The Baby-Daddy of the Bi-Weekly Kickstarter Update
Yes, you get to hear from me again. Two times in 30 days. What ARE the odds? I think I get picked to write the updates when there’s bad news since everybody else wants to stay in your good graces and at the “all hands” meeting today when Josh said “who wants to do the update this week?” I heard crickets.So, without further ado…. We actually have quite a few announcements to make with this update, so hang on to the seats of your pants:
1) It's absolutely official. Jan Rabson is returning as the voice of Leisure Suit Larry. He's been hard at work recording lines already, and he's as Larry as he ever was. You guys are going to love it.
2) Twin Galaxies has released their trading cards for 2013, and we're deeply moved to be among those honored. They have cards of Al, Josh, and even me this year. It's great to know that the work we're doing is being recognized by the only official video game trading card collection out there. Twin Galaxies has been around since the 1980’s honoring people like Billy Mitchell of Defender Hall of Fame, Warren Spector, and Richard Garriott, to name a few. To be honored with a Twin Galaxies trading card is like being inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All three of us are extremely humbled and, because of this, will be immortalized forever in the history of the interactive entertainment industry (fancy shmancy for "video game industry"). If you want more information on this, Walter Day, the owner of Twin Galaxies, just posted on the Replay Games Facebook page about an art exhibit they're doing with all the cards ever made. Each card has a number and Walter only prints about 200 of each card. He asked Al, Josh, and I to sign 10 cards and send them back to him for his collection, the museum, etc. I still can't believe I get a card. I feel like Wayne in Wayne's World and kneeling to the tune of "I'm not worthy!!"
3) Speaking of recognition, I did a LOT of interviews at GDC last week, so expect to see news stories, video interviews, and hands on demos of Leisure Suit Larry all over the web. Some of the companies that interviewed with us were Touch Arcade, Game Zone, IGN, [a]listdaily, 148apps, Joystiq, Gamezebo, Slide to Play, Apples n Apps, Electronic Playground, the Escapist, EGM, Venture Beat, and more. Word about Larry is spreading fast you guys. The press is chomping at the bit for information about this project. That brings me to some bad news.
3) Now some of you who have been following the news stories about us may have already seen this, and I apologize for not telling you guys first. I just get so excited talking about this project that some information slipped out during interviews that I meant to tell you first, and I'm sorry for that. For those of you who missed it, here's what I let slip (and it wasn't on purpose, I swear to you, but when that camera is on you it’s like….well, odd is the only adjective I can think of). I almost went in to presidential debate mode but thank God they turned the camera off before that happened. So here’s the deal, we’re going to be late (again). That’s ok, I know you already hate me so a few more people sending me death threats is not going to kill me (no pun intended). Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded will come out at the end of May (at the earliest, and pending no disasters). It was a tough decision to make, but I've been in QA for 13 years of my life, and I do *not* want to ship a buggy product (but I’ll also say that NO piece of software is ever bug free, no matter how much it’s tested). We are not going to release anything until it's as good as it can be, and that means we need a little more time. This *will* affect the shipping of the Kickstarter rewards too, since a bunch of people are getting the collector’s edition box, signed stuff, etc. I know a delay is the last thing you wanted, but I promise you, no, I SWEAR to you, it will be worth waiting for. Also, I'm happy to announce that we're in pre-production of a free to play Larry casino game (obviously in ADDITION to a ReLoaded version of Larry 2 *or* a brand new Larry 8...we haven't made up our minds yet). This is NOT just a different version of Larry Reloaded, this will be a completely new Larry game that will be free to play. There aren't a lot of details I can share about it right now, because we're still trying to nail them all down, but we're doing it because we know you guys will love it when it's done. More deets when I have them. Since *none* of us has ever made, or been on a team, or shipped a Free-To-Play game before, we’re needing to bring in outside assistance to help in the design and daily maintenance of it. It’s what we call a “persistent world” experience, meaning the game is never “off”, so it’ll take some doing to get this thing right, but I am convinced we can do it. Know any good F2P designers?
On a personal note, I know how passionate all of you guys are about this game, and I LOVE it. I am too. Bringing back Larry was a dream of mine, Al’s, and Josh’s, and I'm actually getting to make it a reality. That reality would not have been possible without you. We never forget that.
Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, and I'll see you at Lefty's.
p.s. Austin Wintory says hi!!!!
p.p.s. I ran in to Cory & Lori Cole, whom I got to work with while at Sierra (I was an Associate Producer on Quest For Glory: Dragonfire but after the hostile takeover I quit so I didn't get to ship the game but I *think* I'm in the credits), at GDC. They were sitting on couches doing interviews at the same time I was doing my demos for the press. After mine were done I had to go over and give them a big hug (I'm famous for my hugs, BTW) and take a picture with my old friends (and share some good old Sierra stories). Here's the picture Eli from Touch Arcade took.