It is rather late to celebrate the start of a new year. However, at this day, I do commemorate the start of a new era, a new phase that comes after accepting the fact that the good ol’ ways should be left in the past, and embrace new technologies that, even if they don’t make much sense at times, it is what everybody is following. Let’s face it: An artist that doesn’t have an audience is pretty much a human that has wasted a lot of resources in vain. I want to make it clear, though, that it is not the spotlight that I crave. In fact, following everybody for the sake of going where everybody is, is not an attractive plan at all. But I have to admit that hearing every now and then that one of my creations have raised a smile, even for a moment, is a thought that encourages me to continue doing what I do.
For four years now, I have used XNA to bring dreams to life. It’s been quite a journey, and I’ve enjoyed each and every step. I will not be one of those Nay-Sayers that yells to all four winds that XNA is death, running from stem to stern, carrying the lifeless head of the XNA framework in a morbid scene, attempting to move the masses towards my wallet’s convenience. Instead, I can attest that the projects I’ve created using this technology, continue to work. Funny stuff is that, the newer the system that runs it, the better they behave.
Still, the Xbox Live Indie Games market has shrunk so much that it has reached a point in which it is no longer sustainable. Simply put, it just doesn’t make any sense to invest more in a channel that nobody is listening anyway. Even the most loyal critics have moved on, looking for some other sources to feast on.
Don’t get me wrong, though, as for months we have been working hard to jump to the next platform, to the point that we are close to unveiling our next release. It hasn’t come easy, as every new framework requires a different set of tools, and none of them come easy, or cheap. Regardless, stay tuned for our first step in the new beginning. It will not bring riches and fame, but it will surely raise some eyebrows, and maybe some witty comments from critics and fellow peers.