Happy new year to everyone who visits this blog (or reads the RSS). Best wishes for this 2015 year!
We are writing here to have a couple of announcements, as well to reflect on the past year, and how it went down for Glitchy Pixel.
The stuff that happened in 2014
This year definitely was one of the most interesting ones for us at Glitchy Pixel. In the gaming world, many people are not very happy for the results and how things went down. However, at least for us, it was a great time.
Launching Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror
We managed to launch our first commercial title, Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror. It was awesome! Not only we got our Greenlight campaign running and we managed to publish the game under Steam, but we also managed to get the game on PlayStation Vita as well! Through the Sony game development program on Latin America, we have achieved the long lasting dream for any kid who grew up playing games: Being able to make a game and publish it on a mayor distributor, and a console!
Of course, this amazing feat must be compared to how the game actually sold. Here's the rundown:
- We managed to break even on the first month of sales. Granted, we did not need too much of sales units in order to break even (we needed about 1800 units), but it was an objective we accomplished.
- Although we just made it barely, it really feels amazing that we managed to make a product, and to sustain on it. It seems that we are doing stuff right.
- In general, reviews for the game have been OK. Nothing amazing, but no absolute bad reviews either. Somehow we ended getting a Metacritic score of 70. This is important not necessarily because of the score, but because we were noticeable enough to get enough reviews for a critic score in Metacritic. We consider that a good thing, even if not all reviews are glowing with praise.
- Most people would think that Steam is the only platform for selling. Well, on PC that might be true. But we still want to support many stores as posible. Some people are more confortable with other stores, and thats totally fine.
- The other thing is about the PlayStation Vita, you would think that the console that seems to have less traction in the market would not be important to sell onto. Think again, basically half of our sales come from the PlayStation Vita in the NA region. We still haven't even distributed the game on Europe (Before anyone asks, we will! More explaining below). This means the the PS Vita, at least for us, is an important market to take into account. Maybe the PS Vita is getting better, who knows.
- An extra detail. Burnis.co has launched Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror soundtrack as a Christmas gift! You can it on Bandcamp in a "pay what you want" basis. It's good music, enjoy!
So, to some people it might not be that much. But for us, it was amazing, we are on the road of becoming full game developers. Making this stuff is way too exciting, and we had a great start (n_n). The fact that we are being supported by Sony PlayStation is also really good. The indie push by them is great. We are very happy for this product and we hope we can make even better stuff in the future.
About Poltergeist for PS Vita on Europe
As you might have guessed, one of the missing things we got on 2014 is that we couldn't launch Poltergeist: a Pixelated Horror on Europe. There are multiple reasons for it, but we can assure you it wasn't for lack of trying. Sony was having difficulties in restructuring their company, and well, you know, hacking issues here and there. Its understandable that getting time for small time developers is not in their priority lists.
But good news! We have finally gained access to publishing in Europe, and we will launch Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror on PS Vita in Europe as soon as we can (n_n).
We got an office!
Yup, that is correct, our office is not "the world" anymore. We now have a physical space where we can have better communication and work (n_n). It is very spartan as of now, since we have just moved in. But this is exciting! We are really now feeling the "we are a serious video game company" vibe in our heads. And it feels really good.
New opportunities for the next year
Glitchy Pixel is getting more stuff to do! \(^_^)/. What are we going to do now? Well there are lots of things:
Poltergeist and PS4
When we released Poltergeist: A Pixelated Horror on the PS Vita, our relations manager on Sony, Mike Foster, was very pleased. This has been a very small, but significant milestone for everyone involved in Glitchy Pixel, and to some extent in Latin America. Mike Foster said the being the second self published title on Latin America was very good news, and because of that, he now wants to see the game in PS4. But wait, we don't have a dev kit! No problem, Mike said, and before you know it, we are now actually porting the game to PS4. That is utterly amazing!
Government grant for "Wooly"
The first thing we got on the last year was a grant given by the Government of Colombia to make a small game in the coming 5 months. We already have a theme, a setting and we are working on it. The provisional title of the game is "Wooly". Some of you might recognize that name by a very old video of ours in Youtube. Yep, its the same idea, but now that we got some funding, we can make it a reality. This is one of the two new projects we are tailoring for the next year.
You will see more of this project because we have to basically stream it every week for a certain amount of time, as per what we specified in the game development process in the grant. So get ready for some dev streaming, definitely!
Secret Project "Super Ultra 7 in 1"?
Yay we have a new secret project n_n. Diana basically said she wanted this to be "IGF material". I suppose that includes an IGF submission as well. Don't know exactly what that entails for me as a programmer, but this one's coming all from her. She really wants to make this new idea and we'll see how it goes for the coming year.
This project has many weird things aiming for. We'll see how well it develops (n_n). We will also stream some of this whenever we can, so get ready!
So well thats it for our reflections of the past year and the projects for the future. We believe 2015 is going to be very interesting. We'll just have to wait and see!
So happy new year for everyone, lets hope you will all enjoy it. Cheers!