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Our Podcast Interview with Hardcore Casual Gamer

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Hello folks!  This is Nick once again to deliver some From Nothing Game Studio news and such!

Recently, Sean and I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Hardcore Casual Gamer for their Podcast on the subject of our upcoming Wii U upgrade, GravBlocks+.  I sincerely apologize for my terrible, awful, horrible microphone as I naively expected to be able to set this up smoothly and had some issues!  Oops!  I ended up scrambling for a usable microphone for the interview, and grabbed a headset for a video game nearby.  On the upside, it worked, on the downside, I sound like I’m talking to you through a wall and a bunch of cobwebs or something.

At any rate, the guys over at Hardcore Casual Gamer were great to talk to, and we covered as much ground as we could in 20 minutes on the Wii U exclusive version of GravBlocks!  By all means, do take a listen!

You can find the podcast by clicking right here.

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GravBlocks+ Wii U Game Trailer!

 

Behold!  At long last the trailer for GravBlocks+ for Wii U is up and running!  Be sure to follow us and the usual whatnot on YouTube.  We’re winding down on our upgrade of the game for the Wii U, and getting charged up for the next game!

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Sample New Music from GravBlocks+

As we’re winding down on GravBlocks+ development, we’re pleased to note that we have an actual musician on-hand to lend his skills to the game!  Sami Sati is both a musician and burgeoning game developer from the Twin Cities area who is also one half of a Metal band best described as “Atmospheric Black/Folk/Post-Metal” called Oak Pantheon.  (In my humble opinion, this is easily the best Metal band I’ve heard come out of the Twin Cities.)

Sami was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to update a track he’d written for inclusion in GravBlocks+.

Head on over here to give it a listen and to download it!  The track, appropriately titled Conversion, combines the three modified versions of an original track of titled Kergwor.  Users may download the track for free, or donate whatever amount they want to Sami to further support both indie music and gaming!  While you may donate whatever amount you choose, we’re pretty sure the track is worth at least $500 per download.

Again, thanks to Sami for the track and support, and thanks to everyone else out there who’s backed us in this endeavor!

The site again:  Sami Sati’s Bandcamp page.

Check out Oak Pantheon by clicking this!

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FNG Studios is now developing for Wii U!

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So, From Nothing Game Studios is now officially two years old, and in that time, we successfully completed and released our first game, GravBlocks to Android devices, a mere eight months after forming.

Since then, we began work on a new title that we have kept largely secret, and which is temporarily on hold as we joined many other indie studios in being authorized developers for Wii U™!  As you might imagine, moving this far in such a short period is pretty thrilling to us, but it had the side effect of keeping us a little quiet until we were ready to speak up and that’s why we haven’t been doing too much talking lately!

So that we can properly prepare ourselves for the far more stable world of console development, we made the difficult decision to set aside our exciting new mystery project to upgrade GravBlocks for the Wii U, and to properly familiarize ourselves with the hardware and challenges.  But, instead of just porting GravBlocks, we are upgrading.

As it is, GravBlocks is now:

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We are currently working to finalize the Wii U build of the game–and enough changes are in store that the newly minted GravBlocks+ will be a Wii U exclusive title, but unfortunately do not have a release date at this time.  Let’s call it “soon” because that sounds better than saying nothing at all!

Unfortunately, we lost a person over this year, and wish Mee Copeland the best of luck in whatever she does post-FNG Studios.  At the same time, we’ve welcomed two new members to our little crew in Robert Diaz and Adam Dyson, who have each done a remarkable job moving us forward!

So we’re still here, we’re still kicking, and we’re working as hard as we can, and thanks for your support!

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