ND Comic and Outsourcing

Apparently today is Clashing Clothes day. According to the internet.

Good enough for me! We have a game to celebrate that. And a Throwback Thursday sale (50% of Danger by Design using promo code DAN50 at checkout, today only.)

If you hadn’t heard the news about it yet, check this out! Dynamite is going to release a teen Noir version comic book of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys! It comes out March 8, 2017.

You can read an interview with the author, here.

What do you think? Would you read a more adult version of your favorite detectives?


On a side note, some behind-the-scenes fun trivia:

Nearly ALL of our Nancy Drew games have had parts that had been outsourced. All games up until #16 ICE all the character designs and animation came from outside of our office and by another company (then we brought on our own character designer and animators). All of our games’ music has been outsourced as well, with our current composer working from Europe. Many voice actors and actresses have recorded characters for us, even some located in England! Outsourcing is very common in the game industry. Sounds, designs, animations, modeling, marketing content and more are sourced from multiple companies who specialize in what they do. Our game company is no different, and we are a small one! Rumors have spread about Midnight in Salem being outsourced, so to confirm a fact: yes, MID has elements outsourced, just like our past games. 🙂 That is all I can share on the story, for now. When I have news or details to share, I will!

-Little Jackalope

24 responses to “ND Comic and Outsourcing”

  1. Hailey aka HappyPuppyHarley says:

    That’s a coincidence! I just learned about outsourcing in my geography class today!

  2. Huw Miller says:

    That makes sense. Thanks for clearing that up!

  3. Marian says:

    That’s good to know (although I already knew that Her Interactive had outsourced some things in the past). However, what was never outsourced before (as far as I know) is the actual game design – and that is the single most important part of the game. It’s like a book – you can outsource the cover art, but what really matters is the writing contained therein.

  4. Jackson says:

    Are you outsourcing the entire game, or just little bits like voices and music?

  5. Jackson says:

    How many in-house game developers do you have working on the game? Why is it taking so long, Unity is industry standard.

    Thank you!

  6. Will says:

    If that’s Nancy on the cover she looks suspiciously like she’s in her Samantha Quick getup!

  7. Claire says:

    I’m not sure if you’ve picked the game for the next Twitch party, but would you consider Danger by Design a February game? It has some themes of romance in it.

  8. Julie McAninch says:

    I’m glad to finally hear something about MID! <3

  9. Zoe says:

    Thanks for explaining that. I wasn’t totally clear on what that exactly meant and that was cool to know!

  10. Teresa says:

    LJ, what was the first ND Game or Anniversary of when the ND Games started? It will be cool if MID was released as like a anniversary special

  11. Kit says:

    I’m pumped for the comic!

  12. Jana says:

    I used to work for a textbook publisher and most of the work was outsourced to vendors, but our job was to ensure that the quality was consistent. So all of that makes total sense to me!

  13. Camilla says:

    Thank you for saying something about MID !

    And to answer your question, yes I think I would read a more adult version of Nancy Drew / The Hardy Boys.
    And if the games were to be a little bit more adult, I think I would like it too. A lot of fans are now adults and continue to play.

  14. BooBoo'sNan says:

    I must be missing something, but who cares if all or part of Nancy Drew games are outsourced? Whatever it takes. Just get the darned games released. We’ve waited two years now. Don’t lecture us about outsourcing. Talk to us about when you are going to release MID. Really, isn’t that all that anyone is interested in at this point?

  15. Fan says:

    I LOVE hearing updates on the newest game! So excited. I think it’s funny there was speculation about outsourcing for the game, because that’s so common. Not really any news there. Can’t wait to hear about a release date!

  16. Kendall says:


    • Jess says:

      I feel your pain….It’s a ritual with me to buy every game as it was released and the releases have been so regular over the years. I do not understand why they cannot provide any updates either. Even if they are struggling or think they may never be able to complete it, I would understand that more than being left in the dark. I hate not knowing and playing this multi-year waiting game.

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