Seriously, itâ€™s been killing us to keep all the news about N+ quiet. We have really big mouths, and itâ€™s hard to shut that down. But, finally, weâ€™re FINALLY allowed to share the good news with everyone. N+ will be available for download for 800 points on this Wednesday, February 20th, at 9am PST. Yay!
We feel like maybe thereâ€™s not as much buzz as there could have been, but the orders to keep it all under our collective hat came from Microsoftâ€™s marketing department, and presumably they know a lot more about this sort of thing than we do.
At this point weâ€™re completely anxious, worried that itâ€™s too hard and no one will buy it because the graphics are so minimal and stylized (though stylish), and after struggling with the demo for the hypothetical 3 minutes you have before people get bored, theyâ€™ll give up instead of pushing on and finding their inner ninja. All we can do is hope people will see/play past all that and get incurably addicted. And then addict their friends!
There are also a couple sets of really cool gamerpics and themes in the LIVE Marketplace â€” we would have liked to put them up for free, but this is apparently against policy. It *is* a bit frustrating: it seems silly to us that gamers have to pay for something entirely superficial and not even part of the game! In any case, weâ€™ll try to have preview pics up on Wednesday, so at least you can see what youâ€™ll be getting. There will also be one or two level packs coming in the future, though we donâ€™t really know the timing for that yet.. but we figure 450 levels should keep everyone busy for a while
The GDC is looking like itâ€™s going to be great. Raiganâ€™s got a presentation on Monday, and Mare and Nick are doing the N+ XBLA post-mortem on Tuesday, so weâ€™ve still got some work to do.. but we canâ€™t wait for Wednesday!