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Well, after talking to developers and publishers at GDC we have realized that Overgrowth is probably a bad idea. Instead, we've decided to make a much more marketable game that appeals to people on WiiWare, PSN, etc. Introducing SMALL TANKS!

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As we compared notes with the developers and publishers at GDC, we realized that Overgrowth is just not very marketable. It's a niche fighting game for a small hardcore audience, and takes too many risks in terms of scope, setting, technology, and controversial subject matter. Not only is it a tough sell to the mainstream, but it even doesn't appeal to indie gamers: it's not experimental and artsy enough. For that reason, we've signed on for OnLive, XBox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, Steam and WiiWare to bring you our new downloadable game:

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Small Tank is set in World War 2, but it's still fresh because everything is small and cute! We added amazing, ground-breaking new technology to immerse you in this epic conflict. The bloom effects and brilliant lens flares put the sun right in your eyes: you can actually feel the heatstroke! Customize your special-forces commando to choose between a badass bandana or a helmet! You can even pick your own character voice: seasoned chain-smoker or foul-mouthed hoodlum!

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We haven't even mentioned our favorite new feature yet... the cover system! You'll latch onto things so hard you'll think you've bathed in super-glue. Exploit the third-person camera to blindfire with deadly accuracy, and take out wave after wave of identical nazi goon squads. Tired of other games that make you waste precious seconds of your life waiting for your health to regenerate? You'll love our revolutionary new game mechanic: instantaneous health regeneration! You can't even fit in these chibi tanks, but who cares? You don't need armor! Just blast those froggies with the cannon! BLAM! KABOOM! You'll feel almost like you're doing accomplishing something, but without any effort or skill!

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But wait, you say, this doesn't sound very indie anymore! I'm glad you brought that up, because we threw in all sorts of random quirks that should endear us to the indie crowd! From the creepy, staring eyes of our doll-like chibi soldiers to our quirky euphemisms for the axis and allied teams, there's more than enough artsiness to go around!

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Don't forget to pick up a copy of Small Tank when it's released in Fall 2009. Small dude, small tank, HUGE ACTION!

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lodle
lodle - - 204 comments

All those elevator pitches for nothing (at least your itouch can have a rest)

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criverbulldog
criverbulldog - - 11 comments

My heart sank for an instant before I read a little bit into it...

It sounded a little bit odd at first but Small Tank will be awesome to play on the wii with my family who has no idea how to work a keyboard...

It's too bad all the great overgrowth tech will go to waste... can I have it?

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smokeythebear
smokeythebear - - 117 comments

Overgrowth was not artsy enough anyway. Because to be artsy you need more bloom, then some tech demos, then a little more bloom, then concept art, then tons more bloom, and finally unskinned weapon renders to show your a serious mod.

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Ryswick17
Ryswick17 - - 416 comments

overgrowth isn't a mod tho.

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Wiweeyum
Wiweeyum - - 347 comments

Haha! How true that is! Oh man...

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...hmm...
...hmm... - - 18 comments

umm... does the date april the first ring any bells for any of you guys lol?

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NightSage
NightSage - - 644 comments

I kinda want this now as a non April fools wiiware title... Especially since you might be able to use up more space for wiiware titles thanks to the 4.0 update.

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze - - 872 comments

Why now, after all this time... why today?!?

Noooooooo

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Arxae
Arxae - - 718 comments

hahaha xD
HUGE ACTION! even ;D

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Wiweeyum
Wiweeyum - - 347 comments

Finally! I've been watching your game for a long time, and my thoughts have always been the same. "This Overgrowth thing is a BAD idea I tell you... bad idea. That talent should go toward something worthwhile, like maybe some WiiWare games or something."

I'm glad you've all come to reason... flame me if you'd like fanboys, but I believe they've made a logical and intelligent decision.

That's my piece and I'm sticking to it. *nods sagely*

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Herr_Alien
Herr_Alien - - 342 comments

Well, one does not exclude the other. I say shelf the IP, and work on it after this small tanks game. Don't discard the work and IP; you can always pick it up again.

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M@ty
M@ty - - 508 comments

This is fantastic news!! I can't wait!!!!1

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INtense! Staff
INtense! - - 4,098 comments

Ahh man this is awesome... small tanks are clearly cuter than rabbits

FTW!

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Jupiter
Jupiter - - 7 comments

This is THE way to go. Rabbits don't have a future anyway, the way we're currently ruining our planet. Tanks FTW!!!
:P

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Shoelip
Shoelip - - 463 comments

I do not have a Wii or any modern console, but I hate myself. Therefore I support this move! This is the best DAY ever!

