The Future of Buildbox: A Letter to the Community

By August 26, 2020Buildbox

Hi Buildbox Community,

I’m nearing the end of my first month as CEO of the company, and it’s been exciting meeting the community, meeting the team here at Buildbox, and digging into our future direction. With those first few weeks behind me, I’d like to share with the community some of my early plans for the product.

First, let me say I am really excited about the future of Buildbox. I took on this job because I love video games and I was inspired by the promise of Buildbox that enables anyone to make games. At its core, Buildbox is a great product. But, as I review where we are, there’s some changes we need to make.

Having spoken with many of you, read your survey feedback, reviewed the comments on our forums and Discord channels, it’s inspiring to see everything you’ve created! It’s also clear there’s areas we can improve about the product. The truth is we have work to do to deliver on our vision of empowering everyone to make video games.

I believe strongly in community, and more importantly, listening to our community; the feedback you have, the challenges you face, and how our products can be improved to better meet your needs. So, for the near term, our focus is going to be on responding to as much of your feedback as possible. To summarize those changes:

We’re Focusing on Quality & Ease of Use

Buildbox is an incredible product, but as many of you know, there are some bugs and crashes that have been hanging around for a while, some UI improvements the community has asked for, and some of our tutorials and documentation need some updates. We’re going to be focusing on addressing these things immediately, so you can have confidence in the product.

We’re Re-Releasing Buildbox 2

Buildbox 2 is an incredible product that has powered so many hit 2D games and is loved by the community. We think it’s a shame for it to be sitting on the shelf. Buildbox 3 will continue to evolve as we further invest in making it easier to make 3D games, but if your goal is 2D, we want you to have access to this great product.

We’ll Continue to Invest in Features

I’ve seen so many great requests for new capabilities in the product to expand the kinds of games you can make. We’re going to be focusing on expanding the core game-making capabilities of the products to give you more options for the kinds of games you want to make.

We Want Your Feedback

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be building out our roadmap for the things I mentioned above. We want your input. I’m going to be hosting several events:

[Live AMA in Discord – September 16, 11 AM PST]
[Livestream – September 30, 10 AM PST]

Submit Your Questions

We’re betting on all of you, our developers. It’s the foundation of the company and our future success. I look forward to charting our course for the product together, with you. 

Wishing you all the best,

Mike Seavers

Mike Seavers

About Mike Seavers

Mike Seavers is CEO at Buildbox and comes from a gaming background (former CTO at Riot Games) with twenty-five years of experience building and leading technology and product organizations.