After months of wraslin with it, we have finally made some decisions about the future of Basketball Classics that you may find interesting.
I. Developed by Namo Gamo / Published by Namo Gamo
Long story short: we actively searched out indie game publishers, spoke with several, but ultimately we decided to go it alone.
This wasn’t an easy decision. I swear we read every word written on the internet about advice for indie game developers looking to get published (like this enema of a video, devoid of all fun). We did our best to put together a sales pitch we could take to any publisher who might listen. Then we waited patiently for the inevitable bidding war. Needless to say, it didn’t go as we hoped.
I can’t say it was entirely unsuccessful though. We definitely drummed up some interest and spent some quality time with helpful people in the industry. In the end, it was nothing more than a great learning experience. The biggest lesson being that publishers take their own risks by signing on a game.
We kept reminding ourselves that crap games sometimes get published because they were based on proven properties or developers.
Then on the flip side of that, earth shattering titles like Nidhogg, Super Meat Boy, and even Minecraft were all self-published.
I absolutely recognize that publishers play a vital role, even if no money is put forth up front. Getting your game in front of the right people is critical and promotion is challenging and expensive. Then, no matter what happens, you may always question if it paid off for you both in the end.
To quote Kevin Garnett “Timing is everything. Chemistry is something that you don’t just throw in the frying pan and mix it up with another something, then throw it on top of something, then fry it up and put it in a tortilla and put in a microwave, heat it up and give it to you and expect it to taste good. You know? For those of you who can cook, y’all know what I’m talking about. If y’all can’t cook, this doesn’t concern you.
II. First Stop, Early Access
It must have been around the time that we said “blocking needs to be harder” or when we said “blocking needs to be easier” or was it “we need to make these faster” or maybe “we need to make these slower”, but at some point we recognized we needed help. We need to hear from a larger audience in order to find a true balance.
Early Access on Steam seemed like a great spot for us to release the game at this point, with the understanding that critical features are still in the works. Online multiplayer, expanded rosters, more arenas and a season mode will be done in the coming months. However, the game has a complete story mode and complete system for gameplay as is, so why wait?
Our hope is that Early Access will give our audience a chance to take part in the exciting development process, and allow everyone to adopt the game at a discounted rate.
Check our our steam store today! We’d love to hear what you think. We truly consider every bit of feedback we’ve received and we can’t do this without it.