It's kinda hard to believe that it's been over two years since Halfbot's solo project, The Blocks Cometh [$1.99], hit the App Store but that's accurate intel. So, what has the studio been doing since? Well, making ends meet with contract work -- and working on a few game ideas of its own, including a new 2D side-scrolling game.
In a blog post on the Halfbot blog that reveals the new game, Derek breaks down the realities of indie development when you've got a family to feed, and how that informed their work over the years. Here's a small sample:
Our process has changed a lot over the last few years. We’ve gone from full time development to part time. It’s actually not that bad. As long as you can stay focused when you sit down to work, you’ll be surprised how much work you can do. 4 hours of focused work can be just as effective as 8 hrs of work with the internet close at hand and other distractions.
The post goes on to mention that Halfbot has something new in the oven, something that will use a new multi-platform engine and might see the light of day at PAX East 2014. A teaser image was thrown in, too, for good measure:
Looks good, right? If you're a little turned off by the whole platforming thing, just remember that these are also the dudes that did Super Crate Box's virtual controls, which were lights out. We look forward to hearing more about this in the future.