Oh, the hardships of game development …
Sad news. Remember the Stellar Indie Venture Red Shift? The grand strategy space 4X game being developed by one-person show Elliott Hill? Well, it was abandoned, or at least its development has stopped indefinitely.
Elliott proposed a 4X experience where you would play as one real Earth nation fighting for control of other worlds in the solar system, and possibly beyond. What a cool and refreshing twist to space 4X games, right? Well, not gonna happen, at least not by Elliott, and not now.
The reasons? Elliott started to doubt his ability to go through with it till the end, and because he felt that the game’s codebase and bugs became out of his control – “I have stopped developing Red Shift for a multitude of different reasons. People that doubted my ability to ship a 4X game single-handedly were correct. I would fix one bug and another would pop up and it became more and more unenjoyable.” ~Elliott Hill
But this doesn’t seem to be the end for Elliott’s ventures as he shifted his energy to developing another game, a game he says to have a “smaller scope, small core of features and a non-spaghetti codebase”. He plans to re-utilize some of his work on Red Shift on his new game. It’s called ZeroPoint and is a space adventure game inspired by titles like the Kerbal Space Program, which we’re also covering here.
Elliott hopes that people who helped him fund Red Shift (people who pre-ordered the game) will accept his failure and embrace his new game, which he intends to give out to them for free. But, he said to be also open to refunds for people who want one, which for that you just need to shoot him an email.
The the question if this was really the end of the line for Red Shift Elliott replied: “I hope to come back to Red Shift in the future but it would be with a team rather than just myself!”. But, Elliott is also willing to give out his source code to someone who wants to pick it up. “I have no problem giving out the source code for RS if someone wants to take over development. No other programmers worked on it [but] me.”.
Good luck on your new adventure Elliott. Your Red Shift concept was strong, innovative and refreshing. I sincerely hope someone picks it up one day and make it happen.
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