What Happened? :-)

It's full of stars!

How did we get here?

Within a few days Alex and myself will be on our way to San Francisco on our way to what I can only describe as a “Dream come true” event. One moment we are entering a purely quality motivated small and fun competition, and a few months later we suddenly find ourselves up for several awards, including best game, at the prestigious Independent Games Festival. WHAT HAPPENED!!!??

A major reason why we have stuck with Dyson and why we feel so strongly about it is the superb and utterly supportive feedback we receive from you guys and gals. A great little community seems to have sprung up around the game and it is growing every week. We are completely humbled by the amount of people that play the game, February for example saw 50 thousand downloads from our site alone, not even including mirrors. Them’s silly numbers! 0_0

So a big thank you and virtual bear-hugs to all of you who have downloaded the game and those of you who are telling us what you think of it. Our forum deserves a special mention as it is such a fun and positive place. All we can do on our part is to try to make the game as good as we can, which something we are working very hard on.

First the festival though, and will make sure there will be photos and footage of the event for readers of the blog to peruse. If you are visiting yourself please come by our booth and say hi! We will also for the first time finally meet our audio and music genius Brian Grainger (Milieu) in person. Such are the strange ways of web-based game development.

Anyway, to finish this post we want to share some news:

First: We have picked up a distribution deal with the sponsors of the festival, direct2drive, who in our opinion are building up a very impressive catalogue of independent titles for digital distribution. We are quite honoured that Dyson is deemed to be strong enough to feature alongside the other great games in the service. (Have a look, the selection is great!)

Second: Alex and I are enjoying working together so much that we decided to do another game together after Dyson. What this game will be is not going to be known for a while (even to us) but between us we have a wealth of ideas and concepts to choose from, all sound like good fun to us.

Right, have to pack my toothbrush now and prepare my laptop for Dyson demonstrations to press and other interested parties. We may or not be able to blog a bit while we are over there, keep an eye out on the major news sites anyways in regards to the general coverage of all the great games out there, but have a peek here once in a while you never know :D

9 Comments

  1. iamcaligula
    Posted 20/03/2009 at 03:59 | Permalink

    sweet deal guys

  2. bagar
    Posted 21/03/2009 at 13:20 | Permalink

    Thanks for the heads up.

    How come I see Dyson on Steam? Release scheduled for July 2009?
    What gives? Huh?
    How much will it cost? :o

  3. privatesaryan
    Posted 21/03/2009 at 13:27 | Permalink

    good luck and godspeed

  4. Clem
    Posted 22/03/2009 at 02:29 | Permalink

    Excellent news ! :D

    I often play Dyson to relax, it’s one of the best indie game I ever played, my family tried and liked it a lot too :)

    (!) I noticed you’re going to sell the game on Steam. There is something you could make for european gamers, that would be great, awesome, brilliant : asking Steam staff to do a correct euro/dollar conversion for your game.

    => The Zeno Clash team asked Steam this, they did it easily, and nearly 1/3 of comments on Zeno Clash blog are from european thanking them for the euro/dollar conversion.

    This is not about only about “money”, gamers are not all greedy, we do not want to steal developers art, it’s about mutual respect.

    Europe is paying the “big price” for years (since the 90′), “extra packaging cost”, but with the digital distribution we can live our dream : equality.

    But Steam decided to convert all his dollars prices to euro with $1 = 1€ rate for no reason just before Christmas : we were back in the 20th century, when Europe had to pay 30% to 40% more.

    Many gamers were shocked that Steam did that : they brought us the digital distribution equality, then they broke the “contract” :(

    Needless to say that people looking for new indie games care about companies ethics, respect.

    Please ask Steam to do that, keep the equality dream alive ! :)

  5. Posted 23/03/2009 at 19:08 | Permalink

    Congrats, guy! I play this game every now and then to help relax. I will definitely be one of the people who buys this game on Steam.

  6. Preachieved
    Posted 24/03/2009 at 12:08 | Permalink

    you’ve come a long way since the procedural generation compo. gratz

  7. Posted 28/03/2009 at 07:31 | Permalink

    Guys,

    Great hanging out with you today–fantastic time. Hope you enjoyed your time in SF and congrats on the game!

    -tyrone

  8. Posted 28/03/2009 at 15:30 | Permalink

    The pleasure was all ours, enjoyed it thoroughly :-)
    You guys are super cool and the advice is really appreciated. Looking forward to talking some more and maybe meeting again.

    \o/

  9. Aron
    Posted 30/03/2009 at 16:05 | Permalink

    Dyson 4 ever!
    It just needs a multiplayer Mode :D

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