The Unspoken

New Content

  • Lockport Bridge Arena: Duel for supremacy in a violent blizzard!
  • Bridge Wraith Summon: Awaken an interdimensional ice-demon to freeze your enemy!
  • Dark Tag Artifact: Conjure vision-obscuring paint traps on your opponent’s pillars!

New Features

  • Spectator Overlay: Health, Ember count, and Artifact loadouts are visible on the desktop window. Toggle visibility in the settings menu.
  • Practice while waiting: Primal Spells and target orbs are enabled in the ranked pre-match waiting zone.
  • Allegiance Indicators: Spells with allegiance properties display ownership marks.
  • Spell Health Bars: Arena Guardians and spell minions display health overlays.
  • Teleport Cooldown: Pillars display a teleport cooldown ring.
  • Arena Info: Arena selection globes display information panels.

Tuning and Fixes

Arenas

  • Elmhurst Avenue: Moved the cover stone slabs slightly.
  • Pulaski Circle: The Spear Forge now respects the collision of the center statue.
  • Pulaski Circle: Moved cover tombstones slightly.

Anarchist Class

  • Pyrotechnics: Added markers to targeted pillars.
  • Pyrotechnics: Descending Fireworks are invulnerable.
  • Pyrotechnics: Further reduced the max number of fireworks by one.
  • Chaos Skull: Enabled minimum charge time.

Kineticist Class

  • Force Bubble: The Force Bubble now despawns properly.

Blackjack Class

  • Spectral Disc: Enabled minimum charge time.
  • Spectral Cloak: Added spillover damage when an inhabited cloak is destroyed.

Artifacts

  • Spear Forge: Reduced spear damage.
  • Spear Forge: Primal Shields now mitigate spear damage consistently.

Settings

  • Info toggle: Added a menu option to disable in-world player info UI: health and ember count.
  • HUD toggle: Added a menu option to set the in-headset status HUD to always on.

General

  • Reporting: ‘Report Player’ now functions as intended.
  • Skip Intro: Added a skip intro option to the menu during replay.
  • Ranking: Players will no longer lose rating points after a win.

Greetings Acolyte,

A mist swirls across snow-covered city streets. A forgotten channel flows into the south branch of the Chicago River. The prohibition-era mob favored these waters for their grisly and efficient disposal properties: a body dumped here submerges quickly and does not resurface.

The veil is thin in this place. The council approves its concealment and preparation. Introducing the Lockport Bridge Arena!

Icy drawbridges frame two home pedestals, each offering access to pillars with high and low vantage points. Spellcasters are in close proximity as the match begins, able to see each other clearly, all the better to predict their opponent’s next move. The victorious play their opponents like a fiddle–they manipulate expectations with feints.

Feints use the element of surprise to keep rivals on their heels. A hammer echoing in the night need not forge a spear. A summoned Chaos Skull is easily cancelled before it is cast. And a conjured deck of Wildcards moves along with an Arch-Mage, all the better to catch an enemy at a vulnerable moment. Advanced Spellcasters use deceptive movements to trick their opponent into teleporting prematurely, or diverting focus, or casting at an inopportune time. Every Ember is precious; so it is vitally important to maintain razor-sharp perception, in tune with an opponent’s true intentions.

Nothing compromises perception more effectively than the newly sanctioned Dark Tag Artifact! This spellbound spray-paint can, stencils mystic paint traps to obscure an opponent’s vision. A tagged spellcaster is exposed to deadly homing spells, unable to counter or dodge—the Dark Tag stacks well with every offensive spell.

Lockport Bridge is the most dynamic arena in the underground circuit. Freezing winds from across the lake form ice columns in the channel, changing the fundamental topology of this battleground. Pedestals with wide sight lines become sheltered coves, vulnerable from only a few opponent positions.

As the storm intensifies, and after every column is formed, a Summon Orb manifests beneath the bridge. Breaking it unleashes the spirit of a hapless victim, drowned long ago. Impossibly thin ice freezes around his extremities to form the Bridge Wraith—a vengeful grotesque hell-bent on entombing its victim in an icy sheath. If you find yourself rooted, your time on this plane is drawing to a swift and bitter end. Better luck next time.

From across the lake, the wind changes. Electric lights flicker. Spellcasters of a new cloak will soon join the duel.

Until then, remember: fortune favors the shrouded. Remain hidden!

Ever Watching,

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General

  • Circle Reaper: Reduced travel speed.

