23 September 2015

Project Plasma Birthday Sale - Now On!

To celebrate one year since the release of Chaos Symbol's first indie game, I officially present to you the Project Plasma Birthday Sale! For today only Project Plasma will be available for half price!

I would also like to take this time to thank everyone who has supported me, both in real-life and online, over the last few years throughout the development of Project Plasma, Project Plasma Mobile, and CHAOS 3/4. Your support has not gone unnoticed. Here's to many more good years of Chaos Symbol and hopefully much bigger and better games to come.

Have a good old Yorkshire pint of John Smith's, it's on the house you guys sure as hell deserve it!
(Image from http://www.sallykirkman.com/blog/who-will-win-the-grand-national-2013)

Project Plasma: http://archangelatom.itch.io/project-plasma
Project Plasma Mobile: http://archangelatom.itch.io/project-plasma-mobile

21 September 2015

CHAOS 3 Pre-orders Start Today

In just over eight hours from now, pre-orders for CHAOS 3 will begin at 9:30pm BST time. Here's some info on what to expect from today and the upcoming days.

The name of the game will be revealed when pre-orders go up at 9:30 along with its bonus counterpart, CHAOS 4 however what I will tell you all now is what you can expect from both games.

CHAOS 3 is a platformer game set in the relatively-near-future and is based around a soldier who returns to action and is being sent on various menial tasks as he has been out of action for a while however things quickly turn dark.

For the bonus game, CHAOS 4, you'll be seeing something a little more basic, it is a simple game similar to Asteroids where the player shoots asteroids and enemies alike in a playfield with procedurally generated entities. This game will be a little more competitive than CHAOS 3 as it will feature a high-score board which will allow friends to compete with each other to see who can get the furthest. This will re-use one sprite from Project Plasma but the rest of the content is completely unique.

And for those who are wondering, yes bonus games are eligible for updates and CHAOS 4 will be receiving a few updates over its lifetime, however as is the case with Project Plasma Mobile, CHAOS 4 will be at a lower priority than CHAOS 3 due to it being a bonus game, however it will still priority over prototype games.

That's all from me for now - see you all in a few hours!

UPDATE: Due to various issues, pre-orders have been postponed to 28th September. I apologise prefusely for any inconvenience, however CHAOS 4 is currently not ready yet.

14 September 2015

One Week Until Pre-Orders

In literally just seven days, CHAOS 3 along with its counterpart CHAOS 4 will go up for pre-order. This blog post will let everyone know how things will work with these two games.

You will be able to pre-order the game via Itch using its pre-order system which works just like you bought the game. When pre-ordering the game you will also get CHAOS 4 for free as a bonus game, however the jury is still out as to how I would distribute that.

The options I am considering are...

  1. Include it within the files for CHAOS 3, so when you pre-order it you instantly get CHAOS 4 off the bat, although this would give me less time to polish the game.
  2. Make a separate page for CHAOS 4, and when CHAOS 3 is released I send a group email out with a download link for CHAOS 4. Such a system can be abused however.
  3. Send out download links for CHAOS 4 specifically for each person as soon as they pre-order CHAOS 3. When a game is bought I will know the email of the person who bought it which will enable me to send them a link to CHAOS 4 directly.
I will also contact itch.io directly to see if there are any other options.

CHAOS 3's release date has also been pushed back - I simply need more time to finish it. The new release for CHAOS 3 is 19th November however pre-orders will start on 21st September. Project Plasma 2 will enter development about two weeks after the game's release.

That's all from me this time, hopefully my next post will be one announcing the pre-orders for CHAOS 3 where the name of both games will revealed.