News 06 – The Road Ahead

Brad Hill News

With the end of August fast approaching Project Orion is nearing its projected release date. Unfortunately that is the focus of our post today, and we want to be upfront with the news: Project Orion will be delayed.

This is something that we’ve been discussing internally for some time now, and after much deliberation we concluded that this is the best course of action in order to make Project Orion the game we all want it to be. However, we do owe you an apology. We set the release date too hastily. It’s a hard lesson, one to take to heart for the future.

It wasn’t easy coming to this decision. We took a hard look at current workloads and what we needed to get from where we are now to a polished and awesome final product . Even though everyone is working at full speed, we concluded that we need another 16 weeks to get there.

A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.Shigeru Miyamoto

The Roadmap

A big part of the reasoning behind the delay is our ability to manage the time we’ve allotted to finishing the project. It was important for us to figure out exactly how to approach each segment of Project Orion’s development effectively. We also wanted everyone who’s been patiently waiting for the game to understand what it is that we’re putting so much time into. With this roadmap we managed to kill two birds with one stone.

This document displays a projected timeline for the development of all the major features and missions in Project Orion. If all goes well, this timeline will remain accurate until the release of Project Orion, but it’s very likely that things will shift as we progress. Some milestones will take longer than we expect, and some may take less time than we had thought necessary. So if ever you’re wondering about the state of the project or what comes next, take a look at the roadmap.

The road map will be permanently available on the website as a link under The Game tab in the navbar. You can also see the page right now from here.

What’s Changing?

How does this affect the budget?

Obviously increased development time will cost more money. However, we’ve crunched the numbers and the results are good. We don’t anticipate any financial issues resulting from the increased development window.

Are you cutting any features?

Absolutely not. Wanting to stay true to our vision and keep our promise to our backers was the main reason behind extending our development schedule.

How will updates work going forward?

In order to focus more of our time on making Project Orion and pack more interesting and varied content into each update, we will be moving to a bi-weekly update schedule. This means every other week there will be a new entry in the Dev Blog. Of course we will still announce important updates and news as soon as possible.

Premiere – Main Theme

Every game needs a memorable theme and today we’re happy to share with you the original Project Orion Main Theme. A little while back we had the pleasure of working with a fine composer, Matthew Steed , to create our own musical overture we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

We appreciate your understanding and your continued support throughout the development of Project Orion, and we hope that our decision to delay its launch doesn’t make you any less excited about its future. Thanks everyone, we’ll see you again soon!