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Is Handmade Hero ever going to finish?

First of all let me say that my questions are not meant as attacks on Casey or the community.

I discovered the project a few months ago, and started following recently. In the first few videos Casey mentioned something that this project may take 2 years or so. I'm not holding his word against him or anything. I believe he didn't plan/know how long it'd take. So this brings me to the following questions:

  1. Why has Handmade Hero taken so long to reach a "finished" game?
  2. Has Casey mentioned that it is near the end or something?
  3. How many lines of code is the game now?
Simon Anciaux
1275 posts
Is Handmade Hero ever going to finish?
  1. Casey only streams Handmade hero once a week now, and not every week as he's working on other projects. Handmade hero is not his job. Also I think when Casey said 2 years, he meant two years if he was working on it full time.
  2. I don't think so.
  3. The code from day 638 contains 42402 lines.
174 posts
Is Handmade Hero ever going to finish?

Besides Simon's points, the actual "programming" on Handmade Hero is not that long. Most videos, on average, are about 2 hours long, and with 667 videos, it comes out at around 1334 hours. If you work full time (8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for a total of 40 hours per week), then it's only been around 33-34 weeks (just a little more than half a year). Not considering that most of the time is for explaining and "blackboard" videos, or streaming in 2 hours chunk usually breaks the flow.

Mārtiņš Možeiko
2453 posts / 2 projects
Is Handmade Hero ever going to finish?
Edited by Mārtiņš Možeiko on

That's pretty accurate estimate. Exact length of regular "handmade day xyz" videos is almost 1262 hours. This is excluding any chat, ray, and prestream video time. So that is ~31.5 full-time work weeks.