September 17th, 2008, almost a full decade in the past. That’s when Wolfire Games first announced anthropomorphic animal brawler Overgrowth, and now it’s resulting from obtain its closing replace – model 1.3. While Wolfire would go on to be higher recognized for his or her Humble Bundles (ultimately selling the Humble brand IGN), I really feel that Overgrowth and its decade of growth is a vital a part of impartial video games historical past, and following its creation from the start taught me a lot of what I do know in regards to the realities of recreation growth immediately.
Wolfire all the time have been agency believers in open and public growth. Over the course of dozens upon dozens of development update videos and blog posts, they charted the creation of a bespoke and highly effective little recreation engine, together with an enhancing tool-set that just about anybody can produce one thing playable with. Watching these movies and enjoying together with each pre-order alpha construct launched was an training in of itself, and I don’t remorse placing cash down on the sport early, even when it took the higher a part of a decade for the sport to be formally completed.
In the tip, not too many individuals cherished the Overgrowth that was ultimately launched, with our man Fraser pondering that it wasn’t prepared for the large leagues in his review last year. As polished and detailed as Overgrowth was in lots of regards, it was nonetheless a direct sequel to Lugaru: The Rabbit’s Foot, a unusual little recreation from 2005, that includes high-impact melee fight (and little else) throughout typically bleak and desolate environments. Traits carried over wholesale to Overgrowth.
After launch, Wolfire made some enhancements to the sport, together with remastering and integrating an entire fan-made campaign, however nothing basic to its mechanics. Version 1.3 (proven above) appears like a closing little bit of polish, principally centered on enhancing controller enter, making extra controls rebindable, and opening the door for future fan-made translations, ought to anybody really feel so inclined.
Overgrowth is 40% discounted all the way down to £13.79/$18 in the Steam summer sale, and retains a small however devoted (and extremely inventive) neighborhood, solely simply concluding their latest level creation jam per week in the past. You can discover the full patch notes for version 1.3 here, and I want Wolfire luck and a rabbit’s spring of their step on no matter they select to work on subsequent.