After realizing that my RSS reader PHP script stopped working, I went to toysforbob.com and read a quick news update on July 12. It is a statement confirming that “Above and Beyond” is not the game they are working on and that it has nothing to do with Star Control:
It's been a while! We're still working on a game that we think is really awesome and fun, but we can't talk about it just yet. We would, however, like to clear‐up some rumors that have been circulating about a new Star Control game we're supposedly making called "Above and Beyond": they aren't true! The game we're currently developing has nothing to do with Star Control, but it's still really exciting and we can't wait until we can talk about it officially. Stay tuned!
I can’t wait to see what kind of awesome and fun things they have put together in their new video game. Glad to see that it’s not Above and Beyond. I always assumed it was a rumor and at least it threw TFB in the spotlight for a brief moment. We still have another TFB mystery in our hands and it’s great to hear TFB reiterate that it is awesome, fun and exciting. It’s so awesome, fun and exciting, that they were given extra time to polish it and make more changes.
I know a few weeks ago, Lukipela wrote about his face-to-face conversation with Paul Reiche over a cup of coffee about what he can tell us about his super secret project. Some of the many talents of TFB include keeping secrets and plugging leaks:
"...we were so close to announcing that word did break accidentally on a few sites. We yanked the news as fast as we could, but then it started to spread (seemingly automatically) like the zombie virus. It took us a number of days to stamp it out and I still have a number of Google Alerts set‐up in case we missed its brain admit comes back to life."
"I can't say anything concrete and I must mix in some outright lies. While not in any universe we've worked within, the new game is perhaps exactly what one would expect from our studio. If you like Melee or Mayhem, there will definitely be a part of the new game you enjoy."
‐ Paul Reiche
Needless to say, Lukipela wrote a very engaging article about his chat with Paul. It’s a must-read for everyone! Nicely done, Lukipela.
With regards to the RSS parser I made, I’ll have to add some extra exception handling to deal with some things I didn’t expect.
Whatever they are working on, I hope it leads them on a path to creating more awesome, exciting and fun games that they have control over.