I can finally say with some certainty where things are at. First, let me give you a brief update on whats been going on for the last 6 months or so. Here we go...
Mobot is no more
While it is sad, it is also sort of good news. For the past 6 months or so, most my time has been spent trying to wrap everything up and officially shut Mobot down. It just doesn't make sense for a one man team to spend so much time and money running a full corporation.
Unfortunately, I have had to keep some of what i was dealing with on the down-low. The video game industry can be fun and amazing but there is a lot of money involved and it can be brutal. I just I just can't afford to hire a lawyer every time someone decides to take legal action over something as stupid as using a word like jump!
Finally a new plan
I get a lot of advice. I do listen to all of it and I take it seriously. The one thing that i hear the most in messages and emails about is "just release something - anything"!
So thats the plan.
Smaller initial release
There is a lot of really stunning work already done. I plan to just spend the next few months consolidated everything into a smaller game. While the game will be smaller it should still look gorgeous thanks to the initial hard work of Lex and Tisha.
By many standards it should still really stand out. I am a game designer first so, I plan to focus on the game and less on cut scenes and that sort of stuff. I think there is more than enough material for a really solid platformer with plenty gameplay and a little less story. My plan is to get something out on mobile first. Modern tablets, phones and TV boxes are more than capable of running this. So, I will start there.
In nerd terms, a little less Zelda and a little more Mario. I think it will look great and be fun.
Money, Refunds and the future
I want to be very upfront and say that I know this isn't' exactly what some people signed up for but ,I plan to make everyone happy. If you can't tell by now, I'm not in this for the money. Once the game comes out on mobile I don't plan to take any profit until and if everyone is happy. The terms have changed but, when Mobot started this project, Kickstarter was about funding a dream and it even stated not all projects will happen. However, i don't wanna screw anyone either. I clearly can't refund anyone now because A) I'm not done and B) I'm out of money and still paying down some Mobot Losses.
However, I plan to set all the money From Knite aside and take refunds from anyone that isn't happy on a first come first served basis. I will go into this in more detail when I get closer to a release. I hope people are happy with the game and i wont have to issue many refunds though! :)
What about Wii U
In all honesty a Wii U release probably wont happen. I (mobot) have even cracked the Wii U eShop top 10 and it just wasn't worth while. It would make nice side money as a hobby but, there just wasn't enough money to even pay rent after taxes and expenses. Again, this is not 100% for sure but, I just want to be as up front as possible. Also, when Mobot closed all the WIi U games were turned over to Crescent Moon Games. So, if you own any of those, they are still available for download.
With a fresh start I plan to update a couple times a month and show actual progress now that i can focus on - actual progress!
A lot of info - Lets Summarize
- Mobot Studios is closed
- Laser focused on a smaller Knite game
- Smaller game will still look pretty sweet and target Mobile first
- ALL profit will be set aside to cover potential refunds before i take a dime
- Super excited to finally focus on actual progress rather than legal and financial issues on the daily.
- There's probably some typos in here
Thanks, Any questions hit me up in the comments. I'll try to answer stuff when I get back home tonight!