Our second major release, “Khet 2.0” is now live on Steam! Buy it once and play it for PC, Mac, and Linux.
Hit that link to the Steam page to read all about the game. Here I’ll just wax poetic about our history launching it…
Before we (Sean & Geoff) started making games together, we had another startup that we worked on together. After a while we sold that company, but even back then we talked about making video games someday. We kicked around all kinds of ideas and Khet was one of the earlier ones. I think Geoff actually introduced me to the game years before, at RIT, but my memory is a bit fuzzy on when he first told me about it.
I started reading a ton of indie game blogs in 2007 to learn more. It seemed like a really brutal industry & I didn’t want to go in blindly, take one swing for the fences and then have to go back to a day-job if it wasn’t a hit. Four years later when BlueLine couldn’t be postponed any longer, my devious plot to take gaming by storm was based around creating a number of digital versions of award-winning board games. We had two games in mind that we thought we could do great. This is a for-reals photo from December 2011 after Geoff and I just finished playing board games at an Eat N’ Park late one night (they’re awesome for tolerating that kind of thing):
With today’s launch, we finally managed to ship the second of those games that we were playing nearly 3 years ago and dreaming of converting to a digital version!
It’s been a long ride, and we even had a false-start. We got about half-way making Khet for Xbox 360’s indie store when Microsoft announced that it would stop supporting XNA (the language used to make those games) and sales immediately tanked on that whole marketplace. We had to shelf the game for several months as we switched gears to port Hive – and our entire board game engine – to run on PC, Mac, and Linux with Steam networking instead of Xbox LIVE. As you can imagine, it was a bit tricky getting the PC, Mac, Linux license from the game designer after not shipping on Xbox 360. We shipped today though… reputation restored! 😀
That’s our very long backstory that’s probably mainly interesting to others devs or those thinking about starting some business (possibly gaming related) of their own.
If you have any questions, leave us a comment! We’re allowed to share most info. Now, go buy Khet 2.0 on Steam! 😀