posted by Mr. Podunkian at 2:49 am on August 26, 2010

Gee whiz, you guys are awful vocal about what you guys want me to be working on instead of something else. So basically, I’ll be putting MGS 3 on the backburners — probably meaning it won’t be released until 2011 at the earliest. Instead, I’ll be focusing what little effort I’ve got left back on The Underside.

In recent The Underside news, I’ve been hard at work writing a text script for the game. It’s something I started doing with Merry Gear Solid 2, which helped me keep the game’s story focused, and less scatterbrained as the past The Underside iterations have been. With older versions of The Underside, I had been writing dialogue off the top of my head as I was writing the lua script files, and as a result, which is why the game was so unfocused, and lead you on a tenuous chain of events to a bunch of places without any real rhyme nor reason.

One thing I’ve noticed is that Multimedia Fusion’s lack of memory management has made the game hiccup every time a new weapon is fired, or when a new sound is played, which is a result of Multimedia Fusion loading files on the fly, instead of, say, pre-caching them. It’s a minor thing, but it’s something I definitely want to take a second look at in the future. I’ve got an idea as to how I’d  fix the problem, but it’s awfully hacky.

Anyways, that’s it. I’ll be focusing 100% of my development efforts on The Underside, and maybe, just maybe, I can finally free myself from this tortuous prison of expectations (which will be met, and hopefully, shattered by my unwavering talent).

Peace out, bros.

51 Responses to “The Masses Have Spoken”

  1. DOOMDUDEMX Says:

    Nice that we at last are going to see some Progress at the underside!
    It really is one of the best retro games made today and i really think it has more potencial than many original classic games!
    you are the man Arthur! :)

  2. k8 Says:

    Just… don’t feel so pressured you rush things. Everything’s better when you put time and love into it. And rainbows.
    But seriously, it’s not like anyone’s paying you huge sums of money or betting their firstborn’s life on you finishing TU first. So relax or something, I don’t know.
    It’ll be an awesome game of course dn_nb

  3. wert229 Says:

    yay!!!

  4. Siahene Says:

    Hmmm I am quite excited but you don’t have to continue with the game until your ready to. I’ve seen alot of things start good but get worse later on because they continued there idea before they were ready.

  5. Peter Says:

    As one of the people who has been harassing you to work on TU, its good to just know that youre not ignoring the project, but as everyone else has said dont rush it. Its obviously no easy task and I thank you for putting the time into it.

  6. Blu Says:

    in b4 fags switch it up on you and want MGS3.
    Both are good and both have kept me interested enough to follow.I’m still amused at the detail you put on MGS2 (from the little ocelot cameos) maybe these “side projects” you’re doing are helping you more than others think. Hopefully after these I’ll see some more original concepts you’ve been hiding.

    As for people harassing you to work on projects (I’m guessing most are 13 year olds that don’t know shit about how much work is put into hobbies wanting to score a free game). I find it cool you look at that for input and feedback but it’s your shit do what you gotta do.

    TL;DR Good luck on both projects none the less.

  7. Stephen Says:

    Pretty impressed all the stuff was done on the fly before. Can’t wait to see some meaningful updates for the underside.

  8. HyperJerk Says:

    Then will we be getting the modding update you promised a year ago?

  9. garyyo Says:

    yes let’s all complain on how promises were broken and lies were told. OR, we could could shut up and let the guy do whatever the f*&k he wants. as long as what he wants to do is work on is TU.

  10. Kaz Says:

    As one of those whiners, I am incredibly happy you are working on TU again, i’ve been following this project since 06.

  11. Bob Says:

    Cool man!
    Take it nice and easy though.

    Also, I wanted to say this for Streemerz, but forgot.
    You see, the whole Action 52 thing reminds me of a song..
    “Remember shitty retro games we played when we were eight?
    Let’s do them over, pretend we don’t make minimum wage
    And Derek Yu can you put us on the front page?”

  12. Kenton Says:

    Wow, you guys are ridiculous. Harassing a guy who does this for his hobby and his own personal time, not being paid trying to entertain you guys. Creators shouldn’t be forced to work on something they aren’t in the mood to work on, Personally i loved the Merry Gear solid series me and my brother thought it was one of the most epic and clever things i have played. so Well made from the dialogue and sprites straight to the Music itself, i adored it and when the 3rd trailer came out i was speechless in how fun it was going to be. To hear that it was coming out soon was really exciting. this is terrible news for me, i am looking forward to your game. But this is Depressing me…. thanks guys.

  13. Jeff Says:

    VIDEO GAAAAAAAAAAMES

  14. Thomas Keene Says:

    I agree with garyyo.

    But yeah, it makes me feel bad to know that we’ve guilted you back into working on it. I don’t know if you had as much fan support back in the first iteration, but you’re slowly building up an audience that liked it. Whatever you do, do a good job, okay?

  15. Mr. Podunkian Says:

    heh. failure is never an option with ol arturo.

  16. Super Joe Says:

    Failure is always an option. In fact it is the easiest option. When you splay your cards ‘pon life’s great table and tally up the probabilities, the path to greatness is the road less travelled. Tarmacadam winds this way and that, a great, inky, tentacled beast leading inexorably to failure. A proclivity to success merely harshens the blow of failure’s clubbing hands. In the end, we all die.

