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The Oil Blue
The Oil Blue Greenlight Update
January 7, 2014 - chubigans

EDIT: well apparently the game was greenlit just a few months after this post! So I will have an update on the situation of bringing this game to Steam next week.


Hey folks! After a lot of thought, I've decided to delist the Oil Blue for Greenlight consideration later this month.

Ever since Cook, Serve, Delicious! has been on Steam, I've had nothing but wonderful experiences. The game has been updated multiple times per month since release, from adding new content to improving gameplay balances and squashing the occasional bugs. I'm proud of the fact that CSD supports nearly every Steam feature available, including Leaderboards, Cloud, Trading Cards, SteamPlay and Achievements. The community has been great and the sales have been tremendous.

Had the Oil Blue been greenlit for Steam, I would be very limited in the support I could give it to really make it shine on this platform. Because it uses an old engine (Game Maker 7), I'd have to port it to Game Maker Studio before being able to actually work on it and provide patches/updates, something that's extremely difficult to do as I don't have the original finished source code (as it contains a lot of third party extensions and libraries that are no longer supported). The flip side is releasing the game as is, but the idea of putting a game up on Steam and not being able to issue patches or even basic Steam features such as Achievements is just plain unacceptable, as I've learned with the last three months of Cook, Serve, Delicious support.

With each new batch of Greenlight titles being approved, the game gets somewhat closer to the top 100 (but still fairly far off, hovering around 78% to to the top 100), and I needed to go ahead and remove the game for consideration this month before its too late.

While I'm proud of the Oil Blue, I feel that there are a lot of components that I would probably do differently had I made it today, and a lot of the lessons I learned from that game went into Cook, Serve, Delicious! The Oil Blue is a good game, but rather than spend a bunch of resources and time into an old game I'd rather focus on the new.

And man, am I ever excited for my next game to come out this year. I'll be revealing it around Spring, and it will be on Steam Greenlight. It's a sim/strategy game that has the potential to be my biggest game ever, so I can't wait to share more info. Until then, thanks so much for the Cook, Serve, Delicious support, and I'll cya back in the Spring!

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VisibleDucts Mar 2, 2014 @ 9:58pm 
I'm a couple months late to noticing this post. All I can say is out of the countless indie royale bundles I've bought, and ...well, the countless games on Steam, Desura, GoG, XBLA, PSN, . etc...that I've bought over the last couple years, The Oil Blue won my support fast. It's a beautiful game and one of my vey favorites. Truly a work of art.

I've considered it practically criminal that The Oil Blue wasn't greenlit, but reading this, I can see that was probably for the best and well, if it removes worry and stress from your life and allows you to pursue a new game you seem rather excited about, then that works for me. The more game you make, the more games I'll have to enjoy.
chubigans Jan 19, 2014 @ 4:32pm 
@Detective Dojima I can't really give a lot of details on that, but for my next game it'll be for sale on Steam at launch!
Detective Dojima Jan 19, 2014 @ 7:35am 
Does your next game have to go through the Greenlight process? Are you able to try through the traditional submission process to bypass Greenlight?
Carasio Jan 16, 2014 @ 4:09pm 
To me, Cook, Serve, Delicious has been a wonderful surprise. I didn't expect it to be so fun, cute and to absorb me to the level it has done, it's an amazing game. I just found this other game of yours just to discover you're delisting it from Greenlight. As much as it makes me sad, I understand your reasons and appreciate your honesty with the community. I'm truly looking forward to see what you do next, thank you for creating such amazing games.
Ollytron Jan 14, 2014 @ 6:10am 
Hi there. I was lucky enough to get your game in one of the "indie royale" bundles quite some time ago. This is a wonderful game and is a firm favourite on my (recently bought) windows tablet. Apart from the occasional need for a keyboard, this is a fantastic game for tablets and a great way to spend my morning commute. I would have loved to see this on steam, but can understand your reasons for de-listing. Can't wait to see your next one!
xot Jan 9, 2014 @ 6:19pm 
I'd love to see The Oil Blue get on Steam but I can easily understand the monumental effort it would take to bring it to a level you'd be satisfied with. Sounds like you should continue to concentrate on CSD and whatever else you've got cooking up for later. Can't wait to see what the future brings.
Vince Noir Jan 8, 2014 @ 12:26pm 
I hope you'll reconsider if you ever decide to revisit this. I would love to add it to my Steam library. I look forward to seeing your next project, though!
King Magic Kappa Jan 8, 2014 @ 6:37am 
I respect your honesty about the status of the game itself.
Wish you the best for the future projects.
HazySarkany Jan 7, 2014 @ 5:41pm 
Oh, this is a great post, I didn't realize you did Cook, Serve, Delicious, that is a great game!

I was really excited about The Oil Blue, which I picked up a long time ago, but I admit I have been deferring really playing it waiting for it to be released on Steam. I find myself agreeing with your reasoning, although I'd like to see it, I understand it is a lot of work.
Namekujisennin Jan 7, 2014 @ 5:17pm 
While it is sad, on the bright side there won't be any Oil Blue Steam forum flooded with trolling threads! Happy new year Mister Chubigans and come spring!