When we were working on Gone Home, I don’t think we ever imagined that the game would be available as a physical version, in a box we could hold in our hands. It was a downloadable game, plain and simple. But now, thanks to the folks at Headup and Merge Games, Gone Home has entered the physical realm! And it is NOW AVAILABLE from our own Topatoco shop (support the devs, and save on shipping if you’re in North America!) and from the Merge Games website (for our UK & European friends!) And this isn’t just the installer on a DVD (though it does have that)– it’s a special deluxe edition that includes a whole bunch of extras! Check’em out:
What is all this stuff?? The Gone Home Retail Special Edition includes:
- Gone Home DRM-free for PC/Mac/Linux on DVD, as well as a free Steam key
- The full Gone Home Original Soundtrack (The GH:OST) by Chris Remo, plus all of the audio diaries from Gone Home in MP3 format!
- A Gone Home cassette tape logo sticker
- The 40-page “Designer’s Notebook” filled with notes and sketches from the development of Gone Home
- Fold-out poster of the cover of Sam & Lonnie’s zine!
First off is the box itself, done up as an homage to the games of the 90s in classic faux SNES-style packaging. We had a lot of fun riffing on the design:
The DVD case is adorned with Aleks Sennwald’s fabulous Lisa Frank-inspired binder art, in glorious high-resolution:
The Gone Home vinyl sticker is perfect for slapping on your OWN school notebook, instantly turning you into one of the cool kids:
And finally, there’s the Gone Home Designer’s Notebook. During the development of Gone Home, I wrote out all my notes, story ideas, maps, and sketches for the making of the game in a pair of notebooks, resulting in a document of the evolution of the game as it was built. For this special edition, we’ve scanned 40 pages of those notebooks and included them in this booklet, hopefully providing some new insight into how the game came to be. Check out the intro page, plus a couple of sample pages…
So, I know WE’RE super psyched to get our hands on the physical version of Gone Home (our copies are still in the mail!) Hopefully this stuff looks as awesome to you as it does to us– if it does, grab a copy of your own from our Topatoco store, or the Merge Games page! Thanks again so much for playing.. when you get your box, send us some pics! Would be awesome to see where some of those stickers and posters end up…!