One episode that included Jan Willem running through Philadelphia airport with his shoes in his hands later, we arrived in Austin for Fantastic Arcade. At Fantastic Arcade, we've been finally showing off Serious Sam: The Random Encounter to a larger audience, which has been something we've been looking forward to for quite a while now. We've also talked about the game and the process behind creating the game on Friday, although in our slightly jetlagged state that did turn out rather interesting. Something that's also really cool is that Radical Fishing is playable on this amazing arcade cabinet courtesy of the event & we talked about the game a bit during our Developers' Commentary panel on Saturday. It was fun finally getting to explain how much effort went into something as seemingly crude as Radical Fishing, getting all of it to feel & be just right. We continued to talk a bit about how cloning is different from iteration & how clones endanger creative, novel games - potentially stopping them from being made at all. Finally, we explained that in the wake of the cloning thing, people told us that we should make 'less simple games' to avoid cloning and not 'show our ideas'. We proceeded to show two simple prototypes we have that we might work on some more later on called FFFLOOD & Yeti Hunter because you know, screw 'em.
The most fun thing about Fantastic Fest is meeting up with fans and fellow developers, but the Super Crate Box Versus tournament we kicked off with an opening match of titans between JW and me comes in at a pretty good second place. I'll have to admit that JW won in a stroke of luck (I did manage to beat JW in the Bit Pilot tournament on Saturday so that evens things out - although JW would say it doesn't). Brandon Strong took away the first place in the Super Crate Box tournament and earned himself eternal fame and a crate filled with goodies.
Speaking of Super Crate Box, Halfbot and us have decided that Super Crate Box iOS just needs a bit more time. It's definitely getting there - the controls are tight, the gameplay is solid & we can pretty consistently have players score close to their desktop scores. We're just going to tweak the weapons a bit more so they feel right on iOS. We believe that'll upgrade the game from being a direct port of the PC/Mac version to being a real Super Crate Box iOS. We're really sorry for the delay there for all of those waiting for the game, but trust us when we say we think it'll be worth the wait.
So now to the most important part of this post, because those of you looking forward to shooting hordes of enemies in their turnbased face, you won't have to wait for long. Serious Sam: The Random Encounter will release on Steam and other digital distribution platforms for $4.99 in mid-October. That's right, only a few more weeks left!