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GamingWe're Ronimo Games, the creators of Awesomenauts. Going F2P on Steam May 24th. Ask us anything!

May 18th 2017 by ronimo_robin • 13 Questions • 393 Points

UPDATED: Thanks for the awesome questions :) We had a great time! We're heading out for now (still have to get dinner), so we're going to stop answering questions for now. If you have any lingering questions, we'll try to get back to you later this week... or feel free to join us on the Awesomenauts sub-reddit. /r/Awesomenauts is a great place :)

Thanks again for hanging out, asking questions, and most importantly: playing Awesomenauts. You all rock!

We're Ronimo Games, a Dutch independent game development studio. We launched Awesomenauts on Steam back in 2012 and have been supporting the game ever since. Five years of post-launch support later, we're relaunching the game as free-to-play on Steam on May 24th!

We'll start answering questions at 17:00 EU time, which is about 20 minutes after this post goes live!

Proof: https://twitter.com/RonimoGames/status/865215111191023616

We're here to talk about all things Awesomenauts, life as a game developer, and any crazy stuff you guys might want to ask. Ask. Us. Anything.

There are a couple of people from our team here, so feel free to ask your questions directly to:

/u/Daveyx0 - Game Designer

/u/nog1potje - Game Designer and co-founder

/u/JoostDev - Lead Programmer and co-founder

/u/Ronimo_alex - Programmer

/u/Ronimo_robin - Producer

/u/Ronimo_daniel and /u/ronimo_yiyuan - communication/marketing interns at Ronimo

/u/That_one_robot - Artist, potentially lurking about somewhere!

If you're interested in trying out Awesomenauts before it goes Free to Play on May 24th, sign up for a beta key here: https://www.awesomenauts.com/sign-up-for-beta-access/. We'll send everyone who registers during the AMA a key soon!

Q:

Who is/are your favourite characters(s)?

A:

For me it's Ted McPain - he's probably the most over the top character that we have in the game, and I just love that! And let's face it... you can't beat that theme!

What's yours?


Q:

Hah, honestly I don't think we've considered it, but I LOVE that idea!

A:

That WOULD be pretty awesome, yeah!


Q:

Battle Nibbs for me! I love the reference and how it turns a cool character in an awesome duo :D

A:

My favorite is probably Party Boy McPain, I think it's one of the most majestic skins we've ever done.

And yes, I could hint at any we have in development. Why'd you ask?


Q:

I haven't played in ages except the other day, game looks amazing now but..

Where did my prestige icon pin that shows on the tab leaderboard go?!

A:

Welcome back to the community! The prestige icon should be selectable as a medal when you hit account level 6!


Q:

Hello guys ! Volya here. I'm back into nauts after a huge break from the game :)

I love the 4.0 update and the awesomepoints system but i feel there's not enough stuff to unlock for someone like me that got the "all naut pack".

Are you planning new types of items to buy using theses points ? Like for example, special visual effect on some skills or awesomepoints-unlockable skins ?

A:

Welcome back Volya! Nice to see you here. Any new Volyanauts videos coming up? ;)

We'll be adding more content to unlock in the future, but it could be a while before it's up to the level where our most dedicated players still have stuff to purchase. After all, all new F2P players would need quite a bit of time to unlock what's already there! We're not forgetting about our veterans though, just saying it could be a while.

No new types of unlocks planned right now, but there are some cool ideas floating around in the community. That's all stuff we'll start thinking about AFTER the F2P transition!


Q:

What is your favourite number of Euros between 7 and 9?


Q:

Hello Ronimo Games, i speak from Brazil.

Our community is growing higher and after the F2P lauch i expect to have a boom of new players. Since Brazil is getting better on most of major E-Sports games, can we have some kind of tournament here? We already won one of Alienware Awesomenauts Cup (Team Boom) and we have some players on League 1. And in the future, if you guys sponor a league, can we have seedings for south america and give a chance to our "hermanos" fight for a spot with us?

Im very hyped with the F2P lauch and hope awesomenauts became great again =D

A:

Hey PrestusHood! The community in Brazil has actually been really strong over the years, and has had its own tournaments. These have been organized by the LBA (Liga Brasiliera Awesomenauts or something) and I could imagine they do some more events in the future. Some players might be able to point you to their Facebook group, which is pretty active!


Q:

I love Skree! Do you guys love Skree?

A:

I actually do! He's not my favorite, but I guess he's one of my best picks!


Q:

Do you plan to have any more company sponsored/setup competitive tournaments in the foreseeable future after the game goes free to play or is this something you're mainly leaving to the community?

A:

Nothing lined up right now, but there are a whole bunch of cool community events coming up in the short term, like the Rookie Royale, the Rumble Gathers, and a whole lot more! It's going to be a great time for both veterans and new players looking to get into the competitive community!

How the competitive community evolves really depends on the community itself, but we'll continue to support it in any way we can. Sponsored events (like the Alienware Awesome Cup) could potentially be part of that, but it's not something that's on the table right now.


Q:

What inspired you guys to start doing the Streamishos and who are you favorite streamers?

Also, would you guys be interested in becoming a twitch partner or joining the Twitch Affiliate Program to earn a little bit extra (as well as giving us emotes to spam in chat)?

A:

Emotes would be cool, and we'd definitely be down for that! However, we're not looking at our Streamishos to be another source of revenue... so there's no ideal solution to that right now. Maybe it's something we can do with the new Twitch features that make it possible for developers to offer their game to players through the site directly.


Q:

What are your plans for the future? Will you focus on Awesomenauts or can we excpect new games?

A:

Transitioning Awesomenauts to a free to play title opens up an entirely new chapter for Awesomenauts, so we could very well be completely focused on Awesomenauts for a long time

At some point, you'll probably also see a new game from us... but it's not something we're working on in any way right now. Awesomenauts is the only thing we're working on these days!


Q:

What do you think of the balance of vinnie & spike? Easy (than any other assassin nauts) control with huge burst damage, is that you want? The blind effect is stupid, change it.

A:

Vinnie & Spike has always been a bit tricky in terms of balance (he's been anywhere from UP to OP) but his burst damage and ease of play are by design. He's not the most complex 'Naut that we have, which is probably a good thing for new players!

For the blind effect, if you have any suggestions on how to improve it, please let us know: http://www.awesomenauts.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=18


Q:

What is your personally favourite Guide on steam right now?

A:

He's not on Steam but my favorite guide is probably Virgil in the Divine Comedy. That's a pretty epic trip, and wouldn't be half as good without a decent guide.