After leaving Maxis in 2009, Chris Hecker began work on a new indie title known as “SpyParty”. The game has been in development for quite awhile, but an early-access PC beta finally kicked off earlier this year.
Wii U owners may be interested to read that SpyParty could come to the console. Hecker told GamesMaster that he has access to a devkit and will “find out if SpyParty works on it fairly soon.”
“They sent me a devkit, actually, and it’s sitting right here, so we’ll find out if SpyParty works on it fairly soon. The design challenge is going to be, ‘how much does it matter that the Spy can see the Sniper’s screen?’ Obviously the Spy needs to be on the controller, but that means the Sniper’s view is on the TV, and I’m not sure how much that matters yet. I think the Spy will be pretty busy looking at the controller screen, but even a glance up at the TV will affect the game, so it’s going to take some design work and play-testing to figure out.”
SpyParty still has a long ways to go before its official release. It doesn’t have a ship date yet, but perhaps we’ll hear about a concrete date next year.
Thanks to joclo for the tip.