Glitch Strikers Progress Update – 4/13/2017

We made a lot of progress and will be showing it in a demo video soon.

I made a video talking about progress on Glitch Strikers since the release of the trailer. We got a lot done, including a new feature I’ll be demoing in an upcoming video. I hope to have it ready in two weeks. There will be some other stuff shown as well. See you then!

Refuting the Kickstarter House Rumors

What actually happened with the Super Retro Squad Kickstarter house?

As we move toward the Steam Early Access release of Glitch Strikers, (formerly known as Super Retro Squad), I thought it was important to refute the most prevalent rumor about the game’s development: that I used the Kickstarter money to buy a house for myself.

When the Kickstarter campaign concluded, our team was distributed around the country, so we thought we could save money by living in one location during development so that each individual would not have to pay their own rent. I contributed personal money (with the help of my parents) to help one of the team members buy a house that was big enough for all of us to live in. The address of this house was 6386 S Canterbury Rd, Parma, OH, 44129.

Take a look at the public records on Trulia (or wherever you want). The records show it was purchased on September 20, 2012 for $139,000, and it was sold again on October 21, 2016 for $135,000. If the records let you view the owner, you will see that it was not me; it was one of the other people on the team. I have never owned a house, and I currently live in an apartment that my wife and I are renting in Wisconsin.

Notice that the amount we received from the Kickstarter ($48,007 after fees) doesn’t come close to covering the cost of the house. Also, notice it was sold for less than it was purchased for. This was not done to make money; the motivation was to save money.

Personally, I lived in the house from October 2012 to April 2016. The house ended up being a terrible decision since I didn’t get back most of the money I contributed to it. Looking back, I think it would have been smarter to rent a house since we still could have saved money by each individual not having separate rent to pay. I also think renting would have been seen as less controversial, but that is not something I expected at the time.

Hopefully this puts the nonsense to rest and people can focus on the game instead of its difficult development period.

Glitch Strikers gets Greenlit!

Glitch Strikers is coming to Steam Early Access this summer.

Great news… Glitch Strikers has been approved for distribution on Steam! This means we can release the game on early access later this year.

Although the greenlight process only lasted a few days, we received a massive amount of feedback, so we will be making some changes based on what we heard.

Many people were concerned that the games shown in the trailer were too similar to existing games, so we are focusing heavily on making them more creative and original. You will see some of these changes in an upcoming gameplay trailer.

Secondly, we’ve decided that instead of releasing separate “games” and later combining them into a story mode, we will make Glitch Strikers an episodic game with the story told along the way. It is very similar to what we already announced, but the overall story of Glitch Strikers will be woven into each episode, and each episode may not necessarily focus on one game world. The episodes will follow the story of Manni and his friends as they travel across games to solve the mystery of the glitches.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted. Stay tuned for the upcoming gameplay trailer of the first episode, Hyper Manni Pals. We expect it to be ready in a few months.

Glitch Strikers Trailer and Greenlight Campaign

Glitch Strikers is announced with a trailer and Steam Greenlight campaign.

IT’S FINALLY HERE!!! You can now see what I had in mind when I launched the Super Retro Squad Kickstarter way back in June 2012. It was a lot harder to get to this point than I could have imagined, but we made it.

As you can see, the game looks amazing! Even though it took a long time and we had many difficulties, I was improving my game development skills and learning throughout all of it. However, knowing how to make a game means nothing if there’s no art or sound.

On one fortunate day, I met Matt Kap… and almost instantly, the game was back on track. HUGE thanks to Matt for using his amazing pixel art, music, and sound skills to bring this game to life. The project would still just be in my head if it wasn’t for him.

So this is huge news. Exploding Rabbit is back, and Super Retro Squad is reborn as Glitch Strikers. And as you can see, we put tons of work into this trailer. I hope you enjoy it. Please vote for the game on Steam Greenlight. We’ll try and get the first part, Hyper Manni Pals, on Early Access as soon as we can.

For more info on Glitch Strikers, check out the press kit.