All publications for 01.09.2021
Broken Roads developer Drop Bear Bytes attributes publishers’ interest in RPGs to Disco Elysium
Australian indie developer Drop Bear Bytes is working on post-apocalyptic RPG Broken Roads, which is due out next year. Prior to signing with Team17, the studio was in talks with 35 publishers. Many of them, it seems, were only interested in the genre because the 2019 indie development darling Disco Elysium proved that a viable market exists for narrative-heavy RPG titles. What those publishers failed to understand, however, is that Disco Elysium does not define the genre.
New PEGI rating criteria labels all games that teach or encourage gambling 18+
PEGI rates games on the age scale ranged from 3 to 18. There are a lot of criteria that impact the rating, with 18+ content including violence, discrimination, sex, and bad language. From now on, any game with gambling elements will automatically get a PEGI 18 rating.
VRTCAL’s Todd Wooten on game ad innovation driven by changing consumer behaviors
Mobile game advertising is evolving in the face of today’s consumer privacy initiatives and changing media consumption habits. However, mobile gaming developers are doing everything they can to protect their revenue sources instead of looking for growth opportunities due to these developments. Fortunately, none are happening overnight, offering developers some time to chart a path forward.
Indie games account for 40% of all units sold on Steam, based on analysis of over 60K titles
Steam has always been a good place for indie games, and this market keeps growing every year. According to a new piece of analysis from VG Insights, indie titles make up 40% of all units sold on Valve’s store.
Devs praise Motive’s Dead Space stream for showing “how making games of this size actually works,” call for more transparency from AAA studios
On August 31, Motive Studio held the first Dead Space dev stream and showed early preproduction build footage featuring assets that might not even make it into the final game. Which is perfectly logical, given that the production is just starting: Motive only began working on the title less than a year ago.