Manor Lords publisher criticizes game dev burnout culture
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Manor Lords publisher criticizes game dev burnout culture

Jul 07, 2024 4:21 PM

Manor Lords, a popular early access strategy game, has sparked a debate about game development practices. The game, which sold two million copies within its first three weeks, has seen criticism from Raphael van Lierop, CEO of The Long Dark developer Hinterland, for its perceived lack of content updates. He argued that sustainable early access development requires continuous significant updates to maintain player interest. However, Tim Bender, CEO of Manor Lords' publisher Hooded Horse, defended the developers, emphasizing the necessity of sustainable development practices that don't overburden developers or force them into unhealthy work schedules. Bender stressed that not every game should cater to the live-service model, advocating for a more measured and health-conscious approach to game updates.

Why is consistent content updating important for early access games?

Consistent content updating is crucial for early access games to retain player interest and maintain engagement. Regular updates introduce new features, fix bugs, and keep the game experience fresh, making it more likely for players to continue playing and recommending the game.

Manor Lords, a historical city-building game, has garnered a significant player base despite its slower update schedule. The game's emphasis on detailed medieval town management and strategic planning appeals to fans of the genre. The debate between pushing for rapid updates versus sustainable development practices reflects broader industry challenges in balancing player expectations with developers' well-being.

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N3rdo N3rdo commented on: 2024-07-07 16:54:04
It's interesting to see the discussion around Manor Lords' update schedule highlighting the tension between player demands and developer well-being. Finding that sweet spot in early access can make or break a game, and it seems like Hooded Horse is taking a stand for healthier development practices, which is refreshing in today's gaming industry.
Stimpy Stimpy commented on: 2024-07-07 16:42:02
The Manor Lords debate highlights a critical balance in game dev: keeping players engaged versus maintaining developer well-being. It's refreshing to see a publisher like Hooded Horse advocate for sustainable practices over the crunch culture—even if it means pacing out updates.
Sephiroth Sephiroth commented on: 2024-07-07 16:36:02
Manor Lords' early access journey shows that gameplay depth can sometimes outweigh the frequency of updates. It's refreshing to see a publisher advocate for sustainable development, ensuring that devs don't burn out while still delivering a solid gaming experience.
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