Yesterday…

Yesterday was interesting an interesting day, and one like no other in the last few years.

I had finished the in-game help and finalized the tutorials earlier this week.

So the first thing I did when I woke up was to speel check all the text in the game. (See, that’s funny!) I then wrote the credits, which were a bit short. I stopped full screen resolutions under 640 pixels wide from being switched to, even if the hardware supports it. I fixed a small bug with the main toolbar when the user interface was scaled. I looked over some minor balancing issues that have been nagging me.

Then I turned off asserts, (those are debug checks to make sure everything is running properly, but tend to slow things down) and then I made a build of the game.

And then I didn’t have anything else to do. And that’s a strange feeling.

Well – there are things to do – just not in the changing code, art, or data departments. There might still be minor bugs, there might be crashes that haven’t been found. But today I’m calling the game content complete. Banished is done, and so without any further delay,

Banished will be released on

February 18, 2014

I know I can be quoted as saying that I wanted the game released in January, but over the holidays I ended up taking some time off from development, and apparently writing full in-game help takes far longer than you might expect.

Testing progress has been slow over the holiday season, so the current build will be tested until release, checking everything I’ve touched in the last month and a half – the final tutorials, help system, and minor code and balancing tweaks. Just to be sure things are in working order.

Ah, I remember when I quit my job and thought I could make a game in one year. It took three times as long, but it was definitely worth it, and the process was really satisfying!

Cheers!

banished

294 Comments

    Alex
    January 9, 2014 11:35 am

    Congratulations! We’ll be eagerly awaiting release~

    duratin
    January 9, 2014 11:35 am

    like it 5 weeks and i can play! YES

    dmitrius
    January 9, 2014 11:35 am

    Congrats Luke! Cant wait to purchase and play the heck out of this game!

    Armand
    January 9, 2014 11:36 am

    Congrats! Can’t wait to buy your game!

    Traijan
    January 9, 2014 11:36 am

    Congratulations on a final release date. I think I can safely say that we all look forward to finally seeing the fruits of your labor come to be.

    Mathew
    January 9, 2014 11:36 am

    OMG! A release date! Awesome news!
    I cant wait to get my hands on this game!

    Ive been following your blog during development for quite a while now.

    Its been a facinating read to see the game progressing as much as it has…

    I will miss these updates once the game is released

    Thomas Edwards
    January 9, 2014 11:37 am

    I’m going to start stockpiling money to throw at you on that date.

    Aji
    January 9, 2014 11:37 am

    Yaay! Your journey so far has been an inspiration to me!

    Congrats on making it! Looking forward to buying and playing the game!!

    vibhu
    January 9, 2014 11:37 am

    Wohoo! Congrats!

    Can’t wait for this to be available on steam!

    Chris
    January 9, 2014 11:37 am

    Congratulations!!!

    Can’t wait to make the purchase.

    Ironbridgebrewery
    January 9, 2014 11:37 am

    Congrats and woot! So excited for you and this game, I have been waiting and watching with much excitment!

    Phelan
    January 9, 2014 11:37 am

    Congratulation!

    That’s really great news! What are your plans now? Are you going to start another game or take holidays (not from work but from game making)?

    AJayDono
    January 9, 2014 11:38 am

    YAY! a date that we can look forward for!

    Matt
    January 9, 2014 11:38 am

    Congratulations mate! Very very nice work

    Ben
    January 9, 2014 11:38 am

    Congrats!!!

    Can’t wait to play the game!

    Any content update you already have in mind?

    xmania_cx
    January 9, 2014 11:38 am

    Congrats! You made my day even better! First I bought Tekken 3 and Colin Mcray rally 2 for PSX for €4 in total, made my first big house in Rust (started playing yesterday) and now this. 2014 is going to be awesome!

    Kieran
    January 9, 2014 11:39 am

    Congratulations mate, looking forward to playing it.

    Patrick
    January 9, 2014 11:40 am

    Well it looks great and I can’t wait to get my hands on it as well as send you some feedback. Congrats on completion.

    Daniel
    January 9, 2014 11:40 am

    YES! So looking forward to this, I will be the first to buy it on steam.

    daomingsi
    January 9, 2014 11:40 am

    Awesome!

    Insomniac
    January 9, 2014 11:41 am

    Wow congrats!! It’s been a long three years for you, even though my pc most probably can’t run this game I’ll still buy and support your product. I wish you could port the game to ps4/xb1 though. Cheers

    Peter
    January 9, 2014 11:41 am

    Finally! Man, can’t wait to play this one, been following the development religiously.

    Malcolm
    January 9, 2014 11:42 am

    THE END IS NIGH :)

    ananke
    January 9, 2014 11:43 am

    VERY NICE MY FRIENDDDDDDDDDD
    GOOD LUCK LUKE!

    John
    January 9, 2014 11:43 am

    But there are only 17 days in February.

    KrazyKeenan
    January 9, 2014 11:43 am

    Yeeeeeew!! I’m so pumped for this game dude! Good job :)

    Dsses
    January 9, 2014 11:44 am

    What about the price ?

    Mark
    January 9, 2014 11:44 am

    I started reading this thinking it was another post about some interesting bugs / effects that took place yesterday. I got down to the section about “turned off asserts” when I noticed the text was a bit different further down… it was centered and in bold… it was a date. My heart skipped, could it really be… yes just above it there was “Banished will be released on”. I couldn’t believe it… we have a release date!!!!!!

    Our long wait is nearly over…

    Kate
    January 9, 2014 11:44 am

    Can’t wait to play this game!!!

    Gauliaean
    January 9, 2014 11:45 am

    February 18, 2014 – the day I will disappear. Note to myself – notify my girlfriend about that so she wouldn’t call the police.

    Also… Finally. I have been waiting for almost two years.
    Congratulations, Luke.

    Orestes
    January 9, 2014 11:45 am

    AWW YISSS, We shall play it and we shall give thou feedback!! Keep up with the work! :DDDD

    Daniel Ilha
    January 9, 2014 11:45 am

    Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    Satsuki Shizuka
    January 9, 2014 11:45 am

    There is no greater test than the real world. Bring it on, and we’ll handle the rest — real suggestions and bug reports, oh my!

