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Re: ZOMG REAL SC3

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Big news, longer post over on pistolshrimpgames.com .

TL;DR:
Paul Reiche and Ken Ford have done their part (writing the story / making the development tools), and are leaving the project.




While I am sad for this, I can understand the motives behind it.
Paul has written the story, and characters. And it's now up to the artists and coders to fill that with life.
Which in modern gaming industry is far beyond what the story writers usually do.
Ken has written the tools necessary to go into production, and is now off to pension.

I also wish to thank these two for their contribution, and especially Paul, and I bet the game will carry his signature all around anyway.

(My opinion: since Ken is Fred's brother, he'll not be out of the world, and Paul? Well, "these characters have been living in his head for thirty years". I bet, he'll pick up the phone if anyone would like to hear his take on one or the other option.)
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It's unfortunate that they are now so old, that they are retiring.
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https://pistolshrimpgames.com/2023/09/n ... for-godot/

the development moved over to the "engine" Godot.
Instead of fully developing their own, they will use the OpenSource Godot engine, and modify that to their needs (if needed).
https://pistolshrimpgames.com/2023/09/no-longer-waiting-for-godot/ wrote: After a week of building some proof-of-concepts, both Fred and I weren’t turned off. We might have too much experience to ever be really sold on anything, but we hadn’t found anything to terrify us, and we liked what we were able to do.

Within another week, our proof-of-concept quickly stopped being a proof-of-concept and became the answer. We had almost all of UQM2 running within Godot! Within less than a month, we had all of UQM2 functioning, as well as features we had planned but had not been able to do.

[...]

What Did it Cost?
The short answer is: about a month. The longer answer is more nuanced.
Sounds good and promising. Not too much effort lost. And saving effort at other places also sounds good.

I wonder whether Paul and Ken moved on because the budget is tighter than expected?

I wanted to link some concept art the blog also contains, but there's no spoiler tag working here, so I'll just point to the end of the blog post for that.
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Re: ZOMG REAL SC3

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Heh. Good thing they didn't go for Unity.
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They gave a bit more info on their transition in an interview for gamesindustry.biz:

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/pistol-sh ... t-you-make

They had already lost their developments once, and out of this experience they definitely want to "own what they create". And OpenSource Godot makes that more possible than Unity.
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https://pistolshrimpgames.com/2023/10/d ... t-to-life/

some graphics of the "new" Chmmr ship which will be used in "Children of Infinity".
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Free Stars: Children of Infinity

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A blog post about what happened 2023, and forecast for 2024:

https://pistolshrimpgames.com/2023/12/s ... year-2023/
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Free Stars: Dev Diary

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And another blog entry by our pistolshrimpers:

https://pistolshrimpgames.com/2024/01/dev-diary-procedural-planet-art/

procedural planet art, and how they create it; and how the collaborative input of the fans helped.

[edit: added url tags around the link so it doesn't get shortened anymore]

Oh yeah, excited, planet lander rough art prototype:
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and now, same planet, but the sun is down:
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Still proof of concepts, but cool what that team and the community did get going!
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SC2 influence on influential gaming people

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca-9G15qQrE
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Free Stars: new blog post

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Heh, had to "quote" your post to see what you posted.

Unlisted interview about the influence of UQM on other developers.
Nice. Thanks for sharing.
(Is that one of the early publishing of the Channel 44 podcasts to the patreons?)


BTW: new blog post :
https://pistolshrimpgames.com/2024/02/free-stars-the-ur-quan-masters-on-steam-february-19th-and-channel-44-launch/

The Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters version gets published on steam on 19 February.
And our Pistolshrimpers will start a video blog or Audio podcast named Channel 44 with interviews on game development, and UQM influences on other games/developers.
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