Game Dev Tycoon Launches On Steam
What's it like to manage a game studio and grow it from the ground up? Well, gamers have been (sort of) answering that question for quite a while on mobile and now Steam gamers can get in on all of the fun as Game Dev Tycoon finally arrives on Valve's digital distribution service.
How hard is it to bring your idea for a game to market? How to you rebound if it sells poorly? If it's a success, will you abandon it for a new IP or will you fall into the rut of churning out sequel after sequel? It's easy to complain about a series like Madden or Call of Duty for offering up a new iteration on an annual basis, but when you see firsthand how sound that type of investment can be, will you really be able to stick by your guns and risk it all to pursue your next passion project, knowing full well it could sink your entire studio and cost your employees their livelihood?
Okay, so maybe Game Dev Tycoon isn't quite as dramatic as all of that, but those are exactly the type of scenarios you'll be facing as Greenheart Games' “build your own studio” simulator arrives on Steam.
“The simulation game tasks players with managing a successful game development studio [and] offers a simple interface, making it easy for anyone who is curious about the world of game development to give it a try,” reads a statement from Greenheart. “The game aims to cater to both fans of traditional tycoon style games as well as casual players.”
While the regular retail price will be 10 bucks, Steam users can grab it at a discounted rate of $7.99. The Steam version of Game Dev Tycoon offers a longer storyline, new platforms to develop games for, new artwork, and additional updates based on player feedback, growing the game beyond the standard limits of its original release.
“Players will start their humble business in a garage in the 11980's,” continues the statement from Greenheart. “As they research new technologies, create best-selling games, hire and train staff, they will grow their business and their impact on the industry. Players get the ability to make their own virtual games, choose the genre and what platform to release on. As they grow, they will get opportunities to move into bigger offices and unlock secret labs, become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fame.”
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