    Sebastian
    January 9, 2014 11:45 am

    Finally! Really looking forward to play this game.

    Hornex
    January 9, 2014 11:48 am

    Excellent, now I just have to come up with ingenious ways to fill in my spare time until then.

    Holager
    January 9, 2014 11:49 am

    Good job!

    Alicia
    January 9, 2014 11:49 am

    Very nice! Thanks again for all the hard work, I will be counting the days until the release!

    DHarrisG
    January 9, 2014 11:49 am

    I’ve listed the release date on my calendar!

    chabuhi
    January 9, 2014 11:50 am

    Congrats – looking forward to release!

    Tony
    January 9, 2014 11:51 am

    Thanks for the hard work! Looking forward to buying a copy or two.

    pastuh
    January 9, 2014 11:51 am

    I have waited so long :}

    Kushmeister
    January 9, 2014 11:51 am

    Excellent.. I look forward to purchasing this on Steam.

    Sam
    January 9, 2014 11:52 am

    Congratulations on finishing! Now we have a little over 5 weeks to wait. Here’s hoping the game is everything you hoped it would be and things work out well for you!

    Kadanz
    January 9, 2014 11:53 am

    People on the internet who take a later release date than first mentioned very good? What kind of sorcery is this?!

    Nice job!

    rick e
    January 9, 2014 11:54 am

    Just in time for my birthday a few days later. An early present to me.

    jasonrubik
    January 9, 2014 11:56 am

    I guess I will be taking a few days off that week !!! I’m so happy for you, AND all of the fanatics who can finally relax !!

    molbal
    January 9, 2014 11:56 am

    Congrats!

    james koppenhaver
    January 9, 2014 11:58 am

    Saving some money right now!

    aV
    January 9, 2014 11:58 am

    shut up and take my money :)

    Daniel F
    January 9, 2014 11:58 am

    Congrats! It’s been great following your blog and progress, looking forward to the rest of the story.

    Kristap
    January 9, 2014 11:58 am

    Best news this year

    Gus
    January 9, 2014 11:58 am

    This is the best

    Lumpygravy
    January 9, 2014 12:00 pm

    TY for the release date… Now PLS tell us how much we need to pay! Any discount for pre-Ordering?

    Vojtech PTacek
    January 9, 2014 12:00 pm

    It is great great and great once more. I can not afford games right now but I can and I will send you best wishes for sales and I hope I will be able to see at least some gameplays on YT at least to enjoy your game from second hand. Good luck.

    John
    January 9, 2014 12:01 pm

    Very happy to hear this. You have every right to be proud of yourself, and I look forward to buying and enjoying your game.

    Rainarchy
    January 9, 2014 12:01 pm

    Congratulations!

    Really looking forward to finally getting my christmas present ;-)

    oscar
    January 9, 2014 12:02 pm

    Congratulations!!! Will be waiting on release and I wish you a great success! :D

    Louis
    January 9, 2014 12:05 pm

    Ok great. I marked the day in my calendar. Took off work. Where am I buying this at? This website? STEAM? I must know this ahead of time so as to not waste a minute. Will it be a midnight release?

    Mike
    January 9, 2014 12:06 pm

    It’s comming out on my birthday. Guess what will be my gift from me to me!!!

    Lumpygravy
    January 9, 2014 12:08 pm

    STEAM ususally releases games at 11AM Pacific 1PM EST

    TheLukio
    January 9, 2014 12:10 pm

    Congratulations for finishing your baby. This game has generated a bit of hype within my circle of friends and we are all lookign forward to it!

    mattkaru
    January 9, 2014 12:10 pm

    Woohoo! So excited!

    Dan
    January 9, 2014 12:10 pm

    Heartfelt congratulations! It’s been a pleasure to watch you bring this game together, and I have little doubt it will be an absolute pleasure to play too.

    To come to a point in a day when it dawns on you that you have nothing left to do. What an incredible thought! I hope that happens to me some day :-)

    Jon
    January 9, 2014 12:14 pm

    Congrats Luke! Amazing, that feeling of having nothing to do seems really weird but also funny.

    Chayne
    January 9, 2014 12:16 pm

    Finally, I can give you my money! Congrats :)

    Gerry
    January 9, 2014 12:17 pm

    Well done. A rl friend and I have been following your progress closely and we look forward to playing your game.
    Best of luck with this venture and any more you may have in the future.

    Ken
    January 9, 2014 12:19 pm

    Excellent news – updated my own site with the release date :)
    Any chance of a demo version we can get our teeth into?

    Sp4rkR4t
    January 9, 2014 12:21 pm

    Will we be able to pre-order it or do I have to attempt to manage my finances?

    Also what’s the price going to be?

    Jerrod
    January 9, 2014 12:22 pm

    I cannot even imagine how satisfying it must be to have a finished release build of your own game. One that is yours and no one elses.

    Make sure you do some celebrating with the portion of sales that makes up my and my circle of friends’ contributions to your sales. Cheers!

    Vanaathiel
    January 9, 2014 12:22 pm

    I cannot wait to play!

    Tjeerd
    January 9, 2014 12:27 pm

    Gratz!

    Can’t wait for the release day.

    TaRan
    January 9, 2014 12:29 pm

    Great job! I can’t wait top play through all of your hard work. ;D

    Zac
    January 9, 2014 12:29 pm

    I’ve been following Banished for the last 10 months, so happy to see a release date!

    I am deeply impressed that you finished this game while keeping us up to date on the blog. The posts are really a pleasure to read. Great work.

    TaRan
    January 9, 2014 12:30 pm

    Great job! I can’t wait to play through all of your hard work! ;D

    Joshua
    January 9, 2014 12:31 pm

    When can I preorder? I want to give you money!

    Hest
    January 9, 2014 12:35 pm

    Nice, looking forward to trying the game. It’s been great to follow the process all the way.

    Will there be preorder and do we buy directly here on the page or what?

    Dalamar
    January 9, 2014 12:38 pm

    Congratulations!

    As I developer I found your posts very educational and as a gamer I’m excited about the prospect of trying the game! Looking forward to the Linux version.

