Rowdy Holidays! Sportsfriends comes to Steam & Humble this Friday!
Y'all already have access to the game through the PSN version (released back in May) or the backer-only beta, but now the general public will be able to play too.
We need your help getting the word out. Tell your friends and family about Sportsfriends! Give the game a good review on Steam! Play with your loved ones over the holidays!
The Full Story
It's been a long road getting here, so it’s very rewarding to finally get the game out to as many people as possible.
What took us so long? In large part, we've been working tirelessly on hardware-related issues, especially as it relates to getting PlayStation Move controllers working on home computers. Our trusty programmer Jonathan has spent most of his time since the PSN release ensuring that we can establish a stable connection between the Move controller and Mac/Linux hardware. As we described in our last update, JS Joust should be more robust than ever on both platforms.
He also spent time researching Bluetooth issues that prevent the Move controller from reliably pairing to Windows machines. Unfortunately, it seems like Windows is engineered in a way that makes it infeasible for us to get pairing working robustly. We looked for experts to help us, and even got in touch with an engineer at Microsoft, who told us "this is NOT possible in any way shape or form." Yeah, we weren't too thrilled either.
This means that, despite all our research, the Windows version of Sportsfriends will not support JS Joust. However, anyone who buys Sportsfriends is also entitled to the Mac and Linux versions of the game. We're also still looking into creating a custom Linux "JS Joust distro" that you can boot into from your Windows machine by USB stick. More on that later.
In the future, we're still looking to open source JS Joust. The game was built on top of open source projects, and we feel some responsibility to give back to the community. After we release this week and handle any support issues, Jonathan is going to continue his work preparing the source.
Meanwhile, we have added more fixes and some additional features, such as custom playlists in JS Joust. You know what that means: go put together a list of your favorite holiday songs, gather up your family, and make it a very Sportsfriends holiday season!
For the full changelog as well as advanced tips and tricks, see our README.
More from us on Friday when the game goes live on Steam and Humble,
- The Sportsfriends -