With 2013 drawing to a close, there's an inevitability that games targeting "Q4 2013" may start to slide into next year. We're also entering a period where developers can let us know what's in the works and coming up soon, something that Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid has done in a new blog update.
As a studio with plenty of Nintendo platform releases on its schedule, there are quite a few updates for 3DS and Wii U owners. To start with, upcoming 3DS eShop title Treasurenauts won't arrive this year, with the studio now aiming for Q1 2014. The reasoning is simple — the developer wants more time to improve the game.
We need more time to make it the game we want it to be. We're aiming for a Q1 2014 release, and will have information on a more accurate date soon. Sorry for the delay, but as an independent developer we rely on the success and revenue generated from each of our self-published games. More time = better game = better sales (hopefully).
Cult County has a brief update, merely to say that we'll see more of it in 2014 but that, ultimately, it was announced "very early in its development". Watsham also states that two new games are in development, with one on 3DS to be "announced in January 2014, and released early-mid 2014".
Mutant Mudds 2, which is certainly high on wishlists of those that have enjoyed the original, was put on hold for development of Treasurenauts. In terms of nearer-term Mutant Mudds news, it has been stated that owners of the 3DS game "should be on the look-out for a free update sometime in 2014. It will be luxurious!". Watsham did address the lack of a European release of Mutant Mudds Deluxe and other titles with a criticism of the ratings agencies in the region.
Delays in Europe for this, [Mutant Mudds Deluxe on PS3 and Vita] and Wii U, are due to the cost and logistical hassle of submitting to the many age rating companies in Europe. We will eventually get our stuff together and sort it out, but for now we're devoting our efforts towards the development of games instead of dancing with PEGI, USK, and such. These companies really need to learn from the ESRB, who offer a free and fast on-line service to rate indie games.
Plenty to think about for Renegade Kid fans. Are you looking forward to what the studio can offer in 2014?