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Khameli
Khameli - - 130 comments

this have to be april fools joke, huh??
i really liked idea of overgrowth.......

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SinKing
SinKing - - 3,119 comments

Yeah, way to go, I always thought you were making a non-sense game, so this is much better. How cuuute these tiny tanks are ;)

Hah, nice April Fools!

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DirtRiver
DirtRiver - - 2 comments

Oh man you guys believed it xD

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze - - 872 comments

Nah, you believe we believe it, we are just playing along

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M@ty
M@ty - - 508 comments

Too true, who's the fool now, fool!? ^^

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gregfriis
gregfriis - - 62 comments

Haha. Seems like a few people here actually did fall for it.

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N3WMAN
N3WMAN - - 16 comments

Wow, you guys actually put quite a bit of work into this.

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BigPapaSmurf
BigPapaSmurf - - 43 comments

Hmm, it is April 1st...

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Gloryboy811
Gloryboy811 - - 77 comments

lol... thats funny man. the small tanks idea seems fun though :P

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johntis
johntis - - 453 comments

April fools

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klemen1702
klemen1702 - - 131 comments

what about all the ppls that preordered the game :D

its an April fools stupid joke wtf guys don't mess with us not like that!!!

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Frozencloud
Frozencloud - - 425 comments

Damn.... :P

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blackmodeler
blackmodeler - - 1,015 comments

whether real or a joke, i always loved overgrowth, the name, the engine, the idea, all of it was always great and overly impressive. It would be sad to see all that go.

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Ziorich
Ziorich - - 69 comments

Do I smell Aprils Fool..?

no, never...

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Torabi
Torabi - - 376 comments

You must be a moron to think that this is an april fool. Seriously, they even have proper media for it so that is proof enough for me! Overgrowth sucked anyway! Cheers!

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Ziorich
Ziorich - - 69 comments

I call it deduction of the obvious, but I guess you've never thought it like that.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce - - 969 comments

Fools April(reverse!! MWUAHHAHAHA)

So where did you come up with this stuff, this would have worked better if there wasn't a newspost just before this one :P

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SinKing
SinKing - - 3,119 comments

I told my team we would stop making MECH OVERRIDE and produce a HELLO KITTY feature-film instead. And everybody is like wow, really? Budgeted? - Great!

...maybe I have done something wrong...

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dandi8
dandi8 - - 72 comments

Haha, SinKing, +1 :P

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N0dachi
N0dachi - - 50 comments

Nice game go produce it as an eastergg for overgrowth :D

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Robots!
Robots! - - 1,751 comments

ha ha ha APRIL FOOLS!

...right?

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EvilSmiley
EvilSmiley - - 113 comments

wow, i was begining to wonder (reading through the comments) if anyone realized what day it is today.

good joke.

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Nickelpat
Nickelpat - - 119 comments

I always thought the same thing! Overgrowth is the worst idea ever, I can't wait for Small Tanks! Yay, chibi things, and no skill needed :D

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MuffinSoldaat
MuffinSoldaat - - 45 comments

This better be a ******* april fool's day joke or I go kill myself now

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geokes
geokes - - 96 comments

I almost cried :P.
Thank god its april fools day

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42 - - 574 comments

haha april fools

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sauerfreak
sauerfreak - - 243 comments

Hilarious. :] Only because I knew that today was April 01. Even then.....Small Tanks? I'm not sure anyone (except for the most gullible people...) would fall for that, Fool's Day or not. It's simply too ludicrous. :D

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ausbushman
ausbushman - - 343 comments

Probably for the best, never really liked the game anyway.

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MortRouge
MortRouge - - 14 comments

*Cough cough*

How did people really get fooled like this? I mean, c'mon!

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce - - 969 comments

I think most were just playing along,
so you didn't get fooled by the joke, but you still got fooled haha

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GreasyMnky
GreasyMnky - - 4 comments

april fools!

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sajbear666
sajbear666 - - 227 comments

I almost wish it wasn't an April fools joke...it sounds like fun...but what the hey.... APRIL FOOLS!! *points*

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] - - 1,412 comments

I thought this was real. You should do this it's awesome.

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Bagahnoodles
Bagahnoodles - - 160 comments

Maybe, but OG will be even moar awesome.

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papermoose
papermoose - - 17 comments

I like how there are people here who didn't get it.

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