Happy holidays from the Velocity 2X team

James from Futurlab stops by to talk about New Year’s resolutions

Oh boy, we cannot wait for Christmas! First off, we need the rest! It’s been a manic few years as our tiny little team has developed and published nine – NINE – PlayStation games since 2010. Starting with Coconut Dodge on PS Minis and most recently Velocity 2X on PS4 and PS Vita, it’s been a non-stop bullet train of excitement!

Christmas is the one time of year that many of us can take a real break. Once we’ve finished all the turkey sandwiches, scoffed the random cheeses and picked at the two day old roast potatoes dipped in ketchup (or is that just me?), we can spend a little bit of time thinking about that pesky New Year’s resolution.

What will yours be?

Many people think that setting a New Year’s resolution is a pointless exercise, as once you’re back into your routine your best intentions are squashed by this thing called ‘reality.’

But what if your New Year’s resolution is to change your reality?

On Christmas Day 2006, I set myself the New Year’s resolution to make a PlayStation game. With no idea how to make games, it was a ‘ridiculous’, ‘unrealistic’ goal by any measure, but once I’d admitted this was the only way I’d be happy, a burning passion was unleashed to make it true.

As I sit here typing this now, there’s a beautiful Velocity 2X art book on the desk. On another monitor there’s a concept design for our next ambitious game. Reality has completely changed. Where once I was bored, frustrated and unhappy, now I’m excited, confident and extremely grateful for everything I’ve learned.

Cover KaiVokh

 
It’s been a long and challenging journey so far, but it’s never been anything less than thrilling, and now eight years later it’s all come true!

Of course, a lot of it has been down to PlayStation’s policy to welcome developers of all shapes and sizes, and down to all of you for supporting what we do, so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a big thanks to everyone at PlayStation!

I want to leave you folks with my favourite quote from Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company:

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”

He wasn’t wrong, so what’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Happy Holidays!


Come and say hello @FuturLab =)
http://www.futurlab.co.uk
http://www.velocitygame.co.uk

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My resolution is to get my hands on that beautiful art book that i didn’t know about
Thanks for an awesome game and happy holidays

Happy holidays to you guys too! Looking forward to see what 2015 brings from your amazing team! Always such a delight reading things you post, and talk about here, and on twitter.

I’m glad you took a shot at making a video games without knowing much. If you hadnt, we would probably never have seen so many amazing games from you guys! Keep it up next year aswell! :D

No christmas sale for Futurlab games?

madmanwithabox12 19 December, 2014 @ 15:24
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Happy holidays yourselves! You guys are awesome, keep on doing what you’re doing. Velocity 2X was probably my overall GotY. Such a fantastically well-designed game. Can’t wait to see what you guys do next. :D

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Hey folks,

Bit late to the party, am travelling home for xmas! Happy you liked the post! x

I loved your game guys!
Happy holidays!

What if I made it my resolution to one day work for you guys? ;)

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I say go for it. Aim high and be prepared to work hard for it =)

I’ve just finished Velocity 2x a few days ago on my vita, and it was great, so many things done exactly as they should be to give as much fun as possible. Keep on doing the good work! :D

Happy holidays FuturLab.
I loved Velocty 2X, I thank you for replying to me all the times I posted here (it really meant a lot to me) and I can’t wait for you next game.

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…and it means a lot to us that you are looking forward to what we’re doing next =)

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No sneak peak at that monitor perhaps? ;)

Well bloody done on the game, it’s great and I was playing it on my vita at work yesterday.
Personally I took up guitar 20 years ago and about 3 years ago I realised technology has caught up to what I wanted to do and I started my own music project I hope to do finish next year. No one will listen to it , no one will download it, no one will buy it , no one will give two hoots but I will finish my life time goal with the help of no one!
It shall be awesome!
Life trophies!

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Sounds fab. It will bring you immense joy I’m sure. Just keep at it, and slowly but surely you’ll achieve your goal.

http://www.darylburnett.com/darylburnett/we-tend-to-overestimate-what-we-can-do-in-a-short-period-and-underestimate-what-we-can-do-over-a-long-period

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Work out to be able to cosplay Kazuma Kiryu from Yakuza (Ryu ga Gotoku) series.

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Oh, and bring the rest of Yakuza games to the west (still 6 to go).

EternalChaos72 21 December, 2014 @ 16:44
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That’s sega’s job.

The phrase is “MERRY CHRISTMAS” not happy holidays. Don’t be scared to upset the losers that don’t believe in CHRISTMAS. Merry Christmas.

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Damn right. I’m sick to death of this s**t! Multi-cultural tolerance works both ways!

What are you two on about? I’m all for “Merry Christmas”, but “Happy holidays” refers to the numerous holidays taking place during December/January e.g. Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. It’s not about pandering to whatever “losers” you’re talking about, but rather actually making the effort to include more than just the people who celebrate Christmas. This is a blog for all of Europe, after all, so it’s pretty ignorant to assume only Christmas celebrators will be reading it.

EternalChaos72 21 December, 2014 @ 16:44
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The happy holidays saying is an american thing! #cringe

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Project2insanity 20 December, 2014 @ 00:49
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Inspirational. James Marsden- legend in the making. I look forward to the day Futurlab becomes widely recognised as games masters on par or exceeding the likes of Naughty Dog.

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Making me blush. Let’s see what happens shall we? =)

Shapeshifter_dan 20 December, 2014 @ 01:36
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Love Lt. Kai Tana’s design!

Thank you for the awesome Velocity2X, made me purchase the DLCs and Velocity Ultra! :D

I’m eager to play your next game!

Again, thank you and happy holidays!

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Good to hear it Dan, have you checked out the art book? It has a few pages on Kai’s design: http://shop.futurlab.co.uk.

Thank you FuturLab for the epic games. I love your work and look forward to the next project you guys are working on

Amazing game and one of my favourites this year.

Merry xmas to you too!

Happy holidays to you as well! It was a great year and Velocity 2X was definitely one of the highlights. Loved your challenge at the Eurogamer booth. :)

My new years resolution is to make a game just as good as your masterpiece.

CravingForCookie 21 December, 2014 @ 10:09
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Thanks for all the updates last year. Loved the frantic Velocity games, especially the music was awesome. Looking to what you guys are making for your next game!

Top stuff James, and very, very impressive work. Velocity 2X is a little quick for my now declining reflexes and focus, but before the game got the better of me at level 40 I’d already been incredibly impressed by its quality, design and fun factor :). All the best for your next project, I’ll be keeping a sharp eye out for it :).

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Thanks pal =)

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Kwanzaa my derriere

Keep on doing what you’re doing. HH!

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