Switch Update, New Hire and Office Stuff

Hello friends!

Back this month with another update, and there’s a good bunch of stuff to talk about! We’ve been busy, and would like to share the things we’ve been working on. Before we dive in though, I’d like to invite people to join our Discord to communicate with us, find players, and generally be part of the community.

Switch Progress

Surely you all want to hear about the Nintendo Switch progress... trust us, we feel as strongly as you do about wanting to get the game out on the platform! We’ve sent the game for certification a second time, and got back the report with some more bugs. Some of them are trivial, while some others are quite a bit harder to track down. Specifically, there are a couple that only show up in full release builds of the game and don’t show up in the debug version. What that means is that when a build is played as if it were a full retail release, we see a bug, but we don’t get any information about how or why it happened. In a debug build, we can see the behind-the-scenes about what the game is doing and where the issue might have come up, making tracking down the issue much easier. We’ll track them down though, squash em, and get back into cert as soon as we can.

As we’ve said many times, we’re not announcing a launch date before we’ve passed certification and are 100% sure we can hit the launch date. That means not only passing Switch certification, but also submitting to certification for PS4 and XboxOne as well to make sure the new content passes and is ready to launch across all platforms. Once we know we’ve got that down, we can announce a launch date and start bugging press and YouTubers about the update.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.

Kate Leaving and Genevieve Joining

If you saw the update video we posted yesterday you’ll know about this already, but if not, here it is!

Kate announced she would be leaving Clever Endeavour to pursue a job more focused in creative writing and less in community management. She loved community management and (seemed to?) enjoy her job here, but she was also working part-time in narrative design and has now been offered a full-time position at the company where she was working. We’re super happy for her, and as much as it sucks to have a great employee leave, we’re happy that she will be pursuing the career of her dreams.

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We started looking for a QA tester (quality assurance) just before we found out that news, and we ended up actually looking for someone who can do both. It’s a rare breed that has the skills to do both jobs, but I think we found the candidate we wanted. Genevieve has great community management background and a wide variety of skills and interests that I think will make her a valuable member of the team.

You’ll see more of her buzzing around in the community, and we can do a proper intro a little bit later.

Stuff Around the Office

We bought plants! We also made a silly video introducing those plants in a 90s sitcom style:

We also built a computer! Well, ish. We started building a computer for our new employee and right at the end, discovered that the power supply didn’t fit properly in the case. It has a tiny little “eco” button which is positioned just awkwardly enough to ruin everything.

We ordered a new case, and will be either returning the other one or donating it as a ferret play-pen. That may or may not be entirely made up.

Links and Things!

Last month we started including links from the team of cool things that they like around the internet. Usually these things have little or nothing to do with games, but we feel it’s a good way to share cool things with our community and hopefully learn something!

Kate (we’ll put her first, in honour of her great service here at Clever Endeavour):

The Met Gala is a celebration of the kind of fashion that only suuuuuper, super rich people can afford. It's a costume ball for people with too much money, and the outfits are incredible works of art. Also, Rihanna might be the next pope.

 
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An oldie but a goodie; Rich shares this 2009 TED talk by Simon Sinek about approaching problems from the "why" perspective as opposed to the "how" perspective. Super insightful!

Fabio shares the most ridiculous link of the bunch… at least in Rich’s opinion. I have to share this because we don’t discriminate against links. Apparently “Gil is a surrealist genious; IMDABES is his most famous song so far”, you can hear it here.

Ben, sharing the second most ridiculous link: In December, we learned the Pentagon had a secret UFO program, but what's the context of this groundbreaking revelation? Steve Bassett, UFO lobbyist and conspiracy theorist, sheds light on it all in this short 2 hour lecture.

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Thanks everyone for the continued support :)