The latest issue of Gamasutra sister publication Game Developer magazine includes a creator-written postmortem on the making of Hothead's Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness -- Episode One, the company's first foray into downloadable episodic games.
These extracts reveal how the recently-formed company faced development obstacles on a project of smaller scale than those to which its members were accustomed, due to the episodic nature and development experience of the Penny Arcade license holders, as well as how those obstacles were overcome through experience, outsourcing, and studio independence.
Hothead COO Joel DeYoung crafted the postmortem, which was introduced in Game Developer as follows:
"Hothead has brought both downloadable episodic games to both PC and console with this Penny Arcade partnership, and along the way learned some valuable lessons, from the difficulty of working with fresh licensors to the trouble with and benefits of outsourcing. A sidebar from Jerry 'Tycho' Holkins and cover art from Mike 'Gabe' Krahulik round out the piece."