Frozen Synapse Community InterviewStephen Fraser:
Where do you get off taking all the best band names for your video and computer games?!
Do you mean Frozen Synapse, or the fictional band IN the game? That one is called Vroom Vroom Speedmonkey. I don't know; we just want to hog the awesome names, what can I say?
I'm a complete novice at playing computer games. What level of skill and compentency do you design your games for?
We do tend to design for people who have probably played a few games before, but we've seen seven year old girls playing and enjoying Frozen Synapse too, so we inadvertently seem to have made a game that everyone likes!
Parp parp. What's that? Oh, it's our own trumpet.
Do you believe that innovation in game play will become increasingly popular or will graphical updates of the same-old franchises and ideas continue to dominate the market?
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I certainly don't think demand for gameplay innovation will increase overall – I think it will be as necessary as it always has been.
Is it possible to mod Frozen Synapse? If so, what can we mod? If not, why not?
New game modes are reasonably easy to create. Other mod features, while possible, weren't included in the release version because of the nature of the game - sorry! Introducing more modding options is certainly something we'd like to look into in the future, but it's not always trivial for devs to focus on mod features.
Why did you choose Steam to distribute Frozen Synapse?
We didn't, actually. They chose us!
What's in it for You? Since Mode7 isn't a big, corporate game studio, and you probably won't earn mega-ultra-bucks making indie games that way, do you make them out of pure love and fun, or is there something we don't know?
I think we answered this in the podcast but I'll answer again. We like both mega-ultra-bucks and creative freedom. Indie games are one of the only fields where both are always possible and where we can feasibly aim for both.
Duke Nukem Forever took more than 14 years to release, how long did Frozen Synapse take?
Frozen Synapse took around four years to make, on and off.
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Do you have any plans to make mobile games for Apple's AppStore or the Android Market?
In a word? No. Not right now.
Are you working on any other projects besides Frozen Synapse?
Yes, we are working on other projects. No, we're going to talk about them just yet.
When will Mode7's own podcast, 'Visiting the Village
Oh god, when someone pays us to make it probably.
I love this game and I love the soundtrack. What made you chose Paul Taylor as the composer for the audio track and will he be used again for future releases?
Thanks! I love you. Little known fact: I am
Paul Taylor. I am the co-founder of the company and thus I have the power to choose myself.
As for 'Why did I choose myself?' It's probably because I am totally bloody great and incredibly modest. Those are rare qualities.