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Maia is a new god game from indie developer Simon Roth.
Maia is a new god game from indie developer Simon Roth.
8,115 backers pledged £140,481 to help bring this project to life.

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Live Uplink

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Hi everyone!

Just a reminder that I still do Friday livestreams and I would love for everyone to come join in the chat. The stream starts in 10 minutes!

I've also started a Patreon for less Maia related things. It will help pay for the time spent doing the streams, blogs and other community stuff. We're close to the end of development so any extra support, however small, will help us maintain momentum on features and releases.

Talking of which, we are on sale, so go get the word out. I really, really want to get the voiceover work for the campaign done, but due to it not being in the original budget, it's been an uphill struggle to get enough together for it. If you know any Streamers or Youtubers who might like the game, give them a poke to try it out.

I've also launched the game on Itch.io to offer a second DRM free alternative over members.maiagame.com. If people are interested in Itch keys I will generate them and put them on the members area.

0.60 is in development currently. As you've probably seen if you have been on Steam, I am still making a lot of careful incremental fixes to improve the game before adding more planned features.

I think that's all for now. Stay warm!

Cheers

-Simon

INVASION

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Hello!

Just another update to say Maia 0.59: INVASION! is live on Steam.

This update adds more dangerous creature incursions and resulting close combat to the game, the new control room and map table and also a multitude of nice big fixes and features. Here's a short video of me showing off the key points.

 

Check out the change log to see the key points and the patch notes from the Hotfixes.

Thanks to everyone who chipped in with feedback on 0.58. The game is finally having less and less loose ends, and the end is in sight.

 

We are now several years since the early access release and even longer since the Kickstarter completion. December 3rd marking a mildly depressing milestone for me in that regard.

With a few more updates we will have completed almost all the core features and will be working more on fleshing out the world, game-play depth and balancing the experience.

Remaining key points on the roadmap.
Remaining key points on the roadmap.

As always I remain committed to delivering a solid game. The production is on the final straight. We now have almost all the art assets and content completed. I haven't touched any engine code in months. It's just the case of polishing the game play experience.

This does mean that I've wound down the team to just myself with sporadic input from other members, which mentally is going to be a bit tough but I think I am up to it.

 

That's all for now. As always follow me on Twitter or drop into the Friday Livestreams.

I'm going to be back soon...

With Lava.

The Songs of Distant Earth

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Hello backers!

Maia Alpha 0.58 is out. It's a really solid feeling build, with some excellent new features and hundreds of bug fixes.

Here's a video of me giving it a whirl:

 

There's a long post on the blog detailing all the changes and tweaks, so give that a look too! If you like the progress, do give that video a share. We haven't had much press recently and I'd love to see more people get excited about the game again.

The Steam builds are up right now and I'm currently uploading the builds to the members area. Expect those to be up in about an hour.

That's all for now. Thank you for your feedback and support.

-Simon

"Chronologically Challenged"

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Hello backers!

We're super busy working on the 0.58 update. It's coming together well, with some of the core game play, communication and engagement issues with the game fixed and challenging new decisions for players to face. We've got a draft script for the campaign on the go, and I'm even looking at getting the a full voice-over cast for the missions. That update is still a month away, but it will come with a new road map, and dates for Beta and the final release.

How to Delay Your Indie Game

Last week I wrote a blog talking about things that have delayed the game. If you've been reading my Kickstarter updates you'll have read me talk about these issues and some of the difficulties of running a business before, but this goes into some of the more entertaining details. Give it a read here.


Hot fixes.

I released a hotfix patch with some of the game play improvements coming in 0.58 to Windows users on Steam on Friday. If there are no big bug reports in the next day or so I will be pushing that to all platforms and the members area in due course.

Let me know any feedback you have on the build. Steam reviews are also appreciated since many of ours are woefully out of date.

As always, if you need any help shoot an email to support (at) Maiagame.com

-Simon

Theme: Hospital

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Maia 0.57 went live on Tuesday!

It's pretty sick! In the literal sense. I've worked on completing the medical room feature set. With new complex diseases, new items, more colonist body simulation balance, and dozens of bug fixes. It also improves player feedback, food systems and tightens up a lot of the AI decision making. There's a full change list on the blog.

Here's a video of me showing off the features and changes:

Big thanks to Josh and the War for the Overworld team for letting me steal some internet from their offices for last week's hot-fixes whilst I was at Develop!

The Future

0.58 is coming soon, in about a month and a half.

The plan is simple:

  • To absolutely obliterate the bugs in the tracker.
  • To take a new look at providing the player with more visual feedback. Hopefully ending some of the long term issues that players have had.
  • To provide a full playable first draft of the ten hours of narrative missions.

After that I will be putting a date on Beta and final release. Indeed, if all of the above is achieved, 0.58 or 0.59 may be the base for the start of the Beta.

I'm working hard to get the game up to scratch. As you can imagine, these monthly updates are on an intense schedule and require a lot of diligence. So please send me all your feedback!

Steam reviews are also appreciated. The game is changing fast and the vast majority of the reviews are from more than several months ago.

That's all for now. I'll be back soon with the next update, new roadmap and some dates to look out for.

-Simon