Valve officially turned out the lights on Steam’s user-driven Greenlight service today, ending an era defined by inconsistency—both in regards to game quality and Valve’s policies. The final game to be submitted, though? It looks pretty neat. The Underground King, which is not finished yet, bills itself as a narrative/racing/manager RPG where “you recruit the city’s lowlifes, assemble junkyard cars and have them compete in street races for profit and infamy.” Here’s what it looks like: Junk cars? In a setting that’s not a Mad Max-inspired wasteland and people don’t immediately burst into wistful, incredulous tears upon seeing the color green? I’m intrigued. Advertisement The lone announcement on the game’s Greenlight page is an acknowledgement that, whoops, Underground King is the last Greenlight game. “How… lucky is that?” wrote the game’s developers. “So much work to do [on] the page and now [it’s] for naught.” Maybe it’s not all for naught, though. Steam Direct is just around the corner, and in the meantime, Underground King is also running a Kickstarter. The game may or may not be good in the end, but the final Greenlight game could’ve been an anime porn dating sim starring Kim-Jong Un or yet another game…
GIF It was bound to happen sooner or later. There were just too many used car dealerships, too many store grand openings or going out-of-business sales. The flailing inflatable tube people that vie for our attention along our nation’s highways take up flailing arms against each other in Inflatality. Now on Steam Greenlight from indie development studio Hojo, Inflatality pits the attention-drawing plastic wigglers against one another in a battle for the hearts and minds of car buyers and festival goers. Players use a variety of facial decals and colors to customize their own wavers before bringing them into battle. As with their real-world counterparts, the combatants are rooted in place and at the mercy of the wind, bumbling about via fumblecore physics. Using twin-stick controls, the players must utilize the wind to their advantage in order to come out on top. Inflatality is now on Steam Greenlight, with plans to launch in November if all goes well. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
2D pixel art meets 3D lowpoly style in Medieval Shopkeeper Simulator, which has taken to Steam Greenlight and Kickstarter accompanied by a new trailer. …Read More The post Medieval Shopkeeper Simulator Announced; Heads to Kickstarter by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.
Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a mountain biking game that looks really chill. It’s just you and your bike. Oh, and some mountains. You’re not constrained to any particular path. You choose how you want to explore. Nature, it turns out, is neat like that. The game’s not done yet, but it’s got a page on Steam Greenlight. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Want to play Half-Life 2 in VR? Well you soon might be able to. …Read More The post Half-Life 2 VR Mod Hits Steam Greenlight and Gets New Trailer by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.
Bide is a third person, narrative based puzzle game. …Read More The post New 3rd Person Puzzle Game Bide Announced by Tanner Pierce appeared first on DualShockers.
Yesterday, Moscow-based developer AurumDust announced that its turn-based RPG, Ash of Gods: Redemption, had launched on Steam Greenlight, which for those that don’t know is a system that enlists the community’s help in picking some of the …Read More The post Ash of Gods: Redemption is a Turn-Based RPG Inspired by Banner Saga, Darkest Dungeon, and Visual Novels by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.
Today, developer Rob Shields announced Neon Wasteland, an original animated comic book and video game. The following elevator pitch of Neon Wasteland is provided: …Read More The post Original Animated Comic Book and Game Neon Wasteland Announced by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.
Earlier this week, a team of Russian-based developers announced their new visual novel, fantasy-adventure game hybrid, The Crown of Leaves, was launching on Steam Greenlight in hope to earn community support to get onto Steam. …Read More The post The Crown of Leaves Launches on Steam Greenlight by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.
Today, Valve announced that they’re killing Steam Greenlight, the user-driven service they use to ferry lesser-known games onto the Steam store. Soon, it’ll be supplanted by Steam Direct, a service that allow anyone to pay a fee get their game, well, directly onto Steam. No more votes. This approach, however, creates complications of its own. Advertisement Admittedly, we’re currently in the thick of the knee-jerk forest, but the big focus of the day is the fee. Right now, it’s undecided, and Valve said that it could be anything from $100 to $5,000. Naturally, game developers are worried about the upper end of that spectrum. Greenlight served smaller developers, after all, the sort for whom even that service’s mandatory $100 fee was sometimes a stretch. Major players with $5,000 to spare will ascend Mt Steamlympus regardless, so developers are wondering who such a big fee would benefit. Said Robert Yang, creator of games like dick pic sim Cobra Club, naked man latherer Rinse and Repeat, and car sex game Stick Shift, all of which he had trouble getting onto Steam: Yang also pointed out that a higher fee is even more READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
For years, Steam Greenlight was the way smaller developers could get their games on the Steam Store without the help of a publisher. Though Greenlight did help smaller games stand out, the system itself wasn’t without its flaws. Now, Greenlight will be taken down and replaced with something called Steam Direct. Here is how Steam Direct will work according to Valve: “We will ask new developers to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute, which is intended to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline.” Instead of relying on upvotes, developers will now submit their games directly to the Steam Store. Valve will check to see if game files run correctly and, according to VentureBeat, make sure they are actually games. This sounds like it could lead to a flood of shovelware, but Valve feels confident that its current Steam algorithm can sort the good from the bad. Right now, Valve doesn’t know how much it will charge developers READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!
After years of saying they’d do it, Valve is finally getting rid of Steam Greenlight, Steam’s user-driven service for admitting smaller games to the Steam store. They’re replacing it with something called Steam Direct. Advertisement Here’s how it’ll work: “We will ask new developers to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute, which is intended to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline.” They added that while Greenlight helped them lower the barrier to getting games on Steam, it revealed nasty rot in Steam’ core. “Greenlight also exposed two key problems we still needed to address: improving the entire pipeline for bringing new content to Steam and finding more ways to connect customers with the types of content they wanted,” said Valve. Advertisement Valve still isn’t sure how much they’ll charge for direct, noting that developers they’ve spoken to have advocated for fees as low as $100 to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Slice Dice & Rice is a fighting game with no health bars, where fights can end in a single blow. It’s inspired by Bushido Blade, and the point is to out-think and out-maneuver your opponent rather than out-combo them. The art style is slick as hell. Only thing I wish they’d change is the name. It’s on Steam Greenlight. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Morphite is a sci-fi shooter/platformer inspired by Metroid Prime, Ratchet and Clank, and… Turok. You’ll explore the galaxy and unravel a fully voiced main story with bosses, creature-scanning, and puzzles. It’s currently set for “early 2017,” and it’s on Steam Greenlight right now. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!