I’m Aaron, and I’ll be your friendly (cosmic) neighborhood technical designer. I’ve just started settling in over the last week, but I’m already hard at work on enhancing our existing gameplay design (anyone up for some improved Rover handling?), and conjuring up brand-new mechanics and interactions to liven up your interstellar playgrounds. (more…)
The world looks much different from fifty days ago. Lots of big things have happened. We celebrated the holidays, ushered in a new year, and sat glued to twitter as we watched the tumultuous transition of our world into this terrifying new post-Brangelina era! I’m still a little bit numb from that. I think someone closed a sale on some historic house, and oh, we launched the early access version of Astroneer. Right. You’re probably wondering how that went.
Recently we announced details for the launch of Astroneer and that’s something we’re super proud of. Now that the information is out, there’s been two important topics that come up in discussion amongst the team. How will our game be perceived and are we setting the correct expectations?
I don’t enjoy writing about the missteps of other developers, but in the name of transparency I think this is an important point to make: The controversial release of No Man’s Sky fuels a lot of discussions about the development and marketing of Astroneer and more importantly the reaction the gaming community had to it. A lot of the press coverage about Astroneer links the two games together and we’ve seen a lot of talk amongst our community about those connections.
I’m not going to comment on one specific aspect of the game or the people behind it. This blog post isn’t about that. I want to take this opportunity to put into practice the most important thing we’ve learned from witnessing No Man’s Sky: Know what you are saying, but understand what is heard.
While at PAX West this year, the folks at Indie Obscura joined us for the weekend as we prepared, worked, and closed down our booth for the show. In their first ever “IN_DEPTH” series, Indie Obscura writes about System Era and what events like PAX West means to a team like ours, with our game on the brink of release.