Lunar Software are a small team currently in the process of developing a sci-fi horror title by the name of ‘Routine’ for the PC. The team are hoping to release a PS4 port of the title and have recently conducted an interview with IGN in which they were asked about the port.
“If we did do a console version it would be PS4-only, from a technical standpoint it would be far easier for us to port over as there would be much less need for optimisation” says Lunar’s Jemma Hughes during her IGN interview.
There was a little confusion as to the teams exact meaning, particularly as there was also mention of no plans to develop for the Xbox One. RedGamingTech reached out to Lunar Software for clarification and Aaron from Lunar Software got back to me.
“There was a small misunderstanding when I answered one of Katie’s questions, she asked would there be a chance of a PS3 version if you do a PS4 port? And I should have replied saying if we was to do a console port then PS4 would be the choice as porting to the PS3 would require a lot more optimisation.” Aaron explained, “I think my original answer was not very clear so it came out like it did in the news article, I am still getting used to answering things with a bit more clarity but this was completely my fault.”
He pointed out that the team weren’t rushing Routine, and instead dedicated to making the experience the best possible on the PC and then worry about the console version. “We are 100% focusing on the PC version, we won’t even touch anything else until that is done, I don’t want any time spent on porting getting in the way of making the game as good as it can be. There are only 4 making Routine and only one of us is a programmer, so we need to be smart with where we spend our time,” he assured.
This is a great example of how a small slip of the tongue or mistranslation can somewhat change the meaning of a statement. It’s very difficult to know how to handle the public (particularly if you’re new to it) and I applaud the team for clarifying their statements so quickly.