ICY - All News
Thursday - June 09, 2016
ICY - Remastered Edition announced
A Remastered Edition for Icy has been announced - from the website:
ICY: Remastered Edition
It’s been some time since ICY was released, and we’ve kept supporting it as much as we could, but now we’re announcing our plans to do something more than just a couple of updates: we will create a Remastered Edition of ICY. Not a simple update, not a couple more quests, but a fully reworked edition that will allow ICY to shine at it was meant to.
Why? Because we had to cut out a lot of good ideas due to the lack of funds during development. We also paid for our lack of experience. ICY is not a bad game, but there’s a lot of room for all kinds of improvements, and we want our first game to be as special as when we first imagined it.
Why now? Because we’ve had the luck to meet investors who believe in us and our projects. Remastering ICY is nothing but one of the many things we will do in the future, since we are finally in a better financial situation.
When? Before the end of the year, that’s for sure, but we don’t want to rush anything, and the remastered edition will come out only when it’s ready.
How? We’ll completely rework ICY’s gameplay to offer a better and deeper survival challenge. We will also improve the game’s narrative, following the feedbacks we got over the last months. It won’t be just a slightly improved game – it will be like playing a brand new one that happens to use ICY’s plot (which will be also improved and expanded!)
What about the old ICY? Anyone already in possession of ICY on Steam will receive the Remastered Edition for free, because you people are the ones we have to thank for the fact that Inner Void is still a reality. We owe it to you!
Anyone interested in playing the old ICY will still be able to access it, but we will not support it after the release of the Remastered Edition.
Here’s a detailed list of things we’ll do:
- We will change the travel system: the player will move between different nodes with his/her party, and each node will hide different locations to explore.
- We will rework the Hunting and Scavenging systems to be more varied and offer a more interesting challenge.
- We will completely overhaul the combat, creating a new turn-based system in which the player will be able to choose the overall setup of his/her party and use items and special abilities to overcome the enemy. This will offer a combat system that is truly strategic and challenging, greatly improving what was lacking in ICY.
- We will rework the inventory, allowing the player not only to craft items but also to manage the equipment of the whole party. This will make scavenging much more interesting, and the loot gained will finally be shared among companions.
- We will add more quests and improve the main storyline, especially the final part, which was a little too rushed. The player will have more time to know Tanya, TJ and Janeve, and will have to face more challenges before reaching the game’s ending.
- We will add more content related to the party, fleshing out the characters that travel with the player.
And this list is only about the major changes and additions. We are already working on the game from the ground up to give you a 360 degrees improved experience, turning a Visual Novel with some RPG elements into a true Survival RPG, with all the features you would expect from it!
We are also open to suggestions! Is there something you’d want to see in this new ICY? Tell us, we may be able to fulfill your desires!
Thanks for your attention, fellow travelers. We hope to give you a brand new ICY to enjoy soon!
Monday - July 27, 2015
ICY - Released
Here is the official press blurb for the releases of ICY today on Steam now with a 25% discount and later also on Humble Store and others (but can't find it there now).
ICY, THE NARRATIVE-DRIVEN POST-APOCALYPTIC RPG LAUNCHES TODAY!CAN YOU SURVIVE THE WHITE WASTELAND?
STAMFORD, CT, July 27, 2015 – Digital Tribe Games is excited to announce the launch of Inner Void Entertainment’s narrative-driven, survival RPG, ICY, on Steam, Humble Store and other major digital distribution channels. ICY releases today at the suggested retail price of $12.99. An additional 25% discount will be available for a week in celebration of the title’s release.
ICY presents a full cast of complex characters with diverse personalities and dramatic backstories – each willing to tell you all if players decide to ask. Some characters encountered will even be willing to abandon their chosen path and join the player’s ever-growing nomad family as they make their way across the Frozen World in search of lost friends and a better life. Prepare to hunt, scavenge, trade and sometimes kill in order to obtain what is needed to survive.
In the world of the new Ice Age, players are immersed in the dire struggle to stay alive. The words you say and actions you make send you down branching paths where characters can become new friends, or bitter enemies, based on the tone of conversation you choose. The EXP players invested in Skills, and Items discovered when scavenging, dictate which options are available as they continually face new situations in this post-apocalyptic environment.
“ICY began as a little experiment inspired by NEO: Scavenger, which really managed to simulate the harshness of surviving in a hostile environment, as well as various RPGs in which player's choices really matter - Games where dialogue isn’t just something to skip to get back to shooting people.
Survival games are quite popular, but most of them are procedural games in which the player has to survive as long as he/she can. With ICY, we wanted to put a long and complex plot alongside some more standard mechanics of the survival genre, but without using a central hub in which the player had to constantly return to as they slowly gather and build resources to improve their chances of survival.
