5th December 2003
The full version of Close Approach v2.03 is now available to buy. The full version of Close Approach provides 10 levels. Each level of the full version features a novel twist and gets progressively more challenging, with more asteroids, more power-ups, more enemy ships, larger containment field arenas, and the requirement for different strategies. Bonus levels are also included beyond level 10 - if you can get that far!
21st November 2003
A demo of Close Approach v2.03 is now available. We have decided to put on hold v3, and instead release an improved v2 which you can soon buy directly from us. The latest version features improved asteroid graphics, and asteroids that glow due to the heat of the explosion which breaks them up.
19th September 2002
Photos of the Abstract Worlds stand at the recent ECTS games industry exhibition have been posted on the main Abstract Worlds news page.
Visitors to our stand were treated to a sneak preview of the latest version 3 beta of Close Approach. If you weren't one of the lucky few then don't despair since we have prepared Windows wallpaper of the new artwork for Close Approach v3.
28th August 2002 - Close Approach v3 beta at ECTS
An early beta of Close Approach v3 will be demonstrated at the Abstract Worlds stand at the ECTS games industry exhibition, Earls Court, London, 29-31 Aug 2002.
30th July 2002 - Close Approach v3 announced
Work has started on Close Approach v3. As yet unpublished, the game will be available to purchase online from this website.
Version 3 DVD packaging
22nd February 2002 - Close Approach available in CompUSA stores
Although our publishing contract with Crystal Interactive expired in July 2001, Close Approach v2 has finally made it onto shelves at CompUSA stores across America for $9.99.
Version 2 CD packaging
The CD jewel case can be found in the Bargain Software Games area under Fogware Publishing (JC Research). The publishers are Crystal Interactive working in collaboration with Fogware Publishing (JC Research).
15th October 2001 - New Review
Sketch at the VB Game Programming Web Ring has posted an in-depth review of Close Approach, you can read it here.
1st September 2001 - Draft Artwork and Windows wallpaper available
Draft artwork for Close Approach's new retail CD jewel case, DVD case, and box packaging can now be viewed here. Included in the artwork are Windows Wallpaper images that you can download and use as your desktop background.
1st July 2001 - Publishing Contract with Crystal Interactive Ends
2 years ago, after realising that direct internet sales alone were not a viable means to fund future development, Abstract Worlds entered into an exclusive worldwide publishing contract with Dutch publisher Crystal Interactive, with the intention of getting Close Approach sold in retail channels. Unfortunately the publisher was experiencing problems of its own and just 'sat' on the game for 2 years, failing to deliver a single copy of Close Approach to retail shelves. Even more unfortunate was the fact that the exclusive contract meant that Abstract Worlds was not allowed to sell the game directly over the internet during that time. In the book publishing world, the situation where publishers sit on authors' books is quite commonplace, little did we realise that this could also happen in the 'fast-moving' games publishing world.
Abstract Worlds are currently in discussion with Crystal Interactive with regards to a non-exclusive license renewal. Much has changed at Crystal Interactive recently (it was sold to an American company), and there's always the saying 'better the devil you know'. One thing is for sure, we will not rush into another contract, and we will not make the same mistakes again. We are investigating other channels to market including reopening the direct sales channel over the internet - this will involve releasing a new version of the game with an unlock key mechanism.
Whilst this 2 year period of zero sales was bad for the company books - and very de-moralising for the people - we are still here, and we have not given up. We have undertaken research and development in other areas of 3D technology, and hope to release some new exciting products in 2002. Now that we are free from our restrictive contract, it is just a case of putting it down to experience and looking ahead to the future.
At Abstract Worlds, we apologise for the long period when the full version of the game was not available for purchase. We hope that the availability of the demo version over that time offered some compensation. I would personally like to thank everybody who has visited the website, downloaded and played the game for their interest, support and encouragement.
Abstract Worlds Ltd.
12th December 2000 - Asteroid related newsfeed added to home page
A newsfeed showing recent asteroid related headlines has been added to the home page. Come back often to find out the latest news on asteroids.
28th November 2000 - Close Approach v2 demo released
Close Approach v2 demo is now available as a free download from this site.
The game has been vastly improved ready for its retail release. Have a look at the new screen shots.
Version 2 improvements include:
9th August 2000 - Newsflash
29th June 1999 - Newsflash
1st June 1999
14th March 1999 - Screen shots updated
7th February 1999 - Close Approach v1.1 released
11th January 1999 - added 'Known issues' page
22nd December 1998 - magazine cover CDs schedule
23rd November 1998 - Close Approach v1.0 launched
13th November 1998 - Added Link to ZDNet review