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HAPPY 10NE SURVIVOR!

hey friends. it gives me great pleasure to share with you this new teaser trailer for SUPER LONE SURVIVOR on this day, the 10th anniversary of the original game. happy birthday, LONE SURVIVOR!

i remember this day very well, a decade ago, having been up all night fixing last minute bugs, watching the sales and reviews come in with excitement as people seemed to really connect with the game. i was down to the end of my funds, was recently made redundant from frontier developments, and had a 2 year old daughter. it HAD TO work out.

somehow it all worked out! it’s still the last game i released, despite working on another for over 8 years. it is my biggest regret in life that i was not able to release that game yet. i want to talk about it publically for the first time soon, but it is a somewhat raw subject for me. i do still want to release it after LONE WARRIOR (it’s basically my life’s work at this point) but i feel like i might need to expand from a solo operation to do so … we’ll see … anyway, it shows to what extent LONE SURVIVOR has kept my family going over the years, along with my music. so thankyou all so much for your support.

SUPER has been over two years in the making now, it’s rebuilt from the ground up. it really is more of a remake than a remaster at this point. though i have tried to keep the main experience very true to the original game for purists, there is a lot more to discover and the presentation is subtly enhanced all the way through, from the remastered audio to the improved shaders, lighting and scrolling. it should both be more accessible and challenging through the difficulty modes, something i feel improves the game (my views were quite different a decade ago.). i look forward to seeing people rediscover the game, and hope it finds a new audience too. most of all i hope people feel as i do that this is the definitive version!

once again, thankyou for sticking with me over the years, I hope that LONE WARRIOR (the followup which is half complete) will be coming out in less than a decade!

and who knows, maybe even <SECRET_GAME> too.

~jasper

SUPER 10NE SURVIVOR

hey there, it’s coming up on the 10 year anniversary, March 27th 2022, and i’ve got some pretty exciting news: if all goes to plan, i should be launching the brand new, remastered version of the original game, until now codenamed Lone Survivor Remastered.

i’ve actually decided to go back to the SUPER LONE SURVIVOR title for it, despite it not containing the new protagonist and their scenario, which i’ll now be doing as a full length game entitled LONE WARRIOR, once SUPER LONE SURVIVOR is released.

i’m hoping to release SUPER LONE SURVIVOR on PC and Switch at the same time, depending on how long certification and bug fixing takes. the game is in great shape and i’m super excited to share this new version. at the very least i want to drop it on PC on the anniversary.

the game features full joypad support on PC for multiple pads and has customisable button prompts as well as other options like scanline strength, and whether to enable the new blood effects. there is customisable rumble support on all Xbox pads.

the other huge new feature is the 4:3 presentation. all the original art has been painstakingly redrawn to make use of this taller aspect ratio, using the original methods, while adding parallax scrolling layers for additional depth. the game is switchable from its original 16:9 presentation to 4:3 at any time with the touch of a button. as low as 640×480 resolution is supported, so vintage CRT’s that support VGA / 31Khz type signals should be able to play the game. i may look into a 240p mode too – it works, it’s just adding the UI for it if the demand is there. it would be cool to play it on an old TV though.

here you can see the additional height 4:3 adds, as well as the new parallax layers..

the lighting and shaders have been massively improved over the original game, there are now realtime shadows, the scrolling is now ultra smooth and the game supports all monitor aspect ratios with appropriate bars. the game supports up to 8K resolutions and beyond, making it hopefully more future proof. the higher the res you run it, the smoother the scrolling and lighting effects.

all of the music and sounds have been painstakingly tracked down and recreated in full uncompressed audio, compared to the original’s 128kbps mp3’s.

i’m now working on a couple of optional secrets, and possibly even a few secret locations, we’ll have to see how it comes together, but i’ve got a few ideas to expand the game without hopefully upsetting the balance at all

i look forward to sharing it with you

Super Lone Survivor

Super Lone Survivor is a remake of the original game, with a whole new scenario, ‘Ascending’.

it has been rewritten from scratch in a modern engine, to support gamepads on PC, to work with high refresh rate or ultrawide monitors, and to work in 64-bit only systems. it will have ultra smooth scrolling and support for 4k effects. it’s already up and running in 60fps on Switch.

i’m considering difficulty modes.

the Ascending scenario is new content i’m currently making, using some of the features of the new engine, such as shadows, new effects, and parallax scrolling.

i still have no idea how long Ascending will be, i don’t want it to spiral, but then again the story feels relevant right now. by packaging it with the original game, it removes the pressure to do a full sequel, something i never intended to do.

the whole trailer was made in-engine with no edits or post-processing.

more details to follow.

