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Happy Christmas from the When Vikings Attack! Team

Neil McPhillips's Avatar + Posted by Neil McPhillips on Dec 28, 2012 // Associate Producer, XDev

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There is a phenomena described by serious mountaineers who, having finally struggled to the crest of a vertiginous peak, experience not the sense of elation and celebration that was perhaps visualised back at base camp, but instead a blank numbness; a complete inability to think anything at all. Bodies and minds are wracked with exhaustion and ravaged by hypoxia, to the point where mental faculties are reduced to those of a small child.

One might well wonder why anyone would choose to put themselves through this at all.

This is the closest I can come to describing the feeling of finishing the development of Clever Beans’ first game, When Vikings Attack!

With bugs to fix across two hardware platforms (one of them brand new), a new technology (cross-play), eight SKUs (European, US, Asian and Japanese versions of each platform), six QA departments, 19 languages featuring five different alphabets, plus extra post-release functionality and features (watch this space!), finishing the project has sometimes felt like a Sisyphean task for our tiny team.

Now that the dust has settled, though, we’re able to reflect on what we’ve achieved with a feeling of pride. We once again have time to get together to play our game and remind ourselves what great fun it really is, whether played alone or with a bunch of friends, new or old. We’ve had some great reviews, and more importantly, a fantastic response from gamers all over the world who have enjoyed the game.

We’ve also had a hell of a lot of fun along the way. Over the past year and a half we have built a great prototype, founded our company, secured a publishing deal, set up an office and built a small close-knit team who like to play together as well as work together. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, and we’ve enjoyed (most of) it immensely.

We’re now looking forward to the adventure we’re going to have creating our next game, in 2013. This really is the most fun part of the whole process – back to the magic of experimentation, prototyping, and creation. We have another huge mountain to climb, and we hope you’ll all come with us so you can see the view on the other side.

From everyone at Clever Beans, we hope you enjoy the festive season and we wish you all a very happy and prosperous (and fun) New Year!

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+ snakeeyes211 on December 28th, 2012 at 7:20 am said:

Happy holiday


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+ ItsNymo on December 28th, 2012 at 7:27 am said:

Happy Holidays Clever Beans!
When Vikings Attack has been a hit with my family over the holidays and I cannot wait to see what’s next from you guys in the new year! :D


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+ megacarlos on December 28th, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

Is it cross buy? I want to get this game but cant find the answer


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    + Sid Shuman on December 31st, 2012 at 10:50 am said:

    It is!


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 28th, 2012 at 10:50 am said:

@mega – It should say in categories under the store which games are cross buy. you just have to look for it.


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 28th, 2012 at 10:53 am said:

@mega – To help you out even further I google searched it, it is a cross buy but I seen on the forums buying it from the vita has been some type of error downloading it to the ps3 without having to buy it for the ps3. The post is from August so I don’t know if it’s been fixed but someone stated it was being looked into. hope it helps


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 28th, 2012 at 10:56 am said:

no wait the post is from november my bad the numbers were screwy it said 8-11-12 instead of the regular format of 11-8-12. but they said if you go back into it to download it should say its free problem should be solved on that issue


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on December 28th, 2012 at 10:57 am said:

I HOPE YOU GUYS AND GALS ARE WORKING ON A 2D PLATFORMING GAME..LIKE SHANK OR GUACAMELE ..SOMETHING WITH A GOOD STORY LINE AND JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF ACTION..AND OFCOURSE HAVING THE ABILITY TO THROW THINGS AT THE EMEMY..I KNOW THATS YA’LL TRADE MARK SO I WOULDNT BE SURPRISED TO SEE IT MAKE ITS WAY IN THE GAME.LOL – EITHER WAY KEEP UP THE HARD WORK AND HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 28th, 2012 at 11:02 am said:

If you would of searched blog posts of this game you would of found this -

Quot from them on november 2nd
“Hey folks! When Vikings Attack! is out November 6th (that’s Tuesday!) for PS3 and PS Vita via PSN, and is a Cross-Buy title — buy it once, get it on both platforms.”


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+ D-Squad3 on December 28th, 2012 at 1:27 pm said:

Can’t wait for your next project!


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+ Green-Elf on December 28th, 2012 at 2:51 pm said:

I just picked this up with a PSN card from my stocking. Thanks so much for such a great game. If you haven’t played it in a party environment then you are really missing out. It’s tons of fun!


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+ SpooNManX on December 28th, 2012 at 6:32 pm said:

This would make a great PSN Plus freebie!..


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+ PainKilla2020 on December 29th, 2012 at 1:43 pm said:

Happy Holidays!


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+ yoko379 on December 29th, 2012 at 5:21 pm said:

Happy holidays you guys, I myself really, really enjoyed your game. My brothers and I had a blast playing it, and when my friends came over the first thing they wanted to play would be When Vikings Attack! Very addictive formula, excellent job with you game :) Can’t wait to see what you guys cook up for 2013!


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+ FORMIK on December 31st, 2012 at 11:09 am said:

Thanks for making such a great game! I hope for additional content, PSN avatars, or something more from When Vikings Attack! Keep up the good work.


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+ Suicide_Surfer on December 31st, 2012 at 8:58 pm said:

Its merry Christmas…not happy christmas


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+ Aces73High on January 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm said:

Thanks for sharing the great insight into the psychological rollercoaster behind the creation of the utterly fabulous When Vikings Attack!

For me, When Vikings Attack! was one of the best new handheld IP’s of 2012, and was even one of the reasons behind me bailing on Nintendo’s 3DS, and finally trading it in for a Vita at the back end of 2012. Along with it’s gorgeous visuals and wonderfully playful combat, I loved the tongue-in-cheek humour and the surprising levels of depth.

Clever Beans is now truly on my radar, and I genuinely cannot wait to see what comes out of the fledgling studio in 2013 and beyond. Here’s to a successful, prosperous and very, very happy new year!

Simon
(East London)


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