NyxQuest dev on why it turned down publisher offers to make a sequel

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Fancy Pants Adventures and NyxQuest developer Over the Top Games is self-publishing its upcoming voodoo-themed roguelike Full Mojo Rampage, but prior to that it had been working on a couple of since-cancelled projects that received offers from publishers. The problem was the contracts for these were so undesirable that the Spanish indie studio decided it was better to cut its losses, reduce the company size, and focus on self-publishing its next game instead.

One of these shelved games was a sequel to NyxQuest, the Greek mythology-themed side-scrolling platformer. While the first NyxQuest was designed for Wii and later iOS, Over the Top wanted to make a sequel for 3DS. The studio spent two years shopping around a prototype of the sequel, but found publishers weren't willing to finance a game tailored for one platform.

"The thing with publishers is they want to make games for all the platforms since the cost for them is small," said Over the Top co-founder Roberto de Lara. "In terms of designing the game, it was difficult for us because it's not the same with a normal 360 controller than it is with the stylus, or a touchscreen, or a Wii controller."

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