    Lasse
    January 9, 2014 12:43 pm

    Congratulation!
    Me and my friends are looking forward to the release. I hope to see more like this in the future.

    Nick
    January 9, 2014 12:44 pm

    Absolutely excited for you. I’ve been following your blogs and status updates for a while now and am very excited to reward all your time with some cash. Congratulations!

    Silviu
    January 9, 2014 12:50 pm

    Please allow preorders on Steam now. Pretty please! I have a pile of cash burning a hole in my pocket, and I don’t know whether I will still have it in mid-February. :)

    Insperatus
    January 9, 2014 12:51 pm

    Congrats Luke!

    Kairon
    January 9, 2014 12:53 pm

    although I’ve only been waiting for this game for a month or two I’m glad I only have about one more month to go to play a proper single player city building game

    Faux
    January 9, 2014 12:53 pm

    Woo! Congratulations, my friend! This is very exciting. <3

    Chad
    January 9, 2014 12:55 pm

    Have you determined a price point for it?

    Luke Maslany
    January 9, 2014 12:58 pm

    Congratulations! The game looks great – I am looking forward to playing it immensely.

    Intigo
    January 9, 2014 12:58 pm

    Chad – in his AMA he said around $20.

    SPB
    January 9, 2014 12:59 pm

    I shouldn’t have laughed at speel check but I did.. good on ya. Congrats’ on the completion of your project, can’t wait to play it!

    Gix
    January 9, 2014 1:00 pm

    Yeeeeyyy!

    Paul
    January 9, 2014 1:01 pm

    Awesome work, congratulations on completing Banished!

    RJE
    January 9, 2014 1:03 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so excited for you and, let’s be honest, me – I’ve been going crazy waiting to play your incredible work of art.

    Monique
    January 9, 2014 1:05 pm

    Another eager potential player chiming in to say congratulations! I can’t wait to explore your game.

    Axios
    January 9, 2014 1:06 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! A wonderful news. Now decide the price, put it on Steam page and allow preorders! :)

    Person012345
    January 9, 2014 1:12 pm

    Just late for my birthday. x3

    Nirawen
    January 9, 2014 1:14 pm

    We can finally throw all of our money at you.

    Paladindeluxe
    January 9, 2014 1:19 pm

    Congratulations! I’m so eager to buy it :D

    Vern
    January 9, 2014 1:23 pm

    This is awesome news! I’ll have copy 001 please, thank you!

    DownSyndromic
    January 9, 2014 1:25 pm

    Yay, even more waiting.

    Steve
    January 9, 2014 1:28 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!
    I’ve been following VERY intently since I read about it somewhere on the internet a year or so ago (where exactly escapes me) and only have a couple questions:
    When can I throw my money at you for a copy??!
    Will this be on steam? (hoping not for reasons I don’t want to get into.)
    And finally, are you going to take a vacation when it finally pays off??

    Steve
    January 9, 2014 1:31 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!
    I’ve been following VERY intently since I read about it somewhere on the internet a year or so ago (where exactly escapes me) and only have a couple questions:
    How much money will I have to throw at you for a copy??!
    Will this be on steam? (hoping not for reasons I don’t want to get into. But still hoping it is so you can get some exposure. Maybe a steam version and a no-DRM version?)
    And finally, where are you going to take a vacation now that it’s finally paid off??

    Steve
    January 9, 2014 1:33 pm

    Sorry for double post…seems the post still went through even after I stopped the page loading…Embarrased.

    Jack O'Brian
    January 9, 2014 1:35 pm

    That’s awesome news! Congradulations on completing the game and I can’t wait to try it. I’ve recently found out about the game (3 months ago) and I couldn’t wait to try it. It looks amazing and I love games like that. If you do end up building an expansion pack that adds military stuff. Like adding guards to be like the police and they would keep the peace and protect your people from enemies from abroad and your storehouse from thieves within your city and from other lands. I think that would be really cool and I would definelty be interested in that. You don’t have to go all out, just small things like that, that would add a twist to the game. That would be awesome:) but for now, it’s a great game and I can’t wait to play it. Thank you!!

    Zenbane
    January 9, 2014 1:41 pm

    Hell yeah brother! Good work. Im sitting here listening to Harry Nilsson and just read through this post. What a great feeling. Can’t wait for the 18th!

    Justin
    January 9, 2014 1:43 pm

    Congrats Luke! Thank you for all your hard work! Hope it pays off for you, im sure it will. Really excited for this game.

    Navoan
    January 9, 2014 1:52 pm

    Really happy to see this. After all the challenges its ‘s finally done and we can get our hands on it.

    Well done!

    Crius
    January 9, 2014 1:56 pm

    I’m not very good in management (micromanagement) game but to honor your dedication i’ll buy it anyway.

    People like you deserve to be compensated for their efforts.

    Jaevlar
    January 9, 2014 1:57 pm

    Aaaaw yiss! So psyched!

    Hensy
    January 9, 2014 2:07 pm

    Have been following your posts for a year also, and congrats!!! Looking forward to the big day!

    Marcin
    January 9, 2014 2:11 pm

    Congratulations! Looking forward to the release.

    john
    January 9, 2014 2:19 pm

    thanks luke i can now play rubbish games till feb 18 knowing the best is on its way

    Wally
    January 9, 2014 2:26 pm

    Congratulations mate!
    I have been following Banished for a long time.
    Cant wait till 18 Feb (more like 19th cos of time zone).

    tim
    January 9, 2014 2:35 pm

    Wonderful, Congrats. That must feel wonderful.

    Jason
    January 9, 2014 2:36 pm

    Excuse the language. Could be an over exertion of excited and eagerness showing through but HELL TO THE F*** YES!! Definitely looking forward to it.

    Joso
    January 9, 2014 2:38 pm

    OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE OLE

    BitcoinBTC
    January 9, 2014 2:39 pm

    I would buy this game for bitcoins.

    Trebo
    January 9, 2014 2:49 pm

    I can’t wait for the release date. I have read about your game about a year ago at rockpapershotgun and have followed the progress eagerly since then!

