Moving Forward

Alex Neuse

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 2:31pm

As you may have heard, Choice Provisions has closed one of our development studios.

Over the past few years, the game industry has changed so dramatically that a mid-sized studio operating as we have for the past several years, just simply can’t continue in the same way. 

To evolve as a company, we recently had to make the decision to shut down our San Francisco development studio and refocus our efforts on our headquarters studio in Santa Cruz. 

The decision was incredibly difficult, and we did everything we could to maintain the company as it had been, but unfortunately, having two studios was just not sustainable in the long term. 

Along with our San Francisco office, we had to let some really great people go. 

Those of us in Santa Cruz are going to carry on, and continue to make great games for humans to enjoy. 

We hope that those of you who have ever enjoyed our games, be they BIT.TRIP, Dave!, Tharsis, Laserlife, or any of our published fare, will be there to play our new games, long into the future.

To remember some of the good times we had with our wonderful San Francisco team, take a peek at some highlights from our Overheard-in-the-Office chat archives…

 

“Did I tell you that I found a piece of gold flake in the top of my buttcrack?"

“They’re making blood pudding in your balls." 

"yeah, I can't wait to die!"

“I’m very into WOOD right now."

"So, two stories about my penis burning..."

"I like salt a lot"

“No one is putting chicken skin into the button machine"

“Quaternions are still buttholes to me."

“Don’t cook fish on sex night"

“I would eat my own turds for a beer right now.”

“I don’t think, these days, that people give a SHIT about seeing an old man eat a twinkie-weener sandwich."

"Alright... I'm on the butt now, this is where it gets weird"

“It’s a cute photo… of a dog. We can’t just post people dying all the time."

"I got stung by babies and now I'm eating banana pancakes."

"feel my warmth" 

"This smells like a cigarette someone farted on."

“I will snuggle the fuck out of all of you"

“If somebody drank your kid’s pee, how would you feel?"

"Miskey? Milk and whiskey? That sounds awful. I want some."

"This is just a long fig newton. I can't critique this!"

“Dude, if your name is ‘Helmut’, this is your fucking year to be alive."

"why do I have a folder called Buttfarts?"

"Jesus Adam, you took his pants all the way off?!"

“Oh. Balut. You NEVER post balut."

"it used to eat my poops just fine"

"Don't smell your yoshi"

"I'm full of flan"

“I mean, you’re not a telescopvelogovist."

“Oh, you don’t want to pee in a ladle, dude."

“They’re wonderful and they look like a decaying bull dog’s face."

"Why is my elbow wet?"

"Making video games so kids don't have the time to kill each other."

“You’d lose it Matt… he’s wearing a vest”

“Gently sobbing as I eat handfuls of kale"

“I wish evolution was real."

 

We will miss you all.

Alex & Mike

The Tharsis contest has drawn to a close

Dant Rambo

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 5:13pm

Hey, remember that Tharsis contest we announced back in January? The one where we asked people to submit funny Tharsis images of their own creation? Well it was a thing and it happened, regardless of whether you remember it or not. 

We gave people total freedom to make any kind of image they wanted, which led to us receiving a nice variety of submissions. The one thing they all had in common, however, was goodness.

This, of course, made choosing a winner really hard.

After mulling it over for several days and nights, we finally managed to choose the winning submissions. Are you ready for this?

The winners are…

Everyone!

That’s right. Everyone who submitted an image will be taking home a Tharsis mission patch. The only way to lose was by not playing at all!

With that addressed, it’s time to bask in the glory of all the submissions we received:

Kshaftoe

 

 Tommy Hetrick

 

Dave Beaudoin

 

Dr. Civilization

 

 

Grant Fleming

 

Jake Sauppe

 

ProSpectre

 

Beeefheart

 

 Joshua Romano

 

John Kemp

 

 Christopher Swartz

 

Jorge Bocanegra

 

This week is filled with announcements!

Dant Rambo

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 11:01am

Hey everyone!

Although we’ve been pretty proactive about announcing all our upcoming stuff on Twitter and Facebook, I thought it might be a good idea to write everything up in a blog post. There’s just too much going on right now and having it all in one place seems like a good idea.

Let’s start with Tharsis. Many of you have been asking us when the “Missions” mode would be coming. A fair question, to be sure, and I’m excited to say that it’s coming to Steam this Friday! There will be five missions at first, with the plan to add more as time goes on. We hope you like it!

And then there’s Shutshimi, a game that could not be any more different from Tharsis. It’s been out on PS4, Vita and Steam since August, and now it’s making its way to Wii U! Better yet, it’s arriving there tomorrow (2/4)!

If you didn’t know, Shutshimi was developed by an awesome studio called Neon Deity Games. They make really great games (as evidenced by Shutshimi) and we’re honored they let us publish one of them!

We have another announcement to make, but unfortunately it will have to wait until tomorrow! I’ll say this about it, though: it’s something people have been asking us about for a long time. Stay tuned!

 

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