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Submitted by Lavalamp 366d ago | news

PlayStation Plus 'massively inflated' my audience, says Thomas Was Alone creator

Thomas Was Alone "sold really well" on Vita and PS3 since its April launch according to creator Mike Bithell, and in particular through PlayStation Plus where uptake has been "ridiculous" and "amazing." Bithell told Joystiq Thomas Was Alone, or "the rectangle game" as he self-mockingly called it, found its way into more hands through Plus than any other "platform" up to that point - the indie platformer launched on PC last summer before coming to Steam later in the year. (Mike Bithell, PS Vita, PS3, Thomas Was Alone)

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cleft5  +   366d ago
Glad to hear things are working out for him. Thomas was Alone is an amazing game.
TechnicianTed  +   366d ago
"PlayStation Plus 'massively inflated' my *****" , says Thomas Was Alone creator"

There's something wrong with my copy and paste, keeps censoring words for some reason. I need to get my pc fixed.

On topic, I really need to try this game out.
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GribbleGrunger  +   366d ago
At first you'll be delighted at the voice over but you'll probably wonder what all the fuss is about, but stick with it and all will become clear!
ravinash  +   365d ago
I may have to go back to it and play it again... I did stop after the first few levels.
TechnicianTed  +   366d ago
I did see it on ps+ the other month, I don't know if it's still on there, don't know why I didn't download it tbh. I'll have to check later when everyone's finished watching all their crap on tv.
iamnsuperman  +   366d ago
I did a review for the user reviews here back in Jan for the PC http://n4g.com/channel/thom...

I have since played it on the Vita and it is exactly same. My advice is get your hands on it. It does have its problems but it is the best character design (strange since they are shapes), and storytelling than any other game I have played
fardan85  +   366d ago
I believe we will see more indie games on ps+ when the ps4 released later this year.
I don't know how much they will get from Sony, but beside the cash they will get, there's also marketing, wider audience will try the game.
If I were in the dev shoe then I'd do something simple with the next games, simply write (From the creator of "name of the game submitted for PS+"), specially if the first prior game did well. It will help gamers in recognizing the dev.
I really wish indie dev the best with their games. With their games and ideas, they're are providing us with good times.
WeAreLegion  +   366d ago
My wallet is ready for whatever else this guy dishes out in the future!
Dlacy13g  +   366d ago
One question I have always wanted to know is what kind of % share does a dev like this get having his game on PSN+ vs if he just released on PSN as a paid game. I fully get his audience is huge on PSN+ since all members can download for "free" but how is that impacting his bottom line?

It's fascinating to me to be honest. Sony has monthly revenue that they take in... I am assuming a revenue share is only on the table for the dev for the month the game is being offered to the PSN+ members. So the dev wont get back royalties for any games "re-downloaded" but instead they just get a % cut from the month offered.

That's just my assumption mind you... anyone know how it actually works?
iceman06  +   366d ago
I haven't heard about indies. I did read an article for the AAA devs that suggested that it was a minimal return in money with the trade-off being a maximal amount of exposure for the game and the future games from said developer. It's like an advertisement for a game that you might not have ever given a try, but once you get hooked you'd be willing to pay when it or anything else comes out from the same devs. That being said, I sure that there has to be some sort of revenue sharing for indies because they couldn't afford to just throw money away...unless it would cost more to advertise than to give away the game. Now you have me thinking as well.
SandWitch  +   366d ago
It's a fixed amount of money agreed between the developer/publisher and Sony. That's all I know
stevehyphen  +   366d ago
I bet a lot of the Plus purchasers were Vita owners. Seems that a lot of Vita owners are desperate for games and may have purchasing power to take what they can get.

More network games need to show up on Vita. Castle Crashers, Fat Princess, Scott Pilgrim, Shatter, flOw, Pixeljunk games, there are a lot out there that I would play the poop out of if they were on Vita. I just don't have time to play indie and/or network games and still get AAA games done on ps3.
_FantasmA_  +   366d ago
You sir are a douche. Many of us have had Plus since before Vita was swimming around looking for an egg to fertilize. Plus was already a 10/10 before Vita and PS4 were added to the program. Now its like a 50/10 and my head is going to explode. You get to be the lucky one to clean up the mess because its obvious you have too much time on your hands.
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stevehyphen  +   366d ago
I meant people who bought Thomas Was Alone with the plus discount were possibly vita owners. Seeing as how that's what the post is about, it was implied.
I bought into plus before I bought a vita and before they brought IGC to it.

By the way, if you're going to debate, you never retort with personal insults. That means you're losing.
_FantasmA_  +   365d ago
You're the one who resorted to personal attacks first when you call us Vita gamers desperate. If we were desperate we would not spend several hundred on machine if didn't have enough games.
stevehyphen  +   362d ago
Are you kidding me? I own almost half of the vita library. I even bought two of the memory cards including the $100 32GB.
A) please try to read between the lines before getting defensive
B) desperation is not a personal attack, and
C) I actually am desperate at the moment as vita does have a decent amount of games and some of them pretty good, but does not cater to every type of gamer.

I'm waiting on a good FPS, a good beat 'em up/rpg, and if the gods allow it, a Skate game. Luckily, two of the three will be satisfied in the next two months with the releases of dragon's crown and killzone. Muramasa did not satisfy me like I believe dragon's crown will.
superterabyte  +   366d ago
Downloaded the game the day it came out for my vita. Really really solid platformer and voice over's were amazing. The voice over guy sounded familiar I'm sure He did Assassins creed and some children's TV programs; whoever he is he did a fine job
G20WLY  +   366d ago
It's a bloke called Danny Wallace, he's quite a funny guy. Writes witty colummns for magazines and has done some presenting, but it seems he has a real talent for voice overs currently.

He did a great job on this game :)

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