Looks like the cat is finally (officially) out of the bag!
What was alluded to in a few obscure screenshots and then not very subtly in the YoYo Games Competition 5 rules has now been made official in a Glog post today; that YYG has been hard at work on a version of the Game Maker runner that works on PSP.
YYG also announced that they have hired Russel Kay as their Chief Technical Officer in charge of all future Game Maker development. Kay is the former Senior Software Architect for Realtime Worlds, and while his new post at YYG seems to imply that Mark Overmars may not be taking as big a role in future versions of Game Maker, Sandy (presumably) tries to set those fears to rest in the announcement:
Also, don’t worry about Mark Overmars, he won’t be disappearing. Mark is too busy with his University commitments to take up a full time role at YoYo Games, but he has recently strengthened his links with us and he has been fully involved in the process of recruiting Russell at every stage. Mark has already been working closely with Russell and he will continue to have a great influence on Game Maker and our community.
I’m pretty excited for YYG and Game Maker – I think that if they can successfully make the jump to consoles / handhelds they could become a very lucrative company (almost like Steam for consoles / handhelds). I also think that with new talent on board, we might see larger advancements in the power of Game Maker, and sooner.
Of course, if they can’t make that happen it could spell the end of Game Maker. But with a lot of smart, talented people on board, I’m not concerned about that. Interesting news, anyway.