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What Never Was: Chapter II gets a boost from an Epic MegaGrant

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What Never Was, a short story-driven adventure game from Acke Hallgren has been given a funding boost for What Never Was: Chapter II.

Not played What Never Was? It's a first-person game focused on exploration and puzzle-solving about Sarah, having to shoulder the arduous task of clearing out her grandfathers attic, and soon finds that not everything about the attic is what it seems.

The first part has been well received, showing that on a small budget some great experiences can be made and the developer had been planning a sequel. The developer announced on Steam recently, that Epic Games have approved them to get an Epic MegaGrant to help fund development. Hallgren also confirmed it's not going to be an EGS exclusive.

Development of What Never Was Chapter II is very much underway. The development has been a bit slow because of a lot of work obligations and the global situation that affects us all, but I'm still steadily working on it. As I mentioned above, the MegaGrant will help me look into different solutions for speeding things up, so it is all very exciting.

Acke Hallgren

See the original part 1 trailer below:

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Epic has helped fund quite a few games now including ASYLUM, Ira, and a few open source projects too like Godot Engine, Krita, Lutris and Blender.

Since What Never Was had quite a nice level of quality to it, I'm keen to see the next one.

What Never Was is free too so you can try it from and Steam.

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Termy May 25, 2020
Nice, really liked the first one ^^
Lets see what chapter two brings. Any info on the timeframe? Couldn't find any in the announcements.

If only Epic had refrained from their exclusivity bullshit, they would have gained SO MUCH sympathy with their megagrands and free games...
mylka May 26, 2020
played it a while ago and was surprised it uses vulkan

i really dont get it why they still use dx for windows
mao_dze_dun May 26, 2020
One notable game you missed is Old World. That game was literally saved by Epic (as per the developers own account). I know it's not on Linux for now, but I'm positive it will at least work with Proton. Might was well try running it when I get a bit more free time. Picked it up a couple of days ago during their sale and WOW - this is the Civ game I've always wanted. I do hope they might port it natively at some point (though it seems unlikely).
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