Posted by: Tha Square | June 26, 2008

World of Goo Goes Retail in Europe

Some news on the Goo front arose this afternoon when Darren Calvert of noticed World of Goo was listed for retail rather than digital distribution for Europe. After contacting Ron Carmel of 2D Boy, the reasoning behind the switch platforms became a little more clear.

WiiWare vs. Retail: RTL is experienced in bringing retail games to market. They’ve also dealt fairly and honestly with us and that means a lot to us after experiences we’ve had with other publishers. In general, Kyle and I favor digital distribution because when you go retail there are a lot of people making money off the game and there’s a much smaller piece left for the developer. Retail does have one significant advantage over digital though: publishers are use to paying an advance for a game. After having worked on this game for over a year, burning through savings and getting into debt we were simply nearing the end of our runway and it started being pretty important for us to get some money coming in. RTL was there to help us. We’re trying to compensate for the price difference by making some exclusive content for the European version, but we know that some people will still be annoyed that the game will cost more in Europe. We’re sad about that, because we just want people to play the game and have fun. We’d be giving it away for free if we didn’t need to eat and pay rent.

So apparently the European publisher, RTL Playtainment, determined the game should hit store shelves instead of WiiWare. Though the true reason why they decided to take it down that route is unclear, consumers wont be paying extra for the same product. 2D Boy is making some exclusive content for the European market, which is unknown as well. If you’d like to see the rest of what Ron Carmel had to say, just follow the link below!




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