last update. It has happened so much this year and we needed time to process everything, plan the next steps and set the development of Episode 1 in motion.

I hope you all had wonderful holidays. We'd like to share the Adventure Gamer's Christmas Greetings video, which we have been part of. Find us at 03:56, right after Double Fine!

Current Development

We are working on Episode 1: Threading right now and plan to have a roughly playable version in January. There will be new mechanics, like the Brute Force Hack. You'll have to find key words from a person's identity (e.g. through dialogues, e-mails, etc.) and feed it to the hacking program in order to generate the password. But also the Man-In-The-Middle method will be more complex, adding files that you can find during your explorations, which you then can use in the hacking game.

One Part of the Three-Dome Station of Episode 1. What secrets will you find?

The commands NETWORK and HARDWARE that have been teased in Episode 0 will now have functions. You will be able to move through the network and access computers and their hardware, like for example a microphone or a printer.

The story continues, as you find yourself stranded on Mars trying to install an anti-virus before Code 7 reaches Earth. Team up with Zoya to reach your goal and struggle to solve a conflict that takes over the station and catches everyone by surprise. There will be choices that you'll have to make!

Twine Dialogue of the beginning

Kickstarter Rewards

We have also send out the first rewards to our backers, namely the soundtrack / song of Episode 0 and the developer channel access, which nobody has claimed so far, so please do so! You find the access link in our Kickstarter message to you :)

The rest of the rewards will follow in April, because we have to produce them first. We're working hard to make everything on time!!

Player Feedback

Your opinion matters!

In case you have missed it: We're doing a survey to find out who our players are and what you all like about Episode 0, so we can make the next one even better. If you have played Episode 0 and didn't fill out the feedback form yet, please do so. You'd help us a lot and it takes only a couple of minutes.

Find the survey here!

Upcoming events

Next year will start very promising. We'll be showing Code 7 at the Casual Connect Europe in Berlin, which will take place February 7-9 2017. Hope to see you there!
Additionally, if all goes well, we'll be able to show parts of Episode 1 at the Pax East in March.

Thank you for reading! What parts of Episode 1 are you looking forward to most? Will you be at one of the events? Feel free to answer in the comment section!

Zein & Kevin

Sonntag, 25. September 2016

Devlog #10: Code 7 is on Kickstarter and Episode 0 is released!

Dear friends,

We've finally launched the Kickstarter Campaign for Code 7 and are already 18% funded! If you haven't, please check it out and support us. Every pledge and share helps us getting closer to the goal of creating the next 5 episodes.

We have also released Episode 0: Allocation for free. So you can just download and play it right now and let us know what you think. You can find it here.

Sonntag, 28. August 2016

Devlog #9: #IAmEverywhere Challenge: Win a $50 Steam Gift Card

Greetings agents!
We finally have a starting date for our Kickstarter campaign:

» » » September, 21st 2016 « « «

This is also the day you will be able to play the entirely new Prologe, Code 7 – Episode 0, for free! In order to bring all our fans from different platforms together we've created a Facebook group, in which you can ask us questions, discuss parts of the game or share interesting things about hacking, sci-fi and more. To join the group click here.

Join and participate in our #IAmEverywhere Sticker Challenge to get the chance of winning a $50 Steam Gift Card. You can read more about it in the group!

Thank you for all your support so far and we hope you look forward to the next step in the Code 7 development as much as we do! We're already setting everything up to get the game on steam as soon as possible. We'll keep you posted on the progress. Episode 1 is estimated to be released in April 2017.

Donnerstag, 4. August 2016

Devlog #8: gamescom

Hello everyone!

Let's start with the most exciting news, in case you have missed it:

the brand-new version of Code 7 will be playable at gamescom in Cologne, from August 17th to 21st! 

If you happen to be visiting the convention, we'd love to see you at our booth at the Indie Arena in Hall 10.1 Booth A-020 B-021 A-031. Watch the trailer here:

New features include:

  • map and navigation system
  • a whole new hacking mechanism
  • more complex puzzles, including room control mechanics
  • background information through e-mails, audio-logs, database entries and more
  • helpful in-game tools like calculator, notes, password registry and more

And we have more exciting news to share with you! It's our pleasure to announce that Jessica Carroll is the new voice of Sam and we couldn't be happier with this. She did an amazing job portraying the character!

We also finally have a keyart for our game. The artist Paul Kolvenbach has captured the atmosphere of Code 7 in this beautiful peace of art. What do you think?

Our plans are to release the new Prologue / Episode 0 in September for free, simultaneously with the beginning of our Kickstarter campaign. We went all-in to create a high-quality version of Episode 0, but in order to pay the voice actors for the following episodes we need your help.

Last but not least, Kill Screen has written a nice preview article about the game. You can read it here!

I hope you like our new trailer and we hope to see you at gamescom!