Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is a turnbased RPG in the Serious Sam universe, but since we never played jRPG’s we ended up with something featuring hundreds of enemies at once and a similarly impressive number of simultaneous explosions. It’s available on Steam for about $4.99!
These posts are related to Serious Sam: The Random Encounter.
If you’ve been following Nuclear Throne, there’s been weekly updates – but here we’ve been sort of quiet as we burrowed into that project. But since 2014 is almost over, we thought we update our blog here with some of our closing notes. Let’s start with the bad news and move to the good news, OK? Just feels nicer to end on the high note.
The bad news is mostly related to our earlier games and mostly comes in the form of “we’ve finally learned not to announce dates before we’re 100% certain”. Nuclear Throne has taken an absurd amount of time with weekly public updates, and it turns out having to release an update every week means you don’t have a lot of time for other things. Here’s a quick summary of what we’re up to at Vlambeer.
Ridiculous Fishing While we hope you grabbed the Christmas hat in Ridiculous Fishing last week, the 2014 content update for Ridiculous Fishing has been postponed until further notice. Both ourselves, Zach Gage and Greg Wohlwend have been too busy with other projects to do anything particularly significant on the project. We apologise for this, and hope to have some news in the next year.
Super Crate Box iOS
An update for Super Crate Box for iOS should release in the first few months of 2015, which should finally enable support for additional screen ratios. Since this is also highly dependent on Halfbot’s schedule, we can’t promise anything here just yet.
We’re aware of a trophy bug for LUFTRAUSERS on PlayStation Network platforms. Sadly, our original programmers on the project cannot further support the project due to new jobs. We’ve been working with Devolver Digital and found some people who can give LUFTRAUSERS a much-needed bugfix run. We’ll have more news on that in the nearby future.
Well, that was the bad news! Nothing terrible, we hope, but it’s still something we’re sorry about. You learn as you go, we guess. We know you’ve trusted us with your time, enthusiasm and money – and we want to make sure that we deliver on our promises of fishing with machineguns, crate-collecting and aerial superweapons. Let’s move on to the good news, then!
Super Crate Box, GUN GODZ & Serious Sam: The Random Encounter
GameMaker creator YoYoGames and Vlambeer are collaborating on bringing Super Crate Box, GUN GODZ and Serious Sam: The Random Encounter to additional platforms, most notably Windows 8. This ‘support update pack’ should enable these games to run on OS X and Linux, too. We’ll be announcing a release date as soon as we’ve got a better overview of the effort that’ll go into these fixes, and we’ll keep you updated on Twitter, Facebook and our blog.
Anyone who, by end of the 31st of December (CET), owns Nuclear Throne on Steam or has registered their game through Humble will receive a New Years’ gift code for the game on January 1st, 2015. While we’ll endeavour to make sure everyone gets their gift copy somewhere on the 1st, we can’t 100% promise we’ll be able to deliver all codes on January 1st. It’s kind of a huge logistic effort to give away as many gift copies as we are (we couldn’t be more thankful for that situation, though!).
We are afraid we can’t make any exceptions to the deadline here because of the logistics of the whole endeavour.
You’ll receive a giftable version of the version of Nuclear Throne that you bought (so a Steam gift copy for Steam players, a Humble gift link for Humble and Twitch). Just check your Steam account or the Humble link for your original copy. If you bought through Twitch, you can visit this page to claim it.
We hope that you’ll give these gift keys to people with a good eye for video games, people that you know would love Nuclear Throne, and people that you think would’ve never heard of Nuclear Throne without your gift. Basically, we hope you’ll grow our community with people you know are good people that care about games, and that could give us quality feedback on the game as we progress into 2015.
Please consider the gifted key as a thank you for your support of the game and a way to support us even further in our effort to make the best version of Nuclear Throne we can hope to build.
What an amazing year full of wonderful moments, from being the first studio to sell a game through Twitch (and showing them that game development deserves its own category on their platform) to Nuclear Throne’s absolutely humbling performance. We were amazed with our mention on the top 10 developer lists by the games industry blog Gamasutra and happy to see Nuclear Throne and LUFTRAUSERS popping up on all sorts of top 10 lists. We had fun at all the events at which we’ve had the opportunity to talk to so many of you out there.
Vlambeer continues to be a strange and wonderful rollercoaster.
From the two of us here at Vlambeer, and on behalf of those who worked with us throughout 2014, see you in 2015.
This post was written in a bit of a rush, somewhere around 1AM, because we honestly don’t have time to write it at any other moment. We did want to update you all with some great news, because while the spelling and grammar possibly aren’t quite up to par with our usual, June was a ridiculously busy month filled with a ton of good news.
Not only did we finally give a talk together again, we also released Super Crate Box on OUYA for free, we submitted the Ridiculous Fishing update to Apple, got the Super Crate Box iOS update ready for submission somewhere next week, started working on fixing the Windows 8 bugs for all our Windows titles, worked full days to wrap up LUFTRAUSERS and spent a lot of hours getting our next project ready for the livestreams soon. Jan Willem co-organized Local Multiplay Picnic Plus and announced the next 7DFPS game jam while Rami is working on helping out with the Indie MEGABOOTH.
That is not even mentioning that Rami started this month in Karlshamn, Sweden, where he was a judge for the Game Concept Challenge and ranted about authorial intent in games. Nor that he continued to fly straight to Los Angeles for E3, where he manned three booths at once while Ridiculous Fishing collaborator Zach Gage picked up the Apple Design Award we won for Ridiculous Fishing in San Francisco. We also got listed 69th in a list of most influential people in gaming, which is still a bit of a strange sensation to us.
Holy shit, Ridiculous Fishing just won a Apple Design Award. #wwdc holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit holy shit
What a crazy month. Let’s go through some of these things a bit slower, we guess.
E3 was amazing. It is amazing to see how much of an impact indie has on the gaming industry – from being an underground movement to being both that, but also the largest booth at the Penny Arcade Expo and being a major presence on the E3 showfloor and during Sony’s keynote. Seeing that Sony had nine screens on stage and the only moment more than six were used was during the Indie Eight segment was a small revolution in itself.
A day later, somebody stole all of Rami’s gear. Luckily, we backup regularly and our hardware was easily replaced. It was a massive pain, but we guess our backup policies worked out well for us there.
Besides spending a lot of times with the crazy geniuses at Devolver Digital, we spent a lot of time talking to all of our friends at Sony. We also spent some good time talking about interesting developments at Nintendo. We’re impressed by their efforts to having not just the latest AAA titles, but also the widest variety of indie games. Oh, we also talked to Microsoft for a bit but nothing really newsworthy happened there, although the people we talked to were really nice and obviously cared.
OUYA was the other new factor at this E3. Obviously, the idea of an open console with an actual store was something we had to get behind, so we decided to release Super Crate Box for free on OUYA. After all, the OUYA is a home device and we promised to make Super Crate Box free on home devices. If you like Super Crate Box on OUYA, we’d encourage you to pick up some of the fun games on OUYA if you have one: Towerfall, The Little Crane That Could, Awesome Frog and No Brakes Valet come to mind.
In terms of making games, this month has been a rollercoaster. Unlike last month, we actually have something to show for it.
LUFTRAUSERS on Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita is progressing really well. The fans that played the game at Rezzed seemed to agree the current version of the game is a huge improvement over what we showcased at Rezzed last year. The PC and Linux builds are ready, the PS3, Vita and Mac versions are almost there. We’re extremely aware we slightly missed the original Fall 2012 release date, so we don’t want to make new promises that we might miss, so all we’re going to say for now is that we’ll try to release simultaneously on all platforms.
We submitted the first Ridiculous Fishing update to iOS and we’re preparing for the release somewhere in the next month. You can read about the update and what it’ll be about on Digital Spy or TouchArcade.
For those of you on iPhone 5, we finally fixed the aspect ratio of Super Crate Box iOS and the update is ready for submission. The golden crate counter has been broken since a hack earlier last year and it’s just not been working the way it should, so we’re dropping that and releasing the update as soon as it passes approval.
