By Matt Martin, Monday, 19 February 2018 10:07 GMT How do you distinguish your battle royale game mode in what has become the new Next Big Thing in games? Take the player count up from 100 to 400. Mavericks: Proving Ground is a 1000-player survival game from Automaton, built using Improbable’s SpatialOS technology which will allow it to build a 12km game map. The first playable battle royale mode is due this spring and intends to support 400 players, with the game expanding to 1000 players when it’s released in 2019. If that all sounds ambitious, Automaton just received $10 million to build the project. The first teaser above doesn’t give a lot away, apart from the distant sound of gunfire, but it’s certainly got our hearts pumping a little faster. The success of PUBG and Fortnite has proven battle royale modes are a hit with players, and prompted a number of developers to reveal their in-progress projects. Egress is a battle royale game with Souls-like … [Read more...] about Mavericks: Proving Grounds is a 1000-player survival game with a 400-player battle royale mode
Well here I am, talking to publishers again. I thought that time was over, because as I’ve said before, I believe most publishers aren’t that helpful for indies past the money they provide. I still think this is mostly true. But guess what – that money has to come from somewhere, and these days it sure isn’t coming from selling indie games. Since money is so tough to come by through direct sales as an independent developer, money from publishers, and the fanbase and access that comes with their influence, can be a big decider of success. Even that slight edge you get from being “a Devolver game” or “an Atlus game” can be a big boon, and help set you up for future success. On top of that, consoles are important again. Since there are fewer games released on console, you’ve got a better shot at getting a slice of the pie. Unfortunately, some platforms remain gated behind devkits that can be difficult to acquire if you’re … [Read more...] about Always Be Pitching: How to find and talk to publishers to survive as an indie
No. Let’s not be ridiculous. But there are so many examples of bad survival games that it’s important to remember the good ones. So that’s what we are doing on the latest RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. We’re breaking stones over the heads of rubbish survival games, but cooking, salting and eating the delicious ones. Adam wraps himself up in The Long Dark but reluctantly sets Project Zomboid on fire to stay warm. Matt gets sea sickness from Subnautica but wants to swim again anyway. And Brendan freedives into Subnautica too, in an attempt to escape from all the mediocre survival games set on red planets. But it’s not all barbequed fish and pointy sticks. We’ve also been powering through some cracking January games. Adam is climbing a mountain in tough but tight platformer Celeste, Matt is second guessing the good intentions of the cyberpunk protagonists in The Red Strings Clubs, and Brendan is still wandering about in a daze at card game … [Read more...] about Podcast: Should survival games die?
Darwin Project, the multiplayer survival game set in the great white north of the Canadian Rockies where the weather will kill you only slightly more slowly than a bullet, will kick off open beta testing with a weekend event set to get underway today at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. During the beta, developer Scavengers Studio will host a series of matches on Mixer in order to test the new "Live Spectator Interactions" feature. Spectators will have the ability to place bets on competitors and help the Show Director, a player who monitors the action from above and hands out "unique, arena-shaping" bonuses and punishments to players it deems deserving, decide which of the combatants is deserving of special attention. "You haven't lived until you've seen a whole server of players stop what they're doing to hunt down the poor sap you just revealed on their minimaps," Scavenger Studio said. "Classic." That might sound a little harsh, but the developers said in November that one of … [Read more...] about Wintry battle royale game Darwin Project is holding an open beta weekend
Ever since Metal Gear Survive was first announced, the game has been heavily criticized by fans of the franchise, both for being a major departure from series norms as well as the lack of involvement by Hideo Kojima. While many have already written Metal Gear Survive off, those willing to give it a chance will have an opportunity next week, more than a month before its official launch. As announced by Konami, the open beta for Metal Gear Survive will take place from January 18 to 21 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No PC beta has been announced yet, but PS4 and Xbox One gamers will have a chance to try out the game’s online co-op functionality next week. The beta will give players the opportunity to test the game’s building mechanics as well as its wave-based survival gameplay. Anyone participating in the Metal Gear Survive open beta will be happy to learn that playing it will yield some rewards for the main game. Specifically, participating in … [Read more...] about Metal Gear Survive Beta Begins Next Week, New Trailer Released