The story of one game or 4 strategy, which began 20 years ago and is still alive

In this article I want to talk about the game that was created in 1998 and after 16 years received its development, was published and successfully sold. It is noteworthy that the game was written by one person. It's about Remember Tomorrow (Polaris Sector). 3r33333.  3r33333. proved the opposite . 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33347. Graphics
3r33333.  3r33333. Here I had to work in two directions at once:
 3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Create animated portraits of races and create models of ships (I personally liked the warm lamp portraits from the first version, but decided otherwise). 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Ship models suddenly turned out a lot. 9 races * at least 5 types of heavy ships, 5 types of fighter jets and 2 types of space stations. This is not counting the pirates and ships of the "ancient". 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. The story of one game or 4 strategy, which began 20 years ago and is still alive 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. How much it cost, I don’t even want to imagine. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. The graphics engine worked on raster (sprite) graphics. Of course, if I do not confuse anything. This allowed us to keep the system requirements rather modest. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33347. Marketing and other financial pits
3r33333.  3r33333. As practice has shown, the success of the game is not only a good idea and an excellent implementation. Much of the success of a good marketing campaign. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Here it turned out a complete failure: (
 3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. To publish the game took Slitherine. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. To begin with, the name of the game was changed to Polaris Sector. The step is clear, it provided the uniqueness of the name and allowed us to uniquely find the game by this name. Good, useful. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Then As I understood it, nobody bothered with a large advertising campaign. Surprisingly, sales went anyway. Shako-shaky, but nonetheless. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. What no one expected was the user feedback that the game was too complicated :) Initially, the publisher asked to simplify everything and remove the possibility of a space battle at all 0_0
 3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. It was a failure. The project that was actually written by one person who reached the state of the finished product simply “did not shoot.” 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Looking back, it can be said that the main problem of all products targeted at smart people is a very small percentage of the latter. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33347. A spoon of honey
3r33333.  3r33333. However, there is good news. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. After the official release of Polaris Sector, one of the fans picked up and “wrote down” a free STAR WARS mod . With all the "whistles" in the form of X-wing-s, death stars and destroyers. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. 3r33333.  3r33333. Personally, I really liked it.
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