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Vampire Survivors Dev Released Mobile Port Itself to Fight Copycats

Vampire Survivors developer Poncle was forced to release the mobile version of the game “as soon as possible” after several exact copies hit the market.

As reported by GI.BizPoncle initially attempted to bring Vampire Survivor to mobile devices after its successful 2022 launch. PC and Xbox, but struggled to find partners who shared their views on monetization.

“Shortly after the initial success of VS, I started looking for business partners to work on the mobile version of the game,” reads the game’s new blog. steam page“Unfortunately, none of the people I spoke to agreed with what I was thinking of monetizing the platform, non-predatory monetization.”

However, in the wake of these conversations, unlicensed versions of the game began appearing on mobile stores. “Months go by, and numerous real-life clones — not ‘Vampire Survivor-like games’, but actual one-to-one copies of him with stolen code, assets, data, and progress — are everywhere.” It started showing up somewhere,” the post continued.

“This forced us to release our mobile game as soon as possible, putting a lot of stress on our development team who shouldn’t have to worry about mobile in the first place.”

Mobile version of Vampire Survivors released on Android and IOS in early December 2022. However, due to the need to release the game quickly, some features such as cloud his servers and save transfer were left out of the initial release.

According to a Steam post, Poncle is working on a number of bug fixes, so they’re still looking to implement these features, but without a backend engineer, it may take “longer than expected.”

As it stands, the mobile version of Vampire Survivors is completely free to play. Gamers can view an optional ad at the end of a run to gain more gold or revive their character.

On December 15th, Poncle released the first DLC for Vampire Survivors, Legacy of the Moonspell, on PC and Xbox. In a new blog post, the developer admits he’s still figuring out how to bring DLC ​​to mobile.

“The problem we face is the same as above: how to be fair but still accessible to players who prefer only free games. Find something and publish the DLC as soon as possible. increase.”

Going forward, Poncle has announced its intention to continue updating Vampire Survivors, promising that “important features will never be gatekeeperd by a paywall” when it comes to the main game mechanics. The developer also said that more DLC content packs will be released in the future, bringing more characters, weapons, and stages to the game.

In our review, IGN gave Vampire Survivors a 7/10 rating and stated: in the meantime”.

Anthony is a freelance contributor covering science and video game news for IGN. With his 8+ years of experience covering the latest developments in multiple scientific fields, he has absolutely no time for cheating. Follow him on Twitter @BeardConGamer

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