TinyBuild Games and the developer of Yandere Simulator have partnered together. The announcement wasn’t some big office thing rolled out through the red carpet of a fancy press release (or at least, I didn’t get anything about it). Instead, the developer of Yandere Simulator simply posted up a 10 minute long video explaining why he partnered with tinyBuild and what it means for the development of the game.
He starts off by apologizing to the audience for being super harsh on publishers and development studios in a previous video. He acknowledges that there are evil publishers (but he avoids naaming them… but since I’m not him I’m going to go ahead and say: Electronic Arts and Warner Bros., and LucasArts) and he acknowledges that there are good publishers, such as tinyBuild (I would also add CD Projekt Red, Team17, ChuckleFish, Versus Evil and Devolver Digital to that list). According to the Yandere Dev, he was fine with putting Yandere Simulator in the hands of tinyBuild because they have a strong track record of not screwing over developers or gamers.
Ultimately he decided that he wasn’t going to sign a contract that the devil didn’t spite.
He explains it in detail in the video below.
So just to recap for those of you who don’t feel like watching all 10 minutes:
Yandere Dev will retain full ownership of the Yandere Simulator IP
Yandere Dev will retain creative control over the game.
Yandere Dev will get a final say on merchandising.
And Yandere Dev can put a halt to any kind of promotion of the game he doesn’t like.
Additionally, there’s still no release date set and tinyBuild will be supply Yandere Simulator with additional support in the form of developers who will work on the stuff that Yandere Dev is having difficulty completing.
However, they will still need to crowdsource financing for the game, or launch Yandere Simulator onto Steam through Early Access.
For now, gamers seem to be fine with the idea of picking up a copy of the game for $15 if it does launch into Early Access.
TinyBuild managed some good success with Hello Neighbor and Punch Club, so they’re gunning for a repeat with Yandere Simulator. They definitely seem to have an eye for success.
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