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A sign of life

We have moved to Rome, Italy, but we still have a lot of unpacking and administration to do. The remake of The Endless Forest is on our minds, though. So we hope to get back to the project soon from our fascinating new surroundings.

Moving to another country, even within the European Community is not simple. Apart from the paperwork involved with immigration (residency, taxes, social security, etc) we also need to learn how to live here. A major aspect of that is learning the language! So some of our time is simply taken up by following language courses. And then there's of course the apartment decoration. We had to leave most of our furniture behind in Belgium because it was too expensive to move it to Italy. A lot of time is spent thinking about that, calculating costs and then actually buying things and putting them together.

We live in a very central area in Rome, close to Vatican City. Whenever we go to the supermarket of take out the trash, we see many wonderful artistic treasures. This has been tremendously invigorating and inspiring. Here's something I noticed above the portal of a church building the other day:

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A little update

Hello dearest deer,

I know we have been quiet for a while. But don't worry. Everything is still on track for the continuation and the remake of The Endless Forest.

As is abundantly clear by now, we have gravely underestimated the time remaking The Endless Forest would take. As a result we need to supplement the budget that you so generously help create through crowdsourcing with our own funds. To gain those funds, we need to work on other projects next to the game.

On top of this we are also in the process of moving house to another country (from Belgium to Italy). This is a complicated affair that will take up nearly all of our time until the end of September. But after that, we will get back to the Forest and you can expect regular remake step updates.

If at any time you have any questions, please feel free to email us (the.endless.forest at

In the mean time, enjoy the Forest!

Michaël & Auriea.
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TEF II step 13

Database access was added in the Unreal Engine remake of The Endless Forest. So you can now log in and get your pictogram and your deer's appearance. You can also save this appearance in the remake and load it in the current game.

We have enabled the appearance perks for backers of the remake. If you are a backer, you should have received an email from us with a link to the new build. So expect to see some strange looking deer in the forest soon!

Read more on the dev log.
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TEF II step 12

We have added day to night time, rain, snow and mist to the remake. This was a lot harder than expected. Read more on the dev log.
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TEF II step 11

Bugs got fixed, features got tweaked and leaves, doves and squirrels were added. Small but necessary steps.

Full report on the dev log.
Free access for backers.
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TEF II step 10 - it's Christmas!

There's a special update on the development log describing the tedious process of creating a dedicated server in Unreal Engine. The good news is that it works and that you can try it out! Later today, we will email each backer a download link for a pre-alpha test build of The Endless Forest II (only Phase One, don't get excited Eye ). But if you can't wait, or missed our message, please send email to The.Endless.Forest at Tale-of-Tales and we will send you a link.

Merry Christmas and a super New Year!

— Michaël & Auriea.
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Tef II step 9

With forest sounds, graves and idols, intersection effects and border icons, Phase One is nearly complete.
Full report on the dev log.
Free access for backers.

Enjoy the holidays in The Forest. They may be the last in this engine!

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TEF II step 8

We have added almost all the plants and trees of Phase One in Unreal.
Full report on the dev log.
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TEF II Step 7

We have added Emotions and Activities. So now deer can dance in Unreal too!
More in the dev log.
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TEF II step 6

There's a new progress report about the remake of the game on the dev log, accessible for free to backers of the Second Decade.

We have added hyacinths, the ground of Phase One and the Ename church ruin.

It's starting to look like our forest!

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