Interview: Jamestown+ tells the tale of the lost colony of Roanoke

Jamestown+ includes more accessibility options to make the bullet hell genre more approachable for all gamers.

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It’s not often that a developer gets to play the role of a publisher, but it’s what Chris King has managed to do. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with King about his journey from cyber security into developing games, and then into publishing as Batterystaple Games. The game we got to talk about? None other than Jamestown+, a remake of the original 2011 title. Please check out the interview below!

Jamestown+ is a more approachable bullet hell shoot 'em up

Entering the game development world is a scary jump to make. Not only do you need to contend with the pressures of developing, but the temperament of the internet and even financial stresses. By the time King made it to his mid-twenties, he’d found he was in the perfect spot to take a leap of faith, and so 20XX was born.

After developing this Mega Man-inspired platformer, King decided to shift gears into publishing – and so Jamestown+ entered the picture. The developers at Final Form Games reached out to King in seek of assistance in pushing their title over the line.

For those not in the know, Jamestown+ is an alternate-history take on the lost colony of Roanoke. The game takes place during the 17th century, but it all takes place on colonial Mars. This is a co-op shoot ‘em up experience for up to four players, and as any good bullet hell shooter should be, it looks incredibly difficult. In saying this, Jamestown+ is one of the more approachable titles in the genre.

A lot of bullet hell titles can be quite difficult to get into. Players looking to dive into the genre often run up against the sheer difficulty on offer. For Jamestown+, players have the option to tweak the challenge. King mentions that regardless of skill level, anyone and everyone can jump in and have a good time.

Jamestown+ is currently being developed for PC and Switch and is schedule to be released Fall 2019. Take a wander over to the GamerHubTV YouTube channel for more interviews from the latest gaming events and conventions!

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