Back in 2018, Sam made the initial sketches for a management game where the player protects their base from waves of approaching enemies. But Sam’s coding abilities were limited. So, he learned as he went along. While this inevitably resulted in disorganised code, it allowed time for the game’s concept and mechanics to mature. Because Sam was only able to work on the game during time off from university, progress was gradual. After 18 months and a period of beta testing, Final Outpost was ready to release onto the App Store.
Exceeding all expectations, Final Outpost reached 100,000 downloads within two months. Initial traction came from a small marketing campaign, which then grew from discovery on the App Store. Feedback was hugely positive; the Final Outpost Discord server was filling up with new members as the average rating from over 2,000 reviews reached 4.4/5. Sam released a number of patches during this time and began work on a significant content update with his friend Ewan later in the year. Final Outpost 1.1 introduced a host of new features, reworked mechanics, and UI improvements.
At the same time, demand for an Android version of the game was rapidly accelerating. To realise this, Sam founded Exabyte Games with Ewan and his brother, Ben. Our nascent Unity development team led by Ben entirely re-engineered Final Outpost for both iOS and Android, releasing Final Outpost 1.2 in August 2021. The update came with dynamic lighting effects, pathfinding, new resources and buildings, seasons, multi-language support, and much more.
Embracing the excitement of Final Outpost 1.3, which introduced dynamic weather and Game Center support, the team shifted gears to enhance graphics and refine the player experience. Our talented graphical artist, Harriett, re-imagined every character and building, seamlessly blending the game world and user interface. Driven by the invaluable feedback and enthusiasm of the Final Outpost community, we're inspired to continuously expand the game as we enter our 6th year of development.
While we remain dedicated to delivering regular updates that breathe new life into the game, our gaze now turns toward the future of Exabyte Games. Grounded in our core values, we are exploring exciting new game concepts that will shape both our upcoming releases and Exabyte Games itself.