Super Meat Boy Designer Releasing Nine Years Worth of Games on Steam for $4
If you happened to catch a viewing of the awesome documentary Indie Game: The Movie, then you’re likely aware of the many unreleased games that Edmund McMillen, Team Meat co-founder and designer on Super Meat Boy, created for himself during the nine years leading up to his more recent releases.
He announced today that those games, dubbed the Basement Collection, will be arriving on Steam on August 31 for the low price of $4. Titles included are Time Fcuk, Aeither, Spewer, Grey Matter, Triachnid, Coil, and an early flash prototype of Meat Boy. All games will be supported on both Mac and PC.
In addition to the games, the Basement Collection will feature new content for each game, development extras, and never-before-seen extras that weren’t showcased in Indie Game: The Movie. The collection has been in the works for the just over three months with assistance from Tyler Glaiel of Closure.
“I actually tried to do this in 2008, on disc only,” McMillen told Polygon.
“I didn’t at the time know anyone with the tech knowledge to actually put the collection into a single pack so I just placed the .swf files in folders on a CD along with bonus content and had the CD physically printed. It sold out within the year and by 2009 it was in the hands of a lot of prominent producers at Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft that all reached out to me about making a console game. This is actually how the Super Meat Boy deal appeared.
I got emails weekly about the CD, and if it was ever released digitally… I’ve always wanted to make a collection ‘game,’ and Tyler had some time between the PS3 and PC release of Closure so I asked him about it and he said it was doable.”
To hear more from McMillen and his experiences creating those games over nearly a decade, check out the rest of the Polygon interview.