Ok guys, time for some status update:
First of all, the Opcode Games website is undergoing a complete facelift. And not just that, but many long requested improvements are being implemented, like a mailing list and Paypal buttons to makes buying games a lot easier. The webmaster taking care of the changes is David Harley, from the Intellivision scene fame.
Now to the topic, the SEM project has been scalled down a bit. The module is now a lot smaller, some features have migrated to the CV2, some to the new MegaCart.
The "new" SEM is now two different pieces of hardware:
- The ColecoVision Memory Module is the expansion that plugs into the expansion port
- The MegaCart2 is a cartridge PCB that provides very advanced bank switching and save game functionality (each cartridge will save its own data)
The advantage is a smaller expansion unit that is also less expensive than previous planned.
Because of my deal with River West Brand I can no longer offer Donkey Kong as a pack-in game (for obvious reasons), so the Memory Module will be sold separetely from games. We are now estimating the MM to cost around $50 when it is finally available.
That said, here is the planned schedule for everything:
Feb: alpha versions of the MegaCart2 and Memory Module
Mar: beta versions of the MegaCart2, Memory Module and at least one of three games (Goonies, Knightmare and Donkey Kong Arcade), beta versions are demoed at Midwest Gaming Classic, development of the Memory Module case starts
Apr: Official beta testing beggins involving some 10 people
May: Packaging for at least one of the games is delivered by Dale
Jun: hardware and game(s) beta testing ends, beta for the Memory Module case starts, manufacturing of hardware starts in China
Jul: hardware is received and assembled, games are assembled, Opcode booth at CGE demonstrating final product
Aug: Memory Module and at least a game are shipped
Sep-Nov: remaining games (if any) are released, with all 3 games available until Nov
Nov-Jan: vacations in Brazil
2011: more games...
So, yeah, tight schedule, but we are going to work hard and make that happens, this is going to be our best year ever, and I am very excited...