'Alto's Journey' is coming to Android subsequent week, and it's free

'Alto's Adventure' is coming to Android next week, and it's free

Alto’s Journey was the most effective video games to launch on the iPhone final yr — the gorgeous visuals, addictive gameplay, and chill soundtrack made for a uniquely laid-again and satisfying expertise. Developer Ryan Money from Snowman introduced this is able to occur approach again in September, however the launch date is lastly right here. The sport will arrive on February eleventh and can supply an similar expertise to the iOS model, with one key exception. Alto’s Journey might be free for Android gamers.

Money posted a weblog submit as we speak to elucidate why he is going free on Android, and the explanations are about what you’d anticipate. We thought lengthy and arduous with [publisher] Noodlecake about how we might greatest monetize the sport — to launch as a premium title (like on iOS), or to discover different options that stayed true to our core values and imaginative and prescient for the sport,” Money writes. Finally his workforce determined that going free-to-play was the best way to go.

That is due to the rampant Android piracy that also makes it exhausting to launch premium video games on the platform. Money cited an “extremely insightful” infographic from Monument Valley developer Ustwo that confirmed solely 5 % of Android gamers truly paid for the sport.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t simply piracy that brought on Money to go for a free-to-play system. He cited titles like Crossy Street and Threes as video games that provided free variations that revered gamers and did not overwhelm them with alternatives to plunk down money.

In the long run, Alto’s Journey will supply some paid choose-in bonuses for gamers who “may want a bit additional assist, or in any other case need to present their help.” However, Money stresses that the core expertise is equivalent between iOS and Android — the entire recreation “might be loved begin to end, precisely as it may be on iOS.” Given the standard of the title, we’re prepared to belief Money right here and consider that Alto’s Journey will not nickel and dim Android gamers. Certainly, that’ll be higher for your complete gaming ecosystem. The extra free-to-play video games that deal with gamers as human beings as an alternative of financial institution accounts, the higher we’ll all be.