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This article details the official history timeline of the Bendy and the Ink Machine franchise created by Joey Drew Studios Inc., hosted by Kindly Beast.

2017

  • January: Chapter 1's development has begun.
  • January 30: The Chapter 1 trailer is released.
  • February 9: theMeatly announced that Chapter 1 will be released tomorrow.[1]
  • February 10: Chapter 1 is released on Game Jolt.
  • February 14: Chapter 2 is under development.
  • February 16: theMeatly announced the fanart contest.
  • February 20: The first teaser for Chapter 2 is revealed.
  • February 21: Bendy's official Twitter account for the game's announcements is made.
  • February 22: A second teaser for Chapter 2 is revealed.
  • February 23: Official merchandise are in stores at Red Bubble.
  • February 24: Chapter 1 came to Steam Greenlight.
  • February 25: The official website is launched.
  • February 26: The third teaser for Chapter 2 is revealed.
  • February 28: Chapter 1 made it to Steam Greenlight after four days.
  • March 2: The fanart contest expires.
  • March 15: The info for Chapter 2 is revealed.
  • March 27: The Chapter 2 trailer is released.
  • March 30: The fanart contest winners are revealed.
  • April 4: A preview video for Chapter 2 at CGX is uploaded on YouTube.
  • April 9: The fourth teaser for Chapter 2 is revealed.
  • April 11: Chapter 2's second trailer is released, revealing the game's release date.
  • April 17: theMeatly announced that Chapter 2 is releasing tomorrow.[2]
    • On the same day, theMeatly posted a video about it.
  • April 18: Chapter 2 is released on Game Jolt.
    • Chapter 1 is updated with entirely remastered graphics and other things.
    • Chapter 3 is first considered at this time.[3]
  • April 21: An album for Chapter 2 is released on Bandcamp.
  • April 22: theMeatly announced the second fanart contest.
  • April 24: The game's page is revealed on Steam.
  • April 26: The trailer for the game's Steam release is uploaded, stating that the game will be released tomorrow on Steam.
  • April 27: The game is released on Steam for free, with only one chapter with four other chapters are purchasable as DLCs.
    • On the same day, new merchandise are available on Red Bubble.
  • May 8: Patch 0.2 is released for the game.
  • May 9: The trailer announcing Chapter 3's development is uploaded.
  • May 18: theMeatly uploaded a video, encouraging everyone to ask questions about the game.
  • May 24: It was announced that the merchandises made by PhatMojo are coming soon.
  • June 3: The first teaser for Chapter 3 is shown.
  • June 15: The second fanart contest expires.
  • June 22: Chapter 2 is on a Summer sale at Steam.
  • June 26: theMeatly uploaded the first Q & A video about the game on YouTube.
    • On the same day from the official website, theMeatly quietly released their guidelines about fan arts.
  • July 5: The Summer sale for Chapter 2 is expired.
  • July 15: The second teaser for Chapter 3 is released.
    • On the same day, it is announced that the merchandise related to the game will be in stores at Hot Topic soon.[4]
  • July 20: The game's official Instagram account is made.
  • July 26: Official merchandise are in stores on Hot Topic.
  • August 4: The official store website is created.
    • The Redbubble merchandise are removed while most of them are moved to the official website.
  • August 5: The third teaser for Chapter 3 is released.
  • August 8: The video announcing Chapter 3's incoming trailer is uploaded.
  • August 11: Chapter 3's trailer is uploaded.
  • August 13: Hot Topic uploaded the Hot Minute video featuring theMeatly.
  • September 12: The game is removed from Itch.io and Game Jolt.
  • September 19: The image of the letter "B" is revealed from the game's official Twitter account.
    • Five hours later, an "E" is teased on the game's official account.
  • September 20: The image of the letter "W" is revealed on the game's official account.
    • Nine hours later, the letter "A" is teased on the game's official account.
  • September 21: The image of the letter "R" is revealed on the game's official account.
    • Nine hours later, another letter "E" is teased on the game's official Twitter account.
  • September 22: The image of the letter "M" is revealed on the game's Twitter account.
    • Nine hours later, the letter "O" is teased on the game's official Twitter account.
  • September 23: The image of another letter "R" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • On the same day, the Chapter 2 fanart contest winners are revealed.
    • Nine hours later, another letter "E" is teased on the game's official Twitter account.
  • September 24: The image of the letter "T" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • Nine hours later, the letter "H" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • September 25: The image of another letter "A" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • Nine hours later, the letter "N" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • September 26: The image of another letter "B" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • Another letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • Another letter "N" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • The letter "D" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • The letter "Y" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • Achievements for Chapter 3 are revealed in the game's Steam page.
    • The trailer for Chapter 3's release date is uploaded.
    • Chapter 3's Steam page is uploaded.
  • September 28: Chapter 3 is released on Steam.
    • Chapter 4 is first in prouduction at this time.
    • Chapter 5 is also in production while Chapter 4 is being made.
    • Chapter 1 is updated with entirely remastered graphics and other things.
    • Chapter 2 is updated with entirely remastered graphics and other things, too.
  • October 5: A downloadable mask of Bendy for Halloween is released on the official website for a limited time.
  • October 14: The fanart contest for Chapter 4 is open.
  • October 15: The video about top seven "behind the scenes" facts about Chapter 3 is uploaded.
  • October 24: Tiny Build releases their Halloween video for Hello Neighbor along with a teaser to what Bendy and the Ink Machine is doing for Halloween.
  • October 25: theMeatly releases their Halloween video for Bendy and the Ink Machine along with a teaser to what Hello Neighbor is doing for Halloween.
  • October 26: Chapter 2 is on 50% off sale from Steam.
    • On the same day, Mike Mood opens a tweet for game development questions.
  • October 27: The Hello Bendy is released.
  • October 28: The bundle is 36% off while Chapter 3 is 15% off on Steam.
  • October 31: The Hello Bendy event has ended.
    • The "Haunted Hijinx" cartoon is uploaded.
  • November 17: The announcement trailer for Chapter 4 is released.
  • November 22: The bundle is on Autumn Sale for Steam - Chapter 2 is 50% off and Chapter 3 is 30% off.
  • November 28: The Autumn Sale ended.
  • December 8: A downloadable instruction of making the Little Miracle Station ornament is released on the official website for a limited time.
  • December 15: The TheMeatly Games team enters in vacation.
  • December 20: The fanart contest for Chapter 4 ended.
  • December 21: The winter bundle is 53% off on Steam.
  • December 23: theMeatly announced that the game will have translations to several languages.[5]
  • December 24: The "Snow Sillies" is uploaded.

