There is luck, and then again – there is hard work. The App Store has been a place where many a developer has tried to find his fortune, though quite few have really succeeded. And while not a lot of folks can boast the millions of dollars made like Doodle Jump – BE WARNED: Insanely Addictive! or Angry Birds, some get their break in a different way. We’ve seen a number of iOS dev teams gobbled up by big-time names, with Chillingo being one of the more recent celebrated acquisitions. Others get a well-deserved deal and partner up with big-names to reach new heights in their endeavours.
And I’m happy to announce that one such deal has just been made public. Straandlooper, developer of the superb HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review), have teamed up with one of the leaders in the adventure games market – Telltale Games – to bring their adventure from the iOS to PC and Mac. Even better, episodes 2 and 3 are already in production and will be released later this year along with the re-release of episode 1 for the medium screen.
I will try and secure the interview with Straandlooper soon, meanwhile, make sure you read the hilarious semi-official press-release from the guys after the gap.
HECTOR: BADGE OF CARNAGE Episode 2 & 3: We Negotiate With Telltale
Alright, some of you coachpokers out there have been making wild speculations about the whereabouts of the Hector Dev Team. Let us begin by setting the record straight: we’re not dead, we haven’t shoved off to the Caymans with your £2.39, and there is absolutely no truth to the rumour that we’re being held at knifepoint by any of the special interest groups that we may or may not have offended during the making of Episode 1.
To those of you who could be bothered enough to verbally waterboard the support line about the future fate of the fat one, sorry to have been so vague, evasive, or just plain weird. It wasn’t easy keeping quiet. It seemed like every day we had to delete inbox upon inbox of emails wanting the same answers.
Finally, the duct tape has been ripped from our mouths and we’ve been released from the rolled up carpet in the back corner of the self-storage unit.
You’ve broken us. We’ll talk.
Prepare yourselves for Hector’s latest plot twist – Straandlooper and Telltale Games are teaming up to complete the Hector: Badge of Carnage series, kicking off Spring 2011 with a multi-platform re-release of Episode 1, followed by Episodes 2 and 3 later this year.
What does this mean for Detective Inspector Hector? Before now, Hector was only available to you elitist, phone-fingering gadget hounds in glorious pocket-sized resolution. Telltale’s going to be taking whatever nauseating corners of Clappers Wreake we’ve had the displeasure of smearing together and slapping them all into their all-powerful godlike game engine. Then, Hector will be set free to run rampant through PCs, Macs and iPads of an unforgiving world.
Experience Hector as he was meant to be experienced: on the medium screen! Imagine the unbridled glee on your face when you go condom-fishing in the holding-cell bog in eye-gouging high-resolution! Experience the hypnotic smacking of Blind Ali’s wet lips as he spouts perverse inappropriate burblings in 5.1 digital surround! On so many platforms, Hector can now be enjoyed by the whole family!
**Family enjoyment not recommended by the ratings board.
So sit back, grab a cherry bakewell and sink yourself into some other plotless, high-budget, new release frag-fest as we work well past our bedtimes to deliver something extra special to further disappoint you all. We are so good to you. Too good, probably. Oh, and for the love of all things smothered in sweet chilli sauce, will all you cobjockeys who thought you’d rate us one-star on the App Store in some sort of lame protest (which, honestly, had all the effectiveness of holding your breath until your face turns blue), kindly go replace them with a decent rating otherwise we’ll have to come round to your cardboard box with some motivational tools such as a gift-wrapped truncheon and some ravenous police dogs. Nobody wants that. Believe me, I’ve been there.
Dream the dream.
- Team Hector, Straandlooper.