On this week's bonus edition of The TouchArcade Show, I talk with Chair Entertainment's Donald Mustard about Infinity Blade 2, that game's unique production pipeline, and future updates. After that, we swing into full "bonus" mode and discuss Mustard's favorite iOS games, in addition to Chair Entertainment's size, history, and what it tries to do as a studio. I came away from this one with a completely different appreciation of Chair. Yeah, it makes awesome games, but it's also an extremely gifted small studio with a hardcore fightin' indie spirit. I like that.

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  • Anonymous

    All the praise for IB2 is great, but why didn't you ask about the catastrophic save game bug that seems to be effecting everyone across the board. Looking at the app store just now it's all one star reviews. I have just stopped playing until there's confirmation of a fix. But honestly, I don't know if I can be bothered to start again. It's soul destroying to sink so much time into a game and have it randomly wipe your save.

    • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

      The reviews for Infinity Blade 2 across the board are overwhelmingly positive. If this save bug was anything else but rare, this wouldn't be the case.

      • Anonymous

        You guys didn't even ask? Even Epic has a disclaimer on the IB website about it. I get that not everybody gets the error but I dunno about calling it "rare" either. An average of 4 stars doesn't seem pretty low to you considering how great the game is (or would be if I didn't have to restart it every day)?

      • Anonymous

        I don't mean to sound like a jerk. I'm just frustrated my gaming experience was ruined. 18 out of the last 20 reviews on the UK app store all mention the save bug and rate the game one star. I'm not sure how rare that makes this particular bug if 90% experience it?

  • http://twitter.com/touchgameplay TouchGamePlay

    I don`t get why you are all so down because he haven`t asked the Questions that should have been asked?

    Look, Chair did a few epic Fails. It`s Fine they will Fix it and we will keep going on.

    But honestly - What are you Guys are expecting from a six Months Project?They took for the hole Game less Time then some Indie Developer are working on their First Game or for an Update.@twitter-12555382:disqus Don`t get me wrong but this Time you really didn´t asked the Question that were expected from the Community. I guess you will do next Time when you will Interview them but remember that you Guys can`t always play Nice...

    • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

      I asked, man. In fact, I even made a joke about the fact we were one Mustard down because of the update. Remember that?

      The thing we've all got to keep in mind as we explore some of the rare bugs still in the game is that we're all power users who are also quite fond of the Internet -- we carry around tons of more apps than the usual dude, we're pretty intense with our usage and play time, and we also actively engage with others who are much the same way. 

      What I'm expressing here is that we are not the representative of the presumably hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who have purchased this game. We're the vocal minority.

      And the thing to take home, as you'll hear in the podcast, is that even though the people running into the latest rash of reported problems is small, Chair is actively working on a fix. You got to respect that. At least, I do.

      Edit: Oh! And also, the point of these podcasts has never been to generate news. I just want to give everyone a view of what informs a studio and its games.

      • http://twitter.com/touchgameplay TouchGamePlay

        We all know that Chair Entertainment are really pushing themselves each time they work on a new Project.
        No one would ever consider that they didn`t work on their little Baby as hard as they could and i am pretty much sure that Donald and Geremy are hitting their punchbags harder then usual for each Bug we found but some of those are so... let`s better change the topic :D

        I am not saying that the Questions were quite interesting - they were carefully considered and i saw where you were going with them.

        It`s just that i am used to other Interviews where the host is almost nailing the guest and you can almost sense that if the host keep pushing further it won`t end good.

        All at all i can see that the they will continue to deliver us new Content for the Game and that`s always a good sign and will for sure improve the sales even more.
        What i would wish from them is at least every six Months a new DLC ( Sidestory ) and every Year a new Episode.I am pretty sure that with the current Team this won´t work so let`s hope that the Game sells well enough to make it possible.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the interview was pretty cool Brad. Its great you haven't experienced the save bug yourself. But as for it being rare, 18 out of 20 people experiencing it is pretty harsh. I'm not a 'power user'. I have a 16gb iPad 2 that currently has 8gb free.

    The average rating has now dropped from 5 stars to 4 with the recent negative reviews and if it carries on at this rate will look like FCPX does on the Mac App Store.

    Part of my frustration is that I really enjoyed the game. It's awesome. I just don't see the point in playing it when I'll be reset to the beginning with the next update or whenever the game feels like it.

    • http://twitter.com/nicholsonb Brad Nicholson

      Again, vocal minority. But I hear your frustration. I'm pretty sure Chair does, too. It sucks that it even needs an update to begin with, but one is still coming.

      • Anonymous

        I don't see how popular opinion can be considered a vocal minority. Again, 90% of reviews of the curent version on the app store are 1 star and mention the bug. And that's only people who've bothered to review it. How many more have had the issue and just deleted the app in frustration? We'll just have to agree to disagree there. But thanks for hearing me out.

        Here's hoping the next update fixes things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000550362553 Klas Segeljakt

    Harmony of a hunter - ashes to ashes - <3

  • Anonymous

    Brad:

    20% of reviews of IB2 are one star. That is indeed a minority, but is absolutely significant. You can't just tell people they are wrong, and you are right, when there is obviously something going on.You doing that is almost as frustrating as the save bug itself.