The Value of Episodic Delivery
EpisodicPlayer.com details the benefits of regular digital delivery for your game
EpisodicPlayer.com is a new digital distribution platform specialised in the episodic games niche. Planned to launch next year, it's intends to be a one-stop shop for all episodic content available on the market. Aside of the digital outlet, it's also plans to be a platform of communication between gamers and developers of the episodic titles.
In today's ever-shifting digital market it can be difficult to define what exactly your business model is, but at EpisodicPlayer we can nail down our idea of episodic to have three key factors; episodes should be relatively short, episodes should be stand-alone games but still be a part of a bigger whole, and episodes should be delivered on a regular schedule over a set amount of time.
The advantages of developing games for an episodic model are clear. Episodic development is cheaper as the full game is divided into smaller parts, where shorter episodes can be less expensive and the player is paying smaller fees for each episode. A developer should be taking less financial risks with lower costs, and if sales don't meet expectations there has been less investment for the entire game. And with episodes released on a fixed schedule there's the benefit of a more continuous, steady payday for the developer and the familiarity of delivery for the player.
With costs lower, developers have more freedom to experiment with the game design and gameplay. On top of that there's customer feedback from episode one onwards, where loyal users can offer invaluable advice and opinion on a game and feel as though they contributing valuable information for the development of future episodes. And once one episode has been released, that steady flow of content can help improve brand recognition and attract more players to the game.
Digital distribution is the perfect fit for episodic games. Physical distribution is expensive and slow, whereas small episodic content, in small files, is easy to move around the internet. In episodic form, game files can hit quicker, regular deadlines often and there's few dangers of a limited shelf life in the digital market, especially with the added bonus of online price promotions and discounts. So if you're interested in the work we're doing at EpisodicPlayer.com and would like to discover more, please drop us a line at episodicplayer.com.