NIGHT

i have just finished a new album called NIGHT.

find it here: http://spacerecordings.bandcamp.com

design: Caspar Newbolt (v_i)

photo: Liam Wong


mastering: Glenn Schick Mastering

Another year has passed

I hope you’re doing well. I will have game-related news for you in the next year or two, guaranteed <3

HAPPY LONESUR5OR!

hey everyone,

thanks for continuing to support my game, and to send your many kind and thoughtful messages. just thought i’d post as today is the 5th anniversary of the original release.

wow, has that gone fast! my daughter has grown from toddler to young lady, and i have a few new wrinkles.

in other news, i am working on something good, don’t worry.

in celebration, i’ll be livestreaming the game tonight at 8pm gmt over on:

twitch.tv/superflattv

love to you all,

jasper

ps here is a making-of video i always meant to upload:

my debut album

hi there. as usual i’m going to start by apologising for the length between blog posts (over 18 months – a new record?) i will be updating the front page of superflatgames.com this year (at least i keep telling myself that.) who knows, maybe i’ll even be releasing some more games in the next couple of years. however, this post is on an altogether different subject.

i’m releasing my new album on Bandcamp today, entitled “GHOST DRIVES” under my own name. i’ve prepared a few somewhat pretentious notes for your reading pleasure, after the jump. i’ve really put my heart and soul into this, and so i figured i could indulge myself somewhat.

jazz-style sleeve notes

so here it is, the album i’ve spent far too long working on, the larger part of four years i’m almost ashamed to admit. the title is supposed to represent the fragility of digital data in an age where a literal part of ourselves is stored digitally.

i was thinking of all these lost fragments of music, art, writing and videogames that i may or may not have on old failed hard drives, floppies, ZIP’s, sticks, DAT’s and CD/DVD’s in my drawers, or computers which have long since passed on, and so on. fragments of ideas that didn’t take form that were potentially better than ones that did. i’ve lost a great deal of digital work over the years (thank good for vinyl or i’d have little to leave my daughter) through combinations of travelling and failed hard drives and computers, and just being careless, and the modern age makes things even more ephemeral, with a reliance on the cloud and social media taking over the roles of preserving our creations, any of which could evaporate overnight at any point.

i feel that, these days more than ever, leaving behind something as a creator means going all in and shooting to make something that’s unique enough that people feel it’s worth preserving. so i made my humble attempt to try and make something that represented how i feel right now, without any concessions to genre or commerce, in the hope that it may at least turn out to be a little bit different, to try and give it some small chance of not being lost in the sea of ghost data.

that said, i do hope the next album takes slightly less time! this is my debut solo album, despite having had one out as ‘The Accidental Heroes’ back in 2002 with Silver, and and as i turn 40 today (which means i’ve been putting out records for half my life), it feels like a good time to release one. it will be coming to all other major online distributors soon, but i thought i’d give it a surprise release on Bandcamp first (as they are the best site for the artist currently, in my opinion.)

a very special thanks to Nick, Nick, Makoto, Dean, James, Kieran and Jimmy and to everyone who’s supported me on this project, to the kind fans of my videogames and music, and of course to my amazing family for putting up with me through projects like this.
~jasper

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

i hope you’re having a great 2015 so far.

today marks the release of my “HOTLINE MIAMI 2 EP”.  it contains two tracks featured in the forthcoming game from the inimitable Dennaton Games, Hotline Miami 2, and two exclusive tracks.

“Decade Dance” is a different mix from both the game version and the forthcoming 12″ vinyl album compilation version.

“Voyager” is a rework of the bonus track originally seen on the first HM EP, and is the same as the vinyl version, but different from the game version.

“Kill Streak” is exclusive to the EP, and finally “Miami” is a totally new rework of the track from the original HM EP.

i also have an album ready that is nearly complete, containing ten original tracks, that i’ve been working on over the last couple of years, which is very nearly complete. i’m excited to finally get out there, and hope to release it in the next few months on my bandcamp.

there are also some other musical projects i’ve been working on that i’d like to release at some point, so it’ll be good to get the release schedule moving (and i really should get round to uploading the digital re-releases of my Space Recordings d’n’b vinyl back catalogue one day as the distributor, ST Holdings recently folded, sadly…)

i’m sorry i haven’t been around on social media much recently, and that i don’t have much to announce on the game front… but it does feel nice to begin the new year by sharing something i have been working on.

i hope you all have a great year, and thankyou all as always for all the words of support over the last few years.

i’d like to also say a big thankyou to my amazing daughter, Aila, who provided the artwork (then aged 4, now aged 5!)

LONE SURVIVOR: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT for Mac and PC

Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut is out on PC & Mac today!