Artifacts

  • Cthulhu’s Grasp: Reduced max health.

Anarchist

  • Pyrotechnics: Reduced max number of fireworks by one.

Blackjack

  • Disc of Blades: Reduced travel speed.
  • Wildcards: Reduced travel speed.

Kineticist

  • Telekinesis: Telekinetic objects need to be closer to the caster before they can be thrown, Large telekinetic objects now travel to your hand as fast as smaller ones.
  • Mass Drop: Reduced travel speed, Reduced the time between car spawns, Increased car’s max health.
  • Force Bubble: Projectile slow speed is now consistent for all charge tiers.

Happy New Year everyone!

As we stated in our Arcane Updates post last year, 2017 is going to be chock full of new content and updates for The Unspoken. We are hard at work on our first new content drop of the year.

In the meantime, we wanted to jump online with you! We are going to start playing weekly sessions from the studio. We will post the days and times at the start of each month.

For January, we are starting today! Jump online during the times listed and look for usernames that include the “insom_” prefix.

January Play with Dev Events

Wednesday, January 11 @ 4 pm Eastern / 1 pm Pacific
Thursday, January 19 @ 5 pm Eastern / 2 pm Pacific
Thursday, January 26 @ 3 pm Eastern / 12 pm Pacific

We will be live streaming on January 26th from our Twitch Channel. Tune in for a first look at all the new content coming in the first update!

As always, we are listening to your feedback. Please let us know in the comments below. Or post on the Oculus subreddit, The Unspoken Discord channel, Twitter or Facebook.

Greetings Acolytes,

We’re watching you. We can see you slip through the veil and into dark back alleys, abandoned factories, and concealed gardens. Power flows through you, and your ascent is staggering to behold.

Do you want to know a secret?

We’ve just begun.

Arcane Updates throughout 2017

Throughout 2017–from the beginning of the year to the end–we’re revealing more of the hidden Chicago. We’re updating The Unspoken with new everything–and we’re evolving the duel itself with help from Spellcasters all over the world.

That means you.

New Arenas

A fog rolls in across the lake. New Arenas coalesce in the mist, with dramatic layouts and dynamic pedestals. Peer into the future with this sneak peek at a concept image:

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New Cloaks

Soon, you’ll have the power to change the physical appearance of your Spellcaster. Attentive Acolytes witnessed these new Spellcaster forms during our Facebook Live stream. Behold concept images here, rendered with the gloved hand of a Sage:

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New Classes

Each class carries new Primal Spells, Gesture Spells, and play styles. Three practitioners of ancient magics are available at launch. These represent but a few of the myriad techniques of spellcraft. The full array of classes is shrouded in mystery for now–new Spellcaster classes arrive in 2017!

New Artifacts

Soon, you’ll find new Artifacts in your Curio Cabinet. A skillfully cast artifact can turn the tide of battle; careful selection can seal your victory. Ancient Artifacts are uncovered throughout 2017.

New Modes

Learn the art of the duel. Live the lifestyle of an Arch-Mage. But take heed: the duel is a living thing.

New modes of play arrive in 2017. The very nature of Spellcasting will evolve, even as the 1v1 duel lives eternal.

And there is more

Soon, we’ll release better ways to watch and stream The Unspoken. The spectator mode shows all-seeing views of the duel, with an information overlay for informed viewing. And integrated streaming tools grant the power to communicate with those in thrall. We brought The Unspoken to ESL One in Brooklyn, and Intel Extreme Masters Oakland. And stay tuned: soon, we may be coming to an event near you. The Unspoken is amazing to play—and amazing to watch.

In 1893, the Exposition revealed the promise of magic. In 2017, it rises again. The wait will be short. The Unspoken expands early next year and through every subsequent season.
We are listening. Please share your feedback. Help us shape the unseen. What do you like? What do you wish to change? Let us know here in comments, speak invocations on Facebook, chant on Twitter, leave glyphs on Reddit, or summon us telepathically.

Ever Watching . . . and Listening.

Greetings Spellcaster,

Your nimble casting is duly noted. Your impeccable technique transcends a mere parlor trick; your fingers brush knife-thin constellation lines to manipulate perception itself. Sleight of hand is your calling card as The Blackjack!

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The Blackjack taps into the illusion magic of the street hustle to wield deadly blades with speed, precision, and otherworldly grace. These Primal Spells are yours to master:

  • Direct deadly Spectral Knives with uncommon accuracy.
  • Counter opponent spells with your compact Mystic Shield.

