By Samit Sarkar on Oct 18, 2013 10.18.13
Thomas Was Alone developer Mike Bithell knows he could probably crank out a sequel to the hit platformer and it would be successful, but it's not something he's interested in right now, he said in an interview with Joystiq. "I've got lots of people who would actually now buy that game at launch, and I would make a lot of money. But it's boring. And it's a decision and promise I made myself. I'm not going to use this opportunity I've been given to do that. I don't think Thomas needs a sequel right now," said Bithell. As of mid-August, Bithell had sold more than 700,000 copies of Thomas Was Alone, which launched in July 2012 on Windows PC and Mac, and this past spring on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Linux. At this point, he's not dismissing the idea of ever doing a sequel, but...
By Jenna Pitcher on Oct 08, 2013 10.08.13
Tomb Raider, Thomas Was Alone and Lego City Undercover have been shortlisted for the 2013 Writers' Guild Awards video game category, according to the Writers' Guild of Great Britian website. Writers Rhianna Pratchett for Tomb Raider and Graham Goring for Lego City Undercover are in the running to win the video game writing award from the Guild, along with Mike Bithell for Thomas Was Alone. The Thomas Was Alone writer is currently working on his second game, a modder-friendly crime-simulator called Volume. We previously spoke to Pratchett about her work on the Tomb Raider reboot, where she discusses how Lara Croft's backstory "finds a middle ground between strict adherence to canon and poetic liberty." The video game award is one of 13 categories for writing across various...
By Colin Campbell on Sep 18, 2013 09.18.13
Mike Bithell, developer of Thomas Was Alone (pictured) has been named as one of the key speakers at this year's Bradford Animation Festival. He'll be talking about new project Volume. Other speakers at BAF 2013, due to take place at Britain's National Media Museum on Nov. 12 and the University of Bradford on Nov. 13, include Warren Spector (Deus Ex), Brian Horton (Tomb Raider), Viktor Antonov, (Dishonored) and Phil Gray (Lego Marvel Super Heroes). The Bradford Animation Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and will be handing out a lifetime achievement award to puppet and animation house Mackinnon & Saunders, responsible for work in films and shows like Frankenweenie, Fantastic Mr.Fox and Bob the Builder. Tickets and passes are on sale today. Polygon will be...
By Emily Gera on Sep 10, 2013 09.10.13
The eighth annual GameCity festival will run in Nottingham, England from Oct. 19 to Oct. 26, with panel discussions from Thomas was Alone developer Mike Bithell and others, an "antiques game roadshow" styled event, and a conference exploring the "boundaries where videogames and interactive culture intersects business and media," it was announced. The festival will additionally feature an exclusive director commentary of the classic Gone Home game and Minority Media will be unveiling its Silent Enemy project. Full information on the event can be found right here.
By Colin Campbell on Aug 21, 2013 08.21.13
At its Gamescom conference yesterday, Sony introduced a significant price cut to both its models of PS Vita and showed off the machine's Remote Play feature with a PlayStation 4 demo of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Perhaps just as significant was the shotgun blast of indie games announced for the handheld, as well as the appearance of a series of respected independent developers who were willing to wax effusive about the machine, despite its difficult first 18 months on the market. Tellingly, Sony won't release sales numbers of PS Vita, though there's no doubt that it falls into the "niche" category, a long way away from its maker's mass-market aspirations. But the machine is adding to its list of benefits, seeking to emulate the success of its predecessor, the PSP. Despite strong...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jun 04, 2013 06.04.13
Four more games have been added to the latest Humble Indie Bundle, bringing the pay-what-you-want package to a total of 11 titles. Humble Indie Bundle 8 buyers can now pick up Tiny and Big in Grandpa's Leftovers, Intrusion 2, English Country Tune and Oil Rush by beating the average sale price — around $5.66 at the time of this posting. Those who've already purchased the bundle will get all four games and their soundtracks for free. With the four new titles, the bundle's regular value is more than $150. The Humble Indie Bundle 8 launched last week with Hotline Miami, Awesomenauts, Dear Esther, Proteus, Capsized, Thomas Was Alone and Little Inferno, as well as six soundtracks. The sale ends Tuesday, June 11.
By Philip Kollar on May 01, 2013 05.01.13
Thomas Was Alone begins with a cheery British narrator (voiced by comedian Danny Wallace) speaking the title phrase. Thomas, in this case, is a rectangle, an AI who has become self-aware and been given a shape within the abstract computer world where he exists. As Thomas explores his surroundings and solves simple puzzles, he doesn't remain on his own for very long; a growing list of colorful characters join up to help him. Each new character introduces a wrinkle to the stand-alone levels that make up Thomas' journey. The goal is always to get all active characters from their starting point to an exit, but you'll need to use their powers in tandem to do so. For example, there's a large square that can't jump as high as other characters but has the ability to float on water,...
By Jenna Pitcher on Apr 29, 2013 04.29.13
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson unveiled Drop, a free Unity game available to play now, the developer revealed on his Twitter account. According to Notch, the game was mainly inspired by a section of ceiling in his apartment, as well as Fez's ending and Super Hexagon. Gameplay consists of gamers typing in the corresponding blinking letters on the screen and pressing space or enter to advance. Bonus points are awarded if more than four letters are entered at a time. The game speeds up if the wrong letter is entered and it's game over if a letter leaves the screen. According to Notch's Twitter, he shared Drop's code with game developer Mike Bithell, the creator of Thomas Was Alone, who then built an Oculus Rift version of the game.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Apr 22, 2013 04.22.13
PlayStation Plus members will be able to pick up Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny as a free download for PS Vita following this week's PlayStation Network update, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. For non-members, Broken Destiny will be available for $39.99. The update also includes a Resident Evil sale on several titles in the franchise, including Resident Evil 6, priced at $14.69 for PS Plus members or $20.99 for non-members. For the full list, check out the post here. Puzzle platformer Thomas Was Alone will also be discounted for PS Plus members 20 percent tomorrow for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita cross-buy.
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 27, 2013 02.27.13
Thomas Was Alone, the well-received indie platformer from former Bossa Studios lead designer Mike Bithell, will be released through PlayStation Network this spring on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Bithell announced today. Bithell launched Thomas Was Alone, which he developed in his free time, on Windows PC and Mac OS X last July. Curve Studios, the British developer behind Fluidity, Explodemon! and the PlayStation Portable versions of the Buzz! games, will handle the PS3 and PS Vita ports. Pricing was not announced, but the game will support Cross-Buy, so buying one version will get you the other version for free. (The PC version of Thomas Was Alone is available for $9.99.) "I am incredibly proud to see Thomas getting a mainstream console release and the guys at Curve Studios...