[quote=“Daffyflyer”]Uh… so Steam is harder than some hypothetical method of installing Automation that doesn’t actually exist and won’t exist?
GOG might be something we look at eventually, but for now we want to keep maintenance as simple as possible and keep it on as few platforms as possible. As far as we can tell from talking to some publishers, going onto GOG wouldn’t justify the extra work required to maintain it. Plus of course there is the whole piracy thing, and the fact that I’m not sure how we’d handle the multiplayer stuff in the GOG version.[/quote]
Seriously though. Isn’t their fancy new steam-like client they are working on supposed to handle patching, multiplayer etc. ? Obviously you should focus on Steam release right now and get that out of the door before thinking about other platforms. I can live with steam as much as I don’t like to use it, Automation wouldn’t be first Steam-only game I own, excuse me rented for indefinite amount of time. I was just thinking that prolonging life of your launcher just long enough so you can give people choice where they want their game instead of mandatory steam would make some people happier and you’d avoid angry fan-mail from people who won’t use steam because of religious reasons. Maintaining your own launcher/patcher for the sake of it isn’t best idea long term I think. Unlike branching out to another distribution channel it won’t really net you more sales so that extra work is pretty much wasted. I guess it all comes down to how well it does on steam (and how badly you want to get rid of your launcher), if sales are so-so to very good to I’ll-just-hire-people-to-finish-this-for-me, branching out becomes an option. If it doesn’t sell all that well on steam then there is no reason to believe GOG or any other platform will be any better. Yes, I’m telling you that you should decide what works for you, yourself not with forum poll.
I do think that with some polish, maybe marketing, maybe article or two it should sell pretty damn good. You’re not quirky pixel-retro platformer, you don’t compete with anything even remotely similar and just on that doomy and gloomy predictions of 3 dollar sales will miss the mark.