In ICY, the player is the leader of a nomad family where survival is based on more than just collecting resources. That is just part of the nomad’s daily routine where survival not only consists of hunting and scavenging, but also how they choose to interact with other characters and tackle the situations they face as the narrative of the game plays out.
We worked hard to give it a unique flavor, to create a unique experience. ICY is not a clone of another game, but something with its own identity and we are very proud we have been able to achieve that.”
- Nathan Piperno, Inner Void
ICY is out today for Windows PC and Mac on Steam, Humble Store and other major digital distribution channels. Gamers will enjoy a celebratory 25% discount during the launch week.
- Experience an intense and mature story of survival in a unique post-apocalyptic new Ice Age setting.
- Influence the plot with your choices, each containing various shades of morality that lead to multiple endings.
- Lead a group of survivors, each one with different needs, values and ideals.
- Scavenge for items and hunt for food while facing the challenges of starvation, illness, harsh elements as well as other bands of survivors.
- Over 400 pieces of detailed hand-drawn artwork illustrate the backdrop for the story.
- Customize your character by choosing how to distribute attribute points among 3 main character traits and 10 different skills that effects your abilities and experience through the entire game.
Sunday - July 26, 2015
ICY - Let's Play Video
Colonel RPG has started a let's play series for the upcoming game ICY:
ICY is a narrative-driven post-apocalyptic survival RPG set in a new Ice Age where your life and the lives of your followers hang on every decision you make. Create your own character using a detailed stats system that influences your abilities to hunt, travel, scavenge, communicate and lead then begin a journey of survival across the white wasteland.
It is up to you to take on the responsibilities and lead your new-found nomad family in their fight for survival. Do not take your role lightly for each decision you make, each word you speak, ripples through the lives of your community.
You and your group are not alone in this frozen world. In addition to the elements and wild life you encounter there will be loners and bands of miscreants to deal with. Decide well on who to trust and how to react or the snow covered landscape will become your icy tomb.
ICY Release Date: July 27
Thursday - July 16, 2015
ICY - To Be Released Next Week
Icy, the post-apocalyptic game taking place in a new ice age, will be released next week. This is what the new publisher Digital Tribes informs us of in a press release.
A NEW ICE AGE HITS THIS JULY
STAMFORD,CT, July 1, 2015 - Inner Void Interactive teams up with DIgital Tribe Games to proudly announce the upcoming Steam release of ICY - a narrative-driven, survival, RPG set in a post-apocalyptic frozen world. Prepare to get chilled to the bone during one of the hottest months of the year when ICY launches on Steam July 21, 2015.It is up to you to take on the responsibilities and lead your new-found nomad family in their fight for survival. Do not take your role lightly for each decision you make, each word you speak, ripples through the lives of your community.If your words fail you, pray your weapons aim true.
In ICY, your life and the lives of your followers hang on every decision you make. You begin by creating your own character using a detailed stats system that influences your abilities to Hunt, Travel, Scavenge, Communicate and Lead, then begin a journey of survival across the White Wasteland.
In addition to the elements and wildlife you encounter there will be weird loners, friendly cannibals, mutant cults, slave traders and spiritual tribes along with all sorts of other miscreants to deal with. Decide well on who to trust and how to react or the snow covered landscape will become your icy tomb. You just better hope that your mouth doesn't write a check that your ass can't cash.
Experience an intense and mature story of survival in a unique post-apocalyptic new ice age setting.
Influence the plot with your choices, with numerous shades of morality that lead to multiple endings.
Lead a group of survivors, each one with different needs, values and ideals.
Scavenge for items and hunt for food while facing the challenges of starvation, illness, harsh elements as well as other bands of survivors.
More than 400 pieces of detailed hand-drawn artwork help paint the backdrop for the story.
Customize your character by choosing how to distribute attribute points among 3 main character traits and 10 different skills that affects your abilities and experience through the entire game.
ICY will be launching on Steam for Windows PC and MAC July 21, 2015.
Saturday - July 04, 2015
ICY - Beta Version Released
The Inner Void team released the beta version of Icy - A post apocalyptic RPG for all $20 and above backers. So take a look in your e-mail.
Wednesday - April 15, 2015
ICY - Stretch Goal Made & New Alpha
Inner Void Interactive posted another Indiegogo Update for ICY three days ago with information the game has reached the $7,500 Stretch Goal. Here are the details.
Here we are again! We managed to reach the 7500 dollars stretch goal and that’s a good thing, since the more money we’ll have, the better Icy will be.
In the meantime we received a lot of feedbacks and we’ve been able to fix some bugs. We uploaded a new alpha version and, this time, a Mac build is available.
Saturday - March 28, 2015
ICY - Alpha Build Available for Download
Inner Void Interactive posted a new Indiegogo Update for ICY with news everyone can try a new Alpha build. Here the links, and details for anyone interested.
