HighlightsReleasing Battle High 2 A+ on Xbox One may have been the highlight of my independent game development career in 2015. Though the game wasn't accepted to showcase at EVO 2015, I fought with a lot of self doubt concerning the game, and the launch did not go without a few hiccups, I'm still happy I was able to get the game launched and released before 2016.
|A Battle High 2-themed holiday greeting!|
Also, I helped Schell Games launch Orion Trail, which I'm pretty proud of too! Another professional highlight was going to Unite 2015; it was a great converse and energized me more creatively than the last two GDCs combined, which is why I have decided to not attend GDC 2016, but instead attend Unite 2016.
ResolutionsI could write about lowlights, but I would rather not dwell on them as we approach a new year, but I would like to write about resolutions. My idea with resolutions is that it's okay to make a lot, but keeping in mind that you probably won't be able to achieve all of them. Anyway, here is a short list of mine:
Continue Battle High 2 A+Again, the launch of the game could have gone more smoothly, but I'm still happy with the results. That being said, I want to update the game next year. There's a minor bug I need to fix, many have commented that the achievements are too difficult, and the 3D backgrounds need some work. There are also 2 unfinished characters I would like to add; in addition, I'd like to get the OUYA and PC versions as close as possible before 2017. I also want to get the fightstick issue resolved as well as experiment with online, but I know those are stretch goals.
Start (and maybe finish) a new original game ideaI have a game I've been working on a bit, a tactics RPG similar to Namco X Capcom, that I'd love to finish before 2017. Now that's rather ambitious but I think instead of finishing before 2017, I'd love to publish a playable prototype similar to what Indivisible did, even if it's just on itch.io. Overall, I'd love to release another Xbox One game, but maybe that'll happen in 2017.
|An early 3D character / shader concept|
Knowledge Share & Interact with Communities MoreAdmittedly, I'm a rather introverted person and don't really put myself out there much. I put my work out, but I don't make a lot of tutorials or streams or anything like that -- though I did write a GameMaker book. This is something I'd like to change in 2016. I'm not sure I'll do game streaming, but I'd like to do a few dev streams in the future; one night aspect of this, is that it'll archive on Twitch so even if no one comes, I can watch it later to make sure I don't forget things.
|This is a face you can trust, right? Also I swear I'm not that creepy; I was just being silly in a wedding photo!|
Do my art!I used to draw and 3D model a lot, but I haven't had the time lately. Battle High 2 A+ didn't require a ton -- besides the 3D backgrounds, which my texturing skills were a bit lackluster on. I have a Substance license for both Painter and Designer but I haven't really used either. I want to change that in 2016; hopefully the previously mentioned game idea will require and allow me to focus on improving these skills.
Focus on METhis sounds stupid and selfish, but here's the issue: I work a full time job at Schell Games, and then I come home and work on my side projects for Mattrified Games, and the last few months of 2015, I sorta stopped focusing on me outside of game development. I haven't been exercising as much as I should or eating healthy. Personally the health resolutions so many people make every year are really life commitments and they aren't easy to keep up with, but I think it's important to remind ourselves of them every year and to try and improve, if even by a little.
Personally, I need to reschedule my time better. I need some days where, instead of trying to cram in work, personal work, and me time, I just say "screw it, today I'm not working on Battle High 2 A+ or any games. I'm going to exercise or play a game," and at the same time, I need some days where I focus on a side project and don't worry about anything else. I just need a better work-life balance, a goal for 2016.
Anyway, that's what's on my radar for 2016. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy 2016!