What Happened to Thoughtquake Studios?
I'd like to take a moment to explain why we've been quiet for the last several years.
Starting Thoughtquake was a big risk. We're not businessmen and had never made a substantial game before, but we decided to take a chance. We didn't have much money, so we had to start small and test the waters. Tesla: The Weather Man was meant to be our trial run, to learn what it takes so we'd be more prepared to make bigger games in the future. Unfortunately, by the time we finished it I was practically broke.
We never expected our first game to make us rich, but sales were so poor that to date (over 7 years) we've only sold enough to pay for about one month's rent in the two-bedroom apartment where we made the game. We couldn't afford to continue. Meanwhile, I could see from torrent trackers that tens of thousands of people were pirating it.
It was heartbreaking and discouraging, and we had to find new jobs.
When you work full time as a software engineer, it's hard to find the time and mental energy to work a second job running your own company. Worse, in many ways I felt like Thoughtquake was a failure and I wanted to put it behind me. So, for years I've left it neglected.
This isn't the end of our story.
Despite the outcome of our first venture, I miss making games and I've always intended to try again some day. Progress may be slow, but I'm carving out more of my free time to bring Thoughtquake back to life. An update to Tesla: The Weather Man is coming soon, and work has already begun on our next game.
It's time to start chasing our dreams again.
[ Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 08:04:08 PM ]
Indie Underdog Pack #2 featuring Tesla!
So many great indie games go unnoticed because their developers don't have the budgets or skillsets for marketing. All we want to do is make great games. The IUP Bundle is looking to help by giving the lesser-knowns a chance and bringing fun new experiences to gamers at the same time. We at Thoughtquake are proud to have been selected for IUP's second bundle, on sale now at iupbundle.org!
For just $3.99 you'll not only be getting Tesla: The Weather Man, but also four other great games!
Here's the complete lineup:
BUT WAIT! There's More! They've got a lot of cool bonus content you can buy by paying a little extra, or they'll be included for free if certain sales milestones are reached. On top of all that, part of the profits go to charity!
This is also the first place we're publicly making the Tesla: The Weather Man soundtrack available, but all our customers who bought the game from Thoughtquake.com will be getting the soundtrack for free as well.
[ Friday, June 8, 2012 at 06:22:43 PM ]
Price Drop to $3.33 and New Reviews!
In honor of Tesla's obsession with the magical number 3, we are now dropping the price to 1/3rd, or $3.33 USD. If you've been on the fence about buying our ridiculous game, now is the time! Also check out, some awesome new reviews:
[ Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 01:18:59 PM ]
Now available on GamersGate and worldwide!
Tesla: The Weather Man is now available in 240 countries on GamersGate! If you've been waiting for the game to become available in your country, odds are it is now. Go take a look!
[ Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 07:53:57 AM ]
News and reviews of Tesla: The Weather Man!
Holy publicity, Batman! Why, just look at all these reviews and other mentions of Tesla: The Weather Man!
[ Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 01:57:05 AM ]