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Moon Chronicles

Jools Watsham, co-founder of Renegade Kid and new mobile studio Atooi, recently wrote an article on Gamasutra discussing his decision to partake in the mobile gaming space, promoting his new game Totes the Goat, and why that game didn’t make it onto Nintendo platforms like previous titles he’s worked on.

He goes into great detail on what it’s like working in the environment, but the most notable is his description on why Nintendo didn’t make the cut for his new IP this time around:

“For many years I have been 100% dedicated to developing games for Nintendo handhelds. Sure, some of our games have also been ported to other platforms. But, they were all originally made for Nintendo platforms. Part of the reason for this when we started Renegade Kid was that it was a logistically sensible thing to do, considering my experience with the SNES and N64 prior to the release of the Nintendo DS. The other portion of my reasoning was my love for Nintendo, and my love for Nintendo handhelds. I love them, you see!”

“What has changed? Well, my love for Nintendo hasn’t changed. But, the market isn’t quite as healthy as it once was for us. I think it began with the launch of Moon Chronicles for the 3DS in May 2014, and was cemented with the release of Xeodrifter for the 3DS in December 2014. Naturally, everyone has their own opinion regarding creative works, so I accept that not everyone will agree with mine. From my perspective, Moon Chronicles and Xeodrifter are both great quality games that were released into a healthy market – a combination for success, right?”

“Neither game has sold very well, unfortunately. This is not based on my perception of what I think is a good number of units to sell. It is based on the revenue needed to fund a team of four with reasonable salaries and no office space overhead – basic return on investment (ROI). Sure, there are 100 reasons why these games may have not sold more, but the inescapable reality is that the tremendous effort required to create those games versus the reward did not add up in the end. It wasn’t for lack of trying on our part. It wasn’t for lack of support from Nintendo, either. It just didn’t work out.”

There are tons of fans for Xeodrifter, Moon Chronicles, and the newly released remake of Dementium: The Ward on 3DS, so it’s interesting to see that the sales just weren’t up to par to warrant another title coming to 3DS and/or Wii U this time around, given the marketing and word-of-mouth involved within the gaming space regarding Renegade Kid IP.

The installed base is undoubtedly much larger on mobile with virtually everyone having a phone with them, but with its oversaturation of banal titles, games like Totes the Goat and plenty of others that would benefit being on a dedicated gaming system with tangible buttons ultimately get buried until someone stumbles upon it through an ad in yet another unrelated disposable app.

 

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Moon Chronicles’ next three episodes have now been approved by Nintendo, and are on track to launch on February 5. That’s according to new tweets from Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham.

Those who have the first Moon Chronicles episode will be able to purchase a $9 season pass for the remaining three. An update will be distributed for episode one that makes buying DLC possible.


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Game Title: Moon Chronicles™ – Episodes 2, 3, and 4
Platform: Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo eShop
Release Date: January 2015
Genre: First-Person Shooter, Action, Adventure
ESRB: T – Violence, Drug Reference

Game Description:
The continuation of Renegade Kid’s exciting sci-fi first-person adventure, Moon Chronicles, is coming soon to Nintendo eShop.

The three remaining episodes in Major Kane’s epic lunar journey will be released on the same day for download, giving fans the opportunity to experience the entire season without delay.

Players may purchase the new content individually, as separate episodes, or choose to go for the Season Pass, which contains all three remaining episodes for a lower price.

Nintendo Life has gone ahead with a new interview with Jools Watsham from Renegade Kid. Watsham talked about Moon Chronicles (sales and status of future episodes), the Cult County Kickstarter, and what’s planned for 2015.

You can find these excerpts below. Check out the full discussion here.

Moon Chronicles is only for 3DS at present. However, perhaps that could change in the future depending on support from fans.

The official Moon Chronicles Twitter account published a message earlier today asking people if they would support a Kickstarter campaign for a Wii U version of Moon Chronicles. If there’s enough interest, there might be a chance that we’ll see it on Nintendo’s console.


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