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Posted by Toby on May 11, 2022

A number of general Rotund tweaks and fixes have been found since Rotund Takeoff's 1.1 update, so we've brought it up to speed now that both Rotund Rebound and Rotund Zero are concluded!

These are all pretty subtle and technical changes, so the main point of interest would probably be the modernization of the Elite Flag threshold leniency system to match Rotund Rebound and Rotund Zero. Previously we'd set Elite thresholds by taking our dev times and manually adding a bit of leniency while rounding them up to a pretty number. Now they're determined automatically by adding a set leniency to the direct time, making it more consistent and easier to figure what the actual dev time was.

This also means nearly all Elite thresholds in the game have changed by a few frames, mostly for the looser as our previous normal level leniency was roughly 250ms and we've now made it 300ms to match RR. Leaf levels are 1 second and world challenges are 3 seconds.

Also of particular note for PC is that we've updated the project to be built from Unity 2021 instead of 2019, which carries a number of internal implications, and we've dropped x86 support on Windows. This was done for future-proofing and modernizing RT to match the other two Rotund games.

As always, you can check out the full changelog if you're interested in the nitty-gritty. Thanks for playing and we hope you enjoy Rotund Takeoff 1.2!

Posted by Toby on April 21, 2022

It's a happy birthday to the Game Boy, which means it's also launch day for Rotund Zero!

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• eShop: https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/rotund-zero-switch/
• Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1888590/Rotund_Zero/
• itch: https://dahku.itch.io/rotund-zero

If you're in the Rotund Discord server you've probably already downloaded the itch version for free, but maybe you'd like it on Switch where its Game Boy nature feels most at home, or on Steam where achievements are a thing. Or maybe you know a friend outside the server who would like it. ;)

In any case, the final Rotund title is officially out. We hope you enjoy it!

Posted by Toby on April 12, 2022

When we launched the Rotund Discord back in 2020, it came with a tiny Game Boy-inspired spinoff title that was free and exclusive to server members. Perhaps you remember Rotund Zero?

Or perhaps not. It honestly didn't work too well as a promotional tool, but we really liked it for its Game Boy style and casual approach to things. So rather than leave it to complete obscurity, we decided to polish it up into a legit release to storefronts and officially round out the "Rotund Trilogy". And what better time to do so than in celebration of the Game Boy's 33rd birthday on April 21st!

Store Links:
• eShop: https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/rotund-zero-switch/
• Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1888590/Rotund_Zero/
• itch: https://dahku.itch.io/rotund-zero

While version 1.0 was just a single 5-minute game mode, 2.0 is essentially a brand new game, beyond the scope of bothering with a changelog. Suffice to say there are more levels, more graphics, more music, more options, more ways to play, more fixes, more polish, more quality, and really just a whole lot, well, more. It's fully its own game now instead of an elaborate advertisement for Rotund Rebound.

It'll be $1.99 on all storefronts, but remember, the 2.0 itch version is still free for now at our Discord server, so feel free to drop on by and try it out. :)

We really enjoyed turning Rotund Zero into a more substantial experience, so we hope you'll enjoy it too!

Posted by Toby on April 1, 2022

Well, today's the day. Rotund Rebound is officially available for purchase on Steam and itch.io!

When we decided to return to game development in 2017, we wanted to make a grand title with no corners cut, something worthy of standing alongside other famous and beloved titles. As we said in our return post, "Our prime interest as developers has always been to create the kind of game we can passionately pour our hearts, souls, blood, sweat and tears into and then confidently inform even the harshest critic that they need to experience it."

Rotund Rebound has become that title. It's taken a combined 15,000+ hours from the two of us and given more than a few gray hairs in return, but we're very proud of this game.

Sadly, throughout this journey we have learned that our niche genre and many of what we consider the game's strongest features, combine into a product with very limited appeal in today's market. That being so, if you're at all interested in this game on Steam, we'd be ever so grateful if you would get it now during its 20%-off launch week, and leave us an honest review on Steam. It doesn't have to be positive, but it turns out that if you don't hit 10 legit-purchase reviews, Steam's algorithm assumes you're shovelware and buries you. (More on that here).

This request isn't about profit or our future in game development, but simply helping Rotund Rebound achieve its purpose. A game doesn't live unless it's played, and Rotund Rebound is an experience that deserves to live. Games brought us so much joy growing up, even shaping our lives and who we are as people, and that's what game dev has always been about for us: giving back that same experience to others.

Anyway, that's enough out of me! Whether you want Rotund Rebound now, later, or never, it's finally available. Thanks for sticking with us and we hope with all our heart that you enjoy it. :)

Posted by Paul on March 22, 2022

Once again it's been a while, but at last the big day is nearly here! After months of final testing, tweaking, localizations, and storefront preparations, we're excited to announce that Rotund Rebound is releasing next month! PC players can grab it April 1st (no fooling) and Nintendo Switch players shortly after on the 14th!

Check out the new trailer!

We'd hoped we might manage a March 12th release in alignment with Dahku's 10th anniversary (time flies!) but big games take big time to do things properly. Regardless, after 4+ years it feels great to finally be bringing an end to our epic adventure of development, knowing players can soon begin their own epic adventures with the game!

Store Links:
• Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1000750/Rotund_Rebound/
• itch: https://dahku.itch.io/rotund-rebound
• eShop: https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/rotund-rebound-switch/

The game is priced at $19.99, and all storefronts will have a launch week discount of 20%. :)

Please look forward to it!

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