It's been only a month since my last news bulletin, but boy how things have progressed! Let's begin with the good news!GAMES, GAMES AND MORE GAMES FOR CHRISTMAS!
First of all, I'm happy to announce that I've reached a deal with Óscar Toledo (nanochess on AtariAge) for Team Pixelboy to publish his upcoming ColecoVision port of Princess Quest. The game will be released on Christmas Day 2012, along with the other five games I have already announced (namely Wonder Boy, Mopiranger, Champion Ice Hockey, Jewel Panic and Module Man).
But it doesn't stop there! I've also finalized a tentative agreement with Eduardo Mello to publish his MSX port of King's Valley! This game requires Opcode's Super Game Module, so it will be released in parallel to Opcode's Donkey Kong Arcade, and people will have one more reason to buy the SGM.
Eduardo has also reaffirmed his desire to complete the work on The Black Onyx, by the way, so I'm hopeful that this game will be released this year as well. However, a lot of different things need to come together in order for that project to reach its conclusion, not the least of which is support for my Activision PCB in a ColecoVision emulator, like blueMSX or Meka. Without an emulator, completing The Black Onyx will be rather difficult... But rest assured I'll keep pushing to make it happen.
I'm also currently discussing other potential game releases with Eduardo, games that will use the SGM. His initial proposition was to port a trio of MSX games: Zanac, Guardic and Thexder. While Thexder is a classic which I definately want to publish, I'm not so sure about the other two. Guardic in particular is a weird game, which looks very good graphically, but after watching footage of the MSX version on YouTube, I was left scratching my head, and I honestly don't think it would sell very well. I suggested some alternatives to Eduardo, and as I write this, we haven't discussed it any further. We'll see how things pan out.THERE'S ALWAYS A PRICE TO PAY
There's an unfortunate side to all these great news: In order to get all these games ready in time for Christmas Day 2012, I'll have to put my trading card project on hold, probably indefinitely. But it's no great loss, since pboland is doing a wonderful job with his own series of ColecoVision trading cards. Keep up the great work, Phil! I can't wait to see the next series!MORE CARTRIDGE CASINGS FOR YOUR HOMEBREWING NEEDS!
Yes people, it's now pretty much official: I'll be visiting Eduardo Mello next Easter week-end, and I'll bring his metal mold back with me. Soon after, I'll have more Coleco cartridge casings manufactured, enough to satisfy the needs of the CV homebrew community for several years to come. If this piece of news is of any special interest to you, please send me a PM to be added to my list of contacts, and to be kept in the loop afterwards.WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE
There's something else I want to say, which I recently mentioned in another forum thread: 2012 will be the last year Team Pixelboy will be releasing "outsourced" projects. After this year's batch of outsourced games, I will put all outsourced game development activities aside and concentrate on BasicVision. I will want to remove all distractions as much as possible, so where Team Pixelboy is concerned, I will only handle sales operations of already-released games in 2013.
I expect that the development of BasicVision will require a full year of my spare time, and afterwards (in 2014 and beyond) I will want to use BasicVision to program my own ColecoVision games, namely the ones listed in the "Personal Projects" section of the Team Pixelboy web site. Coding and debugging my own CV games will also require a rather large chunk of my free time, so there will be no room for outsourced projects in the foreseeable future. That's why I want to go out with a bang this year, which I feel is appropriate for the ColecoVision's 30th anniversary. CLOSING COMMENTS
I still have a handful of copies available of all my recently released games, so if you haven't placed an order yet, now would be a good time to do so.
This concludes this news bulletin. We now return you to your regular forum activities.