It’s been a month and a half since the end of Glitch. In that time, we’ve watched the community rally around The Art of Glitch and The Glitch Soundtrack campaigns on Indiegogo, basked in the glow of some fantastic articles about the end of the game, pored through all the player contributions to the various tribute sites that popped up, and eagerly checked our mailbox every day for more of your letters sent from all over the world. It’s been truly touching and we can’t thank you enough for the heartfelt send-off.
The game is over, but there are many parts of the game that will continue to live on.
Glitch was comprised of hundreds of fun, smiling, wiggling, talking, sighing, racing, flying things, and those things are still quite fun on their own. We’d like to let you use those things to awaken your inner Giant and imagine something new for them to do. To that end, we are enhancing the Encyclopedia with assets for nearly all of the in-game items and placing them under a Creative Commons license.
You’ll find a brand-new Assets section in the Encyclopedia on almost all of the game’s item and inhabitant pages. The Assets section contains sprite sheets …
… and, in some cases, animated GIFs as well.
We realize there was a lot more to the game than just the items, but getting these assets online is the extent of what we were able to do right now. We hope to eventually be able to provide even more assets from the game and to change the licensing terms to something which allows a broader range of uses.
Want to discuss your projects or ask questions? Swing by the Official Encyclopedia Asset Licensing Thread on the forums.
We plan to leave the Encyclopedia up indefinitely (though this, like everything in life, is subject to change). In addition to enhancing it with the assets mentioned above, we’re expanding it to include previously hidden locations, inhabitants, and items.
When we shut off the servers on December 9th, players left thousands of notes scattered throughout the world. They were wonderful — sometimes sad, sometimes funny, occasionally weird, and always heartfelt. We loved them so much that we recovered all of them from a backup. You can now read them in the Encyclopedia on the location page where they were found.
There are a few features on the website that we won’t be able to keep up forever — mail, status updates, forums, and the wardrobe/vanity will go offline sometime this spring (and yes, we do plan to warn you well in advance of the actual date). We don’t have any immediate plans to remove anything else from website. This is a topic that we’ll revisit as a company every few months, and if we find that it no longer makes sense to keep something active, we will do our best to provide ample warning before taking it offline.
That’s all for now! We’ll continue to post about smaller changes in the General forum as they happen.