TowerFall is doing better on PS4 than PC - and its creator thinks he knows why | PCGamesN

TowerFall is doing better on PS4 than PC - and its creator thinks he knows why

Ascension is all well and good - but you need to check the trajectories of your opponents before going anywhere in TowerFall.

The world ran out of reasons to buy an Ouya the day irresponsible archery sim TowerFall grew its ‘Ascension’ subtitle for the PC and PS4. Would-be pincushions have swarmed to both versions, enabling creator Matt Thorsen to support himself and his future work “for quite a while”. But intriguingly, the PS4 lot have swarmed ahead.

“It’s actually doing better on PS4, but it’s still doing well on PC,” said Thorson.

Our Matt struggled to assemble a team around his machine for his TowerFall review.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Thorson suggested that TowerFall’s PS4 success could be attributed in part to the logistics of local multiplayer - PC gamers simply aren’t set up for groups.

“I think it’s just a console game, ya know?”, he said. “People have controllers - it’s not confusing to get the controllers like it is for PC, and people have it in their living rooms already. 

“I think a lot of people still sit down with their friends when they play their consoles. whereas they don't do that on PC. Even if it's a single-player game,” he added. “I know me and my friends will sit down and one of us will be playing a game while everyone else is just hanging out.”

That said, Thorson noted that TowerFall also had plenty of support from Sony on the PS4.

“They’ve featured and promoted it really well,” he said.

Across Ouya, PS4 and PC, TowerFall has made around $500k. Do you agree with Thorson’s assessment of PC gaming?

Cheers, Joystiq.

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Fattox avatarsubedii avatarnu1mlock avatarCuriousOrange avatarJE | Voxelman avatar
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3 Years ago

It's a fair point. I know I heard plenty of Towerfall being good, but I don't have any friends I'd play with locally so it didn't really enter my radar beyond "nice game but probably not for me".

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Fattox Avatar
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3 Years ago

I think it's true and it's what i expected before i even clicked in to the article. I have a tight circle of gamer buddies, but the ones i play mostly with are the ones i play online with, since i moved abroad a while ago. Couch games are reserved for my local buddies, or when i visit my friends back home.

Towerfall was great. But my favourite couch-MP game lately has been SpeedRunners. So addictive and fast-paced! I'd say the controls are easily as "tight" feeling as TF too.

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3 Years ago

It's quite obvious that people play locally more on console than on PC. However, if the game would have had online play, I'm certain that the game would have sold more on PC.

But you know, indie-developers seems to have issues adding online multiplayer.

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3 Years ago

I have my pc hooked up to my tv, I game in exactly this way on pc. Or I would if more games supported it. Maybe if more games supported this style of play, more people would do it on pc.

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3 Years ago

Also, 'it's a console game, ya know?'. No I do not know. This is why I love gaming on pc, I can hook it up to a tv with a controller, I can play at a desk with a keyboard. Quite literally everything they are capable of we are too!

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JE | Voxelman(2 hours played)
3 Years ago

There is more competition on PC, Samurai Gunn came out around the same time. PS4 is starved for games. I am sure the PC version will pull ahead as around the time of the next Steam sale.

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