Archive for February, 2022

In Theory… Game Over

Dear friends and fans. It is with the heaviest hearts we have to inform you that we’re officially suspending the development of Reset indefinitely and closing down shop. The tl;dr reason for this is simply that we are utterly and totally spent. Mentally, physically and financially.

For the past few years we have been doing outsourcing jobs to try to buy the time to finish what we set out to do but this approach has been really exhausting and not really a viable development solution. Our goal for Reset was to build something unique from our hearts and minds without being driven by some third party economic forces and to a point we were well on our way, thanks to you backers. Even though we knew we set out on an enormously ambitious path we were confident we could make the journey.

“- But we need at least a budget of a gazillion bucks and ten truckloads of devs to pull this off, we don’t have that kind of money.

– Yeah true, that is a major drag. But hey, I know, I have a great idea. What if we just ignore all that? – Hey that’s an excellent idea!”

This is a discussion quote between Mikko and me from one of our posts in the very beginning, a flat decade ago.

From all this you might guess that this decision does not come lightly. And you are right. The fact is that with the current velocity we would still need at least two years and with our depleted resources this just is not possible. Our failure is to blame on our own short comings in project management combined with our ridiculously high goal but also on our refusal to play by the rules of greed. We have been shoe stringing this whole time but at some point even the string runs out. Especially for me this project is a character defining dream project and I refuse to say that we have given up.

But.

We have to let it go.

Almost ironically this is the main theme in the story of Reset. Or rather what might happen if one is incapable of letting go of a majorly important but tragically heavy thing. Often that person is slowly but surely incapacitated and sucked dry of life under the weight or killed by a huge white whale.

Despite the endless struggles, the past decade has been the most gratifying and fulfilling for us since we have been working to build for you something we feel meaningful and important. Creating a virtual world in which to experience a story through game play and immersion. We’ve all grown up amid different stories, fictional and real life which have shaped and expanded our world view. Our mission was to contribute to this cycle to the best of our abilities.

Our own story turned out to be different than we expected but that is exactly how life works and where life emerges from. Even though we didn’t get to finish our fictional story, we did produce a story. To some it might be a red flag to not try do anything because you will get burned and to some it might be just the opposite. And therein lies the beauty of stories. Best stories make you think.

We wish that we could refund all you backers but like said, we are spent. There really are no good words to describe the humble and enormous gratitude we feel towards you and at the same time we understand that those words are hollow and meaningless when there is no game and no refund. If we simply could transform into the game or the refund cash, we would.

One has to go to the edge of man, to know where the edge lies. We have no regrets but from the bottom of our hearts we are truly sorry for not being able to deliver what we promised.

We thank all our friends and colleagues at other companies and members of the press for contributing to our story and helping us along the way but mostly we thank you our dear backers. The most painful splinter and eternal gratitude will stay in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

For inquires, business and venting, contact us at contact@theoryinteractive.net

This is Mikko and Alpo from Theory Interactive, signing off.

This is a letter we wrote some time ago. We we’re ready to call it. Through, done, kaput. Mentally we totally let go of the project. But something kept us from sending it the letter.

As the acute grip of a slowly accumulated total burnout has let go we’ve had some time to breathe. After the initial shock and depression, a calmness and clarity emerges.

The edge. You are naked when the edge really comes. After a while different paths become visible, some new some old. And there it was. Something very important had gotten lost along the way. Our voice, our artform. Doing this project is and has been speaking our voice. Our language. Our way of communicating. Speaking our own voice has given us strength to be us as individuals and as a group. It is and has been character defining.

This edge has revealed the true options of action. Buckle under the expectations of society regarding success and the “correct” way to do stuff and abandon something that manifests our values and interests, or have the strength to stand for what we believe in. This company and project stands for our believe that for a person to be the best they can be is to have the freedom to learn, grow, explore and express on their own pace. A person who respects their own endeavors is ready to respect others.

So despite the raunchy post title and the original letter standing true, we’re still not done yet, but the future of the project is unclear.

Now having had some time to shed some (a lot) unwanted and heavy excess mental baggage, it is time to regroup, put the kettle on, re-balance our jaded work/life and see how the winds will turn.

Sincerely,

Alpo & Mikko