Recently I had a chance to play through Yooka-Laylee: A game pitched, designed, and executed as a throwback to 90’s 3D platforming. The game wasn’t bad, but it didn’t do anything to stand out in terms of design. With how hit-driven game development is, does playing it safe not work anymore?
Last week, an interesting discussion happened on Twitter following Cuphead’s win at the DICE awards. The executive producer talked about the challenges of designing the game and how they went all in; taking a second mortgage out on their house to finish the game. Many indie developers talked about how this is not the norm of what it means to develop a game over a long period of time.
For today’s post, I want to talk about something that no game designer wants to hear: How do you know when to stop working on your game?
Persistent systems have become an effective way of smoothing out the difficulty curves of rogue-likes, and provide replayability and progression to many video games. Despite their popularity, there are ways to cause the player to lose interest in replaying a game.
This week on the cast, I spoke with co-founder of Indie Bros and long-time member of the Indie Game scene Erik Johnson about what it’s like to be an Indie developer in the market, and how things have changed over the decade.