Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Ark has been launched again

ASA: Remastered Edition is now officially released on Steam.

This is the trailer of this new edition.

Thank you very much to everyone who supported me. I really hope you will like the game as much as other people liked the original edition 2 years ago. It has been a tough work to recreate ASA from scratch with another engine. Honestly we could have just re-released the game "as is" on Steam. I mean, it's the original edition from 2012 that was greenlit in 2014, and we had absolutely no obligation to develop this Remastered Edition! ASA on Steam could have been the exact same game than on Desura actually. We just thought it was much better to improve it for you, and a way to show that I am doing my best to create interesting games. It is important for me that you like ASA, even if I know it's not perfect. The graphics could probably be much better, and in realtime 3d, but we're really a small team (actually we were just 2 people on this game!). Andrea Rinaldi did an impressive job to recreate ASA in Visionaire Studio, and I know he didn't sleep a lot lately (neither did I!). I would like to take this opportunity to remind that I am now working on Catyph: The Kunci Experiment (, which is another point & click game in the Black Cube series. The development of Catyph has been much slower than expected, particularly because of ASA: Remastered, but I think that it's worth it. If you have the possibility to play ASA and if you like it, please keep in mind that Catyph will come soon. I wish you a good space adventure :) -Simon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ASA Remastered - ready to release!

This is now official: ASA Remastered Edition will release on Steam the 4th of March (yes, tomorrow!).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Self-published DVD cover

I am happy to present the final DVD cover of ASA: Remastered Edition! This is what it will look like if you purchase the self-published DVD from the Icehouse Shop.
As you can see, the front features the artwork of planet Kepler and the Ark spaceship, and the back shows Marina's notes (that you could see in a previous article below).

I really hope you like it, because I personally like the result and I think I will use the same template for the future Catyph DVD!

Of course, the DVD version is more "collector", and you will have the possibility to purchase a standard digital version of ASA.

More details soon about the (very close) release!

Monday, February 9, 2015

ASA notes - The most beautiful present

The most beautiful present, when you make an adventure game, is to know that some people enjoyed it and really felt as if they were having a true journey through the different environments. When I saw the notes of Marina (see below), and everything she wrote on her papers in order to solve the puzzles of ASA (and her illustrations!), I felt a lot of emotions. Amazing!!! Now I am sure that ASA was not made in vain and I really hope that Catyph will bring as much excitement, and maybe more. Thank you again Marina, that was the most beautiful present!

Friday, February 6, 2015

ASA Remastered/Original comparison #4

The Beta-Test is almost finished. We've found an horrible lot of troubles and issues to fix, but we're very happy of the result! I'd like to thank personally all the people who got involved in the process and helpd ASA: Remastered Edition get a step closer to the final release. I am still uncertain of the exact release date, but it should be by the end of the month. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 30, 2015

ASA Remastered/Original comparison #3

Another series of comparative pictures between the original and the remastered versions of ASA. They have not just been upscaled in photoshop: they were totally re-rendered from the original 3D scenes in a higher resolution.

Friday, January 23, 2015

ASA artbook

To celebrate the 200th article on this blog, I have a little present!

You may know that I have been working last year on a self-published artbook of ASA? It contains almost all the 900+ backgrounds in 3D from the original game, along with some watercolors and wireframe views, showing how the pictures were created.

The printed version is quite expensive (because of self-publishing prices) but the result is very good in my opinion, as you can see in the photos below. However, because of the too high price of this book, I have decided to release for free a preview PDF that you can read for free on the link below:

Read ASA artbook on Issuu

You can turn pages by clicking in the dark grey areas on the border of your screen. Enjoy!

I plan to release the same kind of book for Catyph later, except that it will have even more content, with a making of and pictures taken during the development process.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ASA Remastered/Original comparison #2

This is a new series of comparative screenshots between the original version of ASA and the new version. Once again, the difference is much easier to see in fullscreen, and once again, the GIF compression (which won't be visible in the final game, of course) doesn't allow the Remastered Edition to show at its best. Yet I hope you can see the difference and like it. ASA: Remastered Edition is still planned for February on Steam, let's hope we can do it in time!

Monday, January 5, 2015

ASA Remastered/Original comparison

ASA: Remastered Edition should release on Steam in a few weeks now. I thought it would be interesting to hilight the differences in the 3D environments between the Original and the Remastered Editions, so I’ve created a series of animated GIF that will allow you to compare the result. Here are the 3 first ones. You cannot really see it in the thumbnails, so you’ll have to enlarge each screenshot to fullscreen - then you’ll discover that the changes are sometimes very important. The original game was running in 1024x432, and as a result the upscaled pics are blurry and lack of details. Now the Remastered Edition runs in HD 1920x800!