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What’s next?

Posted on July 17, 2015 by mangobile

A few days back one of my friends saw the ‘Earth vs Balloons’ trailer and he started wondering whether this is the general direction Mangobile is headed now.

So let me get this straight: I always have been and I always will be an (S)RPG guy. Creating 6 SRPG titles in a row (counting the first 2 abandoned titles Sw&Ear and Knighturn as well) is nothing that happens by accident.

With the plethora of great looking mobile games out there now, there’s one thing that can be easily overlooked, though: Creating an (S)RPG that is ‘awesome in every regard’ remains extremely challenging, and I’m not quite there yet.
So instead of rushing head over heels into developing the next (S)RPG title, I’ve decided to take a few detours to further hone my skills and catch a breath financially first.

With Earth vs Balloons I mainly wanted to try out a few things I hadn’t done so far:
– artwork based on vector graphics
– multi-language support
– perfect view port scaling for all screen resolutions
– physics-based game mechanics
– business model based on advertising
– reaching out to an entirely different audience to see where this is going financially

The next experimental project is all about 3D, motion-captured animations, lighting, and most importantly satisfying 3D input controls.
I’ve started working on several 3D prototypes last year already, but I haven’t decided yet which of them to further pursue.
So that’s all I can tell for the time being.

9 responses to “What’s next?”

  1. Phil says:

    Just wanted to say that I love the work you do and if expanding is what you want to hone your passion, please hone away

    You do well creating your passions, thank you!

  2. Tom says:

    I have played all of your RPG games and loved them (despite the old-school graphics). Your story lines are classic and I’m looking forward to the day you release the next one. In the meantime good luck with your side projects!

  3. Greg says:

    Love all of your SRPGs, have bought all of them. Hope you haven’t given up developing games.

    • mangobile says:

      Hi Greg, thanks a lot for your encouraging words and your interest in our SRPG series.
      We haven’t given up on developing new games, but it’s true that we’re currently taking a longer break.
      Being more specific about the time frame of a new title is fairly difficult right now, but I’m quite positive this isn’t the last thing you’ve seen or heard from Mangobile ;).

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi, just wanted to say that I REALLY enjoyed your games (especially Tactics Maiden). I know it’s been several years but I keep hoping for some additional content or similar game on the horizon from you… someday!

    • mangobile says:

      Hi Lisa, thank you kindly for your interest and your encouragement.
      A few weeks back I’ve added 64 bit support to Kingturn and Tactics Maiden, just to make sure there won’t be any issues for our iOS users (Apple seems to get closer now to the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good). Touching the source code and playtesting again after quite a long time made me think that the games weren’t all that bad, actually. Well, at least not as bad as the low number of installs would suggest ;).
      Anyway, I wasn’t too thrilled about several parts of the technical implementation (underlying architecture, code dedpencies), and I somehow ended up with recoding major building blocks of the game in my spare time. While this is a fairly slow process and I’ve no idea where this is going in the end, I’d say the likelihood of something new happening in the (far) future has become much more likely now;).

  5. Derrick Whittet says:

    Just wanted to say: I really love your SRPG’s. They’re where – and remain – my favourite mobile games, and are the only games I ever recommend to anyone. I’ve bought every title thus far, and will continue to do so.

    I’m sad that games like these are no longer as popular as they once where, drowning in a sea of mindless clickwait titles, I still keep checking back here Just In Case.

    So, here’s another big thank you for the games, and hopes for another 🙂

  6. John Smith says:

    Does this mean your back?! I’ve cherished your games for years now and it’s good to see you havn’t rode of into the sun set just yet.

  7. Ben says:

    I share the same sentiments as the above comments.

    Good luck on whatever you’re doing.

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