After a difficult development process with Magicka, Arrowhead Game Studios has opened up about new release, The Showdown Effect. Emil Englund, the developer's Co-Founder, spoke to our Joe Robinson about the studio's decision to move on from the much-loved Magicka series.
"Honestly this is really just a break from Magicka. The one thing really new that we had to do was something completely different from Magicka, and we kinda assumed that this won’t really do as well as Magicka," Englund commented.
"We really want to move on and do other things non-Magicka, we have a third un-announced project in fact that we really want to work on and we’re really excited about it."
Despite the need to work on something new, Englund understands that Magicka players will feel the series has been left in the lurch.
"I can understand though people feeling like we’ve just abandoned our project and move on to something else, but as a developer you have to move on at some point."
Englund was also brutally honest about Magicka's development process, commenting the team have learned an awful lot.
"We learned so much… I think the one thing we failed at really badly was planning. We failed to plan or estimate how much time the development would consume.
"Magicka worked fine in local co-op, but when it came to online… it was just abysmal. We’re really going to have to do this the right way this time."
For information on The Showdown Effect, our preview will be up soon. Englund's full interview will also hit the site later today.