Developing in Australia / by Brandon Driesse

The Shy Kids Club is a wonderful little husband and wife dev team based in Australia working on a fun co-op sidescroller for the Nintendo Switch. They’re also hosts for the global game jam down under and have expeirence running somewhat big events as well as attending them overseas. Talking with Craig I gained a lot of insight into their budgetary needs/concerns. One country outside the US that is well known for their video games is Canada, mostly due to the government there supplying creators with financial assets and write-offs in the form of the Canadian Media Fund. Australia used to have something similar, the Australian Games Fund, but has disappeared in recent years. As a dev, you need to justify spending money to showcase at a con: all of the expenses to fly equipment out and stay for the entire duration of the event can quickly run up in the thousands(which may be better spent elsewhere depending on where you’re at in the dev cycle. This calculation is somehwat skewed when you’re traveling internationally as well.

Let’s talk about their new game for a second. The couple has previously participated in many game jams, creating little projects, but this is their first really big project; a good one at that. “With Friends Like These”, a somewhat unfortunate name to search online(we’d know a little something about that), is a co-op required side-scroll adventure where two different colored orbs must work together and communicate to succeed, alternating pilot and gunner.