In the past I’ve been reluctant to divulge details of my games in development. Primarily because I didn’t want to promise or talk up features, only to end up yanking them from the game which could leave a lot of people disappointed who wouldn’t have been otherwise. Secondly, I’m a small little developer so I was worried that if I posted some working concepts that were innovative, a bigger company with more money and resources could copy it and beat me to the market.
In regards to my first worry, I’m going to make careful attempts to primarily discuss features that I’m currently working on or have completed and not make too many forward looking statements. As for my second concern, only games which are in mid-alpha will get a dev diary section. I’ll also only create a dev diary for a game if I feel I’ll be going into beta within the next 6 months. Not only will this give some protection from being scooped by the big boys but also the dev diaries will be more interesting for you the reader if the game is in active development and making progress. Also I do public or semi-public beta tests with all my games, so if you’re following along you’ll have a great chance being one of the first people to play the games.
Another reason I wanted to open my doors is that this site gets very quiet between game releases. For about 4-6 months at a time it can get really quiet around here. I started a mailbag section earlier this year, but I felt I needed to do something more to keep things active. I’m going to be pushing to have weekly content over the next few months. These dev diaries will be just one part of it.
Anyway, I also look forward to reading your guy’s comments and feedback on our upcoming games!