    Congratulations on the finished project and you deserve some time off BEFORE the game comes out! (Think a lot of Bugs and tweaks after release! :D)

    oODerpyOo
    January 9, 2014 2:51 pm

    4 days from my birthday (22nd) gonna be a great gift to myself ^_^

    Katalysator
    January 9, 2014 2:51 pm

    i cant wait for release i am just wondering what price you will be selling then i can keep the money seperate

    Peter
    January 9, 2014 2:52 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve been keeping my eye on this game ever since RPS published an article about it, I’m glad that the release is soon upon us! Can’t wait to play it!

    John
    January 9, 2014 2:56 pm

    Yay!!! Well done! I’m looking forward to sinking some time into this!

    Richard Muthwill
    January 9, 2014 2:56 pm

    Congratulations! I’m working on a project myself so I know the pain in quiting a job and it taking literally years more than expected. It’s just a shame that the game isn’t coming out for the 13th or 14th, it’d be nice to get as a gift for my girlfriend as she’s dying to play! :D

    Richard Muthwill
    January 9, 2014 2:58 pm

    For valentines day I mean! :)

    Kegguli
    January 9, 2014 3:05 pm

    Congrats! I’ve been following your work since christmas 2012, I think and it has been a joy to follow your progress and can’t wait to get a copy of Banished :) Job well done! You got my money on release day.

    Olek
    January 9, 2014 3:10 pm

    Grate news! You have my money at 18th. Big step for You so please take my best wishes for future.

    Chad
    January 9, 2014 3:10 pm

    Thanks Intigo for the response. I had forgotten I read that. $20 sounds very reasonable!

    Jack
    January 9, 2014 3:12 pm

    Gratz! Looking forward to purchasing and playing your game!

    Jman
    January 9, 2014 3:14 pm

    How to break this news to my girlfriend…

    Lingmao
    January 9, 2014 3:23 pm

    From what i’ve seen in videos i think this game can go far,
    best of luck with the release.

    pad11
    January 9, 2014 3:30 pm

    GRATZ LUKE! Seriously, congratulations…couldn’t be happier for you! and us, of course, as end-users!

    Take care, and enjoy what will soon be a crapload of success!

    pat!

    Textfield
    January 9, 2014 3:37 pm

    Congratulations man, our best wishes was with you along the process…

    I hope it takes you where you imagined.

    Also everyones learned lots of important ‘life lessons’ from your blog. Not just technical facts, but sentimental.

    Artreyuartaz
    January 9, 2014 3:37 pm

    Congratulations, you will be rewarded many times over with this game. It looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to get my paws on it.

    nate_825
    January 9, 2014 3:45 pm

    Awesome! Been keeping an eye out for this one! And its releasing right on my birthday. Hopefully I can scrounge some money together to pick it up.

    dhwirti
    January 9, 2014 3:45 pm

    Don’t forget to make worth this 3 years long of work. Charge us with a price that matches your effort. Congratulations man!

    OlSchoolTryHard
    January 9, 2014 3:50 pm

    This is great news for everyone, now I can stop coming to this website like 3 times a day praying for a release date :)

    William
    January 9, 2014 4:02 pm

    I’ll still buy it but I wish there was support for Mac :(

    NowWithAddedStains
    January 9, 2014 4:03 pm

    Congrats! Can’t wait for release!

    Bill
    January 9, 2014 4:23 pm

    Looks like I’ll be taking feb 18 off. I’ll let the boss know in the morning. Congrats!!

    pieman
    January 9, 2014 4:24 pm

    wow looking forward to playing this game been lurking for a while now and getting excited

    mennoC
    January 9, 2014 4:26 pm

    yesssss! the moment is finally there!!

    Ownerpure5
    January 9, 2014 4:28 pm

    What the hell? It was supposed to be released 1 month ago? Do you know what is a patch sir?

    Ryan
    January 9, 2014 4:31 pm

    Only have to stave off this ongoing erection for another month. Not too bad.

    Sarah
    January 9, 2014 4:41 pm

    I am having the BEST day! I need to go play the lottery or something.

    Zach
    January 9, 2014 4:51 pm

    Yes!!! Over a year of waiting but it’s worth it

    mous
    January 9, 2014 4:53 pm

    Well, I’ll certainly buy it. I hope, you make enough money from it to make it worth having worked on it for three years.

    James
    January 9, 2014 5:17 pm

    congrats! I cant wait to buy and play the absolute crap out of Banished!!

    Brandon
    January 9, 2014 5:23 pm

    Congrats! I know release is still a little over a month away but that must be an amazing feeling. I’ll look forward to spending hours on end playing with your baby (I made myself feel dirty there). As soon as I can purchase on steam you will have my money.

    Thanks for your dedication to your craft over the last few years with Banished. Let’s hope you make a tidy profit.

    Michel
    January 9, 2014 5:29 pm

    I’ve been taking a looksy over at this website here every now and then. The game looked great to me since it first caught my eye. The sheer effort that went into this is daunting and no small feat! Gz, buying it the day it’s released :)

    Wykop
    January 9, 2014 5:36 pm

    Wykop kurwa

    Mark
    January 9, 2014 5:53 pm

    I have been waiting eagerly and in anticipation for this :) Congratulations

    Can’t wait…want it now lol

    Ray Klesc
    January 9, 2014 5:54 pm

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!

    I was going to say to you and your team, but then again, you are the team. Job well done, I am sure you will be well rewarded for your stirling efforts.

    Janek
    January 9, 2014 5:58 pm

    Ahhh. It is so sweet :)

    Sheep-toy
    January 9, 2014 6:09 pm

    This may be the best thing since slice bread and sim city!

    Congrats!

    Michelle
    January 9, 2014 6:10 pm

    Awesome news! Can’t wait for then :) My partner and I will probably both buy copies, and if you had Mac support I know 2 others that are dying to play it but don’t own PC’s. Bring on the 18th!

    Shareallicu
    January 9, 2014 6:16 pm

    Awesome, thanks for a release date and a little about the process to create it!

    I am curious how long it took you to complete Banished. Did I read that it took 3 years somewhere? It looks great!

