By Michael Fontanini / April 10th, 2020
Gamedev Beatdown has arrived on Steam Early Access from indie developer QYJO, and is also available at the Humble Store. QYJO is composed of two ex-EA developers who quit their jobs in order to make games they care about.
Gamedev Beatdown is a new take on being a virtual game developer, combining a narrative approach with turn-based combat. You’ll find yourself waging these turn-based battles within your development studio to decide whether your decisions become part of your game or not. You’ll experience a procedural, rogue-lite progression style as you rise through the ranks from a small indie developer to a veteran AAA developer. Manage employee happiness along the way, and hopefully avoid the dreaded crunch time! Here is their original trailer from today’s press release:
As you can see from the trailer, Gamedev Beatdown got delayed a bit, originally planning to launch in Early Access in January. However, the game is here now with a 10% launch discount. It allows players to move to exotic locations that unlock some unique games for your studio to work on. You’ll wage battle inside your studio over all kinds of problems real developers face. Players can even play the games they release as mini-games. Releasing your game with higher stats makes the mini-game look better and unlocks more functionality, too.
You can find out more about Gamedev Beatdown at the official website and the Steam page. Will you be a good developer, or a crunch time catastrophe? Lastly, here are a few screenshots showing various parts of the game:
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