Hey crazy people!
The blog have been way to quiet these last couple of weeks, so I thought I would give an update on what’s going on.
Me and my girlfriend have finally moved to our new apartment, which has drained a lot of energy, but more importantly, taken a lot of time, that would otherwise have been spent on my own writing and updating the blog.
I have a tendency to beat myself up over having excuses like this, but I just have to take it this time. This move has been the number one priority, and that is fine! That is “life” getting in the way, which will always happen from time to time.
This does not mean I haven’t been writing. I have produced around 10 000 words in the midst of the moving chaos, but that is a lot less then I would have wished for. Anyhow, nothing to do about that, but to go forward!
So where do I stand right now with the novel?
At about 65 000 words, which is just about halfway according to my outline. I’m a producer/project manager by day, so it didn’t surprise me at all when I realized I’m a hardcore planner. The goal right now, is to have a first draft (around 120 000 words) done before this year ends.
So what is happening at Starbreeze and the world of game development?
Very exciting things, I tell you!
2 weeks ago we released a comic book inspired trailer, and to my delight, I was trusted to be the creative voice for this particular cinematic. I got to write the script, and also direct the whole thing. It was super fun, and I hope to be able to work more with the different cinematics we produce. Check it out here, and let me know what you think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXkX1QHl_KE
Once a year at Starbreeze (during the month of Payday’s first release date), we launch this event called “Crimefest”. Breaking it down, it means we release eleven free updates for Payday 2, under the course of eleven days. For anyone in the gaming industry reading this: you know how crazy this is 😉
We kicked off this event September 28th by launching a website called “Road to Crimefest”. Go ahead and check it out: http://www.overkillsoftware.com/games/roadtocrimefest/
Road to Crimefest is a way to get the whole Payday 2 community together. By beating different challenges the community unlocks free content for everyone! As far as I know, this is a unique thing for a game studio to do, and it’s a very cool thing to be a part of. The real event, however, kicks off on the 15th of October and runs until the 24th. That is when the community learns what things they have unlocked.
That period usually means a lot of overtime, which means my writing will take a bit of a beating, but as I said at the start of this post: that is “life”, and it’s okay. I just need to remind myself of that, because I do forget 😉
And finally, this is the latest addition to the family in our home. Everyone say welcome to Owl-Master!