We are super excited to announce that we have signed a publishing deal with Focus Home Interactive, to release Contrast on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 at the end of this year!
I’m going to update this post later on to describe what this means in detail (and hopefully answer a bunch of questions people have been asking us recently), so feel free to check back later on. I’ll even post an awesome new piece of art from Whitney to celebrate with, too.
(Oh, and if you want an example of Focus’ efforts in the marketing department, and why we like the cut of their jib, check this out. Neato.)
Edit: I promised an update, so here it is. Art first, words follow.
Concept of shadow shifting in action!
As you will know from our previous updates, Contrast is almost done. It’s completely playable, all the art is in, etc, and we’re just refining some of the puzzles, smoothing over its rough edges, and optimizing it for both PC and consoles. One important part of the deal is that we will retain complete creative control over the game and the IP. We also have more time to refine the game, meaning that we’re in the fortunate position of being able to fix a few things we didn’t think we’d be able to (not a lot of developers get this opportunity).
We’re excited about this deal because the guys and girls at Focus are incredibly enthusiastic about Contrast. This is very much a partnership, where they can bring their enthusiasm and experience to help us market and distribute the game. They have a great media presence, meaning that we will be able to reach out to a wider audience. They also have significant production experience, so can point out areas of improvement that we might have missed.
So, there is a downside, in that we’ll have to wait a bit longer for release. This is bad for us, because we remain stuck in the dodgy factory until people can buy Contrast. But, we think that a wider release will allow us to do the best possible job on this project and, hopefully, put us in a position to make another great game after this one.
Thanks again for all your support We’re going to have a new website set up soon, which will hopefully make it easier to get in touch with us – stay tuned!