GRIS' physical release officially confirmed, preorders open June 25th, 2019

A must-have

We've known for awhile now that GRIS was getting a retail release on Switch, but today's the day when Nomada Studio has finally confirmed the news. As we suspected, the release is coming from Special Reserve Games, and preorders are set to open on June 25th, 2019.

GRIS developer says a physical release isn't planned, but that could change

I don't understand...

Just last week, we put up a post about Special Reserve Games handling a retail release for Gris. They showcased the game in their lineup of upcoming retail releases. As a matter of fact, their website still shows that same image. This leaves us all a bit confused. Wondering why that is? According to Nomada Studio co-founder Roger Mendoza, a retail release isn't planned right now.

“There isn’t a really a physical edition planned, but we aren’t discarding the possibility either.”

I guess we need comment from Special Reserve Games to see why they have the title listed on their site! Hopefully we can get a comment and clear this situation up.

4 different Switch titles take home wins at the 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards

Indies and Nintendo themselves score awards

The 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards have come to a close, and 4 different titles on the Switch have come away with wins for the night. Check out the list of Nintendo-related winners below.

Best Audio: Celeste (Matt Makes Games and Power Up Audio)
Best Visual Art: Gris (Nomada Studio)
Best Design: Into the Breach (Subset Games)
Innovation Award: Nintendo Labo (Nintendo)

Gris getting a retail release through Special Reserve Games

You know you want to double-dip

Gris is both familiar and unlike anything else I've ever played. It's insanely gorgeous, thought-provoking, and an experience you likely won't forget. If you haven't scooped this one up yet, you'll soon have the perfect excuse to do so. Special Reserve Games is going to be putting out a retail release for the title. We don't have details on date/pricing yet, but we'll bring you that info as soon as it's available.

GRIS Receives Free Update to Celebrate 300k Milestone, Now on Sale

A gratis update for GRIS

Barcelona – Nomada Studio and Devolver Digital have released GRIS Undone, a free update to the gorgeous narrative platformer featuring unused concept art and music tracks, as a celebration of the game reaching 300,000 units sold. GRIS is currently 15 percent off on Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, Humble and GOG [grisgame.com].

The GRIS Undone update adds an elegant browser for fans to listen to a collection of music tracks by Berlinist that were not featured in the game’s final release as well as unused designs and concept art from Creative Director Conrad Roset. Included in the collection is an alternate version of the game’s main musical theme and early designs for GRIS’ now iconic dress.

Follow @nomadastudiobcn and visit nomada.studio for more news and information on the game.

Gris devs discuss the importance of making the game's mechanics approachable

Gris is definitely a one-of-a-kind game when it comes to story and look, but gameplay is firmly routed in some industry traditions.
In an interview with GamesIndustry, Nomada Studio's Roger Mendoza discusses the approach they took to bring the whole experience together.

"When we saw Conrad's art we were of course drawn into it. It's eye candy, but we didn't just want to make a walking simulator. We wanted to have mechanics. We wanted a story behind it. We think it's a game that can catch the attention of many people, maybe people outside of video games. Our idea was to do something accessible, where if there's a puzzle you can probably finish it at the second or third try. When the puzzle is more complicated, we give the player options."

Full interview here

Gris - Accolades trailer

GRIS is a serene and evocative experience, free of danger, frustration or death. Players will explore a meticulous designed world brought to life with delicate art, detailed animation, and an elegant original score. Through the game light puzzles, platforming sequences, and optional skill-based challenges will reveal themselves as more of Gris’s world becomes accessible.

Facebook explains why they blocked Gris' launch trailer advert

The other day, we heard that Facebook rejected a Gris trailer advert based on the image above. Devolver Digital said the ad was shot down due to sexually suggestive imagery. Today Facebook has commented on the matter to Polygon, and they say the reasoning first discussed was not true.

Facebook said that it was actually a link out from the video to Devolver Digital’s Instagram that caused the trouble. Turns out there's some imagery with nudity on Devolver Digital's Instagram, and Facebook didn't want people clicking out and seeing that. Seems like something Devolver Digital could fix, but we have no word on if they will.

Facebook rejects Gris trailer advertisement due to 'sexually suggestive' imagery

Would you consider the above image sexually suggestive? No matter how I look at it, 'sexually suggestive' doesn't come across to me. It doesn't matter what I think, though. Devolver Digital submitted a trailer for Gris to Facebook for advertisement, and they rejected the spot due to the image above, labeling it as sexually suggestive.

Stephanie Tinsley, who represents Devolver Digital, had this to say about the rejection.

“This is really stupid. We appealed and [Facebook] said the appeal was rejected based on the grounds that Facebook does not allow nudity. First of all, she’s a statue and second, absolutely no nudity is shown in that photo, nor is this what any reasonable person would consider ‘sexualized content.’”

Gris soundtrack now available to stream and purchase

Gris is a gorgeous game in just about every way imaginable, including soundtrack. If you're looking to listen to the game's wonderful music outside of the game itself, you now have plenty of streaming options! Listen for free or kick in some cash and own the soundtrack on your favorite music platform.