As you might have heard, Collateral got Greenlit this week. Yay! It was a long and tough road, but we made the steady climb up the ranks with help from all of you. As you may expect though, there’s a bit of a process we’ll need to go through before we’ll be ready to launch on Steam.
Now for the less-good news. As you may have guessed, our progress isn’t exactly looking good for the mid-year release that we were hoping to achieve. There are a multitude of reasons for this. One big reason is the change of engine, going from UDK to Unreal Engine 3, which has led to unexpected complications. Specifically certain compatibility changes need to be made and a number of systems are being upgraded now that we have access to more features of the engine, which in some cases means rebuilding the particular system almost entirely from scratch. It’s time consuming, but it will produce better results.
We’ve also had to, as is the case with a lot of small studios, dedicate part of the team to doing contract work in order to help pay for things like rent and bills, so not having the full team able to keep working on Collateral all the time has slowed things down. Other, mostly minor, things have got in the way too and the end result of all of this is that Collateral is going to take longer than expected to complete, but it will also be of better quality than it was originally going to be.
It sucks that we won’t have Collateral ready for release by mid-year, but we are still hopeful for a late 2014 release. This isn’t guaranteed, but it’s what we’re aiming for. As the game gets closer to being finished we’ll be able to give a more precise release date. I know that’s not the kind of news you were hoping to hear this week, but it’s the unfortunate reality of the situation.
For Kickstarter backers whose reward includes helping to create content (characters, billboards, and cab skins) you should have received a Skype contact request today, unless we have an alternate means to contact you. In the coming weeks we’ll be looking to set up meetings with you to discuss your rewards and get the ball rolling. If you don’t hear from us immediately, don’t panic. We haven’t forgotten you, it’s just difficult organizing a bunch of meetings when some people are on the far side of the planet.
Apart from all that, we’ve had a lot of other good news lately and we can’t wait to tell you about all of it as soon as we can. And by that I mean there are things we aren’t supposed to talk about right now, however I CAN say that we’ll have some of that good news to share with you very, VERY soon.
That’s all for now. We’ll be back with more news next week, possibly sooner than you think. –David