We’ve been pretty quiet this season, so as the year winds down we wanted to give an update on what we’ve been up to! And show you our festive studio décor.
What we’ve been up to, simply put, is making Transistor.
After our reveal of Transistor went over as well as it did back in March, our goal became very clear: to keep doing everything we can to make the full game live up to the first impression. We had our second major showing at E3 a couple of months later, where we announced the game is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC. We had one more big showing planned for this year, which happened at PAX Prime. Then after that, we wanted to hunker down and work on the game for the rest of the year. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.
Right now Transistor is in an alpha state where just about all of the content, systems, and features we have in mind are implemented in some fashion, and the game is playable from beginning to end. It’s where we wanted to be as we head into 2014.
In the coming weeks, we plan to keep testing, tuning, and iterating on every aspect of the game until we think it’s ready to put out there for you to play. We’ll talk more specifics as we get closer to that time. Until then, you can always check in with us on Twitter or Facebook. Stay tuned, happy holidays, and keep in touch!
We’re back from our big trip to Seattle where we let many hundreds of people get their hands on our latest build of Transistor. Three years ago, we showed Bastion in public for the first time as part of the PAX 10, and this show has been special to us ever since. As we dive back into development, we wanted to share some of the highlights from the show:
Supergiant @ PAX Prime in Photos Have a look at dozens of photos we snapped from our booth and other related events at the show.
One of the things we love about PAX is it’s an opportunity to have our whole team in the same place at the same time. Not only that, the sheer number of people willing to come visit us and wait through a 2-hour line just to play our game is something we still can’t get used to.
Latest Media Impressions of Transistor
We showed an updated build at PAX Prime, featuring a number of improvements on what we let people play at PAX East and E3. Here are links to some media impressions of how the game is shaping up!
“Transistor had us all sorts of excited at PAX Prime.” — Destructoid
Video: “Transistor – Sharp Combat and Aesthetics” — GameSpot
“Whereas Bastion played it relatively safe with its gameplay, Transistor is an entirely new combat experience.” — GamesRadar
“Managed to play it before I said goodbye to PAX 2013. I’m so thankful I did. Blew me away.” — VGRevolution.com
“…in Transistor the player has a very different relationship to the voice-over character.” — Polygon
In less than a day, all of us from Supergiant will be in Seattle for PAX Prime, where we’ll be showing off the latest build of our next game! After the fantastic response we got to our debut at PAX East followed by E3, we’re eager to show you all the progress we’ve made. Here’s what’s happening with us at PAX:
Supergiant Booth #3010: Come Play Transistor & Say Hi
We’re right on the 4th Level of PAX Prime this year, next to our friends at The Behemoth and SpyParty, so come on down during show hours and play our game! Our latest build of Transistor is quite a bit farther along than what we’ve shown at PAX East and E3.
Keen-eyed players who’ve kept close tabs on what we’ve revealed so far should spot a variety of improvements across the board, including new systems for unlocking and installing special plug-ins that modify the Transistor’s functions in a variety of ways.
Now Available: Transistor ‘Cloudbank’ Art Print & 24″ x 36″ Poster
We’re pleased to offer two new Transistor-themed items in our online store, which will make their debut this week at PAX Prime!
Saturday 1pm: 10 Questions with Supergiant Games Q&A Panel
Hosted by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, this Q&A panel will delve into what life is like at Supergiant, everything from our origins to our experiences working on our current project. If you’re a PAX attendee, please come by the Serpent theater for some full-on Supergiant navel gazing! The full description of the session is right here.
Saturday 11am: Darren at the Official Harmonix Podcast
Earlier that day our composer and audio director Darren Korb will be among […]
During the event, Amir and I will be playing through Bastion live from Supergiant’s HQ while providing the weirdest, most interesting developer commentary we can think of. We’ll be reminiscing about the making of the game and the choices we made along the way, and no doubt be spilling lots of never-before-heard trivia and incredible useless facts!
Speaking of weird Internet video of Bastion, we’ve also just posted our policy on Let’s Play videos and other video content based on our games. Please read it in full if it applies to you but the short version is, you’re welcome to create Let’s Play-style videos of our games and monetize them if you want.
Hope you check out our very first live stream. And happy birthday, Bastion! […]
We often get emails from video content creators asking our permission to create and monetize videos about Bastion. We wanted to come up with a clear stance on this to save everyone the trouble of ever having to ask us about it again. Our stance is this:
You’re welcome to create Let’s Play-style videos of our games and monetize them if you want.
In more detail: Supergiant Games permits you to create free or ad-supported videos (including Let’s Plays, speed runs, reviews, commentary, and so on) using captured or streamed video from Supergiant Games’ video games. You do not need to request written permission to create such content.
Additional written permission from Supergiant Games is required for any use of Supergiant’s art, music and audio content outside of captured in-game footage (please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any such requests).
Should you decide to post videos containing Supergiant content, we request that you provide a functional link to our site or a product page for the version of the game used in the making of said content.
