"Rest assured we have been scheming. Oh yes."

Bye 2020!

Kia Ora friends, it’s Emily the Community Manager here!

2020 is finally drawing to a close, and like many other people, we’re feeling an intense sense of relief for that. It’s been a big year for us here at Balancing Monkey Games, and we’re looking forward to having some time to comprehend everything that happened!

We’ve managed to cram in some more stuff before this year ends, though; I’ll try to summarise it all.

Biomes & Beasties

Our fourth content update Biomes & Beasties shipped at the beginning of December, finishing an almost 6 month marathon to make Before We Leave as good as it can possibly be. It was our biggest update yet, and needless to say the team and I are equal parts tired and proud. We do have more updates planned for the future - stay tuned for more info!

Ancient guardian wearing a Santa hat in a snowy village

Writing an Article

Sam wrote a piece for Gamasutra (edited by our Managing Director Anna and myself) about using luck to your advantage when developing your indie game. If you’re interested in the early days of Before We Leave’s development and you don’t want to trawl through our old blog posts, I’d recommend checking it out. Any indie game developers who are just starting out might also find it handy.

50,000 Sales

About a month ago, we also managed to hit 50,000 sales. For a new studio from humble NZ launching their first title, this is what we in the game dev business like to call a big deal. The excitement of this massive achievement has been lost somewhat in the busy time we’ve been having, but it’s an important milestone for us as a studio - sales like this will enable us to keep our doors open, and continue making games! We’re humbled and appreciative for everyone who purchased a copy of Before We Leave. Sincerely - thank you <3

Kiwi Games Starter

Because we’ve done well with our sales, we’ve been able to give back to the program that helped make Before We Leave’s development possible. We’re funding the second prize of Kiwi Game Starter - good luck to all the applicants and nominees!

Speaking of sales…

Before We Leave will be participating in one final EGS sale for 2020 from the 17th of December until the 7th January EST! If you have a city builder lover in your life that hasn’t checked out Before We Leave yet, now is a good time to introduce them.

Planning for 2021

To wring as much value out of our December as possible, we’ve been planning what next year looks like. I can’t say too much yet, but rest assured we have been scheming. Oh yes.

Well, that’s all for now! We’ll be going dark from the 18th of December for a few weeks - all four of us at Balancing Monkey Games really need a good long holiday. Thanks for reading, and Meri Kirihimete!