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.
When we showed Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime at PAX East last month, we got asked a few times about how we were handling our space backgrounds, so I thought I’d go into a bit of detail. We’re aiming for a rich, 2.5D neon fantasy look, and we wanted our backgrounds to fit this world and feel alive. We ended up combining a few different elements for the effect we wanted.
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
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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
Whenever I buy a new “Art Of” book, no matter how great the concept paintings are, I often wish I could also see the earlier, rougher, uglier stuff that must exist from when the designers were still batting around ideas and trying to figure out what they were making.
On that note, here are some sketchbook pages from the past year-and-a-half of Lovers development. Working on paper, without an undo, helps to focus on the broad decision-making stuff and avoid getting bogged down in details. My sketchbook drawings have gotten rougher over the years as I’ve moved more mid-stage work to the computer, so with that warning, let’s dive in…