A quick update

Been a while since I’ve actually talked about what all I’m working on! Well, here’s a quick update on my main projects right now:


So, my main focus right now, of course, is VVVVVV. Simon and I are planning two patches – the first, which will be out very soon, should fix almost all the issues that have cropped up with the new C++ version of the game (i.e. the fullscreen-auto bug, the time trial bug, etc). It might also add some basic features to the player levels that don’t break backwards compatibility with the bundle version – like mapping, for example.

Some time after that, then, we’re planning a second patch, which will add loads of stuff to the editor that I didn’t have time to add originally! This will include almost everything that the main VVVVVV levels can do – like teleporter networks, scrolling levels, and advanced scripting.

I’ve also been working on some new levels of my own…

Nexus City

Nexus City is a very big RPG that I’ve been making on-and-off with Jonas Kyratzes for quite some time now. A few months back we decided to make a short side story set in the Nexus City universe, as an introduction of sorts to this very big game we’re making.

Nexus City is a very important project to me – in some ways it feels like the game I got into making games to make.

At a Distance

A few months ago, I made a game for NYU Game Center‘s 2nd No Quarter exhibition, called At a Distance.

After the exhibition, I decided to take some time away from it to decide where exactly I wanted to go with it – and I’m still thinking about that – but I have arrived at one decision, at least. At a Distance isn’t finished yet.

Just to be clear, I’m not planning to expand it or make it something bigger – in fact, I think I’ll end up cutting a lot from what’s already a very short game. What I want to do is improve what’s currently there – there a lot of details in the game that I’m not happy with yet, things that I’m able to see more clearly now that I’ve had a little distance from it.

Untitled Isothingy

I haven’t forgotten about this one!

This Isothingy (which I should really come up with a proper title for) is a short side project I started just after finishing At a Distance, and in it’s current form, is basically complete. I wasn’t completely happy with it, though, so I decided to expand the concept a little and add a bit more to it – and now it’s become something I think is a much better game. I’ve teamed up with Christine Love, who’s writing a very fitting story for the game, and Flashygoodness, who’s making some amazing music for it.

Unfortunately, with everything else I’m working on, I’ve had to put this to one side for now. Hoping to revisit it in a couple of months, though. It’s the most complete incomplete game I’m working on right now, if that makes any sense.

Untitled Nyxgame

This little thing is just a side project I’m doing for fun this week. Either I’ll have it finished by Sunday, or I’ll scrap it completely.


13 Comments so far

  1. xerxenesky on August 24th, 2011

    very glad I bought VVVVVV as soon as it came out. It’s great being a part of it all. Wish I had more time to do some level design. Congrats on everything.

  2. Terry on August 24th, 2011

    Thank you 🙂

  3. walker on August 24th, 2011

    Cool beans. Very excited about Nexus City, from how you describe it.

    And one day I’ll throw myself back into the VVVVVV fire and get all those orbs. One day.

  4. Emol on August 24th, 2011

    Cool news! Very excited too about Nexus and about Flashygoodness composing for the isothingy.
    BTW, about VVVVVV, are you planing to add Steam Achievements in some of the upcoming patches?
    Hope you the best with all your projects!

  5. gnome on August 24th, 2011

    Ah, excellent-sounding stuff. Can’t quite wait for the VVVVVV updates and -of course- Nexus City. Oh, oh, and Isothingy, and Isothingy too.

  6. Martin on August 24th, 2011

    Can’t wait for VVVVVV update, I will finally finish it. And please add steam achievements – this game really need it! 🙂

  7. Yog Sothoth on August 25th, 2011

    Your games always excite me and VVVVVV was the best indie-game I ever bought, especially with the custom levels adding a great replay value.

    The others all sound really interesting too. I am definitly very curious what that untitledxygame is – I can’t make any sense of the pictures you’ve shown – which makes it more curious and interesting to me…so I hope you will post it 🙂

  8. Luis Melo on August 27th, 2011

    Great to read this update. I’m really excited about Nexus City and At a distance! Keep up the great work!

  9. SirBryghtside on August 28th, 2011

    Sooo… is Isothingy going to be pay-for or free?

    Also, yay VVVVVV levels! 🙂

  10. Terry on August 29th, 2011

    Probably free, like everything I make (save for one obvious exception 😛 )

  11. McHazard on September 2nd, 2011

    So did you scrap the nyxgame thing?

  12. Gerald on September 8th, 2011

    How precisely will this new VVVVVV patch work, please?

    I’ve moved to a new PC, kept a copy of my V1 flash files, and I’m currently not installing V2 on steam till the patch comes out as I don’t want to create some glitchy problems with time trial times.

    Or, on the other hand, will I have a problem if I miss the middle stage and try to go from 1.0 files to the new version?!

  13. […] Back in August, Nexus City was described as feeling, in some ways, “like the game I got into making games to make.” […]

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