Sorry for this life-stuff post being so late in coming, I was going to write about it early in the year, but it just didn’t seem like the time when Covid 19 hit.
So mid last year, Stirfire Studios shut down. I’d worked there as lead artist, then creative director for 7 years. It was a small, close-knit team and I owe them so much for putting their trust in me as an artist. I’m super proud of the games we made together, and just gutted with how things fell apart. Surviving as an indie dev team is just so much harder in the current environment.
Early this year, the liquidation went ahead. It’s been good to have some closure. The good news is I was able to get ownership of the games that were my original IP.
So almost eight years since signing over the rights to Freedom Fall… I actually own it again, which feels bizarre but good! I also now own Symphony of the Machine on Steam (though not on PS4, because *complicated Sony things*). I also have the rights to two more games that were my concepts but never finished, would love to do things with those one day. =)
Right now I’m balancing freelance work (games, illustration, graphic design), my online store and just giving myself some time to heal and figure out what’s next. I still love making games and have a couple of projects on the go.
The rest of the team’s doing okay, employed elsewhere and mostly still in roles related to game dev or teaching, which is great to see. John Robertson/Robbotron has ownership of The Dark Room, which is just as it should be (he’s also doing Twitch streaming these days, in case you’d ever like to be yelled at by Mr Dark Room in person).