Instead of annoying all you lovely backers with a hundred updates that no one would have read, we decided to prepare a little surprise: an alpha demo featuring 30-60 minutes of gameplay.
But beware, we talking about an alpha version and your journey may lead you to discover unknown bugs. And, right now, the game UI works properly only with 16:9 and 16:10 resolutions, so you may want to run it windowed if you don't have a screen with such ratios.
You can download this demo from the following mirrors. Right now, only PC version is available.
Saturday - March 21, 2015
ICY - Indiegogo Campaign Update
Inner Void Interactive posted few more Indiegogo Updates for ICY this month, and the game has managed to earn $6,738 of the $2,500 goal with six days left.
Let's take a moment to discuss about the strange or peculiar things that you may face while playing at Icy. The game will have a strong plot that will lead you across the world, but there will also be room for exploration and there will be plenty of secondary contents that will enrich the overall experience.
Monday - March 09, 2015
ICY -New Indiegogo NPC Update
Inner Void Interactive posted a new Indiegogo Update for ICY this week about the games NPC's. The game has maganged to earn $5,992 of the $2,500 goal in 12 days.
Today’s update will explain more about NPCs in Icy, especially about the companions that will follow the player all around the world.
Being an RPG, Icy is mostly about roleplaying a character in a world that coherently reacts to what the player does or says, creating a dynamic context that will offer consequences on many levels. Most of those choices are made inside dialogues and that’s why we need characterized NPCs to properly create a reactive world in which the player can really feel to be an actor and not just a spectator. This is even more important when we’re talking about major NPCs, like the player’s companions. There will be a hidden relationship value that the player will be able to affect during the game, improving or damaging the relationships with his/her followers.
Thursday - March 05, 2015
ICY - Indiegogo Campaign Updates
Inner Void Interactive posted a few more Indiegogo Updates for ICY this week. The first update has information the game has reached its $5,000 Stretch goal.
Today we reached the $5000 stretch goal, meaning that the final game will feature more dynamic events, capable of delivering a deeper survival feelings. Right now scavenging and hunting are quite simple, but after reaching the 5'000 goal we'll be able to partially rework them, adding more events and making them more compelling.
The latest update mentions the game is Greenlit, and shares a new video.
The campaign is not over yet and for every penny we get, the better Icy will be on its release date. This gameplay enhancement is only one of the many things we could do to deliver a better game to all of you!
Sunday - March 01, 2015
ICY - Indiegogo Campaign Funded
Inner Void Interactive posted the next Indiegogo Update for ICY that announces the game is now funded, and talks about future stretch goals to improve the game.
Congratulations Inner Void Interactive.
Warning: The link has NSFW content so you have been warned.
We got funded! Or to be more precise, you backers and your kindness funded us! What now? Now it's stretch goals time! Let's start with an awesome image showing all the stretch goals up to 10'000 dollars. Yeah, we like to dream.
Thursday - February 26, 2015
ICY - Indiegogo Update
Inner Void Interactive posted the first Indiegogo Update for ICY, and answers a few questions from backers. The game is also more than half funded as of right now.
Warning: The link has NSFW content so you have been warned.
First of all, when this update is getting posted the game is already 44% funded, and we have to thank the 97 backers that helped us getting so far in less than 2 days. Yeah, we love you all (in a platonic way)! It's now FAQ time, because we're getting bored of repeating the same things all over the internet, that's why we need to place them on the main page. And in this update, just to fill all this empty, white space.
Will Icy be DRM-free?
Yes, there will be DRM-free version of the game, at the same price.
Onwhich platform will Icy be released?
On PC (Windows, Mac and Linux).
Why are you asking only for 2500$?
The game is in an advanced phase of the development, we just need some more money to be able to fully polish it. Being gamers we know how annoying could be to buy an incomplete or bugged game, that’s why we want Icy to be fully enjoyable since day one.
Tuesday - February 24, 2015
ICY - Indiegogo Campaign Launched
Nathan Piperno the Writer and game designer of Inner Void Interactive notified me he has launched a new Indiegogo Campaign for his new RPG game ICY asking for $2,500.
Icy is an RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world witnessing a new Ice Age. The player will create his/her own character and live an adventure across the White Wasteland, struggling each day to survive, without losing hope to find a better place where to thrive. Icy mixes role-play and survival dynamics, allowing the player to lead a nomad family in their fight for survival, and to take care of all the responsibilities a leader has, such as keeping the group together and planning how to face a hostile world.
Don't forget he was the man behind the RPG game from last year called Zaharia.
Tuesday - February 17, 2015
ICY - Development Diarys #4 & #5
Developer Inner Void released two more updates this month for ICY. The first update is from February 7th, and talks about how you will have to survive in the game.
