ONE WEEK TO BOLT RILEY'S LAUNCH!
Yow Reggae folks.
In the past month, I've managed to go to The Annual Game Developer's Conference (GDC 2016), get back, record all the voice acting and dialog for Bolt Riley, and prepare the game for launch.
The game have been sent to our beta testers and I'm working around the clock fixing bugs they found and preparing the game to be ready on 4/20. Symbolically I'm writing this post at 4:20am.
Hopefully everything will go according to plan and there won't be any delays.
Out initial launch plan for Chapter 1 includes :
1. Razer Forge.
2. Steam Early Access - PC/Mac/Linux
3. Humble store (Where you get DRM-free copy as well as a Steam Key).
All the backers in the campaign will receive game into their Humble library automatically. You can also add Bolt Riley to your steam wishlist as a reminder. here's the link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/331210
You should have received a redeem key in your email a few months ago. If you haven't received your key try entering the email you used in the survey with this link - https://www.humblebundle.com/resender If you have any more problems email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Early Access and Razer Forge
Because of the way Bolt Riley is split to chapters, the first chapter only covers a portion of the full experience. The story doesn't get fully told in the first chapter and we do not want to give players false expectations that this is it. So, until the full game is released, we'll keep it as an early access state.
And about Razer forge TV, this is the next stage of evolution of OUYA, which we are part of the FTG fund. Their financial support have allowed us to make a game with a higher budget and we're committed to our agreement to launch on their Cortex platform.
We also plan on releasing an update patch for some game improvements that require 3rd party framework support, and we don't want to wait until those are released, so we'll keep making the game slightly better with time.
My very good friend Renee Gittins is running a Kickstarter campaign for her awesome game Potions: A Curious Tale. Their trailer video was made by some other of our favoritre friends, Imagos Softworks, the folks behind Starr Mazer which is another amazing Kickstarted adventure game I'm really really looking forward to playing.
Check it out and show her some love!
Thank You Again!
Thanks to all your help, this campaign and the budget we had was just enough to finish production of this episode on time! The game is fully voiced, with an original Reggae soundtrack, Jamaican localization, and a high level of polish that includes something you don't see in a lot of low-budget 2D adventure games - camera movements, closeups and a cinematic feel. Something that I'm very proud of, and can be said in favor of this campaign.
In the next few days until the launch I'll post more updates about the voice acting, some new stuff added to the game, some more launch related news and perhaps some updates about my trip to GDC !
Oh, it was also my birthday this week. Launching a game you've been working on for years is a great way to spend a birthday!
Peace and love!