So if you’ve been following my twitter feed, you’ll have maybe noticed my recent announcement.
“I’m going fulltime indie again!”
I was sort of forced into doing it last time (around October last year) due to being made redundant following the release of Kinectimals. During that time I made Soul Brother, but was re-hired at Frontier. I began working here again in December, and have been for the last four months. I’m working on a great project, which I can’t reveal of course, so really my choice has nothing to do with dissatisfaction from work.
During this time back in the industry, I’ve had plenty of time to think about the possibility of making the indie hobby into a career. As I enter my mid-30′s, I realise I’m not getting any younger. And as I have been given some financial leeway by the sale of Soul Brother, there really is nothing else stopping me from taking the plunge.
So, for the second time in a year, I’m announcing Superflat Games is my full-time job. And this time for good hopefully! I’ve set up a real business account, and put my life savings into it, which should keep me going for close to a year. I hope to finish Legend of the Starmen in less than 6 months though.
I’m wasting no time, and have already begun serious work on the new game. It’s already feeling quite fun and I have to stop myself playing it (a good sign, I hope!) I have figured out the class system (there are three) and how the multiple weapons / items you can pick up work together. As this is mostly code and design, there’s nothing new to show in screenshot form yet (well, ok, have some rocks:)
Anyway, I look forward to sharing proper progress with you guys. And I suppose it’s a good time to announce I’ll be adding the usual Donate button to the site when I am self-employed next month. If you’ve ever enjoyed my work or want to help me keep making it, you could always send a few bucks my way… Money is a bit more of an issue being self-employed when you have a wife and child to support, but if I do ok from a future game I’ll be sure to take it down again!
Anyway, here’s to the future, beautiful games and indie life.