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Happy Anniversary! New Trailer and More…

Hi folks, Alec here - as of December 7, Aquaria has been released for a year. We want to thank all the people who chose to buy the game and support us. You’re the reason we’re still around, and we really appreciate it. You’re also the reason why we’ve been able to continue to work on improving the game, and soon you’ll be able to experience the result of those efforts.

This weekend we’ll release the new Windows version of Aquaria, 1.1.1. This version includes widescreen, graphics and audio enhancements, improved puzzles, a new/awesome map system and more. It even improves on the recently released Mac version - and it will be released at a new price.

And last but not least, we’ve made a new trailer to celebrate. This one was made in 1280×720, and looks absolutely gorgeous. The files involved in making it are taking up about 82GB of my hard drive! You can check out the embedded video here at standard def, but head to YouTube or Vimeo for the option to watch it in HD. If you want the original source AVI file, just send me an email (zaphire@gmail.com) and I’ll hook you up.



Happy belated Aquaria anniversary, everybody. :)

67 Responses to “Happy Anniversary! New Trailer and More…”

  1. Derek Says:

    You’re one-year old, Aquaria! Happy birthday! <3

  2. BMcC Says:

    Happy Aquaria Day, guys.

    Don’t stop believing.

  3. Hiro Says:

    Woot! I didn’t even realise. *^-^*

    Yusss can’t wait for that new patch. Great work Bit-Blot. :D

    ‘Grats on having a successful aniversary. Although I would expect as much from such an awesome game. ;)
    A friend of mine is just trying it now actually, and loving it. A couple of us bought it for her since she got bored enough to be playing minesweeper for hours. xD
    Make sure you give yourself a nice pat on the back this weekend guys. :)

  4. Radial Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen that ship in 1:20 before… Where is it located?

  5. Paroxysm Says:

    Widescreen patch finally? Money is ready to be spent :)

  6. MisterX Says:

    Congratulations, I hope it’s been a year of success for you :)

    Radial: I also wondered about it, I don’t recall having seen it. I wonder if that’s a sign for an even greater update :)

  7. Edwards Says:

    Congratulations!

    @Radial, MisterX: Regarding the ship, it certainly exists as of the Mac version. Check the entrance to the Veil.

  8. DangerMouse Says:

    I can’t wait for the update! Congratulations on 1 year! Still my favorite game of the year! Hopefully with the new update I can make some good updates on the Lost Treasures Mod. :)

    83GB’s??! Good Grief!! lol :)

    I suppose the next thing in the line is the OST with new content!? Awesome!!

  9. leon Says:

    happy anniversary !!! still here since release :))))

  10. ironimp Says:

    Happy Mirthday, Aquaria!

    I’ve been following you guys since bit-blot was a baby. It’s been extremely exciting (and awesomely alliterative!) to see your project come to this point. So amazing! I love the new trailer too! Congratulations to Derek, Alec, and all involved!

    Huzzah for one of the best indie games of all time!

  11. obscured Says:

    Soundtrack or… wtf! I mean… its been a year now I still have no way to spend money on it (and support the artist). I even almost forgot about the whole OST and game just because i hear music more often than i play this game (i probably will never do so again) and i can’t get the frickin OST.

  12. Syn Says:

    Alright! Congrats and happy bday Aquaria! :D

  13. Alec Says:

    I’m working on the OST, but it takes time and its also expensive to produce the CDs in the way we want to and at the quantities that the CD production companies require. I’m also writing a new song for it that’ll involve vocals by Jenna, and that takes a fair bit of time and coordination.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to get it out next month, but I can’t make any promises.

  14. shinygerbil Says:

    <3

  15. KingAl Says:

    Yay, congrats!

  16. Neville Says:

    Sweet action!

  17. Wonko Says:

    Wow, I thought the Windows patch was going to come much later than the Mac version, this is a nice surprise, and I just bought a 42″ 1080p HDTV, this is going to rock! (I did actually held out on playing the game completely since the patch announcement… yeah, I’m that sad, LOL.)

    Oh, by the way: For those of us who purchased the game since it came out, do we have to pay for this update? or will it be free like the previous ones?

    cheers.

  18. Nycteris Says:

    Happy 1 year anniversary!

    And I’m still stuck in the same spot. ;)
    But I love the game anyway!

  19. Chibi Says:

    Ah, Aquaria. You’ve grown. *wipes away tear* :)
    I love the trailer: the previous version was almost direct footage from the game. Great work guys! Aquaria will be remembered as one of the zeniths of traditional 2D gaming.

    (Can’t wait until 1.1.0 for windows comes; so excited)

  20. Quemaqua Says:

    Congrats, guys. I’m awaiting the patch eagerly. A year seems about the right length of time to have spent away, and now it’ll be time to come back fresh with the new goodies from the update.

    Keep at it, fellas, and much luck going forward.

  21. Nightmareshadow Says:

    Inspiring, as always. I love Aquaria, and hearing that the windows upgrade is nearly done makes my day…week…month…you get the idea. there’s something hauntingly beautiful about this game…and I can’t wait to do it all again.

  22. Alec Says:

    Thanks for all the comments, folks! <3

    Wonko: The new version will be free for those who already own the Windows version. :)

  23. Bartimaeus Says:

    WHOA. That new trailer is…. is…. AWESOME!!!

  24. leon Says:

    Alec can’t you release the OST through digital distribution (like itunes or something) so it’s not costing for you ?

  25. Alec Says:

    We’re going to release a physical version. Its just a question of figuring out the details, and finding the right time to do it. We have the majority of the packaging designed, etc.

  26. Optrirominiluikus Says:

    Can’t wait. And a physical version sometime in the future? Count me in. I’m frankly getting worried that in <5 years I’ll not be able to buy physical copies of games at all. I want all the stuff that takes up too much room; the manuals with misprints, the big cardboard boxes that always get frayed at the edges though you never touch them, the disks/cd’s that get obsolete after a few years…. I’m a collector.

  27. Ragashingo Says:

    Happy Birthday Aquaria! Also I liked the new trailer and the way you kept Naija same direction with the edits.

  28. Janos Says:

    I watched the second time and it still gives me the goosebumps, my God, that’s the best trailer I’ve seen in very long time! Thank you Alec!

  29. yecgaa Says:

    happy birthday for this excellent game and creators^^

  30. Guybo Says:

    Ah upgrades! Something the console world should take note of more often. Yes, I’m looking at you Mr. Sakurai!

    Keep up the great work Bit Blot. It’s not often that somebody gets to make as big and wholesome of an impact on the entertainment world as the three of you have with Aquaria! Cherish it! Your names shall live on forever!

  31. Kyle Says:

    More like AnniVERSEary, amirite?

  32. Chibi Says:

    Haha, thanks Alec! Everyone loves freebies. Don’t spend too much dough on the physical version, your Lamborghini needs a lot of maintenance. :)

  33. Sirensongstress Says:

    I don’t know if you will believe this, but watching this trailer actually made me get a little teary eyed. It just brought back all the wonder I’ve felt playing Aquaria, and how much I love it even on second and third playthroughs.

    Super Happy Birthday, Aquaria!

  34. inkblob Says:

    I forgot how good the music was momentarily there, I’ve been holding out for *months* to play the game through again. this is easily one of the best xmas treats and makes the season oh so festive. thanks for getting this to us pc shackled users so quick Alec!

  35. doctor Says:

    hi¡¡¡ i enjoy the trailer is fantastic the work you have made.congratulations to you and Dereck.

  36. leon Says:

    make a myspace for Aquaria music :)

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