Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a 2-player co-op micro-platformer set inside a pink Death Star locked in battle with hordes of space baddies. Players work together running back and forth between ship control rooms, manning turrets, lasers, shields and thrusters to rack up points and stave off a vacuumy demise.
In mish-mash terms you could describe it as Jumpman meets Asteroids meets Han saying "Don't get cocky."
Oh My Galaxy! Asteroid Base is in LA at E3 this week and Microsoft just announced that Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime will be coming to the Xbox One! We re-cut a trailer with new gameplay footage to celebrate.
If you’re at E3, come by the Microsoft booth in the West Hall and play Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime on the Xbox One.
If you’re following from home then you can tune into Twitch for some sweet Lovers livestreaming this week:
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to fly down to São Paulo, Brazil to represent Asteroid Base at the Brazilian Independent Games Festival, where Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime was nominated for both the Best Gameplay and Best Game awards. The week was pretty great in and of itself, but then was made all the more crazy when Lovers won the award for Best Gameplay! Our fellow nominees included Nom Nom Galaxy, Bounden, Drei, and Blek.
BIG Festival award winners and judges. Image courtesy of BIG Festival
The festival itself was a mixture of B2B meetings, talks, awards show and playing games. The highlight for me was getting hands-on exposure to some really great games coming out of Brazil like Ninjin, Chroma Squad, Like a Boss! and Headblaster. I hope in the future they are able to showcase even more games from around Brazil and Latin America.
Finally I would like to give a big thanks to the organizers and judges for the honour of being nominated and winning the Best Gameplay award.
It was probably the most successful show that we have done to date. By our numbers we had around five hundred play-throughs of the game, meaning almost a thousand people got to try it out while many more thousands watched.
The whole weekend was a roller coaster of emotions, starting from Thursday when we arrived in Boston and found out that our hotel gave away our reservation on us. We spent our set-up contemplating staying overnight in our booth, but thankfully after an out-pouring of love & support from Twitter we were able to secure a room in Cambridge.
Asteroid Base is landing in Boston and we will be demoing Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime at PAX East via the Indie MEGABOOTH!
Stop by to play the newest build of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. We will be at booth #776 in the Indie MEGABOOTH area any time during PAX or make an appointment to talk by emailing email@example.com.
Lovers will also be playable Friday night at the Joyful Bewilderment party that is being presented by BigSushi.fm and Rogue Ruckus
Friday April 11th, 8 PM to 1 AM
Central Wharf Co. – 160 Milk St, Boston, MA 02109 Night
Big news today – we’re happy to announce that Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime has been selected as the next game to be supported by the Gold Egg Project! This is a fund put together by the amazing people at The Behemoth, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Developing Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime has been quite the experience for us here at Asteroid Base. We have been working on the game on and off since January 2012, and throughout most of that time we have been self-funding the game by doing a few days of external contract work each week. It was really great for the first year-and-a-half because it allowed us to not only be sustainable, but also afforded us the time to figure out the kind of game we wanted Lovers to be.
GDC 2014 was yet another amazing experience for us here at Asteroid Base. Going in, we didn’t think we could top our stint in the IGF and at Unity’s booth last year, but after five days at the Indie MEGABOOTH and a day in the OMDC GDC Play booth, talking to hundreds of developers, our minds were pretty blown. // More
Asteroid Base is off to GDC for the week, and we will have a new demo of Lovers in A Dangerous Spacetime for all to play.
Well, if you’ve ever played the game before, we will be debuting loads of new content: New levels, new bosses, new baddies, and a new 1 Player mode where you team up with a loyal space-pet.
The game will be at the Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase all week on the 3rd floor of the Moscone West Hall. For those of you who would like to meet with us, we will be there on Thursday March 20th from 2PM – 4PM.
More info at Indie MEGABOOTH.
Additionally, we will be demoing the game at the Ontario OMDC booth at GDC Play on Wednesday March 19th from 2PM – 4PM and we will also be available then to talk and meet with everyone.
Demo Times: Monday – Friday: Indie MEGABOOTH, 3rd Floor Moscone West Hall Wednesday, 2PM – 4PM: Ontario OMDC booth, GDC Play – Booth PL 306
Meeting Times: Wednesday, 2PM – 4PM: Ontario OMDC booth, GDC Play – Booth PL 306 Thursday, 2PM – 4PM: Indie MEGABOOTH, 3rd Floor Moscone West Hall
Last January, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime was admittedly a side project, something small that we were planning to tie off quickly, since the three of us were all busy with our paying jobs. And then IGF happened, and then PAX 10 happened, and it was an amazing experience to see real live strangers playing our game and responding to it. Throughout the year, the more effort we put into the game, the more we seemed to get out of it.
It was in the spring, after IGF, that we started thinking that maybe somehow Lovers could one day grow up and be a real game, so we dove back into design work and came up with a more robust spec. As well, we went through all the super fun legal processes to make Asteroid Base into a real company, while still keeping up our other contract gigs.
For a while, this part-time development style worked great, because it allowed us to ease into the whole indie game studio thing. But needless to say, working part-time and rejigging the scope has ended up making the dev process take longer than we originally planned—-sorry about that!
So finally, to ring in the new year, we’re pleased to announce that going forward, we’re going to be focusing 100% of our time on Lovers. All we can say is that we think the wait will be worth it when it’s finally done!
Last week we had a nice long chat with the podcast Guys With Pencils, and the episode is out now! I love their show (they interview artists and animators and game designers and folks like that) so it was super cool to be part of it. We tried hard to avoid talking about our illustrious mayor Rob Ford–find out how successful we were here.
One of the best parts about showing at PAX had to have been seeing couples come up to play Lovers. At several points during the weekend we would have a whole lineup of couples waiting to play. The process was all very similar each time: They would talk strategy before they sat down, they would play the game, and they would leave arguing. Mwahaha. Ryan Letourneau (Northernlion)’s PAX @ Home serves as a preview of the arguing that I hope will become the staple.
Another highlight was when James Portnow from Extra Credits surprised us with the Extra Credits Innovation Award. It came with a hefty trophy that is now being fought over by Matt and Adam.
Extra Credits Innovation Award 2013
After PAX wrapped, we had one last day in Seattle, so we checked out the EMP Museum. It was cool to see three of the inspirations for Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime all within 10 feet of each other in the sci-fi exhibit: