The people behind Spintires, the surprise-hit PC game about driving heavy, all-terrain Soviet vehicles on rugged, muddy landscapes, say they're getting the game back on track in an apology to the game's players. After admitting to its communication with players being "weak" for months, developer Oovee Game Studios says it grew faster than it could handle and is working to get Spintires development back on track.
For Oovee, that means a new experimental development branch for Spintires, official mod support and, among other things, a sequel to the trucking game.
"We openly admit that communications between Oovee and our customers have been weak over the last few months," Oovee said in a statement posted to its forums and Steam. "Our customer base grew far beyond what we initially expected and we needed to cater for that quickly — the development plans became sketchy and before we knew it we had a runaway train. Please accept our apologies.
"We are changing the way we work, for good! Oovee is now being streamlined and the way we work is much more structured, and that's thanks to the recent team meeting we had from both sides of the pond. Another team meeting is scheduled for March which we will discuss internally more of what is said below, plus other things."
"it's kind of a no-brainer but to continue the franchise"
Oovee also addressed concerns that it's had conflict with Spintires programmer Pavel Zagrebelnyj, who reportedly accused the developer of freezing him out of his own game. Oovee said, "no relationship goes without its problems, however, we have settled the communication issues that we have had in the past."
Spintires will get monthly updates going forward, Oovee says, including a cockpit view, mod support and ongoing bug fixes.
As for a sequel, Oovee says, "it's kind of a no-brainer but to continue the franchise and create an even better game with a larger team and a larger budget."
"So with great pleasure we can confirm that planning has commenced for the next iteration of Spintires, whatever form it may come in. It is suggested not to ask too many questions about it because we simply cannot answer them just yet."
For more on Spintires, check out Polygon's video Overview of the game.