We LOVE making Autonauts. More than any other game we've worked on (and we've made quite a few), Autonauts is the first game we've made that feels like ‘us.’ We've worked on it now for five months, mainly figuring out what the game is and where it might go, but that’s not enough time to make it into the full game it deserves to be. Behind the scenes we’ve been busy planning out how things will shape up, so we think we've got a good idea what the future of Autonauts looks like.
Since we launched Autonauts we've received donations from incredibly generous people who weren’t expecting anything in return, just expressing how much they love the game. These donations have made all the difference between us stopping development and continuing with it. The Friday updates just wouldn't be happening right now without the donations.
As much as we love the fact we can give this game away to everyone, the problem is we're running out of money and we need to find a better way to fund development. We've looked at a number of options and the most viable one seems to be crowdfunding. Doing this means we can really dig into the meat of the game and deliver the full experience everyone’s looking for.
We're thinking along the lines of six months’ worth of funding with a lowest tier of £10 paying for all future updates (we'll probably have a limited number of £5 early-birds available, too). If we choose this path, it means the free version won't continue. We find it hard to put a value on things we've made because we enjoy the making part so much and love giving our stuff away but "old man reality" says this can't go on.
It's not just up to us though; we want you to believe in what we do too. We’d appreciate it if you’d make your thoughts known through the new community channel 'Autonauts Funding Thoughts' (yes, even any negative ones). Of course, if you have any alternative suggestions to crowdfunding, do say because we value ALL opinions.
Gary and Aaron