p>[12/19/17] Robot Loves Kitty has announced that they are ceasing production on Upsilon Circuit, their Perma-Permadeath Video Game Show that got the attention of millions when it was announced in 2014.
They stated that funding was the primary issue, though they openly give more details in a blog post here. They said that the big troubles throughout the project included: Scope, pushing beyond their capabilities, and overwhelming stress.
As a self taught indie duo, running a team or working with partners was something they had no experience with, and the project became a constant source of stress.
When they lost their partner in the middle of a failing crowdfunding campaign, they had no option but to send their team home.
Alix Stolzer, co-founder of Robot Loves Kitty commented on the situation: “We just wanted to make this game we were both so passionate about, and we were sacrificing so much to do it. When things fell apart it left both of us feeling overwhelmingly sad, angry, ashamed, and depressed.”
It’s been a year, and after many conversations, the duo have no solutions for bringing back UC.
Instead, they have been working on a game called Super Tony Land, which will be the first of multiple games that will be part of UC’s legacy.
Super Tony Land is a physics platforming adventure game that has many worlds, a story, and easy access to countless user created levels and entire game worlds.
Imagine if Cave story, Mario Maker, and Besiege had a dynamically lit baby.
In Upsilon Circuit, the devs wanted to give power to the audience, to experience the player’s stories unfolding, and to encourage streamer audience connectivity. To bring those ideas to Super Tony Land, they created an extensive level editor that has visual programming blocks, connectable levels, and NPC/Story tools. The level editor will be available for free, so anyone can create challenges or worlds and share them with their favorite streamers or friends that have the full game.
Super Tony Land will be $14.99 and will be available on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux this spring.
Here is Robot Loves Kitty’s statement in full:
Today I have a difficult announcement to make. We have decided to put our Perma-Permadeath game Upsilon Circuit into the “Cupboard of Lost Games” indefinitely.
The entirety of 2016 had been a struggle, we had poured all our time and money into UC. when everything crumbled, we were depressed, sad, angry, and ashamed. We retreated from the world for a while, and for months it felt like we might not enjoy making games ever again.
Before you mourn the death of Upsilon Circuit’s world, story, and ideas, they are going to make their way into our future games . We've started working on a game called Super Tony Land, and it will bring some elements of UC with it.
Super Tony Land is a physics platforming adventure game that has many worlds, a story, and easy access to user created levels and entire game worlds. Imagine if Cave story, Mario Maker, and Besiege had a dynamically lit baby.
In Upsilon Circuit the story was something we wanted the players to unfold and influence.. To give creation to the audience, experience it ourselves, and encourage streamer audience connectivity. For Super Tony Land we’ve included an extensive level editor that has visual programming blocks, connectable levels, and NPC/Story tools. We will be releasing a free editor alongside the game that anyone can build and share worlds or challenges in.
We hope that communities and content creators will build and share their own universes, and we are looking forward to playing them!
Upsilon Circuit was an incredibly ambitious project for the two of us. We knew failure was very possible, and I’m proud that we tried anyway. We have talked with multiple developers over the years and are excited to see that the seeds of this new genre have been planted, and we hope they find success.
Both of us are thankful to our team during development, and to our community and friends that have been there encouraging and supporting us. We will keep doing our best to make the games we want to see exist, for as long as we are able to make games.
If you’d like, you can also support us on Patreon and get goodies and extras.
Thank you all for your interest,
Alix and Calvin
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