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It has sure been a while! But we are back with a new demo, in a new engine, and new team members!

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Prelude Demo!

Hey there everyone! It has sure been a wild ride these last few years. From team members leaving, to running out of money, to switching engines .....but we finally got the demo in a stable enough build to send out there as a first glimpse!

It is still pretty rough (placeholder sounds, a small engine bug with some frame playback, the wiggle mites and player being the only thing that eat....)....but hopefully it gives an idea of where stuff is headed.

Also, at this stage, feedback is very very welcome. I'm trying out some stuff with this build, and a lot of it is up in the air for change.

Steam Troubles...Crowdfund Cut?...

We had planned to come to come to steam early access with Bloom: Prelude...

But, after creating our page and submitting for approval...we were shocked when Valve replied that our crowd funding needed to happen through their storefront as an empty DLC or micro-transaction (of which they take a substantial amount).

Creating this game has been extremely difficult over the years...I'll save the tiny violin, and won't go into my teams situation...but I've been working for the last 4 years off 30k (which, isn't very flattering math).

I don't really understand why Valve is after such a large cut of a crowd funding (for the follow up game even!) ...but it just wasn't something we could do.

Luckily itch.io has been amazing in hosting us and hopefully we can still reach some people who might find it interesting there :)

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EvilJagaGenius
EvilJagaGenius

Wait, Valve said you needed to do your crowd-funding through Steam?

That's... stupid. What happens to all the other indie games that use Kickstarter and the like but still want to get on Steam? Do they all get blocked now unless they do their crowdfunding through Steam too?

If this is the case, I sure hope Valve realizes what jerks they're being with this kind of policy. I can't see how it does anyone any good.

Best of luck to you and your team, then, seeking storefronts other than Steam.

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StudioFawn Author
StudioFawn

Yea, it is crazy....apparently they have been doing this for the last 2 years or so (back when modders had their patreons all taken down). I guess no one paid attention to devs being hit also because far fewer devs offer free things and try to run crowd-funding off of it instead.

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progorion
progorion

This is very strange, I never heard anything like that before. You should start a reddit post about that to discuss! Steam should see the consequences of this behavior!

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StudioFawn Author
StudioFawn

I tried....the first post was deleted because they said it was advertising spam (...). Second post was mostly ignored...we just aren't well known enough I guess.

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progorion
progorion

Post here the link! I will upvote and share it!

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StudioFawn Author
StudioFawn

Thanks! :) Reddit.com

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