It looks like Orbital has finally found a distributor! Orbital is a video game developer that seems to specialize in 2D handheld games based on original IPs. In other words, they make GBA games that don't star Spongebob or Shrek, which makes them a bit of a rarity these days. They debuted with an amazingly deep racing game for the GBA called Racing Gears Advance, and when I saw that they were planning to follow it up with a trio of completely unrelated 2D games mired firmly in completely different genres, I was really excited to see if they could match the quality of their first title.
Unfortunately, no one wanted to distribute their new games! They've been sitting unreleased for over a year. Until now. So, I'm excited! I mean, for all I know, these games could be terrible. But I've been waiting to try them out for so long that just seeing them actually get released is going to be a big thrill.
More and more I have found myself abandonning my home consoles and going back to 2D, sprite-based handheld games like Phoenix Wright and Screw Breaker. Maybe it's because these are the kinds of games I grew up with. Maybe it's because I'm busier these days, and handheld games tend to accomodate short, quick bursts of play. Maybe it's just because I like 2D sprite artwork a lot more than most 3D graphics, or because I find precise 2D gameplay easier to wrap my head around than most 3D games.
All I know is, I'm finding it a lot easier to get excited about Scurge: Hive than anything lined up for the Playstation 3. I just wish that there were more developers putting out non-licensed non-sequels for Nintendo's handhelds, because the handheld market is even more inundated with boring, unoriginal, unpolished crap than the home console market. I'm really excited to see that developers like Orbital are still managing to get their titles released. (Even without Spongebob's help.)