 

i’ve decided to release The Director’s Cut of Lone Survivor slightly earlier than planned so that the fans who own the Mac and PC versions can play The Director’s Cut together with the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita fans on Halloween.

despite taking ten months (and at times being a challenging project), i am really happy to give away The Director’s Cut as a 100% FREE update to anyone who has previously purchased the game on Mac or PC previously, in any form, including the Humble Bundle. it’s my way of saying thankyou for enabling me to make games long into the future by supporting the original release.

it really is a huge update, with a great deal of new content, new areas, complete remastering of visuals and lighting, new music, a new enemy, two new endings etc.  i very much look forward to hearing your thoughts about the new edition, and interpretations of the new content… especially the secret endings!

also, the Mac and PC versions of the game will now include access to both the Original and the Director’s Cut versions of the game. you can continue your game from The Original Cut in the new version (*see IMPORTANT NOTE at the bottom of this post.)

anyway, to all the players who have supported the game and myself over this last year and a half, to the journalists whose kind words have helped the game reach new people, to the hardworking folk behind the scenes at Valve, Curve and Sony, to the many testers and supporters and of course to my family who’ve supported me all the way, i’d like to say what may be a final thankyou for your help with this game.

it’s been very long journey to reach this point, but i guess i could almost say i’m proud of the final result, and look forward to what the future may hold!

anyway i hope you enjoy the game, and…

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

– jasper

    today Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut is available for:

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    Lone Survivor’s Website (DRM-free)

   Steam

    Good Old Games (DRM-Free)

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Sony Entertainment Network (PS3 and PS Vita Cross-Buy)

   A Pumpkin (actually can’t buy Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut here)

*IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SAVED GAMES & THE ORIGINAL CUT

Just a quick word of warning regarding moving from one version of the game to another. I wanted to include access to both versions of the game for purists.  However, please be aware of the following when playing The Original Cut:

  1. You can continue your saved game from The Original Cut in The Director’s Cut at any point, without any issues.
  2. However, loading a saved game from The Director’s Cut will cause you to LOSE ALL NEW NEW GAME+ SIDEQUEST ITEMS.This is because The Original Cut does not include these items, and they will be trimmed from your inventory should you load the game in The Original Cut. All other aspects should work fine, but: BE SURE NOT TO CONTINUE A DIRECTOR’S CUT ‘NEW GAME+’ GAME IN THE ORIGINAL CUT.
  3. One other point to note is that you will not lose your ending collection should you decide to play through The Original cut, so don’t worry about starting a new playthrough to check it out!

To get hold of The Original Cut:

  1. On Steam, right-click the game in your library, select ‘Properties’, go to the ‘Betas’ tab, type ‘sleepycat’ into the password field, and select ‘The Original Cut’ from the menu. You can opt-out of this version via the same menu at any time.
  2. GOG has The Original Cut available as an optional download.
  3. The version on the official website has the Original Cut game packaged in a folder called ‘TheOriginalCut’.

100th Post

wordpress informs me this is my 100th post! and with it comes exciting news…

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Lone Survivor – The Director’s Cut is coming to Mac and PC on

Halloween, the 31st October, 2013

i have quietly been beavering away over the last few months to bring this enormous update back to the format it began life on. it was originally going to be a very slightly updated version of the original game, but turned into a ten-month odyssey. i was able to add all the little details which i wasn’t able to squeeze in the first time round, so that i could bring my original vision to you with no compromises, and with them a whole load of new ideas that emerged as i worked on it.

almost without fail, business-minded friends and colleagues, as well as the players themselves, expected i would release the game as a brand new version, requiring the players of the original game to purchase it again, or at the very least to release the update as paid DLC. i gave it a huge amount of thought, and eventually i realised i would rather just give the update away for FREE to all 800,000+ customers, to say thank you for your support… and that’s exactly what i’m going to do!

yep, you heard it right: Lone Survivor – The Director’s Cut is going to be 100% FREE to anyone who has bought the game so far (even for $0.01 in the Humble Bundle!)

to offset some of the (quite large) costs of making it, i will be having a small price increase on release, although i’ll be running a sale for the first couple of days so that it’ll still be possible to purchase at the original price before the increase. exact pricing TBA on release day, as i am still talking to the various vendors. on the subject of which, i am very happy to announce that the game will also be coming to Good Old Games, a fantastic site doing great work to preserve the classics of yesteryear, as well as releasing the greatest of the latest.

what’s really cool is that your saved game from the original version will still be compatible with The Director’s Cut (but not the other way round.)

the response to the PlayStation versions has been wonderful, with the game earning not-too-shabby 84% on Metacritic. i am so happy to see a new generation of console players discover the game, which marks the end of a massively important chapter of my life. thanks so much to Curve studios for their fantastic ports, and especially to all the players who have supported the game.

i really hope all my PC and Mac owning brethren enjoy The Director’s Cut,

love and peace to you all!

– jasper

ps if any journalists, bloggers or streamers would like to get an advance review copy of the game, please hit me up!

pps if you’d like to see the full list of changes in The Director’s Cut, please see my previous blog post.