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Made With Monster Love  [developer] Aug 24, 2016 @ 2:13am
What the hell is going on with the launch?!? [Official Update]
05 May 2017 Update:

"Is the game dead?"

Short answer: "Cadence is still coming, but the when is a very good question."

The longer answer requires some history about Cadence. From the first prototype, way back in 2013, I was grabbed by this little puzzle system’s habit of inventing its own melodies. It wasn't music, at least not quite yet, but the promise was there. Making music is hard. If we could sidestep some of the learning curve with clever game mechanics I knew we'd strike awesome. With incredulous optimism I thought we'd be done in 6 months!

But of course, game dev is also hard. How to turn this intuition into a real-life playable game was less obvious. In the beginning most of the work focused on the puzzles. Little premade bits where you fill in the missing connections to turn them into loops of music. It made for some fun gameplay, but the music sometimes felt a bit random. Once you’d solved the puzzles there was no reason to come back and play again.

And so, work started on the sandbox, a place where you could use the logical bits from the puzzles to let your imagination roam, and make your own music! A reason to keep coming back. Except as the sandbox grew, it became apparent that what’s good for puzzles isn’t necessarily good for an open and creative sandbox. As we added more features to make the music more expressive, it felt like a constant struggle to keep it consistent with the rules of the game.

The attempt to solve this contradiction is the reason Cadence sailed past every intended release date we set. Each delay created more pressure, and the extra pressure made thinking harder, causing even more delay. Once I realised that I was working everyday, but I wasn’t actually making any progress, it became clear how unhealthy the feedback loop had become. Something had to break, and that was either me or the project.

That break, came first in the form of contract work, and culminated with a move to London where I’m now working at Payload Studios on the physics sandbox game TerraTech. While obviously little time remains for Cadence, these massive life changes were the medicine the doctor ordered. TerraTech, for instance, is a great project to learn about what works in sandbox games, and I think more importantly, I feel optimistic about making games again.

Where does that leave Cadence? Well obviously there has to be a line somewhere, or else the world will never see it. I’ve still got a few more tricks up my sleeve I’d like try. If they work out you’ll be hearing about them soon enough. If not, well then there’s still a lot to enjoy about the game, rough edges included. Even if we release a game that’s not quite what I wanted to achieve, it’s still something I’m incredibly proud of.

But if I’ve learnt anything, it’s to not say when I think that’s going to happen. ;)

Thanks to everyone keen to be a beta tester. I think that's enough for now at least. Still no testing for a while I'm afraid

24 Aug 2016 Update:

Hello everybody! Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in the game so far. I have to admit I've fallen off the radar a bit, and haven't been doing a good job of keeping everyone updated. The truth is I've been working on Cadence for a long time now, and during the course of this year I had a bit of a wobble. Everything is and will be okay, primarily because I'm taking care of myself - unfortunately that means I simply don't know when Cadence is going to find it's way to your hands. Sometimes mental health simply has to come first, but still I apologize for not being more visible.

You can read a full write up about it here:
Last edited by Made With Monster Love; May 4, 2017 @ 4:35pm
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Soma Shicksal Aug 24, 2016 @ 3:21am 
awesome. Can't wait for the launch but if you need beta testers sign me up ;D

holy heckin hay bro. i love terra tech. good on you.
Last edited by Soma Shicksal; May 5, 2017 @ 1:13pm
Vanilia Aug 24, 2016 @ 7:04am 
I wanna be a beta tester ! I am tester and game designer so i will try make cadence better <3
Last edited by Vanilia; Aug 24, 2016 @ 7:05am
SieEhmBe Aug 24, 2016 @ 1:03pm 
just sell me this already. right meow.
Mr.ScottStearling Aug 24, 2016 @ 11:21pm 
Cant wait for this to come out. Im hyped tbh
ashblade013 Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:27pm 
Ok please take your time with the game to make sure we dont have any game crashing bugs and or other errors. We all humbly await the game see you then devs. P.S. may be sooner
btw i am a graphic designer and dabble in a bit of scripting myself.
Teknikah Sep 6, 2016 @ 11:36am 
I'm definitely up for being a beta tester, I've been watching this game for such a long time now
HipHopHobbyKlub Sep 13, 2016 @ 4:36am 
Why do we need STEAM or other MEDIA sharks to put out a UNDERGROUND game?
Soma Shicksal Sep 14, 2016 @ 5:29pm 
Originally posted by HipHopHobbyKlub:
Why do we need STEAM or other MEDIA sharks to put out a UNDERGROUND game?
well how is this an underground game?
HipHopHobbyKlub Sep 14, 2016 @ 8:55pm 
or google what Underground stands for....
Soma Shicksal Sep 15, 2016 @ 6:13pm 
or just explain your reason behind your statement. its not productive just to insult something and not give reason or some way to make it better.
Last edited by Soma Shicksal; Sep 15, 2016 @ 6:27pm
HipHopHobbyKlub Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:22pm 
Or you better wake up.

D.I.Y / D.I.T

( did you read his VLOG of the CADENCE creator????? )
Last edited by HipHopHobbyKlub; Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:40pm
HipHopHobbyKlub Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:40pm the got a lot of " free games ".
( do you really wanna BUY & support CADENCE??? )

Soma Shicksal Sep 16, 2016 @ 3:43pm 
Originally posted by HipHopHobbyKlub: the got a lot of " free games ".
( do you really wanna BUY & support CADENCE??? )
yep, im just picky and a number of my games came from discs i bought. and so what if its a DIY. do you not like to work for something? music is all about creating things, and thats what you do in cadence.

p.s. thankyou for reminding me to clean out my game inventory. it becomes a hassle at times ;)
p.p.s. and in answer to your first question...steam will help give him notoriety and he gets paid as well...also why do you use steam if you think its synonymous with "media sharks" <--- derogitory statement.
Last edited by Soma Shicksal; Sep 16, 2016 @ 3:51pm
Jo GH Sep 18, 2016 @ 5:05am 
I would love to be an beta tester.I would tell you if i find any bugs or any issues.
HipHopHobbyKlub Sep 18, 2016 @ 7:54am 
I am already a BETA tester #kickstarterdemo
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