Hexels is growing up!

Hello, friends!

Ken here, with the biggest announcement we’ve made since originally releasing Hexels.  It’s been a great experience for me and Ted since we started Hexels back in–I think–August 2011.  Seeing people try out Hexels and post their artwork is amazing.  We feel proud of every piece of Hexels art we see, knowing that we had a hand in making it.  And that’s such an amazing feeling, it would be a shame not to share it with others.

So today, we’ve very excited to announce that Hexels is becoming part of Marmoset.

In case you’re not familiar with them, Marmoset is an art tools company, like Hex-Ray, that was started by old friends of ours.  They’re best known for Toolbag, a popular 3D material editor and renderer that does some of the best real-time graphics on the market, and the Skyshop plugin that brought image-based lighting to Unity.

They’re a little bigger than Hex-Ray.  Six people (well, a couple more now) compared to Hex-Ray’s two.  And they’re six of the nicest, smartest people we know.

So what does this mean for me, Ted, and Hexels?

Ken:  Ken is going to work with Marmoset and will continue to be the programmer for Hexels.

Ted:  Ted will be focusing on independent game development projects like the awesome Crypt of the NecroDancer, which was just release a few days ago on Steam!

Hexels:  There were always a lot of things Ted and I didn’t know how to do very well.  Ken will be able to draw on their extensive tools and knowledge, not to mention…ahem…marketing expertise.  Now, with the help and experience of our friends at Marmoset, Hexels will become a much better program with improved community interaction.  And don’t worry, Ken will still be the primary director of Hexels, so the vision that inspired it will continue to do so.  Amazing things are in store for Hexels!

Ted and I are both very excited about this, and you should be too!  Hexels has a great future ahead of it.  Ted and I are incredibly grateful for all the support we’ve gotten from our customers over the years, and I’m looking forward to even more years of customer support ;)

For more information, see Marmoset’s announcement about this and the new Hexels page on the Marmoset site!

Also, check out this awesome promo video Mira (my new co-worker) put together for Hexels!