Archive for May, 2007

As the saying goes, reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated. After nearly two years on hiatus, Rise of the Hidden Sun is back!

Why the long break? Here’s what I told the team when I made the decision to halt production in November 2005:

The reasons for this are a billion-fold, but the biggest factor is really simple: I just don’t have the time to oversee production of the game with the passion and energy I’ve put into it for the past two years.

My life has changed since I launched Chapter 11 Studios. For one thing, I’ve finally established myself as an adventure travel columnist for a major U.S. publication. Writing about travel takes research, passion, energy, and—obviously—a lot of time away from home.

My wife and I will also soon be buying a house and trying to start a family in the year ahead. Couple that with various other demands on my time, and it has literally become impossible for me to put the energy into this game that I feel is required to do the job right.

I know each of you committed to this game because of your belief that it would someday be finished. I stand by that: It will get done. Maybe not as soon as we’d hoped, but eventually. My passion for this story, these characters, and this game is still strong. It’s the time to work on it that’s coming up short these days.

Flash forward to today. Do I have more free time? Uh, not so much. I’m still a travel writer. I now own a house. My wife and I have a newborn baby to take care of. And yet… I still can’t get Rise of the Hidden Sun out of my system. I just love this game too much to let it go. Who needs to sleep, anyway?

So there you have it. Over the past few months I’ve rounded up some of the old gang, recruited some new blood, and dusted off the original design documents that made this whole thing possible to begin with.

And now, after two long years, ‘Rattlesnake’ Jake Dawson rides again!

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