Northway Video games – Interview with Sarah Northway from Northway Video games

Northway Video games will launch its subsequent recreation on August 25, “I used to be a Teenage Exocolonist”. To raised perceive this future little unbiased recreation, we turned to the studio’s co-founder Sarah Northway.

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to reply our questions! To begin with, are you able to introduce your self to our readers?

Hi there ! I am Sarah Northway and I am the co-founder of Northway video games with my husband Colin and now I make it by myself. I’m a Sport Designer, Programmer, Writer and Producer, however I additionally collaborate with totally different artists for every recreation.

Your studio created the “Deep Below The Sky” and “Incredipede” video games. Are you able to inform us about your subsequent recreation “I Was a Teenage Exocolonist” (IWTE)?

Half life administration recreation, half card recreation. I used to be a teenage exocolonist is a fantastic and big narrative role-playing recreation with dozens of abilities and profession paths, a whole bunch of maps, six story-enhancing novellas, and thirty totally different endings.

Just like the Rebuild collection of video games (Editor’s Observe: Additionally developed by the studio), it is a combine between storytelling and different genres. And like DUTS (Editor’s Observe: Deep Below The Sky) and Incredipede, it is vitally stunning and has its personal distinctive creative model. You will not discover something in frequent with different titles from the studio, although. Each recreation created is totally different!

Evidently the sport provides a variety of choices that the participant has to make, particularly to develop his gameplay as he sees match. Is there a narrative to observe that will likely be completely totally different relying on the alternatives?

Sure ! Exocolonist has a fundamental story that takes place over ten years and every thing that occurs in your colony modifications in response to your decisions. There’s additionally a complete narrative dynamic of the world to discover. You solely get to see a small portion of it in your lifetime, but it surely additionally is dependent upon how you utilize your time, the talents you have targeted on, or the individuals you have befriended.


There’s a feeling much like that of the film (Groundhog Day) the place you might be in a time loop. So throughout every of your lives you’ll keep in mind little components of your previous lives. Due to this fact, every half is totally different from the opposite.

On the Steam web page of the sport, we are able to see that you’re warning gamers about many themes within the recreation. We discover loss of life, sexualized content material, medicine, violence, writing violence, home violence info… Studying the entire record, you will surprise what we’ll get all the way down to! Was it essential to you to make this warning? Why did you need to spotlight so many troublesome matters?

Since Exocolonist takes place greater than 10 years in a toddler’s life, it begins innocently if you find yourself 10 years outdated and your mother and father attempt to shield you from all of the dangerous on the planet and I needed that to return out as you play the sport performs. However the recreation will get darker and scarier as you become older and be taught the tough actuality, take care of horrible tragedies, and possibly even query your mother and father’ upbringing. Rising up is precisely being confronted with this set of parts, troublesome topics that we face.

Primarily because of the very good water-based graphics and pastel colours, Exocolonist offers the sensation of a comfy, heat place, which can mislead some gamers. I do not need individuals to get caught up within the recreation and suppose, from the beginning, every thing will likely be enjoyable, no problem, an amazing recreation for youths after which be shocked, shocked when a personality dies or surprising issues occur.

Are you not afraid of sure matters that may be tense at instances? Particularly, the truth that we’re speaking about sexual relations with minors, underage women who develop into pregnant or companions who’re a number of thousand years outdated?

Exocolonist has some fairly “scorching” characters, but it surely’s not a naughty courting sim. I admit we have taken a chunk out of the sexual relations of minors and intercourse typically. The teenagers are 17 years outdated and it’s usually blurs of small photographs or described conditions which are introduced. The woman with a toddler is nineteen years outdated and it’s a deliberate being pregnant, however within the universe of the sport it stays controversial.


I needed to go additional by realistically portraying the true life (and age) of teenagers exploring their sexuality and gender id. However that will have gotten us the “Grownup” ratification in lots of international locations and would due to this fact make the sport inaccessible to among the target market.

The sport is predicated on an RPG system blended with visible novel and deckbuilding, if I perceive accurately. Why did you select a card system?

I like card video games! Magic: The Gathering is certainly one of my favourite video games. By the way in which, the cardboard recreation prototypes present in IWTE have been very near Magic gameplay (the concept of ​​an enemy with a deck of playing cards).

The ultimate model is type of “creating one of the best hand in poker”. You will have a random hand of playing cards and also you rearrange this hand to get one of the best rating, with even, flush and even straight bonuses. That is performed rapidly so you possibly can observe the sport with out interrupting the rhythm of the sport. Your deck evolves as you develop.

Each card within the deck is remembered, whether or not it is a selection you made or an essential occasion that occurred to you. Your deck finally represents your character and abilities. For instance, when you spend a variety of time at school and work within the technical wing, you’ll have extra blue (psychological) playing cards, which have a low worth however have highly effective results when used accurately.

The sport appears to have 30 totally different endings. What signifies when the sport is over? Is that this the story that ends? Is there a countdown? How lengthy does a recreation final? Do I’ve to begin the journey over each time?

IWTE begins if you find yourself 10 years outdated and ends if you find yourself 20 years outdated (when you survive that lengthy!) A full recreation takes about ten hours. After your first life, the protagonist begins to recollect his previous lives, which can make the sport simpler (you possibly can skip some phases, since you keep in mind the options), but in addition extra difficult (it performs in your frequent sense)

The sport is scheduled for launch on August 25, 2022. Except for the sport’s industrial success, are you involved about its reception by the gaming neighborhood?

It is such a giant recreation with many alternative characters and touches on so many alternative matters. I hope gamers on either side of the political spectrum will acknowledge that we’re a really small staff doing our greatest and that IWTE was made with a variety of love and good intentions.


Will the sport see further content material as soon as it is launched? (new situations or characters for instance)?

I haven’t got a concrete plan for this, however in fact we’ve a variety of concepts that aren’t presently applied within the recreation and it is going to be so attention-grabbing to proceed this journey a bit additional to see how issues evolve for the protagonist and these younger adults (I used to be an exo-settler in my twenties).

One thing so as to add?

Solely that IWTE will occur on ChangePlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux on August twenty fifth and we hope followers will likely be speaking and making some noise in regards to the recreation!

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