    Peter
    January 9, 2014 6:25 pm

    Well done Luke, this has been a terrific journey for us “watchers” as well. Look forward to many hours of enjoyment in-game.

    hace
    January 9, 2014 6:26 pm

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    Foodstuff
    January 9, 2014 6:40 pm

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    Matt
    January 9, 2014 6:48 pm

    Painfully excited! Where will we be able to buy this?

    DaveC
    January 9, 2014 6:49 pm

    I only discovered your game a few days ago but instantly thought ” wow I need to play this! ” so I subscribed to your blog, the very first post is that you’ve now finished the game! congrats! I wish you good luck with sales!!

    Henrik
    January 9, 2014 6:49 pm

    this will be the second game that i will actually pay money for, the last 5 years.
    (i bought mount and blade)
    You seem to have done a great job, congrats.

    Marius
    January 9, 2014 6:58 pm

    Well Done!

    When can we order on Paypal from you directly?

    Mikei
    January 9, 2014 7:02 pm

    Congratulations! The wait is almost over :)
    Now just need to add it to Steam pre-orders so we can pay you :P

    Banished
    January 9, 2014 7:04 pm

    HOUR LONG EPISODE OF SOMEONE PLAYING BANISHED!

    Templar_X
    January 9, 2014 7:06 pm

    Congratulations!
    I’m really eager to give the game a run.
    Good work!

    RAF
    January 9, 2014 7:12 pm

    AWESOME! My CC is ready…

    Raina
    January 9, 2014 7:22 pm

    How much?

    Brandon Smith
    January 9, 2014 7:23 pm

    Take out an ad on the Steam Homepage, it’ll be worth it 10 times over!

    unnullifier
    January 9, 2014 7:34 pm

    Congrats! Can’t wait until it’s available!

    Rod
    January 9, 2014 7:40 pm

    Great news. I look forward to playing the game at last. Hopefully the reviews will be very positive and result in strong sales. Thank goodness the modern review sites have realised that home grown titles are alive, well and worthy of praise because they are sometimes better than the multi-million dollar AAA titles from the big publishers.

    ArtyD42
    January 9, 2014 7:40 pm

    Let steam take pre-orders now.

    Liam Mitchell
    January 9, 2014 7:42 pm

    Very nice, go the solo dev power team :P

    ScottSnow
    January 9, 2014 7:49 pm

    Awesome! My buddy and I are working on an indie game project and your works and blog have been informative and inspirational. We can’t wait to give you our money and to follow in your footsteps!

    Dash Barron
    January 9, 2014 7:54 pm

    Question for someone in the “business:”

    Why February 18th? I understand the amount of time (a month~) to make sure things are working…but why that date? Games/movies always seem to be released on a Friday or a Tuesday…and that’s a Tuesday, what gives?

    paribas
    January 9, 2014 8:03 pm

    Loué soit le seigneur

    Orlandu84
    January 9, 2014 8:27 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve cleared my calendar for the night of February 18th! I can’t wait to play (:

    mrbisonm
    January 9, 2014 9:40 pm

    Great, just Great!! ;)

    Congrats!
    January 9, 2014 9:47 pm

    Don’t forget this wonderful feeling! It’s a dream come true which I am very jealous of. Congrats on making an awesome game which will be enjoyed my many many people. Thanks for all your efforts and good luck in your future developments :)

    Tariel
    January 9, 2014 10:12 pm

    HURRAY !!!! (and congrats)

    Marc
    January 9, 2014 10:21 pm

    This is insane!

    Anxious to give it a whirl!

    Serious Congrats!

    Simon Konrath
    January 9, 2014 10:24 pm

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!! So Excited!!!

    Alden
    January 9, 2014 10:54 pm

    Awesome! Looking forward to playing it soon – congratulations on completion.

    Ajay Karat
    January 9, 2014 10:56 pm

    Fantastic news! sooo looking forward to this game

    Peekah
    January 9, 2014 11:01 pm

    Eagerly awaiting the release date

    Danjal
    January 10, 2014 12:18 am

    Almost there, almost there…
    A bit sad that it had to be delayed – but more of an “awww, gotta wait a bit longer” kind of sad.

    Better to wait for a proper release then have a rushed release on time though.
    Can’t wait. You’ll have my money for this!

    The2ndPete
    January 10, 2014 12:51 am

    Oh wow!
    After following this for so long I finally can try it myself.
    And with enough time between now and the release to finish some other games, great!

    Pieter
    January 10, 2014 1:10 am

    Great job Luke :) Can’t wait

    Amir
    January 10, 2014 1:18 am

    yeah yeah yeah. can’t wait.

    samuel
    January 10, 2014 1:32 am

    Great news! Can’t wait to play it! Can you release a Demo version for us before the release date?

    Einar
    January 10, 2014 2:20 am

    Awesome news! I’ve been around for a long while lurking your website, and I can’t wait to play this :)

    Marcin
    January 10, 2014 2:46 am

    Great work mate!

    Like everyone else, I can’t wait to play the heck out of your game.

    Marcin
    January 10, 2014 2:47 am

    Great work mate.

    Really looking forward to getting my hands on your game.

    Ash
    January 10, 2014 2:49 am

    Sweet.

    Are you prepared to be rich? Unless you are already :p

    Martijn
    January 10, 2014 2:49 am

    Excellent news. I’ve been waiting to give this game a try for a very long time now.

    Marc5
    January 10, 2014 3:29 am

    WooHoo! Very much looking forward top playing the game!!!

    Stefan
    January 10, 2014 3:30 am

    So I just bumped into this game on vg247.com. Is there some sort of free mode so we can build freely in a large world?

    sdFdM
    January 10, 2014 3:31 am

    Oh my god. It’s been nearly a year since I saw this game for the first time. Looks so bloody good, I simply can’t wait to get playing!

    Yeekim
    January 10, 2014 3:36 am

    Congratulations!

    Alhazzared
    January 10, 2014 3:57 am

    Price?

    Cigeria
    January 10, 2014 4:19 am

    Oh my GOD… I cannot wait till the day! I’m sure I’m gonna love this game for a long time and knowing how much work was put in it makes me want it even more. Congratulations for your achievement!

    koobatroopa
    January 10, 2014 4:55 am

    Yaay!!!