We survived our exciting trip to the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, where we let lots of people get their hands on Transistor for the first time. Turns out a bunch of them liked it! See below for links to what people said about the game, or check our E3 photo gallery on Facebook for a glimpse of our trip. In the meantime, much as we loved basking in the neon light of E3, it feels good to be back to work! We’re in the thick of development and look forward to making good progress this summer.
One of the most common questions we get about our next game is, which platforms is it coming to? Today we’re excited to have a specific answer for you at last: When Transistor is released sometime early next year, it will be available day one for PlayStation 4, and for PC on Steam. We plan to bring the game to Linux and Mac afterwards, and haven’t ruled anything out beyond that.
It’s no coincidence we’re making this announcement now during the week of the big Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Sony gave us the opportunity to show our game in their booth this week, where we’ll be on hand with an early playable build. After an amazing PAX East, it’s going to be great letting a whole new slew of players try the game at E3 — but back to the topic at hand!
Even before we announced Transistor earlier this year, we’d been giving a lot of thought to which platform or platforms would make the best home for the game. It’s a big decision that can influence aspects of the game’s design and can ultimately have a lot to do with its overall success. By focusing on the PlayStation 4 and PC as our launch platforms, we think we’ll be able to reach many of our existing fans right from the start, while letting us focus on delivering the best game possible at launch.
You may know that our first game, Bastion, is available for more than six different platforms at this point. But it started on just one. We were still working on new versions of Bastion more than a year after the initial launch on Xbox LIVE Arcade. The main reason Bastion ended up in so many places, of course, is because a lot of people liked the game. And the main reason a lot of people liked it is because we were able to create the game we wanted to make in the first place, by not spreading our focus too thin and making sure Bastion ran great on XBLA, then on Steam, […]
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Transistor for your reference. If you have additional questions you’d like answered, send us a note!
What is Transistor?
Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG that invites players to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as they fight through a stunning futuristic city. The game seamlessly integrates thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, melding responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. During the course of the adventure, players will piece together the Transistor’s mysteries as they pursue its former owners. Have a look at the reveal trailer to get a feel for the game.
Who is the developer of Transistor?
We’re Supergiant Games, an independent development studio based in San Francisco, California. Our first game Bastion released in 2011 and proceeded to earn more than 100 industry accolades and sell more than two million copies across all platforms. You can learn more about us on our team page.
Who is the publisher of Transistor?
We are publishing Transistor ourselves. We had a great experience working with Warner Bros. as our distribution partner on Bastion though this time around we wanted to see if we could do it on our own.
Where can I get screenshots and media of Transistor?
You can find all the screenshots and artwork we’ve released on our Transistor page.
Where did you get funding for Transistor?
As with Bastion, we are self-funding Transistor, and have not sought or accepted funding from any outside sources. This means we can make the game we want to make on our own terms and timeline. We’ve re-invested the money we made from Bastion into this game.
What platforms is Transistor coming to and what is the release date?
We can confirm that Transistor is coming to the PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam and this web site. We will subsequently release native Linux and Mac versions of the game. We expect it to be available sometime early next year though we don’t have a more-specific date at this time.
We’re back after a whirlwind couple of weeks following the reveal of our next game, Transistor. The initial response we got to the announcement and reveal trailer was everything we could have hoped for, and the response we got a couple of days later at PAX East was even better. There we let hundreds of people get their hands on the game, as they braved lines much longer than we expected for a chance to try an early build. Now that we’re back, our mission is to build the game that will more than live up to the promise all those people saw in it. Your support means everything as we press onward, and we really appreciate all the feedback we got during the show and from all sorts of places on the Internet.
In the mean time, check out photos of our trip, and check out some of the coverage we got from various gaming publications around the world:
Press for Transistor
“…it immediately became one of my most anticipated games after my time with it on the show floor.” — Game Informer
“…I am ecstatic to explore that exotic mystery.” — IGN.com
“Transistor is the sexiest game I played At PAX East.” — Kotaku
“A beautiful, tactical twist on action-RPG.” — Joystiq
We are very, very excited to reveal today a new game we’ve been working on here at Supergiant, a science-fiction-themed action RPG we’re calling Transistor. We’ll have an early build playable this week at PAX East at our booth #892, and right now, we have our reveal trailer! Check it out and read on.
Transistor invites players to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as they explore a stunning futuristic city. We’re designing our next game to seamlessly integrate thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, complete with our studio’s signature melding of responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. All of us from the Bastion development team are working together again on this new project, with the aid of a handful of talented new people who’ve joined us since Bastion’s launch.
In Transistor, players assume the role of a young woman who gains control of a powerful weapon after a mysterious group of assailants nearly kills her with it. Now she must fight from street to street against forces that will stop at nothing to recover the weapon. During the course of the adventure, players will piece together the Transistor’s mysteries as they pursue its former owners.
We expect Transistor to be released in early 2014. We have not yet decided on which platform or platforms the game will be available for.
We know you’ll have a lot of questions about Transistor, so we’ll be putting together a FAQ that addresses them, as well as answering more via Twitter and Facebook — and in person at PAX East this week! And now that the cat’s out of the bag, we’ll be keeping you posted on how development is coming along in the weeks and months to come. We can’t wait to hear what you think!