An indie game developer is making industry history by developing a brand-new game that is in no way a remake, reboot, sequel, prequel, or spiritual successor to anything anyone’s ever seen before, using her own money. Not since the arrival of crowdfunding platform Kickstarter or the advent of the first-ever videogame sequel (Super Mario Bros. 3) has a game developer risked so much on an idea people aren’t guaranteed to pay money for. This could be the beginning of a new chapter in gaming history, or else the beginning of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy for 40-year-old indie game developer Belinda G.H. Snodpendergrass.
“For years, we’ve had nothing but endless remakes and crowd–funded games,” said Snodpendergrass in a recent interview, hyperlinking selected words as she spoke them. “When I’m at a restaurant, does the way the chef prepares my meal depend on how much I pay him in advance? No. Does the chef serve me 20-year-old meat that’s dressed up with state-of-the-art graphics and sound effects to make it seem like new? No. And that’s why today’s gamers deserve better. That’s why I’m making Bug Huggington Rescues an Astrolabe.”
Described by Snodpendergrass as an introspective second-person musical zeppelin simulator with Calvinist undertones, Bug Huggington promises to be the most ambitious title ever developed for the Virtual Boy, clocking in at exactly 1,704 hours of gameplay. No word yet as to how the titular astrolabe factors into the equation, but there are rumors of an arch nemesis, Hug Buggington, who is sure to make the game more story-driven than your average zeppelin simulator. Early screenshots of the game indicate that there is a title screen, and that you will need to press START to advance beyond it.
Given that Snodpendergrass still has to work a day job to support her two children and seventeen ferrets, Bug Huggington has been given a tentative release date of April 1, 2028, debuting alongside such heavy competition as Keiji Inafune’s Kickstarter-funded Mighty No. 63 and the long-anticipated Final Fantasy VII HD Remake / Chrono Trigger 2 double pack that Square will be canceling for no reason.