Just like the Kickstarter revolution that has seen 100s of games funded to completion via crowds of fans, there’s a feeling of possession within the project. Game company are not just ‘pre-ordering’ a fascinating new title, they are potentially adding toward its growth. In lots of ways, there is the same appeal as finding and supporting a brand new band using their days gigging in flea-pit pubs it’s that feeling of getting into there first with something awesome and exciting.
Fear and freedom
DayZ, that was apparently inspired by Hall’s survival training whilst in the Nz military, continues to have more than a year of development left. The large test for ‘early access’ games such as this is whether or not the designers can maintain development momentum underneath the pressure of user expectation. While community anticipations can without doubt provide impetus to some small team of developers, almost always there is the risk is could be creatively stifling – particularly if a sizable vocal community has an array of opinions on in which the design is going.
But it is an issue most indie galleries would gladly face. The smartphone application stores are flooded with game company content, and Steam houses something around 3000 game titles, so visibility has become the important thing challenge facing smaller sized designers. Creating a positive community is, then, part from the development process – indeed, to achieve a slot on Steam nowadays, designers need to go with the Greenlight system by which gamers election which new game titles is deserving of in to the store.
The interesting factor about DayZ’s success is this fact is really an uncompromising experience. It’s not a pleasant welcoming simulation title, it’s a raw, bleak and almost entirely emergent survival horror game. The city may be the experience. With millions of gamers, the lesson it seems to become teaching is – give a compelling world and let participants build after that. Is that this the way forward for traditional game design, or even the finish from it?