A large part of the improvements made to Neon Run21 are because of feedback from Shackers. King has personally replied to every Shackmessage, making sure to thank SeanJuan04 in particular. Many of the messages have been constructive response to negative feedback, which has allowed King to make marked improvements.
"The largest complaint we've received was about the low graphical quality of the dealers compared to the table," King said. "The table was enhanced later in development while I kept an old rendering pipeline meant for older devices for our characters. While it was a large investment to get the original pipeline up, it's aged significantly since its inception when there were practically zero 3D games on the iOS especially in the cards category. The new system will take our characters from a N64 like quality closer to somewhere in-between PS2 and PS3 or in-between Xbox and Xbox 360. I'm really excited in the coming weeks to see firsthand what these changes will bring to the game as well as our player's reaction when the game updates in the App Store."
King has been hard at work on Neon Run21 for months, so he's seen the obstacles and pitfalls that face would-be developers. He has some advice to offer anyone looking to get into iOS development. "Start simple," he said. "The game needs to be playable from early on and don't grow your team beyond the minimum of what's necessary. Use offsite source control, and collaborate in-person as much as possible. Success will not come overnight so enjoy the journey of development. I've released over a dozen games in my career and the payoff of release never matches key moments during development that I bonded with my team. Most projects that I've seen fail are because they were trying to make a game beyond their abilities, or because the team suffered from not having a clear direction in engineering. Having defined job roles and a fully solidified design and technical design from the start keeps everyone on the same vision, as opposed to a project leader who everyone has to guess what they want from the team week to week. Neon Games created a Production Bible similar to how television shows work from its beginning, and it's kept us on the path to launch rather than spinning in circles and missing release windows."
Look for free content patches to hit Neon Run21 in the coming weeks. Also, keep an eye out for a new title tentatively set to release November called Neon 21Squared, which King describes as a combination between Sudoku and Blackjack.
Three updates are already planned.