Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
Game release dates should probably be phrased as “I don’t yet know why the game won’t be ready in July.” I’m changing this for Gunpoint to “I don’t yet know why the game won’t be ready by Christmas.”
It’s going well now, actually. But here are the two things I didn’t know when I predicted July:
2 means I can’t make much progress on the game’s levels while John is still working on the character art, because you can’t make what you can’t play. He’s burning through it super fast, though, and it’s starting to look awesome in-game. The player character, Conway, has just the right mix of super-spy suave and silliness. Here’s one of my favourite animations for him so far:
All the basic movements are already done for the player character, so all I really need is for one guard type to be jumpable-on and punchable-in-the-face. That’ll be enough to make actual levels that work, even if a lot of the poses and sprites are placeholder. As before, I really have no clue how long that part will take.
Meanwhile Fabian has been creating a gorgeous logo concept – one that combines an elegantly simple icon I can’t believe I didn’t think of, but in the context of a sumptuous image that gets across the rainy city atmosphere. I’m not quite ready to show that yet.
80% of development takes 10% of the time you think it will, and 20% takes 800%. It’s much easier and nicer working without fixed deadlines, so I’m not worried about how long it takes. There’s no feature-creep: my idea of what the finished game will be has been fixed for a long time now, and we’re getting significantly closer to it all the time.
So let’s say Christmas, and I’ll tell you why it isn’t Christmas this Christmas. Sorry it’s been a while, by the way – follow @GunpointGame on Twitter for more regular updates and face-palming.
Dan Lawrence: Conway looks very suave on the monkey bars.
Still super excited for this, and reading more of your thoughts, struggles and triumphs in indie game development. Hopefully you are writing a secret diary on it somewhere.
JohnArr: All I'm saying is we make Conway into grey box that floats around and I can be done with the sprites, like, today. We'll pretend it's a metaphor.
Rei Onryou: I'd listen to JohnArr if I were you, Tom. He's an artiste.
dual_barrel: Don't care when it's finished. Very happy that the development is nicely underway and it'll be released someday, in all its glory.
Gunpoint <3, FTW!
aiusepsi: Glad you're making progress, I look forward to seeing it completed!
Stuff like this is exactly what makes me mad at people who rag on companies/people like Valve who will shamelessly delay a game. Knowing long something will take is a dark art indeed, and so much the better if you stay the course, and release it when it's done.
TooNu: Ahhh Gunpoint news, I'm glad you are taking your time with it becuase I have wanted to play this for a year now (?) and as it's the most anticipated game of the year it makes for even more life-excitement...oh yea after Deus Ex...and possibly Battlefield, maybe also Diablo...and guild wars oh and then ToR. Can't wait for Gunpoint though!
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