Well this is odd. Mere days after someone hacked the XBLA-exclusive violent beat-em-up, The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, to play on PC, the game's developer Ska Studios has announced that it's actually working on an official PC port.
"Porting Vampire Smile to PC as an enhanced Director's Cut has been something I've been wanting to do since launch," said Ska founder James Silva on the developer's blog. "We had actually broached the subject with Microsoft last Friday, almost a week before this [the hacker port] happened. Nothing's set in stone, but we got the go ahead to make a pre-announcement: we'll be working with Microsoft to bring our stuff to PC."
Regarding the unofficial hack from earlier this week, Silva said, "'Barabus,' the guy responsible for the port/hack, is not a bad guy, and I think he didn't intend to come across the way he came across. Really am honestly flattered that he took the time and effort to reverse engineer Vampire Smile for PC. I heart your enthusiasm, Barabus! (just stop calling it justice, please!) Of course, we can't condone it, but we definitely recognise that the only thing we can really do about it is the original plan: port to PC."
As for why it didn't come to PC before, Silva explained, "the reason The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is not on PC is not because of something secret and evil. Porting is a huge hassle, it's not trivial, and I simply haven't made time for it." He added on NeoGAF, "releasing on PC and working out all of the input, display sizes, graphics options involved is a lot of work."
Silva explained on NeoGAF that as soon as he wrapped up Vampire Smile, Ska went straight to work on its upcoming XBLA - and now PC - co-op brawler Charlie Murder, which took up all of the two-person (and two cat) studio's time. But now that Charlie Murder is almost ready, the studio can revisit Vampire Smile and create a "director's cut" for PC.
"Once Charlie ships, I'd like to try working on a Vampire Smile PC port, but I'd really like to give it a Director's cut treatment - rework some areas, add environmental hazards and new enemies, etc, so we wouldn't really be missing out if there's a cracked torrent with broken shaders floating around somewhere."
In other Ska-related news, the studio just released its launch trailer for Charlie Murder - below - so keep an eye out for that when it comes out later this summer.