Long time no see, fellow Gangs of Space player! Here are some news from the the dev team, 4 months into Early Access.
Yogscast Jingle Jam 2017
Gangs of Space is part of the Yogscast Jingle Jam 2017, a charity bundle by Humble & the Yogscast. Every day until Christmas, they reveal new games for the bundle, and there is already a ton of great stuff to play! The bundle is sold for $35, and all the proceeds go to charity!
If you purchase the bundle, not only you will support good causes, but you will get a ton of games, including our very own Gangs of Space Yogscast Jingle Jam 2017 pack that contains a hangar slot, 50.000 Credits, and exclusive skins & titles.
So, what are you waiting for?
For those who appreciate the work -oTo- has done on the soundtrack of the game, we have just released the complete Gangs of Space Soundtrack on Steam.
All 17 tracks available in high-quality 320 kbps MP3, playable inside Stream or in any music software!
The future of the game
As you might have seen, the activity on the Gangs of Space Early Access has slowed down considerably recently. The reason for this fact is very simple and unfortunate: Gangs of Space hasn’t been making enough money for us to pay ourselves to continue working full-time on the game.
All the money from Steam sales is currently being used for the various administrative fees of running a proper company under French law, to rent the game servers & services, and to pay the contractors who kindly worked on the game with only a promise of revshare. We think this is the most fair way to use the money that you, our players, have entrusted to us: first of all, to make sure that the game remains playable; and then to make sure people who took a risk do receive a proper compensation for their work.
The unfortunate side-effect of this situation is that we have to take a “proper” job to pay for our living expenses, since we - ourselves - are not making any money from the game. This is obviously having a big impact on how much time and energy we can put into the game. The current plan is to make a proper release in early 2018. We won’t be able to create all the content we wished for the game, but at least we plan on adding a few things, and fulfilling the promises we made to our early supporters.
As for the servers, we are allocating all the remaining budget of the game to ensure they will run for as long as possible.
We understand these are not the kind of news you wished for, and it is also a disappointment for us. We had dreams of hiring a team to continue working on the game for the years to come. We put literally years of efforts into this project, along with all our savings. But in all likeliness, unless a lot more players discover the game, the game will be released in a state close to the current one.
Even though Little Big MMO was our attempt to make a living out of our love for space games, we are proud to have released a game that can proudly stand on its own in the Steam catalog, alongside other games developed by teams 100 times bigger than the two of us. Many players tried the game and found something interesting, new, challenging… So far the biggest complaint we hear is that you want more content, and even though we won’t be able to provide that much of it, that is still a proof that Gangs of Space resonated with many of you.
Thank you for joining us in this crazy adventure!
Erhune & Grouroux