If skateboarding game Decksplash doesn't clock over 100okay players during a free week, it dies

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Developing and launching a game is a dangerous sufficient proposition, however for an indie studio to launch a multiplayer game is fraught with hazard. We’ve seen so many smaller on-line video games launch, discover zero players and die out.

Bossa Studios (I Am Bread, Surgeon Simulator) are hedging their bets. Unless their upcoming on-line skateboarding game Decksplash can draw 100,000 players during a free occasion subsequent week, they’re going to be cancelling improvement.

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Bossa have been surprisingly up-front in regards to the seriousness of this determination, with Matt ‘Malford’ Alford, QA director (and lone QA tester, so… not a very massive division to direct) produced a video explaining why they’re taking this method.

As questionable as the choice might initially appear – it’s undeniably a minimum of half advertising and marketing stunt – there’s a sure pragmatism to it. A multiplayer game will stay or die primarily based solely on how many individuals are enjoying it, and if a well-known studio like Bossa cannot draw the crowds, then there’s not a lot level investing additional time in improvement.

They’re not holding the complete, polished game hostage right here, however relatively making an early determination as as to if it’s viable to proceed work on it in as Early Access. 

Personally, I’ll be one of many players making an attempt it out during the free week. I’ve all the time had a gentle spot for the sooner Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video games, and Decksplash seems like it blends that with equal components Rocket League and Splatoon. Two video games absolutely deserving to be referenced extra typically.

Decksplash’s free week begins on Steam on November 2nd, and if a minimum of 100,000 players strive it earlier than the 10th, they’re going to be launching it onto Early Access as a paid, business title.

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