    Im gonna play this alot on my youtube channel and talk to everybody about it!

    Hope you don’t sue me!!!

    xD

    stratix
    January 10, 2014 5:15 am

    Man, I was hoping this to be the game that held over to February, lol! Oh well, February just got another game added to the budget.

    Darkgaze
    January 10, 2014 5:56 am

    PERFECT!! CONGRATS FROM SPAIN!!!
    Enhorabuena, amigo!

    comp
    January 10, 2014 6:00 am

    Congrats!

    I’m really looking forward to play your game.

    Daxamar
    January 10, 2014 6:51 am

    Congratulations!

    Cannot wait till I get the game.Been following your progress for about a year now. I found out about this game on Reddit a long time ago.

    Woot, woot!

    Another Steve
    January 10, 2014 7:27 am

    Fantastic news. Eagerly anticipating the release now for months. Please put out another post when you have the price finalised and if we can get it direct from you as well as via Steam.

    Hiiva
    January 10, 2014 8:12 am

    Oh’boy!!! Congratulations, Lets hope Steam’s servers will be running smoothly on the 8th. There might be a spike :)

    Colipedia
    January 10, 2014 8:49 am

    Following your development since Januar 2013 and never posting anithing I now cant hold back :)

    Congratulations!!
    I hope our feedback will enjoy you, I’m shure it’ll be more than you think. ;-)

    Onwards! That there won’t be anny further Bugs! Nasty little fellows…

    Alexis
    January 10, 2014 8:57 am

    _____________________________________________________________________________THANK_YOU!!!

    Rick
    January 10, 2014 9:19 am

    Can’t wait :)

    Awesome job!

    Jason
    January 10, 2014 9:24 am

    Congratulations, Look forward to playing this :)

    Chris
    January 10, 2014 9:55 am

    I can’t wait!!!!! Congratulations! Bring on Feb!

    Thomas
    January 10, 2014 10:05 am

    Congratulations!

    And now, unsolicited advice:
    During the next few weeks, I highly recommend writing plenty of blog posts. At least one per week. They don’t need to be on any particular part of the game, the idea is that you’re putting out current, “this is what the release will look like” posts that people can share about. At the bottom of each and every post, have the release date in nice big letters, hopefully with a little information about where to go and how to pay on release day.

    Marketing is a pain, but informative blog posts are among the least painful to do.

    Pär Nyman
    January 10, 2014 11:20 am

    The day after I turn 30. Thank you for this birthday gift!

    Hazard
    January 10, 2014 11:27 am

    Well, we have a release date.

    Now the question becomes, do we get to pre-order, and if so, when do we get to place them and how?

    Averest
    January 10, 2014 11:44 am

    Congratulations on finishing your project. You know what they say, a program always takes 3x longer than expected to truly complete. I’ll be looking forward to purchasing your game. All the best.

    sdad
    January 10, 2014 12:16 pm

    cant wait to download this game from thepiratebay xD

    EdOwl
    January 10, 2014 12:25 pm

    Cannot wait on realise day.. exciting

    Dan
    January 10, 2014 12:36 pm

    Congrats man! I seriously look forward to spending the rest of my days playing this game! I really hope you put out some more vids on your youtube channel, must have watched all of them at least 20 times now :p

    SkySkimmer
    January 10, 2014 12:43 pm

    Those extra long one word posts are breaking formatting. I think the usual way to stop that is insert inside long strings of characters without spaces or something.
    Also please stop making email required, I just fill in with fake stuff.

    SkySkimmer
    January 10, 2014 12:45 pm

    Also help is sort of like documentation, so obviously it takes a while. :^)

    Joe Ranieri
    January 10, 2014 12:58 pm

    I’m curious about the turning off of asserts. While I work on compilers/devtools and not games, asserts have proven to be a huge help in improving the quality of the product (and are easier to deal with than raw crash reports). Is the motivation purely to improve frame rates? How much of a hit do you take with assertions enabled?

    Alex
    January 10, 2014 1:17 pm

    Woot! Nice work.

    Saud
    January 10, 2014 2:00 pm

    Sdad I can’t wait for the day someone sues you. How pathetic you have to be to write that here?

    Jonny
    January 10, 2014 2:51 pm

    Totally chuffed to finally play your game! Been following this for a good long while. Wishing you loads of success!

    TheArtMan
    January 10, 2014 3:06 pm

    Congrats I’m looking forward to this. Is Steam a possibility?

    Aramiya
    January 10, 2014 3:08 pm

    Glad to read that you finished your game Luke,congratulation.

    I wish you success with your game;i think it’ll be,really.

    Ara

    Ricky H
    January 10, 2014 4:29 pm

    Looking forward
    to the release!
    All the best!

    Nick
    January 10, 2014 4:33 pm

    Congratulations Luke! I hope you can admit yourself a good pat on the back in light of all the effort you’ve put into this. I’ve loved reading all of your devlog posts and am looking forward to trying out the final product. I even tipped of a few gaming news sites to see if they’d cover your release date!

    And for those wondering, Banished already has a Steam entry that even approximates the game’s release time: http://store.steampowered.com/app/242920/

    David Beach
    January 10, 2014 4:52 pm

    Congrats well done !

    From the look of this game i think you have set yourself up nicely as a self employed games maker !

    Who knows you could be making addon’s or banished 2 soon !

    David Beach
    January 10, 2014 4:54 pm

    Its great too see one little guy truly embarrass the big games industry’s.

    You have done a lot of work by yourself and frankly it looks better than half the games by the big players.

    I hope you have a long and happy career makes games BY YOURSELF !

    GijsLMFAO
    January 10, 2014 5:03 pm

    WOW, I can not wait until February 18! This is so awesome, gonna buy it for sure…
    By the way, http://www.shiningrocksoftware.com/?page_id=680 and then scroll to ‘Release Date?’ there it says that it’s gonna be mid to late 2013, maybe wanna change that? ;). Just want to mention that ;).
    ~ Gijs

    GijsLMFAO
    January 10, 2014 5:07 pm

    Just so cool… I maybe also want to make games or something like that, it’s just cool to see that one guy can make a wonderful game, even better than a lot of games in his genre, if not the best..

