Originally published at: https://statelyplay.com/2019/08/30/local-boy-makes-good/
Hi. Remember me? Yeah, I used to write for this site, sometimes 2-3 articles a day. Seems like it’s shifted to 1-2 articles/month which is a bit, what’s the word…suboptimal. This reminds me of another site from many years ago where our Dear Leader went on a sabbatical and the site–under my guidance–started to go in the toilet. <shrug>
Hey! Speaking of Dear Leader, that brings up a little news tidbit. Turns out Owen’s back and started a game publishing house. Weird, huh?
Owen (whose real name is Fernando Rizo but Owen is far easier to type) contacted me a week or so ago with some interesting news. No, he’s not going to start writing for Stately Play (much to my chagrin), but instead, he’s been busy starting businesses and doing all sorts of grown-up, mature things.
The company is called Modern Wolf and their schtick is focusing on indie gaming AND keeping it ethical. What does that mean? No crunch, for example.
… establish its commitment to ethical game development practices. From zero tolerance on crunch, to an acute sensitivity to mental health wellbeing,
Modern Wolf currently has five games loaded in their upcoming release chamber and all of them sound like games Owen used to drool over, which usually means we drool over them as well. Take a look:
Necronator: Dead Wrong | Toge Productions Deck-building meets lane defense from the creators of Infectonator 3: Apocalypse. Release: Early Access Q4 2019 Platforms: PC, console, mobile
Skeleton Crew | Cinder Cone Pinball-like and physics-based dungeon brawler from the creative director of Smoke & Sacrifice. Release: Autumn 2020 Platforms: PC, console
Out There: Oceans of Time | Mi-Clos Studio Space exploration adventure on an epic scale, from the creators of Out There: Ω Edition and Sigma Theory. Release: Winter 2020 Platforms: PC
Rogue State Revolution | LRDG The first geo-political roguelike: you’re the democratically elected president of a Middle Eastern republic, but how long can you stay in power? Release: 2021 Platforms: PC
Looks like Owen will be keeping in touch and as these releases creep closer we’ll see if we can’t coerce a bit more information out of him. Who knows, maybe I’ll even convince him to write a post or two. (Probably not, though.)