Time for another update on Opcode Games activities and plans for Q3 and beyond.
Super Game Module
The never ending story of the SGM 2nd run is finally getting close to an end, and it looks like we will be seeing a happy ending soon.
Here is what was going on:
The edge connector used with the SGM is a special order, it isn’t regularly available. However, last time I had two little issues with them: 1) Due to some printing on top of each connector, I had to sand them by hand. 2) Connectors were shipped from China to Canada to the US, and back to China, very expensive and time consuming.
This time I spent a lot of time negotiating with the manufacturer to get the connectors with no printing marks and shipped directly to China. And I finally got a call today confirming that. The new connectors are now Opcode exclusives, they even have their own part number.
And that was the good news. The not-so-good news is that the lead time is about 5 weeks. But once we get the connectors, having the final boards should be fairly quick.
In addition to that I just ordered 50 extra SGM cases so that the total number of cases in stock is now 200 (not to mention that the SGM mold will be kept for another 18 months).
So the plans are to have 200 SGMs as part of the 2nd run, which should be more than enough for all pre-orders.
A final note: I have been getting a lot of requests for an updated pre-order list, people asking if they are in the list, etc. I am no longer going to post lists here, since last time a lot of people complained about having their names being published. As for confirmations, I will contact everybody again in a few weeks. But the general rule is that if you got a confirmation from Paypal, then you are in the list.
Games, games, games
I am still doing some third party work, 3 more games to go. But all of that ends in September.
That means that by October Opcode Games should be officially back in operation. We are planning 3 new arcade ports in 2016, all leveraging the SGM. First one is obviously the brand new port of Donkey Kong, which is very far along in development. The other two will be announced later this year/early next year, but I can tell both are games originally released in 1981 and one of them is already 30% done (you may have seen screenshots if you know where to look)…
More to come… please stay tuned. J
Edited by opcode, Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:25 PM.