If you don’t mind, we’re headed back to work. The new project is shaping up so well – some friends of ours have been playtesting an early build – we couldn’t be more excited to get all of you involved in development soon.
Two-hundred million crates have been collected worldwide. If you add up the crate counters in Super Crate Box & its iOS version you get a sum total of 202 341 012. Almost 20 golden crates have been collected as well, so there’s just 80 golden crates left before the next update hits. We just let loose our stats on those numbers & our calculations put that at just over 1.5 million disc-gun deaths.
Just last week during the Utrecht Indie Meetup Jan Willem and I discussed that something felt slightly off about how things were going recently. Basically, Vlambeer has been focusing on earning money for a really big project that we want to do. We’ve been doing talks, events and a lot of other, great things. But we feel that we should put the focus back it where should be: making games.
Vlambeer allowed us to reach all of you, create games we wouldn’t be able to make seperately and hopefully, in doing so, offering you something interesting, novel and creative to play. We’re extremely thankful for all of you that support us – every tweet, retweet, like, share, discuss and sale allows us to make the things we work on so hard. In the end, that’s what it’s about, isn’t it? It’s about the games. We think we might’ve lost track of that a bit in all the madness.
So, we’re making a small course correction. That whole money-thing for that big project? We’ll work that out later. Actually, we’ll just work that big project out later. The two of us have been doing seperate things for the last few months – ever since the Ridiculous Fishing debacle hit – and we really want to make a really good game together. So that’s what’s up next.
That thing above is the first mockup of a prototype we think has potential – so we’ve started treating that as a completely new project. We’re not quite sure it’ll make the cut, but it’s definitely something we’ve been toying around with a while ago in the shape of Space Murder. Even though Space Murder failed back then, we think it is time to venture back into space sim territory. Actually, since we never released Space Murder – we’ve uploaded the last build we made of it just after the video.
We owe the amazing graphics and music that are in place in Space Murder to Adam ‘ATOMIC‘ Saltsman, Francis Coulombe, Derek Bones and Daniel ‘C418‘ Rosenfeld. They worked on this one with us before we axed it last year. So, fair warning – this is nowhere near done, it will never be done and it’s full of bugs, incomplete art, missing audio, lack of impact and all that – it’s just a prototype, it might take a long while to load. If you don’t care about all that and just want to see what a unreleased project at Vlambeer looks like, give Space Murder a go here!
We’re still releasing what we have on schedule (& we’ve got some nice things coming up). We’re still showing up at A MAZE this week and Indiedevelopment and GDC Europe (where, hopefully, we can do an improved version of our Indie Roundtable last week) and all that – we’re just going to be a bit more efficient with doing things that aren’t related to making games.
We’re still working on Ridiculous Fishing & we think we’ll have something new to show soon. Zach Gage – the programmer on Ridiculous Fishing – has been a little pre-occupied with the amazing Spelltower sale. In the meanwhile, the feedback from the IGF judges included amazingly positive notes, such as ”Ridiculous Fishing is an instant iOS classic” & “It’s up there with the best of them as a great use to the device with brilliant art and an addicting hook. No pun intended.” We’ll keep you up to date about what’s happening with Ridiculous Fishing.
We won a Dutch Game Award. It’s the biggest thing you can win in our home-country of the Netherlands and therefore it is quite a humbling thing to get such recognition from the industry around here. Radical Fishing took home the ‘Best Online Game’-award.
GUN GODZ is nearly done, so for all you Venus Patrol backers, we’ll have some news on when that’s available soon. For now, we thought we’d give you a short sneak-peek at it. Since the game is a polytheistic hip-hop inspired first person shooter, the best way to do that is release one of the songs the amazing KOZILEK made for us for you to listen to.
Working on long-terms projects such as Serious Sam: The Random Encounter is very taxing for us, we were both pretty dead during the project, and I don’t know about Rami but I slept for 20 hours after it was done. We’re currently almost recovered, and finishing up all our projects so we can prepare for The Big Secret One.