2018

  • January 4: The winter sale ended.
  • January 15: The theMeatly Games team is back from the vacation.
  • January 26: The game Bendy in Nightmare Run is announced.
  • January 27: The first teaser for Chapter 4 is released.
  • January 29: The planned consoles for Bendy and the Ink Machine was announced.
  • February 10: The game Bendy and the Ink Machine became 1 year old in its 1st anniversary.
  • February 24: The second teaser for Chapter 4 is revealed.
    • A third animated screenshot of Bendy in Nightmare Run is uploaded.
  • March 20: The first demo of Chapter 4 was shown at CGX.
  • March 28: The third teaser for Chapter 4 is released.
    • At the same day the trailer for Chapter 4 is announced.
  • March 31: The trailer for Chapter 4 is released.
    • At the same day, the letter "J" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 1: The letter "O" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 2: The fanart contest winners are revealed.
    • At the same day the letter "U" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 3: The letter "R" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 4: The letter "N" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 5: The letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 6: The letter "Y" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 7: The letter "D" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 8: Another letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 9: The third letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 10: The letter "P" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 11: The fourth letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • At the same day, the announcement video is made about the update of Chapter 1.
  • April 12: The second letter "R" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • At the same day the Bendy merchandise are published to Walmart.
  • April 13: The "&" symbol is revealed on the games official Twitter account.
    • At the same day, an announcement video is made about the update of Chapter 2.
  • April 14: The letter "F" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 15: Chapter 3's enhancement trailer is uploaded.
    • On the same day, the fifth letter "E" is revealed.
    • Still on the same day, the achievements for Chapter 4 are leaked.
  • April 16: The letter "A" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 17: The third letter "R" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 18: The letter "T" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 19: The letter "H" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 20: The sixth letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 21: The fourth letter "R" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 22: The letter "I" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 23: The announcement about Chapter 4's release date is made.
    • At the same day, the letter "D" is released on the game's official Twitter account.Still on the same day, Chapter 4's Steam page is uploaded.
  • April 24: The seventh letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • April 30: Chapter 4 is released on Steam.
    • Chapter 1 is updated with entirely remastered graphics and other things.
    • Chapter 2 is updated with entirely remastered graphics and other things, too.
    • Also, Chapter 3 is updated with entirely remastered graphics and other things.
  • June 5: The production trailer for Chapter 5 is released.
  • June 9: The achievements for Chapter 5 are released on the steam page.
  • June 10: Two more achievements for Chapter 5 are released.
  • July 28: A photo with empty boxes referring to Chapter 5 is released.
  • August 15: Bendy in Nightmare Run is released.
  • August 31: Chapter 5 reveal trailer is released.
  • September 6: The fanart contest for Chapter 5 is open.
  • October 1: The letter "B" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 2: The letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 3: The letter "N" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 4: The letter "D" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 5: The letter "Y" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 6: The letter "H" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • On the same day, the first teaser screenshot for Chapter 5 is revealed.
  • October 7: The letter "O" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 8: The letter "L" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 9: The letter "D" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 10: The letter "S" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • On the same day, Henry's 2nd audio log teaser for Chapter 5 is uploaded from Joey Drew Studios Inc's channel.
  • October 11: The letter "C" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 12: The letter "L" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 13: The letter "O" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • On the same day, the second teaser screenshot for Chapter 5 is released.
  • October 14: The letter "S" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 15: The fanart contest for Chapter 5 has ended.
    • On the same day, the letter "E" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 16: The letter "Y" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 17: The letter "O" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • On the same day, Henry's 3rd audio log is released on Joey Drew Studios Inc.'s channel.
  • October 18: The letter "U" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 19: The letter "R" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 20: The letter "W" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • On the same day, the third teaser screenshot for Chapter 5 is released.
  • October 21: The letter "A" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 22: The letter "Y" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 23: The letter "O" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • On the same day, the fourth teaser screenshot for Chapter 5 is released.
  • October 24: The letter "U" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
    • On the same day, the fanart contest winners are annnounced.
  • October 25: The letter "T" is revealed on the game's official Twitter account.
  • October 26: Chapter 5 is released on Steam.
  • November 20: Bendy and the Ink Machine is released for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on GameStop.

2019

References

  1. See you tomorrow for the game release... ;) - theMeatly, Twitter
  2. Bendy is returning. - theMeatly, Twitter
  3. "*opens unity* ugh fine" - Mike Mood, Twitter
  4. "Bendy and the Ink Machine coming soon..." - Hot Topic, Twitter
  5. "YUP! Confirmed! We're working on localizing #batim. :) Text translations for several languages will HOPEFULLY appear with CH5!.. :D" - theMeatly. December 23, 2017. Twitter.