Q&A with Zen Studios on the development of Infinite Minigolf

 

Golf is one of the most versatile sports in the world. There are numerous ways the game can be enjoyed, and one of those options is with the putter.

 

To celebrate the world of sniping with the putter, the sports gods created minigolf. Infinite Minigolf is a game that showcases the wackiness and fun of the smaller variation of golf.

 

The game is the successor to Planet Minigolf, a fairly popular game on the PS3, that featured many golf holes designed by the community. This helped keep the game fresh, with new ways to play everyday. It also help make the online experience very enjoyable, and I personally put some solid hours into that game.

 

It’s also yet another game that is added to fairly rich library of golf games that are available now. Infinite Minigolf is part of the new generation of golf games, as we transition into a golden age of gaming, where the industry is stronger than ever before.

 

I had the chance to do a little Q&A with with Desiree Frost at Zen Studios, to talk about the new minigolf game that will release sometime this Summer. Enjoy.

 

Colin Mieczkowski:   What made you guys come up with the idea for Infinite MiniGolf?

 

Desiree Frost: Infinite Minigolf was greatly inspired by Zen’s fans! Zen Studios released Planet Minigolf in 2010 on PlayStation Network which was loved by many players and is still widely played today! Zen received such inspired ideas and feedback from players that we were motivated to bring the audience the long-awaited follow-up minigolf experience.

CM:  Are you guys golf fans, minigolf fans, or just enjoy making fun games?

 

DF: YES! – to all the above.  There are a ton of Minigolf fans here at Zen Studios. In fact, one member of the team wants to open a real life Minigolf course some day! Of course, the common denominator among each of us is that we love to make fun games!

CM:   What are some main courses or locations players can play on?

 

DF: This is our favorite part of Infinite Minigolf – there are an infinite amount of possibilities! Not only are there beautifully designed themed worlds within Infinite Minigolf to explore, but we have also implemented a course curation process that allows players to search for courses that best match their interests! If a player is in search of the most challenging, or maybe the most creatively designed courses, they have access to them. The possibilities of playable courses are endless!

CM:    How much emphasis did you guys put into player customization?

MK: Through gameplay, players can unlock awesome minigolf gear and wearables to modify their character’s style to best suit the player’s personality. There are a ton of cool items to collect in the game!

 

CM:   We know about the game’s deep course designer, what are some of the main things players can look forward to as they dive deep into creation?

 

DF: Again, the endless possibilities inspired by the course creator is Zen’s favorite part of Infinite Minigolf! Players should be excited to see a lot of their feedback and ideas implemented in this portion of the game. The best thing to look forward to in the course creator is the freedom to create to the limits of their imagination! Players construct the courses from beginning to end, creating the course layout, scheming course obstacles, decorating with a ton of fun objects for each theme, and even furnishing their courses with power-ups of their choosing. Once the course has been created, it can be shared with the game community for all to play.

CM:  VR has become a major hit, how excited are you guys about making the game compatible with the PlayStation VR?

 

DF: Zen has had the opportunity to make several VR titles, so when we developed Infinite Minigolf we were excited to bring the beautifully designed game to life in a whole new way, immersing players into the fantastic worlds of Infinite Minigolf. It is also a lot of fun to build courses in VR – you have this feeling that you are a real-life creator and all of these tools are at your fingertips.

CM:  Will players be able to use the PlayStation Move motion controller when in PS VR mode?

 

DF: At this time, we are evaluating the technology to see what would best compliment this particular game.

CM:  Will there be events or tournaments players can participate in when playing online?

 

DF: Players will have the opportunity to host their own custom matchups with friends, but at this time, organized tournaments are not an available feature in Infinite Minigolf.

CM:  Are there any popular features returning from Planet MiniGolf from the PS3 days?

 

DF: Yes! Again, Infinite Minigolf was inspired by Zen’s fans, and through their feedback we identified which features were most important to them. Infinite Minigolf players will find features from Planet Minigolf reimagined for an elevated minigolf experience.

       

CM:  Finally, is there a release date for the game, and where can fans go to learn more about Infinite MiniGolf?

 

DF: We are working hard to finish the game, we will have a release date soon! Stay tuned to our blog, social media or www.infiniteminigolf.com for upcoming announcements.

 

Colin Mieczkowski is the founder of the GP Golf Report and has written about golf, video games and basketball among other topics. He can be followed on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio  and can also be read at Pro Golf Now


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