GUNTECH 2 WILL LAUNCH ON NOVEMBER 23, 2021!

Guntech 2 is a sequel to Atari VCS smash-hit Guntech that launched along with the Atari console's backer pre-launch in 2020. 

Guntech 2 is currently available as an exclusive preview for the Atari VCS. Full retail launch for XBOX ONE X|S and XBOX SERIES X|S and Steam (PC, Mac and Linux) will happen on November 23, 2021.

The Development story

My name is Jani Penttinen, and I created this game. Guntech 2 is the latest game in the long-running Utopos-series. I've made games all my life, and this game is in fact a sequel to a remake of my very first published game. That game was called Utopos, and it was released on Atari ST in 1993.

Atari Legend has published a documentary on the history of Utopos, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3xiIwOCU9k

Creating Utopos back in the day resulted in an amazing career in game development. In the end I worked at Westwood Studios, the number one game studio in the world at the time, working on Command & Conquer franchise (here's my full history as a game developer: https://www.janipenttinen.com/post/who-is-jani-penttinen-the-game-developer)

Over the years I lost the passion and somehow drifted to doing something completely different. About three years ago, I was talking to my young kids. I had given up game developed several years earlier, so they had no idea I had ever made games. For them I was working the most boring business job, and they couldn't be less interested in my work. Somehow I mentioned that I used to be a game developer...

You should have seen their faces! It's almost as if I told them their dad used to be a rock star. Suddenly I was cool. We talked for a long time, and I ended up downloading Unity (which I had never used before), and tinkering something for a while. Then I asked my daughter to draw a game character on paper. We scanned it, and I imported it to the little app I had running.

 

All of a sudden, the little character she had drawn on a piece of paper was jumping on the screen! She was so excited! The next day when she came from school, the first thing she said was that she wants to make games with me again. And so we did some more tinkering, but it quickly became obvious that my skills were lacking. Kids are not very patient, and if I need to keep learning stuff all the time, they lose their interest. 

So, I decided that I need to re-learn how to make games. I had a long history as a professional game developer behind me, but I had never made mobile games, and I had never used Unity. In order to learn everything, I figured that the best course of action would be re-creating the first game I had ever made, from start to finish. 

That is why this game was made. I figured it would take about 3 months, but it ended up taking 3 whole years to get Guntech out. And then, another year for Guntech 2! Granted, especially early on I was working full time somewhere else, so I only had nights and weekends. Sometimes I had to take couple of months off to do other stuff. But here we are now - for the past year I have worked full time on this and you can really tell. I'm really happy with the results. Most importantly - I am all-in full time game developer wannabe rock star once again!

Please enjoy Guntech 2! I have put a lot of love into creating it. If you have any questions or comments, the best way is to reach out through Discord: https://discord.gg/E6zAWxt