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Development on Towns abandoned again but a third party may pick up the rights

Development on Towns abandoned again for windows pc mac linux

Development on Towns, an early Steam Greenlight title, has been abandoned for the second time this year, but there’s a chance that a #thirdparty may pick up the #rights, its former developers said this week.

Towns is a city-building role-playing game that was released on Steam in November 2012 for $14.99, with the promise of future updates that would fill out the title with more features. This was well before Valve officially kicked off its Steam Early Access program — that didn’t happen until March 2013.

The game did well: As of the end of July 2013, the developers said they had sold more than 200,000 copies for revenue in excess of $2 million. But updates on Towns‘ progress were sporadic, and this past February, co-creator Xavi Canal announced that he was ending further development because he was “really burned about the game and all it involves.” Later that month, Canal chose a new developer, Florian Frankenberger, to take over stewardship of Towns. Frankenberger, who goes by the moniker Moebius, said earlier this week that he, too, was leaving the project because it wasn’t financially sustainable for him to continue working on it.

According to Frankenberger, he agreed to work on Towns for 15 percent of the developers’ monthly income from sales of the game — an amount that was “already well below my normal salary,” he said. But that figure was based on a certain number of copies sold per month, and sales of Towns have plummeted since Frankenberger came on board; according to him, they’re now one-third of what they were when he joined the Towns team.

“To be completely honest, I can’t work for that little amount. I have to pay for the rent and food and this doesn’t really suffice for any of it,” said Frankenberger. “I hope you are not too disappointed. And if you are: I’m really sorry.”

While Frankenberger and Canal are abandoning Towns, they have some alternate plans. Instead of continuing development on a game that hundreds of thousands of people have paid for, they’re considering a sequel.

Towns as an idea has a lot of further potential. But the current game would need a lot of heavy changes to make them happen,” Frankenberger explained. He added that he and Canal have discussed a possible Towns 2, but it’s not a sure thing yet. Their hope, said Frankenberger, is that a full sequel would allow them to “implement all the cool things that are not possible at the moment [in the original Towns]; generate new buzz for a new game; and “have a financially sound basis for a long development of Towns 2.” He added that Towns players would be rewarded “in some way” if a sequel is released.

In a separate forum post that went up a day after Frankenberger’s, Canal announced that an outside party — “a well-known player who works for one of the bigger gaming companies,” according to Canal — is interested in acquiring the rights to Towns and continuing development. Canal hopes to come to an agreement with that individual, but he said that if that doesn’t happen, he will look into hiring someone else to keep working on the game.

Reblogged from: polygon.com

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Indie Royale, New Game Bundle for Linux

Indie Royal is another great game bundle that has been getting lots of love from the community. Every two weeks, a new game bundle is served.

So far, Indie Royale team has released many bundles in past but most of the times, games were not available for Linux. However, they have launched a new ‘Alpha Collection’ bundle where all games are available for Linux.

These games are currently in Alpha stages of development. By paying minimum amount of $5 (current minimum), you get three games, all subsequent updates and the final version. These proceeds will help devs in funding the game development.

Towns, a city building and management game mixed with an RPG that draws inspiration from titles spanning Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Majesty. Instead of playing the hero who delves deep into the dungeon, players oversee the town that houses and caters the hero’s needs.

Along the way, players can craft unique weapons, obtain randomized loot and build a settlement capable of holding back the forces that rise up from the active dungeon upon which the town sits.

Towns Desura Trailer – Indie Royale

3079 is a futuristic, open-world action first-person role playing game, and an alleged lovechild of Minecraft and Fallout, with a block-like world, futuristic action, and role-playing elements played in a first-person perspective. 3079’s randomly generated areas, buildings, items, quests and characters make it an entertaining open-world experience.

3079 Trailer – Indie Royale

Wyv and Keep: the Temple of the Lost Idol is a lusciously pixelated 2D co-op puzzle platformer. Dubbed as a more fiendish version of Blizzard’s classic The Lost Vikings, the game features two young treasure hunters venturing into the land of Amazonia.

Take control of the duo and use teamwork to solve mind-bending puzzles, navigate challenging action sequences, and find hidden riches deep within an ancient temple. Play by yourself, with a friend locally on one keyboard, or online, dodging fiendish traps, evading cannibalistic pygmies, shopping for hats, and even exploring an active volcano. Even create and share your own puzzles with the included cartographer.


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Indie Royale debuts first ever Alpha Collection

The Indie Royale game bundle site has debuted its first-ever Alpha Collection, with buyers being able to play and help fund to completion three in-development titles, including the vaunted Dwarf Fortress-esque PC, Mac and Linux title Towns.

This now-available bundle was hand-picked to include three games with immediately fun, playable ‘alpha’ versions and current or imminent PC, Mac and Linux versions. Each of the developers has committed to providing updates regularly to all Indie Royale buyers until the title is complete.

Leading off the the Alpha Bundle is SMP’s Towns, a city building and management game mixed with an RPG that draws inspiration from titles spanning Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress and Majesty. Instead of playing the hero who delves deep into the dungeon, players oversee the town that houses and caters the hero’s needs.

Along the way, players can craft unique weapons, obtain randomized loot and build a settlement capable of holding back the forces that rise up from the active dungeon upon which the town sits. Towns is available on PC, Mac, and Linux.

The second title being Alpha funded is developer Phr00t’s 3079 — an alleged lovechild of Minecraft and Fallout, with a block-like world, futuristic action, and role-playing elements played in a first-person perspective. 3079’s randomly generated areas, buildings, items, quests and characters make it an entertaining open-world experience, with Alpha funding helping to power many new additions over the next few months. PC, Mac, and Linux funders can dive into the single player and online multiplayer action now.

Finally, the Alpha Collection’s sleeper title is Wyv and Keep: the Temple of the Lost Idol is a lusciously pixelated 2D co-op puzzle platformer from A Jolly Corpse. Dubbed as a more fiendish version of Blizzard’s classic The Lost Vikings, players can control Wyv and Keep with one keyboard, and two players can play locally or online.

Players use boxes and even their own bodies to traverse gaps, activate switches, collect treasures, and reach exits in dozens of levels. A Windows PC build is currently downloadable, and purchasers’ contributions will help fund the Mac and Linux versions of the game. These are planned to become available for all Alpha Collection buyers in the next 3 to 6 months.

The Alpha Collection launches with a recommended €/£/$10 for the titles (downloadable as standalone executables and also redeemable via Desura), but a fluctuating minimum that starts at $5 USD and moves up from there. Generous purchasers will bring the minimum bundle price lower over the seven days of the bundle.

More information on the Al pha Collection, including time left to buy, is available at its official website or via its Facebook and Twitter pages.

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