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Endnight Games Reflects on Developing The Forest and Discusses What Comes Next



Endnight Games recently revealed that The Forest has sold an astounding 5 million copies, making the game one of the best selling indie games of all time.

OnlySP reached out to Endnight to follow up on that story to see how the studio has changed over the last five years of developing The Forest, and little has changed for the small development team.

“We’re still really small,” said Creative Director of Endnight Games, Ben Falcone. “We’ve tried scaling up, but it just doesn’t seem to work for us. Having a really small and agile team that works well together can be much better than a larger team that isn’t as focused. We feel a lot of our success on The Forest, along with it’s VR port and the PS4 release come from us being able to work on every aspect of the game ourselves.”

Even though The Forest released five years ago, sales have actually been increasing for the game over time.

“It’s done really well and continues to,” said Falcone. This current year looks to be the best we’ve ever had sales-wise.”

The Forest, as of November 6, is now available on the PlayStation 4, but Endnight is not finished with The Forest just yet. Along with patches to continue improving and fixing any issues that may arise on the PS4 version of the game, Endnight is preparing some new content for the game as well.

In December, The Forest will receive a patch on both the PC and PS4 that will add a new creature, some new clothing, new buildables, and some new weapons. Endnight Games has more content cooking in the oven,  however.

Falcone told OnlySP that Endnight currently has an idea for a new game and wants to develop it much in the same way that they developed The Forest.

“We have an idea right now about a new type of game,” said Falcone. “Something unlike anything else that currently exists. We’d like to make it the same way as we made The Forest, using a really small team and utilizing procedural art generation, outsourcing, and player feedback to really fast take some big risks with ideas that might be too expensive to do otherwise.”

The Forest was released during the beginnings of the Early Access craze and remains as one of the best-handled games within that service.

With just under 90,000 user reviews on Steam, and a brand new playerbase on the PS4, Endnight Games surely has quite a few people on the lookout for its next project.

Stay tuned to OnlySP on Facebook and Twitter for further updates on The Forest and Endnight Games.

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Sonic Team Says 2021 is the “Next Big Year” for Sonic



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It has been two years since the release of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, but Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka suggests that Sonic the Hedgehog will soon be in again.

During an E3 2019 interview with GameInformer‘s Brian Shea, Iizuka shed some light on what fans can expect in the next two years.

“2017 was a big year for Sonic. The next big year for Sonic is 2021. That’s the 30-year anniversary for Sonic. We are now preparing.”

Iizuka also gave a teasing “maybe” to the suggestion that players would see another big milestone game in 2021, similar to how Sonic Generations was treated in 2011.

Also touched on in Shea’s interview was Sonic’s drop dash, a move first introduced in Sonic Mania and later brought to Sonic Forces and the Sega Ages version of Nintendo Switch’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We had a good reaction for Sonic Mania, so that’s why we implemented it to Classic Sonic in Sonic Forces,” Iizuka said. “Drop dash is very [well-liked] now because of Sonic Mania. That’s why I requested it.”

At this year’s South by Southwest, Iizuka revealed that the next mainline Sonic game was already in development. With the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action film set for release in 2020, fans can be optimistic about 2021 being the year to see this new title.

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