Best time to release a game... or the worst?

Releasing a game now is...

  • ... the best time, go for it!

  • ... the worst time, wait a bit.


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Hello,

With the quarantine in effect in a lot of countries, people are having a lot of free time and video games can help pass the time.

One could think that it's the perfect moment to release your game.

But...

You can find dozens of games given away for free by all sorts of publishers, just to help people pass the time.
And now, the best time could be considered the worst to release a game, as people are drown in games now.

What do you think?
 

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Everyone (or at least the most) sits on their buts in home, so I think it's good moment.
 

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I don’t know if now is the best time to release a game.
I’m not buying any new games until this crisis is under control. My wife and I decided no non-essential purchasers. We’ve got a mortgage and don’t want to dip into our savings. My brother who is also a gamer is also not buying anything.

I think people are worried that this quarantine could take months. And that’s concerning.
 

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Hard to say.

Sure people have time, but do they have the money? Many are probably home without pay and they don't know for how long. I'd argue that releasing a game in early January might have been a good time but right now... I dunno.

If there was news of many who's sitting it out would get government paychecks or something and the situation would let up a bit, then maybe it would be a good time.

Personally I'd probably not release a commercial game *right now*, not sure about 1-3 months ahead. If I had a free one though, I'd say it's very much the perfect time to release. Throw it out on the web and market it as a "here you guys, you can play this for free to pass time while we wait out the Corona pandemic". I'm sure anyone doing that would get a ton of appreciation and support.

But I assume you mean a commercial release in which case I'd have to say... it could go either way for you.
 

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Depends. Commercial or not? If it's commercial, then it's a bad time because of the recession. If it's non commercial, it's probably a good time with many people staying home.
 

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