Sportsfriends Summer Update!
Happy summer Sportsfriends friends!
We've been hard at work on the games. Things are heating up now and we want to give you all a big ol' update.
How's the game coming along?
Things are good! We're still planning to debut on PlayStation 3 in the Fall, with home computer builds some weeks after.
We just got back from E3 in Los Angeles, where Doug and Ramiro exhibited some of the games... running on PS3 dev kits!
Doug wrote this post on the official Sony blog about some of the new graphics and gameplay features. He also posted on the Gute Fabrik blog about the development process and our new team members. Check 'em out!
New early alphas!
In case you missed it, we updated all the early alphas, for those of you who backed at that level. Additions include new BaraBariBall arenas, choose-your-own-music prototype in J.S. Joust, and a build-your-own-arena prototype in Hokra.
We also sent out a Windows version of Super Pole Riders. We're quite excited about it, and we hope you'll grab some controllers and give it a whirl. The alphas are still up on your Humble Store account. If you forgot the link, use the Humble Key Resender.
New website and "slacker backer" access!
We also put up a brand new website, with event listings and a new video teaser.
Thanks to the Humble Store, we're also now adding "slacker backer" access. If you know anyone who wants in on the early alphas, let them know!
If you're already a backer but want to "upgrade" to early alpha access.... well, there isn't an easy path to do that, but email us (email@example.com) and we'll work it out.
If you have any comments on the new alphas, let us know on the backer forums. Doug is especially interested to hear what people think of the new J.S. Joust experiments.
Now that we're back from travels, we'll be back on the forums in full force later this week.
BaraBariBall tournament at EVO!
New BaraBariBall video teaser!
J.S. Joust in Central Park...?
Doug is hoping to run some semi-regular public games of J.S. Joust in Central Park (New York City) this summer. If you're in the area and might be interested, follow us on Twitter at @gutefabrik for updates.
Project status checklist
Inspired by our friends at the Guts Of Glory Kickstarter, we want to give a quick item-by-item status report about Sportsfriends progress and all the rewards:
√ Meet Kickstarter goal
√ Distribute wallpapers
√ Distribute early alphas, v1
√ Distribute early alphas, v2
√ Distribute TENNNES
√ Distribute QWOP3D + Get On Top bonus
√ Distribute backer podcasts episodes 1-3
√ Send shipping survey to $100+ backers
√ Ship backer Move controllers
√ Manufacture controller charms
√ Get J.S. Joust working with DualShocks on PS3
- Send reward survey to rest of backers
- Post backer names on website
- Manufacture backer t-shirts and ship shirts and charms
- Record and distribute remaining podcast episodes
- Ship highest level rewards
- Distribute Ramiro’s and Noah’s backer games
- Distribute five guest multiplayer games
- Finish games and port to PS3
- Release Sportsfriends on PS3
- Explore Move support on native Windows
- Explore Wiimote support on home computers
- Release Sportsfriends on home computers
Some of these rewards are coming very soon, so stay tuned! Thanks for your patience.
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SUPER SPORTSFRIENDS - Everything above, plus three unreleased games by Bennett Foddy, Noah Sasso, and Ramiro Corbetta (including a new version of QWOP!), and access to an exclusive podcast series with the game developers. Listen in as we go in-depth about designing and producing all the games! Delivered early 2013.Estimated delivery:
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ULTIMATE SPORTSFRIENDS PACKAGE - Everything in SPORTSFRIENDS FOREVER tier, plus extra special credits in the final game, and one of us will travel out to you to run a live Sportsfriends event featuring the ultra-exclusive 18-player J.S. Joust.Estimated delivery:
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