Cast these three gesture spells:

  • With a push gesture, spin a razor-sharp Disc of Blades and direct it toward impossibly small targets with the pinpoint precision of your gaze. Spin the blades longer to shatter shields and cover points.
  • With a volley gesture, manifest two hands of explosive Wildcards that arc around cover. Send one line of cards, teleport, and then send a second line to trick your opponent with a difficult-to-counter one-two attack.
  • With a guard gesture, summon Spectral Cloaks to conceal yourself. Teleport from point to point unseen while your opponent frantically breaks shields to find your position. Charge your guard spell fully to place more Cloaks and absorb more damage before shattering.

With carefully directed blades, your damage-per-second is second to none. But your health is low. Use your Spectral Cloak to stay hidden while you prepare an offensive gesture spell, reach for a devastating artifact, or assemble a Guardian effigy.

Your skill at breaking Embers is unsurpassed. Direct blades around cover to target your opponent’s most fortified positions. leaving your enemy exposed while you slip in and out of the veil.

Overwhelm your opponent’s senses with a Spectral Cloak, followed by an Aerogramme. Then pick off the dazed Spellcaster with fully charged Spectral Blades. Or try even more esoteric tricks: hoard your Embers for multiple arcs of opponent-seeking Wildcards.

Take note: your Disc of Blades will quickly break a Summon Orb or dispel a Guardian. But your victory hinges on your ability to misdirect. Use your skills wisely, and remain concealed!

Ever watching,

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Greetings acolyte,

The statue of Endless Vigilance overlooks a traffic circle near Butcher Heights. Here, beneath the grey-brick Romanesque facades of old Chicago, there is a palpable restlessness, a trace of some unseen presence.

In the shadows of this arcane centrum, Spellcasters engage in high-stakes duels in Pulaski Circle! In this close-quarters arena, there is little margin for error. Offensive spells land quickly across the short distance. Casting fully charged spells takes time, so it’s crucial to find a sheltered position to perform a Gesture or cast an Artifact. Here, Volley spells are particularly effective at rooting out your opponent—and Push spells are devastating when cast immediately after an opponent teleports to the exposed side of the arena. Keep an Ember at the ready for a reactive Guard spell. A quickly cast guard can be the difference between victorious life and death from a surprise attack.

The circular layout promotes thoughtful teleporting. Pedestals are arrayed around a central occluding statue, with open sightlines and protected positions that alternate with every teleport–players can effectively hide from each other for brief intervals. On each side, one position is low and protected, but exposed to attack from a single elevated pedestal. Every move to target your opponent can be countered with a move to a better position; Pulaski Circle pedestals are the most interdependent of first-wave arenas.

Monuments rise up from the nineteenth century cemetery plot buried below the manicured lawn. Cover points grow sturdier. One pedestal rises even higher as the match escalates. And if a player cracks the Summoning Orb, the spirit of Endless Vigilance rises up from the grave to relentlessly pursue a victim. A skillful Spellcaster might counter The Reaper, but at what cost?

Stay hidden as you seek the ascendant path, and perhaps your name will be inscribed in the ledger.

Ever Watching,

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Today’s release of The Unspoken marks a big day for us. Not only is it our fifth game launch of 2016, but it begins a shared journey with you into new, uncharted, exciting territory. Virtual Reality player versus player in our urban magic fight club. This is a game we have been thinking about making for the better part of a decade. And now it’s live for you to play, with the power of magic at your fingertips.

We couldn’t be more excited to get The Unspoken into your hands (pun intended). Once you get your Touch Controllers set-up, we hope you’ll jump online – as we will be jumping into Ranked matches over this week (and the weeks to come!) to duel it out with you. Don’t worry… we won’t stick around on the Leaderboards long!

Still waiting on your controllers? Never fear, we’ve got a bunch of live streams coming up this week so you can see the game in action. Join us on our streams for The Unspoken shirt and poster giveaways.

Here is a schedule for this week of our live streams and dev play sessions:

Tuesday – Dec 6

3pm EST / 12pm PST – Facebook Live stream
4pm EST / 1pm PST – Play with the Dev (look for Insomniac usernames!)

Wednesday – Dec 7

3pm EST / 12pm PST – Play with the Dev

Thursday – Dec 8

6pm EST / 3pm PST – Play with the Dev

Friday – Dec 9

5pm EST / 2pm PST – Play with the Dev livestreamed on Twitch

But wait, there is more!

