By Kieron Gillen on October 27th, 2009 at 1:11 pm.
Oft-RPS-championed Flashbang have just celebrated their Blurst site’s one-year celebration. However, perhaps somewhat muting the cheers, they’ve announced they’re changing course. We talked about their one-game-every-eight-weeks cycle before. We’ve enjoyed the fruits of their labour. But no more! It seems they simply haven’t gained the audience they were hoping for, so they’re changing course and making a full-retail version of Off-Road Velociraptor Safari instead. More details follow…
To quote the important section in full…
Blurst hasn’t met our expectations. More specifically, Blurst’s traffic has not increased to levels where it will pay for itself. We could continue to fund Blurst’s development through contract jobs and other means, as we have been, but we feel like there are too many roadblocks between now and a time when Blurst itself pays our bills.
So we’re returning to Plan A. We are halting development of our 8-week projects and beginning longer-term development on Off-Road Velociraptor Safari. There won’t be a November 1st launch.
We feel that launching another 8-week game won’t change the playing field for us. No new possibilities will open up with one more game; we’ll be roughly where we are now, except two months poorer and two months behind on doing something that could change things up. By contrast, we feel like a strong ORVS standalone version will open some doors and provide us with more flexibility and opportunities than we have now.
While they promise further Blurst development, their near-term future will be in a world of Raptors. Also, they stress that if anyone’s already purchased Raptor Safari or the Game Bundle they’ll gain access to the betas through development as well as a copy of the final game when it comes out. In other words, it’s a bit like the Mount & Blade development system – pay now to support development for a lower fee and get the final object. And it’s not too late to get in on the offer if you head over to the stall. Good luck to ‘em, for they’re RPS’ official mythological/prehistoric-games-of-champions developer.
However, to pass the mike over to you lot – what would you like to see them do with the full version of Off-Road Velociraptor Safari?