Today’s post will cover the basics of survival in Icy. The player will be the leader of one of the many small groups of nomads that live wandering around the Frozen World. The daily routine of a nomad consist mostly in hunting for food, scavenging hoping to find something useful and walking, walking and even more walking.
Tne next update was posted today, and talks about hunting.
Today we’ll speak about a core feature of Icy: the hunting. Hunting is of the utmost importance to all the people living in the Frozen World, for the simple reason that the cold climate prevents to grow any kind of food, since even during summer’s nights is not rare to have temperatures below 0 degrees.
Tuesday - February 03, 2015
ICY - Development Diary #3
It has been a while since the last Development Diary was posted for Frozen World, and thanks to daveyd I have the next update from the developer Inner Void.
After a couple of months of silence, here we are again with some updates on the development of Icy, the post-apocalyptic RPG that was previously named Frozen World. We didn’t spend the last months “building snowmen”, we worked on our game and we can finally start to show it to the world. And we will start with the dialogue system.
Saturday - October 04, 2014
Frozen World - Development Diary #2
Innervoid posted the second development diary update for Frozen World.
In Frozen World the player will be a nomad and we aim to create a satisfying experience to fully express the cruelty of this world. The player will face unexpected dangers, ruthless people and mysterious legacies from a distant past. He will need to lead his companions in a struggle for survival, fearing both the external world and the internal issues, because the group needs to stay close and everyday problems will regularly threat its harmony.
Wednesday - September 10, 2014
Frozen World - Development Diary #1
Innervoid posted a new development diary update for their next RPG Frozen World.
In this first dev. diary we’ll talk about Frozen World main features.
In general, Frozen World will be a narrative and interpretative experience: the player will create his/her character and play through a branching story with a free gameplay, allowing for a deep and satisfying roleplaying experience. This is easy to say, but usually hard to create, so let us give you some more detail about the gameplay structure.
Frozen World won’t appear so different compared to a visual novel and there will be a lot of common features, since the game will feature a narrative built with lots of texts and 2D images. But dialogues won’t be the only gameplay mechanic, because Frozen World is a game about survival in a dangerous world, where humanity is scattered and few in numbers. The player will be able to freely travel around the frozen waste moving his party on a map, which will also allow the player to hunt for food and scavenge in search for ancient treasures. Travelling is part of a nomad daily routine, but that doesn’t make it less risky since the world is full of dangers of any sort and quite often those dangers are born from other humans actions and needs.
Monday - May 26, 2014
Frozen World - Innervoid's New RPG Project
Project Frozen World, our New Project
We are glad to announce that we are currently working on a new project!
Sadly we didn’t manage to find any investor interested in developing Zaharia with no multiplayer or free-to play features and we didn’t have enough funds to develop it on our own, so we decided to work on a lower budget project.
The new project, temporary called Project Frozen World, will be settled in a post-apocalyptic world where the remains of humanity are facing a new Ice Age. Project Frozen World will be a roleplaying experience in which the player will constantly struggle to survive, leading his/her party across a white wasteland.
We won’t throw away all the work we did on Zaharia and working on Project Frozen World will allow us to develop various gameplay mechanics that we’ll be able to use in future games, we will also be able to use some of our time to further improve the setting of Zaharia, in order to create a better game in the future. We still hope to develop Zaharia and maybe Project Frozen World will be profitable enough to let us start again working on Zaharia.
What about Zaharia? Will we see it in the future?
We hope so, we worked a lot of time on Zaharia’s setting and we don’t want to trash everything. As soon as we will have enough funds to fully develop it, not an anonymous game, we will resume its development.
Why are you developing another game if you don’t have the funds to develop Zaharia?
Because it will cost us a tenth of Zaharia. That doesn’t mean that it will be a bad game or a extremely simple game, simply Project Frozen World has a completely different design and it will need fewer resources to get completed.
Will Project Frozen World be a RPG?
Yes. We love RPGs and we love how they let the player live a personal adventure, shaped by choices of any kind.
Will Project Frozen World be a survival sandbox game with just a couple of branching dialogues?
No. We are not working on a sandbox experience, we think that there are enough sandbox survival games on the market, we will explore the narrative dimension of survival in a post-apocalyptic world. This means that we will create a complex and satisfying survival gameplay, but our main focus will be the roleplaying and narrative experience. Project Frozen World will feature a lot of dialogues, it will let the player explore the world from a different perspective compared to a sandbox game, going beyond the mere gathering of food and resources.
Will you start a crowdfunding campaign for Project Frozen World?
We are not sure about that, we hope to fully develop the game with our own funds, but starting a Kickstarter campaign with a really low goal could help us expand the game, providing a better gameplay to the players.
How long will the development of Project Frozen World last?
It’s hard to precisely define the release date, now we only have a little prototype, but we won’t need more than a year to fully develop it.