THAT’S IT, IT TOOK OVER A WEEK TO UPDATE AGAIN. SHUT IT DOWN BOYS, ANIMERRILL PRODUCTIONS IS CANCELLED. WE HAD A GOOD RUN BUT ITS OVER NOW. KTHXBAI.
Okay, not really. It would be kinda dumb to add a screenshot if that was the case.
So uh, real life happened. Yeah I know, it’s pretty weird, had to pull a long week last week and didn’t get much done. Plus, and maybe this is just a personal note, but since a couple weeks ago I’ve been in a bit of a weird funk just because like… it marks a pretty big step in my life and I think after the manic scramble to get a website done in a week, get a game done in 48 hours, start a new game, start an album, etc… I burnt out just a teeny-weenie bit. Mostly though, since last paycheck I’ve now just finally gotten in the black again financially and it’s just sort of this calm in the storm, like the breath before a plunge. I finally have some creative outlet again, I finally have some semblance of financial stability (read: I am stuck in a factory job I hate), and in large parts I have finally had the first moments of some well deserved seclusion to really sit down and just feel my own feelings for myself. And understandably that isn’t pleasant. But it is good, and I needed to do it. I think I needed a hot second to just sort out all my shit and see where the road forward is for the long term not only for my creative life but also my personal life as far as my health and spirituality are concerned which has me more or less optimistic looking forward.
As you can see above I did get some minor work done on the game, the basis for a functional enemy which means once I get some collectables and power-ups added we’ll basically be looking at a fully featured game (plus or minus about six months of level design and bug fixes, ah those sweet gamedev blues). Other than that there are a couple of minor art projects that should hopefully come to fruition pretty quickly soon, updates as they’re available as always.
This is by no means a hiatus of any kind (don’t worry, one guy who reads this) but it will likely be until June when the next update comes out. I’m pretty sure I promised weekly updates in the last post or something like that, but I think right now I need to respect what my mind and body is trying to tell me and take it easy and approach again over the end of May in a more reasonable, sustainable way for the long term. That manic crunch won’t do anybody any good especially when you have a 50+ hour job to balance with it.
Thanks for understanding, one guy, and I’ll see you in the next update!
~AniMerrill, a.k.a. Ethan Merrill