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Super Meat Boy dev discusses next game

by Alice O'Connor, Jun 30, 2011 6:45am PDT

Super Meat Boy developer Team Meat is already working away on its next game, which the indie describes as being of a more "experimental" and "ambitious" design than its breakout hit.

"I think it's safe to say that Meat Boy was a very straightforward game. We didn't really reach outside the box in terms of design," co-founder Edmund McMillen told Eurogamer. "I think with the new game we definitely get a bit more experimental with the design."

"I think it's going to be more ambitious design-wise and it's going to be more of a challenge for us. It's a bigger project. It's going to be fun and that's exactly why we're into it. It's going to be pretty fresh."

While Team Meat is a registered Nintendo 3DS developer, the new game's being made with no particular platform in mind, and McMillen suspects it might not be a good fit for the handheld. Besides, Team Meat doesn't have a 3DS dev kit yet anyway.

"Not many people do. At least that's what we heard. Who knows, maybe they're lying to us," McMillen said. "We've asked about when we could get one and they said there's stock coming, but we probably shouldn't even talk about this."

McMillen also revealed that Team Meat was "originally kind of into porting Meat Boy" to 3DS, but isn't working on that anymore. There's still hope for Mac gamers, though, as fellow Team Meat member Tommy Refenes confirmed that the platformer's Mac version is still in the works.

"I'm doing my absolute best. It's something that's bugging the s*** out of me, that I want to get finished," Refenes said, presumably not censoring his own profanity. "It's a lot of mental effort getting back into working on a game that I worked on for 18 months straight. The difficulty is not in the work, the difficulty is in the motivation and the desire to open up the code again and work on it when I'd rather work on new stuff. I'm doing it, it's just taking a while."

Super Meat Boy's development is covered in upcoming documentary Indie Game: The Movie, which also revolves around several other high-profile indie developers and games.





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