Subversion on hold, Introversion working on new game

Darwinia and DEFCON developer Introversion announced today that its crime caper Subversion has been placed on hold, and the English indie is now focusing on a mysterious brand new game.

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Darwinia and DEFCON developer Introversion announced today that its crime caper Subversion is now on hold, as the English indie has a whole new game in the works. The mysterious new project has been submitted to the 2012 Independent Games Festival, so it's surely already playable in some form, at least.

"Internally we had come to realize that somewhere along the 6 years of part-time development, we had lost our way," Introversion lead designer Chris Delay explains of Subversion's little nap. "We couldn't even remember what sort of game it was supposed to be anymore."

According to Delay, there was "a massive gaping hole" where the heart of the game should have been, and Introversion "tried and tried to fill that hole with ambitious tech and experimental systems" but to no avail.

Though Subversion was supposedly about pulling off heists with a squad of crack criminals skilled in different dastardly disciplines, it boasted tech including a highly impressive but questionably important procedural city generator.

The new idea however, came "fully formed, just like DEFCON, just like Uplink," Delay says. "I could see most of the core game design straight away."

While Introversion is keeping the new game secret for now, other than saying it's "unrelated to any of our previous games," Delay promises that more will be revealed "soon."

As for Subversion, he says that it has not been cancelled, "but I would certainly forget about it for now." The team will return to it "eventually," but he plans to "gut the thing from top to bottom of all the tech fluff that we forced in over the years," as "without a core game it's all a worthless distraction."

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    October 17, 2011 10:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Subversion on hold, Introversion working on new game.

    Darwinia and DEFCON developer Introversion announced today that its crime caper Subversion has been placed on hold, and the English indie is now focusing on a mysterious brand new game.

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      October 17, 2011 10:50 AM

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo Why would you do this?!?!?

      Monaco?

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        October 17, 2011 11:02 AM

        probably because it was really boring and broken and complicated

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      October 17, 2011 10:51 AM

      I only hope it doesn't get abandoned.

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      October 17, 2011 10:59 AM

      I hope they back it up on at least three laptops

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      October 17, 2011 11:41 AM

      Gutted. I hope they don't make some arty nonsense like Darwinia again.

      They release the source code.

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      October 17, 2011 11:51 AM

      Eh, I still look forward to anything these guys are working on. It's unfortunate that a lot of their work was put on hold, but hey.

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      October 17, 2011 4:35 PM

      These guys really sound like they know what they are doing. I'm glad they told the fans not to wait around for Subversion, but knowing Introversion, they probably have something just as awesome lined up.

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        October 17, 2011 4:38 PM

        why would you announce a game but not tell us what it is or what its called or what it looks like

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      October 17, 2011 4:43 PM

      Dammit, Subversion looked cool. But they probably know what they're doing so I'm sure they had a good reason to put it on hold.

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      October 17, 2011 4:45 PM

      Wow nice! A developer who realizes the game isn't fun or good and halts it.

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      October 17, 2011 4:46 PM

      It sounded so epic and awesome and epic and cool :(