“The game’s future is in YOUR hands,” the studio said.
Bossa Studios, developer of Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread, will only continue development of Decksplash if 100,000 people play it during a week-long free trial on Steam.
As noted by Eurogamer, the studio said it will decide the fate of their current game this week. If 100,000 people play the Steam free-trial, which runs from November 2-10, it will launch the game into Early Access. If not, the studio will stop development and Decksplash will not be released.
It may seem that Bossa Studios is giving players an ultimatum, but there is a reason for the decision. “Like any proud parent, we love Decksplash” Bossa said,”but unlike deluded creators, we want to believe that you love it too.”
Playing like a combination of Tony Hawk and Splatoon, the multiplayer skateboarding area-control game has been in development for a year.
Due to the multiplayer focus of the game, the developer wanted to see how players felt with an online community of sufficient size. At that point, players and Bossa will know if the game has generated enough interest to justify further development. The conception of that idea is when the studio devised the experiment, which Bossa calls the “first of its kind.”
Bossa has put their future on the line, and players will have to decide if Decksplash lives or dies. “The game’s future is in YOUR hands. We hope you have fun being a part of gaming history! (However it turns out – fingers crossed…),” Bossa explained
Progress and unlocks obtained during the free trial will carry over to the full release of the game, and players participating in the trial will be able to unlock the Eirik board set, which is exclusive to the trial event. If you want to get involved, you can find full details on the Decksplash website, or go play the game now on Steam.
Brian Barnett is an IGN Freelance Writer. Even if the whole universe is a simulation, he doesn’t think he’d make it as a surgeon. You can follow him on Twitter @Ribnax.