The End of the Flash Player and what it means for Lambtaco

As some of you may have heard, Adobe recently announced it’s plans to end support for the Flash player in 2020. Basically, all browser-based swf files (Flash games) won’t work any more some time that year. It sucks, and it’s been a long time coming.

First, I want to say that I will keep all the games as downloadable swf files here on site. So you will still be able to play the games after official swf support ends. There are and will always be stand alone swf players for most OSs. Lambtaco games aren’t going anywhere. There just might be a bit more work involved in getting them running.

Second up is future games. Any games I start from now on will be made using the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software, and can be made into their own programs for various platforms. Browser based versions may also be on the table. Unfortunately, older games (which includes everything I’ve published to date) cannot be converted as they were written using ActionScript2. This includes games I have already started. Namely, A Koopa’s Revenge 1 remake, AKR2’s 1.2 update, and AVGN: Trapped in the NES. My options moving forward are to scrap them, finish them as soon as possible, or restart them in more portable forms. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I’m leaning toward finishing them ASAP for all three, possibly restarting the AKR1 remake.

That’s about all I’ve got to say about it for now. Next post should be the second AKR3 Idea Blog.