Introversion used their developer session at Rezzed to explain why they had canned Subversion, and how the technology and ideas from that had become Prison Architect, which was playable at the show. It’s certainly worth a look, and you can watch the session – which includes some footage of Subversion – below. Relatedly, you can also read my take Prison Architect here and here.
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By Jim Rossignol on July 12th, 2012.
By Jim Rossignol on November 8th, 2011.
Earlier this week I had a chance to talk to Introversion lead programmer, Chris Delay. He explained a bit about what was going on with the British indie, talking about how the suspended Subversion project had changed their outlook, and how they’re returning to their original approach of being bedroom programmers.
By Adam Smith on October 17th, 2011.
It has been five years since Introversion last entered the Independent Games Festival, with Darwinia, and the studio have just announced that they have entered their latest game into IGF 2012. However, the submitted game is not Subversion, the stylish, procedurally generated urban heist sim that the team have been working on, which is now on indefinite hiatus. Instead, there is to be an entirely new game, of which we know nothing, apart from the fact that it isn’t a sequel to a previous game. Chris Delay was candid as ever in explaining the decision and his words and more of mine are here to enlighten you.
By Jim Rossignol on November 30th, 2010.
What a strange headline that is. What it means is this: Introversion’s forthcoming procedurally-generated espionage game, Subversion, was shown at London-based Indie convention World Of Love earlier this year. It was filmed, via the magic of wobblecam, and uploaded for the internet. That means you can watch Chris Delay play through one of the levels, and see polygonal Kieron Gillen and Eskil Steenberg rob a bank, using their charm and their tech. As in games, so in life…
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By Kieron Gillen on August 23rd, 2010.
When Introversion do one of their sporadic candid posts, it’s normally worth reading. Mark Morris’ latest one is no different, talking about their last six months. They knew within an hour Darwinia+ hadn’t done well enough, and eventually they realised they couldn’t go on. Instead, they ended up selling the office, going back down to 3 staff, selling tables and chairs and working from their bedrooms again. However – and for me, the key thing in the story – they still needed some operating funds. Defcon had Steam achievements added, in hope that Valve would let a promotion go ahead. And they did…
This was the game-changer. When we started Introversion we’d had a string of successes and believed we were undefeatable, but it was a long time since we’d had a victory and we really needed one. Right on cue, Valve delivered. The promo exceeded all of our expectations and when combined with our low burn rate (no office or staff now) we had gone from being fearful about paying our mortgages to having a year’s operating capital in the bank.
In other words, on with Subversion. And Chris is continuing his development diaries here. It’s the second time Steam saved Introversion, of course, with Darwinia’s original launch there changing the course of a game which seemed to be not finding an audience.
By Jim Rossignol on February 20th, 2010.
Last night at BAFTA in London the handsome men of Introversion sat on stage to chat about their more recent launch, that of Darwinia+ on XBLA. It’s Darwinia and Multiwinia combined for console-dude fun-times. What was a little more interesting, however, was that they did a demo of their next game, Subversion. Chris admits cheerfully that it’s probably a year until they should be doing a demo… but they did it anyway.
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By Kieron Gillen on December 2nd, 2009.
Nothing much to add to this, but wanted to show it. Earlier, Introversion twittered a recent shot of Subversion. You’ll see it above, fucked up a bit by our JPGing and expanding of it. Go see the original here. It’s looks both quintessentially Introversion and as beguiling as ever. My money’s still on something Neuromancer-y.
By Jim Rossignol on March 3rd, 2008.
While at GDC ’08 I met up with Mark Morris and Chris Delay from Introversion. We talked about their forthcoming games, Multiwinia, Subversion, the state of the industry, and their aspirations towards being indie publishers.
RPS: Busy year?
Chris: Yes, lots of projects, lots of stuff. Multiwinia is the big one, with Subversion being the longer one. Multiwinia is really good, really there. Well, Mark says it’s not there, he keeps saying “Chris, you still have to finish it,” but it is actually there and it’s great fun to play and watch the anarchy unfold. So much stuff going on on the screen, many things collide and explode.
By Jim Rossignol on February 1st, 2008.
Key indie developer Introversion‘s lead programmer, the superbly named Chris Delay, has posted some more screenshots and development wordthinks from his work-in-progress, Subversion, on the company forums. He says that while the rest of the company is nervous about its Darwinia-like slow gestation, his vision of the game is only becoming clearer.
I can feel Subversion solidifying, but it’s a slow process, as anyone who’s been watching the evolving city shots will know. Subversion is undoubtedly the most ambitious game we’ve ever attempted to create – massive in scope and totally uncompromising in it’s requirements. But every day I work on it I’m even more convinced – this is the big one, Introversion Software’s Magnum Opus, and it’s going to be the best game we will ever make.
And we still don’t know quite what Delay is up to. Consider me tantalised.
By Jim Rossignol on September 11th, 2007.
One of the PC’s finest features is its ability to allow small, eccentric development teams to create great games without constraints. The spirit of the bedroom programmers of the ’80s is just about living on PCs across the world. One such home-grown PC team are the British IGF winners, Introversion, who have been something of an inspiration in their attitude towards game development: the kinds of games they have decided to develop appeal to something basic about gaming. It’s not a Retro appeal, so much as timeless. Uplink, Darwinia and DefCon each have their own encapsulated, deliberately self-contained idea, and each sits just outside the commercial comfort zones. These titles do what indie games do best: surprise, entertain, and challenge.
So how does Introversion’s central programmer, the superbly-named Chris Delay, feel about independent game development in 2007? “Alive and well! PCs are still the best place to play genuinely indie games made by very small teams. It’s worth keeping up with events like the IGF – a lot of teams that do well show up later as serious game developers. I think people’s interest in indie gaming has been slowly rising and this is definitely a good thing.”
Introversion came away from the IGF as stars, but are now somewhat distancing themselves from their indie roots, with increased commercial success thanks to their exposure on Valve’s Steam sales platform: “We’re big fans,” says Delay. “Of course we’d say that, since all three of our games are now available to buy on Steam. But it’s such a convenient system. I recently reached the end of my patience with Vista and wiped the hard disk, and installed XP from scratch. After installing Steam I had easy access to the latest versions of every game I’d bought over the system. From a company point of view Valve offer a direct link to a huge number of customers who might otherwise never have heard of our games. Certainly with Darwinia, Steam was kind of a saviour for us and sold Darwinia in quantities we’d never seen before. With Defcon (and all of our future games, we hope) we released the game on Steam and on our website and in the high street simultaneously. We’ve found that players like the choice – some people want the convenience of Steam, some people want it direct from the creators and not tied to any system, and some people like to walk into town to buy.”
And some of us just want to get rid of the towers of CDs and DVD boxes that currently dominate our tiny box-room offices…
Read on for thoughts on Multiwinia, Subversion, and the future of Introversion.
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