More content that is. More arenas. More classes. More artifacts. More modes! Even more lore. All coming in 2017. December 6th might be the first time we enter this world, but we plan to stick around with updates and new content throughout 2017. We look forward to hearing your feedback as we try and build the deepest, most competitive VR experience ever.

Come join us. Release you inner arch-mage!

Greetings Spellcaster,

We’ve been watching you. You’re growing more attuned to the city. You can feel the vibrations of mass transit: the rise and fall of crowds, the waves of traffic, the crush of the El Train.

You can manipulate these unseen forces of movement as The Kineticist!

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This astral form directs city debris with blunt power. Feel kinetic energy course through your fingers as you master these Primal Spells:

  • Lift and redirect ambient objects with Telekinesis.
  • Repel opponent attacks with the Telekinetic Shield.

Embers energize three arcane gesture spells:

  • With a push gesture, attract detritus to ready a Debris Scatter, then project it outward in a concentrated cone of shrapnel. Charge up, then cast Debris Scatter at close range to damage an opponent with every deadly shard.
  • With a volley gesture, levitate a Mass Drop of automobiles to damage your enemy from above. The initial pose directs one car to your opponent; hold the pose to raise cars above up to three pedestals, selected by your gaze. Drop your arms with force for a higher-damage attack.
  • With a guard gesture, form a Force Bubble to repulse enemy spells. Cast quickly to counter, or hold the crossed-arm pose to generate a larger, more durable bubble.

The Kineticist wields heavy objects with a deliberate style. Time your Telekinetic Primal carefully. Defend with your off-hand shield while an object overcomes inertia to move to your primary hand.

A held object can act as an improvised shield. And a thrown object can nullify an enemy projectile. Your Primal defensive capabilities are second to none.

There are massive objects in every arena—concrete fountains, metal machinery, stone gargoyles. These inflict the most damage. Gesture toward an object with your offensive hand to draw it close. But choose carefully; heavy objects take longer to attract.

Debris Scatter excels at breaking enemy shields and shattering Summon Orbs.

Save your Embers. A quickly cast Mass Drop can divert an adversary while you move close to prepare a Debris Scatter spell. Multiple Mass Drops will leave your challenger with no safe haven.

To prevail, you must sense the ebb and flow of intangible waves as you manipulate the dense matter of the physical world. Duel with verve, but never forget the gravity of the ancient code.

May you crush your rival before your rival crushes you.

Ever watching,

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Greetings acolyte,

A power plant looms at the south branch of the Chicago River. Once, the station was an engineering marvel, with steam engine turbines that illuminated half the city even as they cloaked its skyline in black fog. But now it stands silent and ominous, shuttered long ago by a bleak safety record.

In this abandoned temple of industry, Spellcasters follow the ancient code of the duel! Burnham Station is a cavernous interior arena bisected by electrified machinery. These moving barriers test timing and precision—the physical techniques that underpin the art of spellcasting.

Victory follows grace. Ascendant arch-mages know that it’s not just the selected spell—it’s how well the spell is cast. Primal spells are different for each class, and each one requires proficiency in a new skill, so that each class is defined by its play style. The Anarchist’s Fireball grows more powerful with sustained ignition, and damages its target with an accomplished throw. The Blackjack’s Spectral Knives multiply with a controlled chargeup, and fly to a target with laser-like precision. The Kineticist’s Telekinetic attack is strengthened by the selection of a massive object, hurled at an opponent with blunt efficiency.

The head complements the hand. Balancing casting time with the strength of the Primal Shield and the cooldown of Teleportation is vital. A newly cast shield enables a magician to hold ground. But a deteriorating shield prompts a move to a new pedestal. And when an opponent teleports while a shield is in a cooldown state, there is a moment of exposure. Anticipating opponent movement maximizes damage. When timing is clicking, when casting and moving are in sync, duels feel sublime. Spellcasters enter a mind-altering state of flow.

Burnham station grows dark as a match progresses. Timeworn machinery whirs to life, powered by other dimensional energies. Distant rear pedestals are fortified, while forward pedestals offer a firing line through rotating wheels. As sparks fly between support columns, the Summon Orb manifests an antiquated dynamo. Assembling it brings the Electric Beast through the veil to punish an opponent with high-voltage tendrils. Was this monstrosity formed when Burnham station was operational? Or did it will the massive turbines into existence to act as an earthly vessel?

Acolyte, do not stare into the void. Keep your eyes and mind always on the battlefield.

Ever Watching,

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