In early November we released an Open Alpha version of Super Angling to the world. You can find it on itch.io. The price is free.
Being our first independent release we didn’t market it outside of a couple social media posts. The goal was to just put it out there. If people play it we would be thrilled. We hope they will enjoy it and provide some feedback.
While most documentation on video game releases is doom and gloom except for a select few games we did get a decent number of downloads while being promoted on the homepage of itch.io. With that said we did confirm that all that data surrounding releasing is in fact true. Competition is real.
During our first 7 days on the itch.io market place the average number of games released per hour was approximately 6. That is a total of about 1044 games released in one week. That is a massive amount of entertainment hours being offered to the public. It is understandable this its hard to get noticed just on a market place. With the number of entertainment options available people are less tempted to try an unknown product with the chance its a waste of their time.
One of the most fascinating things we learned is that even free games get “pirated” and distributed by others looking to capitalize on ad revenue. We had lost distribution control with in hours due to site scrapers that target itch.io. We have yet to publish our first update so we are hopefully that they will copy the updates as well.
Our next public appears will be the Champlain Games Festival this spring. With that is gives us a solid quarter to solidify what we want to show. More info on this as we approach. Follow us on Twitter for more up to date information in addition to these quarterly updates.
If you are a student studying game design, art, or programming please reach out to us if what we are doing looks interesting to you. We would love to talk.
Its been one year. What a year. We are forever thankful for the fans that have been supporting us during this first year of our existence. Here is to an even better 2019.