Zachtronics free to education, Shovel Knight, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for July 5th, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript.

Paradox CEO on DLC strategy and Epic revenue split

Paradox CEO Frederik Wester has had a lot to say these past few days, and there’s definitely some stuff to note here. First, he defended the company’s policy for DLC. If you don’t know, Paradox is notorious for releasing DLC for their games over many years of its life – for example, since Europa Universalis 4 was released in 2013, it eventually had 32 expansions. He said that the way they do this helps finance development, and that they are fair with how it is released. Multiplayer functions don’t suffer, and everyone gets a free update to the game with each paid expansion that’s released. He says it isn’t flawless, but that ultimately if you don’t think it’s worth it, then don’t buy it, as the way it should be with all business. Earlier this week, Wester was also in the headlines, talking about his support for the Epic store, particularly criticising storefronts that have a 70/30 revenue split. He called it outrageous, even though Paradox has no plans to go exclusive right now. Nonetheless, there is definitely something to be said about their 88/12 split.

Zachtronics games now free for educators

Zachtronics is a developer most well known for creating extremely difficult puzzle games such as SpaceChem and Opus Magnum. Well, founder Zach Barth has made all of these games completely free for education. In a website post, he said that teachers should probably make themselves familiar with the game before they plop students in front of it, because they take some level of introduction. He also cautions against some content warnings to violence, alcohol, drugs, and language, but that they are never a main focus or even that prominent. Either way, an awesome thing to see from them, and I’m really happy that some schools will be able to benefit from it.

Shovel Knight hits 2.5 million sales, alongside a behind the scenes blog post

Shovel Knight has sold over 2.5 million copies in the five years since it’s release. Yacht Club Games created a fantastic blog post going through some of their accomplishments, such as how many different games the character Shovel Knight has appeared on, completed with a bunch of behind the scenes stuff. There’s artwork, development screenshots, real life photos, etc. They’ve really done some great work with this and you should check it out.

Overcooked free to keep on Epic

Hit couch-coop game Overcooked is now free on the Epic Games Store – if you have a friend to play this with it is an absolutely chaotic and hilarious experience, be sure to give it a try.

That’s all the news for today. A big thanks to Haley and Adam, both for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. My name is Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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