"Just recently Housemarque launched a Gamescom 2018 trailer for their new battle royal game "Stormdivers". Well, I think that Housemarque is becoming yet another face in the crowd, and this is the reason why" - Sharn Daniels, TGG.
The problem is Housemarquee had to adapt in order to survive. There old style of games weren’t selling well, as evidenced by their blog post saying exactly that. They weren’t getting the support they should have been getting so now they have to change things up or face closing down. I would make the change to survive too
It's a shame but it's a fact for a lot of small, independent developers. The bar is constantly being raised with each gen and smaller devs are being priced out if they don't have a hit or a huge publisher backing them up and even then there's no guarantee they'll survive.
Adapting to survive makes sense in theory but honestly speaking, if they weren't making money off of awesome twin stick shooters, they certainly aren't going to hit the jackpot with a low-budget battle royale game. They're one of my favourite devs and I'd love it if they were acquired by Sony. They're basically already Sony exclusive devs anyway (I know they have games on other platforms but the majority has been Sony exclusive). Sony should buy them and up their budget and see what kind of awesome ideas they come up with.
That would be my point exactly, and that sounds like a much better plan imo.
But to a me too game...I don't know.
Before they stood out, Now they don't. I can't see how this is going to help them be more successful. Targetting a passionate niche audience is still better than offering generic mainstream games in my book. I understand that they weren't very profitable so things had to change but why go from oustanding niche games to the biggest mainstream trend? Surely there must be a compromise between the two. I wouldn't be surprised if their new game bombs to be honest. It's really a shame. I hoper it turns out good but I'm very sceptical.
You are right, and this is a very risky gamble imo...
Then it's most likely not hte best of ideas to go for a battle royal game, since the genre is already swamped atm...
The genre is swamped? I think that's a bit of an exaggeration.
Yeah they didn't have much choice. They couldn't stay the course.
A sad, sad truth. I hope they go back to the genre that they are immaculate at and is sadly under-represented. Diversity is needed in this industry...
Diversity is needed, unfortunately so are sales and Housemarque already stated that their past games underperformed. So to stay afloat, they had to get with the trends. Hopefully they can bring something to this style of gameplay and hopefully they'll get the support needed so they can possibly go back to what people loved about them.
So it's been said, but I hardly doubt that yet another battle royal game is going to solve their problems...Imo, they need to bring in someone that could help them cut their costs, improve sales and so on.
I don't get why their games didn't sell even though they kick-ass, but this is not good for anyone. I mean, just like you said, diversity is very much needed, or else everything will look and feel the same.
I honestly can't blame them for this decision they're previous games whilst awesome didn't sell well they are simply doing what they have to in order to stay afloat.
Is it too difficult to develop Dead Nation 2 instead of ..... this?
To be honest they are setting themselves up for failure. They should have known that there is no way to penetrate the battle royale’s market right now unless you bring something very unique to the table, and even then there is still no guarantee of success.
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