    Tyler Vermeer
    January 10, 2014 5:23 pm

    OMG THE RELEASE IS ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I already responded with that via facebook, but I hoped you would read this and feel proud that you just made the day of a 14 year old gamer very happy.

    bmt22033
    January 10, 2014 5:32 pm

    Just shutup and take my money already!!! :-) Oh and congrats on making coverage popping up around the web. Just saw Banished at Rock, Paper, Shotgun and Blues News!

    Sarayakat
    January 10, 2014 6:23 pm

    I am pleased…

    Horasm
    January 10, 2014 6:41 pm

    I can help to translate in french if you need. i cant promise to do that in one week but i can do it if you are interested.
    (free of charge, of course)
    Bravo pour ce jeu… sans zombie ni bataille ;p

    JDP
    January 10, 2014 7:41 pm

    Congratulations! Day one purchase from me. Really looking forward to playing it.

    Amica
    January 10, 2014 8:02 pm

    That, leg on the dock in the image does not go into the mud properly…. Joking joking.. Now give me an affiliate link to help bring this baby home…

    Jonestown
    January 10, 2014 9:27 pm

    Congratulations, you have no idea how long I have been waiting for such a game!

    Juicer
    January 10, 2014 10:08 pm

    Ground floor.

    Rin
    January 11, 2014 12:44 am

    yesssss

    RV
    January 11, 2014 1:04 am

    Well that’s anti-climatic.

    yves
    January 11, 2014 3:10 am

    don’t forget to change the date at the bottom of this page;
    http://www.shiningrocksoftware.com/?page_id=680

    Joyce Brannigan
    January 11, 2014 8:35 am

    Really excited to play the game. Not sure what you are working on next but look at the Westward series especially Westward Kingdoms and the Adelantado Trilogy. These are two of the best series of games available. Hope to add Banished to this list. What makes the other two so good are the quests and the mini quests. You can play the games for days.

    Don
    January 11, 2014 9:04 am

    Superb Luke. Finally for all your hard work and I hope you receive many rewards due you. I’m sure your next project will be equally rewarding.
    I do have a Steam account, but with all the people wishing to get the game that day, do you think Steam will have a problem?
    Anyway, good job Luke.

    Nick
    January 11, 2014 11:28 am

    I’m buying it as soon as it comes out!! Woot woot!!!!!!!!

    Mevanieros
    January 11, 2014 11:46 am

    YES!!! FINALLY!!!!! And it’s released just after my birthday too!!! :O

    By the way, if ever you need some Spanish translation for tutorials or any other aspect of the game I’m here to help :)

    Darkgaze
    January 11, 2014 12:27 pm

    I´m happy you “speel checked” the text, pal LOL LOL

    Renalis
    January 11, 2014 6:56 pm

    I, like everyone else here, want to both thank, and congratulate you. You are truly an inspiration to us all; game developer or not.

    I will “buy the hell out of this” and will be recommending everyone I know, and everyone they know to buy this too. I hope you will keep working on this, and other projects, and keep us all in the loop.

    Thanks.

    Matt
    January 12, 2014 6:30 am

    Throwing money at the monitor! Congrats on the achievement:)

    Aaron
    January 12, 2014 6:37 am

    I cannot wait for this! I’m way more excited for this than any title coming out this year :D

    Luke McManus
    January 12, 2014 6:37 am

    So so happy, and just a weak you suggested through the graph that the game could be released up to 10 months !

    Mister Mister
    January 12, 2014 7:45 am

    Thanks for all the hard work! I’ll give you my money as soon as possible!

    Robert
    January 12, 2014 9:09 am

    Dear sir,

    how do you feel, knowing, that you are the up and coming “Sid Meier” in today’s day and age.

    you are a fortunate “sun”, a diamond in the rough, at the right place and time. Do enjoy your success, you deserve it. Thank you for creating this game for me, and for tens of millions of others.

    I PLEASE ask you to remain without a Publisher such as EA, for all of eternity, then your soul will be preserved, forever, and ever. Do not ‘banish’, and stay true to yourself. and Thank you!

    chuck
    January 12, 2014 12:29 pm

    Congratulations!

    Thanks for doing things the right way. I sincerely hope it pays off for you as much as I think it will. Good luck on release day and beyond! :)

    Grzegorz
    January 12, 2014 2:58 pm

    Yay!! Day before my birthday!! Need to get somone to get me this as a present :D:D:D (*slaps himself in face*… doh… there is no1 to do so :( )

    Brian
    January 12, 2014 7:57 pm

    Congrats man. Been looking for to playing this game, counting down the days now. Again congratulations and thanks for keeping everyone updated on the games progress.

    Saudade
    January 13, 2014 3:53 am

    @Robert: not Sid Meier, but Chris Beatrice.

    Maxvip
    January 13, 2014 4:21 am

    Oh Yeaaa!! Can’t wait

    BorrZeeRokkr
    January 13, 2014 9:57 am

    This. This is amazing. YOU are amazing. I can’t wait to see all your work in action. I can’t congratulate you enough.

    Funktapus
    January 13, 2014 10:34 am

    Way to go! It seems like “being able to finish a game” is a rare skill for indie developers these days indeed. You have a bright future ahead of you.

    I’ve been eagerly awaiting Banished for about a year, and I can’t wait to play it.

    stripeyfox
    January 13, 2014 10:56 am

    Been following this for a year or so now; game looks brilliant. Well done for sticking to your guns and completing it the way you wanted.
    Can’t wait for release date!

    Marcel
    January 13, 2014 11:04 am

    Congtratiolations!

    really nice looking game with an interessting gameplay, i ll really enjoy the 18th.

    does anyone knows if it would be an german translation????

    Gege
    January 13, 2014 11:29 am

    congrats, I hope I will be able to say the same one day…RELEASE DATE. I can’t wait for the game.

    HunterCyprus84
    January 13, 2014 12:26 pm

    Eagerly looking forward to this! Congratulations on finishing the game!!

    Matt
    January 13, 2014 4:35 pm

    Will it be available for pre-order through Steam? I just checked and it’s been updated with the date the game will unlock, but no word on a pre-order.

