(Note: This is an old post so it’s a bit out of date!)
My name is Harrison, aka Switchback Studio. I’m an aspiring indie game developer, and I’m currently diving headfirst into solo development!
Making video games has been a pet project of mine for a long time, but for a while it wasn’t something to take all that seriously. However, the past couple of years have forced a lot of self-reflection in a lot of people, myself included. And so, I’ve decided to take the plunge, leave behind my rigid engineering job, and try my hand at being a solo indie dev.
Wish me luck!
The Game Plan:
Step 1: Fallen Spirit
Fallen Spirit is my current project, a short VR experience with an emphasis on exploration, puzzle-solving, and abstract storytelling! You can get it now on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1849880.
I’ve been working on this game in my free time for the past six months or so. It was initially intended to be a bit of a placeholder project, but I ended up getting pretty invested. Now that I’m committing to game dev full-time, I want to wrap it up nicely so I can move forward with a clean slate (though I imagine there will be some updates in the future, and perhaps a retrospective).
Step 2: 10 Games in 10 Weeks
The next step is a self-imposed challenge to create 10 games in 10 weeks, one week per game! I see this as a great way to practice some skills, test a bunch of prototypes, and maybe generate a bit of interest on social media.
I also have a suspicion that it will be far more taxing than I expect, but fingers crossed. There will be a post explaining the rules of the challenge, coming soon.
Step 3: ???
This step is still pretty open-ended. Maybe I’ll decided that the challenge is going well, and extend it past 10 weeks? Maybe I’ll take one of the 10 games and expand it into a full, year-long project? Maybe I’ll choose a different game idea from my ever-growing spreadsheet? We’ll play it by ear!
Step 4: Reassess
After about two years, it will be time to step back and reassess. How do I feel, and how successful have I been? Can I keep going, or does something have to change? This is still a ways off, and anything can happen in the meantime. Until then, I’ll just have to keep pushing, and following this dream.
Thanks for reading!