News: Jasper Byrne of Superflat Games has just announced that his PC game Lone Survivor is being ported to PlayStation 3 and Vita. He has also abandoned his current project because it was too ambitious for one person to put together.
“An engaging survival horror game with smart twists on the genre.” That’s what I said about Lone Survivor in my review, which you surely read at the time. If you happen to be one of those PlayStation 3 gamers (or you have a Vita under a cupboard somewhere), you’ll soon be able to see whether I was right. Jasper Byrne, the sole creator of Lone Survivor, has just announced that his game is being ported.
“It’ll be re-coded from scratch by Curve Studios in London, creators of a number of great PS3 games like Fluidity, Hydroventure and Explodemon. It’ll be super-smooth running, and better yet (for my European cousins, at least) the plan is to include translations into French and German,” Byrne says in his latest blog post.
“I’m greatly looking forward to this, as it’s been a dream of mine since childhood to release a game on console, and especially the Sony ones as I love what they do most of all. Lone Survivor was designed as a console game (in my head, anyway).”
There’s a dollop of bad news attached to this good news as well. Byrne has been working on an unnamed dungeon crawler for the past six months, but unfortunately he’s abandoned that project because it was “too big for a single person to make. This is the root of the problem. It wasn’t that I fell out of love with the idea, just that I can’t physically do it,” he says.
“I reached a point where it was getting very frustrating: the game demanded a lot of animation, very detailed level design, and a huge amount of gameplay code, all of which were taking so long that it felt excruciating.”
The post comes with a few images of the project, so go have a look here to see what might have been. Still, you never know when help might come from unexpected corners. Maybe others would like to pitch in and lighten Byrne’s load.