    Dustin
    January 13, 2014 7:07 pm

    YAY! A release date! Congratulations on the completion of your first game!

    I will be buying this on release day, and I hope you enjoy my money, while using your profits to continue to create games such as this. I wish you nothing but success in your future and look forward to your further works.

    Dustin
    January 13, 2014 7:08 pm
    brad
    January 13, 2014 9:59 pm

    I would be happy to purchase this now on Steam if it were available for pre-order.

    meck01
    January 14, 2014 6:10 pm

    Looking forward to this – will be purchasing on steam and playing :)
    Congrats on finishing – I’m looking forward to seeing what you have come up with and also how the game challenges gamers.

    knarkworst
    January 15, 2014 8:21 am

    Looks great! I think Banished is a game that contains many things that ”city-builder” fans love.

    Lukas
    January 15, 2014 9:55 am

    I have birthday on 19th so it would be cool :-)

    Jake Snipe
    January 16, 2014 10:39 am

    You Sire, are the master of Build/Strategy games of 2014. I eagerly wait for this game and I want it so bad. Take whatever you want and just let me play :D.

    Grats for the advance and wish you the best luck in finshing the game!!

    steven McC
    January 17, 2014 5:26 am

    I am looking forward to playing this game. Not words I often say or write

    Staffan Nordlund
    January 18, 2014 12:06 pm

    Oh, I’m definately getting this game. I love the idea!! THis game is gonna be very popular.

    Mark
    January 18, 2014 6:36 pm

    (Release Date?

    The release of Banished should come sometime in mid to late 2013. Check back for updates and follow us on the devlog, twitter, and facebook!)

    This is on your mainpage at the bottom where there are links to twitter and facebook. I thought it would be great to share considering you now have a release date put at the top of the main page.

    Marcel
    January 19, 2014 4:15 am

    I just found the game a couple of days ago, when it was announced in a online magazine. I have been falling in love with it right away. This looks so amazing and stunning. The season changes are lovely. Reminds me of the patrician. I do not buy games often on the release day, but this one I will buy right away. I love the idea of having a building game without military and survival challange instead. I always hated the military part of games like the settlers, anno and similar. I expect to spend many hours with your game. Congratulations for your accomblishment.

    chris
    January 19, 2014 4:12 pm

    good job man, I cant wait for this game. On a personal note you’ve inspiried me to continue with my MOBA game project like noone else ever could.
    To see what you could do on your own even if it took you 3 years this is amazing, top companies have spent that amount of time on games and they did’nt look half as promising as this game so really good job.
    I cannot wait till feburary

    Kristaps
    January 19, 2014 6:03 pm

    Have been folowing this game for about two months, and now when it’s finished I’m more than eager to play it, and as mentioned by other people, happy to throw my money to you. Great job bro.

    timo
    January 20, 2014 11:59 am

    There’s a phishing page on Facebook named Banished which claims that the game is “available now”. The page links to your Youtube videos and there’s also a fake site (banishedgame.bloglock.net) with screenshots and some hazy download links.

    wilfried
    January 20, 2014 1:44 pm

    great job and fascinatingly endurance! I have done a similar game with a small team, so I have an idea what it means to complete Banished. I’ll definitely be one of your customers for this game!

    Hiiva
    January 20, 2014 3:18 pm

    Just read on Steam, that Banished will be dowloadable on the 19th, not the 18th….. Damn….one more day :P

    DaveyJJ
    January 20, 2014 3:23 pm

    You’ve just made an old man very happy. Two weeks to the day after my knee surgery I can say I’m “resting” for long hours in front of the computer. Congrats on all of the hard work. I look forward to giving you my money.

    Pieter
    January 25, 2014 7:29 am

    I would also like to know if the game is going to be an online, or purchase game.
    I would really like to play online, make lot’s more online friends, and don’t have a problem having to purchase things like special artifacts, speed builds, etc to pay for the game. (You would probably make tons more money that way)
    Also happy to purchase the game if that’s the rout to be followed.

    Emanuel
    January 27, 2014 1:37 pm

    How about a Mac version?
    I know you need vacations… but we need to play it too… hehe thanks for all your effort… there are not many games like this anymore… see you and greetings from mexico!!

    Wolvenstine
    January 27, 2014 6:00 pm

    Game looks great, Great Job, kinda reminds me of first age of empires

    Gix
    January 28, 2014 8:34 am

    Lots of how and where questions. People should check the wiki and reddit-links

    FlyHigh
    January 29, 2014 9:37 am

    I’ve been getting up to speed on Banished and it’s nice to see a release date for a one-man-show project like this one.

    I’d suggest for you to really check in-game tutorials, if there are any. I’ve been locked out on quite a few games inside tutorials that are not able to react to unpredicted behaviour (mostly because they deactivate parts of the UI in some places and forget to block it somewhere else i.e. deactivating an ‘exit’ box but not deactivating the icon that directs you to the panel). E.g. Sid Meier’s Railroads! or even The Sims 3.
    Just a warning!

    Mr_GukU
    January 31, 2014 5:16 pm

    Great news!
    Great Job! I can’t wait now.

    Supermaster
    January 31, 2014 8:45 pm

    Don’t ask me how long i have waited and how eagerly i have been going on youtube back and forth checking all channels to see if just someone is playing game where i could quinch my thirst just for a moment but still it wont be even when game is in my hand because thats how beautiful this game is!

    We wish you all the best and hope it will be released this time without due delays! i do hope it sells in millions! say Amen!
    Cheers

    calencor
    February 4, 2014 7:44 pm

    Weeeeee in one week we can play!

    calencor
    February 4, 2014 7:44 pm

    Weeeeee in one week we can play! Really looking forward on playing this game. Grats on this huge undertaking!

    Alexander
    February 4, 2014 11:21 pm

    OH GOD YES! <3

    Konni
    February 5, 2014 2:41 am

    I am so looking foward to play this game. Great you did it all by yourself, I certainly hope the cash flow will make up for the effort, you deserve it!

    Greg
    February 5, 2014 3:38 pm

    Picking up on PC of course YES! Hey Luke how about meeting with those nice folks at Sony and putting this on PS4? Ya know you want to :)