  17. seriously Says:

    when u gonna start working on TU? Its like u forgot bout it LOL

  18. James Says:

    I do not know what you think, but I think that the story in The Underside is actually inspired by the situation mankind is facing – that is, gradual self-destruction.

    Let us show that the world CAN be saved, so that we do not need to see ourselves wiped away by the Almighty Paintbrush!

  19. MrSquidon Says:

    “which will be met, and hopefully, shattered by my unwavering talent”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! LOOK LAD’S HE THINKS HE CAN APPEASE THE PUBLIC!

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!
    WHAT A RIOT YOU ARE!

  20. Mr. Pobunkain Says:

    Welcome to killing town, I’m the president.

  21. Ralphrius Says:

    I agree with what has been said about ‘guilting you into working’. Well, it’s your projects. Just take your time, make sure they’re extra awesome.

  22. garyyo Says:

    i thunks that he just tryin to makes us feelin guilty bout workin on the TU, when he really wants to be workins on the TU

  23. Al3xand3r Says:

    Noooooooooo I want MGS3!!!!!!!!11111oneonetwo

  24. Kajy Says:

    YESSSSSS
    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  25. FallingSpagentiiMonster Says:

    :) :) :)

  26. Morag Says:

    I think I just came…

    Thank you for coming back to finish Underside :D

  27. Super Joe Says:

    ^^^^^

    hey guy, shut the fuck up. nobody wants to hear about your stinky weiner especially when you are Literally this person http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKV28Cm19kM

  28. Yrr Says:

    The Underside is currently my favourite indie game, and it’s good to hear you are making progress with it.

    But I do think it’s a shame that people are forcing you to abandon your other projects (albeit temporarily) to work on it.

  29. pyromaniac Says:

    YIPPEEE! I LOVE TU!

  30. Max Says:

    WE APPRECIATE THIS AS MUCH AS WE WILL INEVITABLY CRITICIZE IT WHEN IT COMES OUT (Not me but unappreciative bastards).

    Yours,
    Appreciative

  31. PSI Guy Says:

    Sad to hear you’re not working on Merry Gear Solid 3. It looks really cool.

    Good luck with The Underside though.

  32. Nersop Says:

    It’s interesting to note that I’d kind of accepted that The Underside had gone the way of Duke Nukem Forever in lieu of other projects… until the recently announcement of DNF’s revival… it made me think about TU and so I came back to check.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see this post… although I am a bit worried about the tone/attitude of the post in a sense that you seem overly stressed and somewhat unhappy. Don’t push yourself too hard, eh?

  33. buttz Says:

    back to work *crack*

  34. Sani Says:

    I’d personally rather see another Merry Gear, but that’s just me.

  35. Bob Says:

    I think this praise might be giving you a case of the USI and gays.

  36. MasterSamus Says:

    I personally think that it’s good idea that you’re currently only working on The Underside. It’s better to put one’s focus on one project and polish it enough to say “I made something awesome!” I really hope the Underside will be such a thing. Though the Merry Gear Solid 3 video made me really excited, so I’m hoping for both games to be released within my patience’s limit(kidding).

  37. Krono Says:

    The Underside is spectacular, so this is wonderful news.

  38. Mike Says:

    lol buttz u made my day :)

    We all want the undeside because its the sequel to cave story (gameplay-wise) right?

  39. garyyo Says:

    yes

  40. pyromaniac Says:

    I say CS and TU are on the same level. they are both awesome. *starts playing cave story*

  41. garyyo Says:

    no

  42. UrbanMonk Says:

    The Underside is far better than cavestory *gasp!*

    No, I’m serious!

  43. garyyo Says:

    yes.

  44. Linkshot Says:

    I’m really glad to hear about The Underside. Honestly, that’s what I checked back here for (coincidentally half an hour after you released Streemerz 2, and then I subsequently fell in love with Streemerz).

    But as everybody else has said, good things come from wanting to work on it. I’m glad we’re giving incentive, but don’t work on it when you’re stressed out.

    Like Duke Nukem Forever, this is a project people are willing to wait a very long time to be polished.

    tl;dr Don’t cut any corners. If you’re losing your edge, work on something else. Inspiration will find itself.

  45. Fake Kraid Says:

    The expectations are entirely your own fault for developing such a good demo. Just do your best, and don’t worry about the aftermath. You have what it takes to satisfy us, I promise.

  46. TheoX Says:

    Sweet! I loved the Underside demos because they reminded me so much of Cave Story. We need more games like that. But The Underside has its own charm too, so I’m glad it’s being worked on not just because it’s the type of game I like, but because it’s interesting in itself.

  47. MADMAN-_-zZ Says:

    Damn you guys, I was looking forward to the new merry gear…..

  48. Soli Says:

    I for one am looking really forward to both Merry Gear Solid 3 equally as much as The Underside. Both games are going to be epic, really looking forward to them.

  49. The Shit Says:

    i just picked up the Merry Gear series and it was probably the best thing i’ve ever played ever, barring the actual MGS series. the jump to 3D in the new trailer looks really slick, i’m more than a little sad to hear that it’s being put on the backburner, especially so close to christmas.

  50. Lula Arballo Says:

    I love your page layout One of the greatest I’ve seen.

  51. bobsagat Says:

    I fear that this game is never going to come out.

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