Mephistopheles: Not All Linux Games Sell Well
Phoronix: Mephistopheles: Not All Linux Games Sell Well
While some indie Linux game sales have generated more than two million dollars in two weeks, that isn't the case for all indie Linux games. One example of a Linux game struggling is the latest title from Kot In Action, the well-known game studio behind the Steel Storm series...
I'm trying not to be cruel!
I'm not surprised. When I first saw this I thought it looked like a poor clone of Hexen 2. Considering Hex2 is over 15 years old, that's not a good first reaction.
And that's the problem with "alpha-funding". You have to have something that people want to buy. In this case they have a tech-demo but little more. Give it a few more months' work and I'm sure it'll look a lot better and people will be more interested in in.
Of course there are notable exceptions. Tim Schafer can get a couple of million without providing anything because he has a track record of making awesome games in the genre that he's proposing releasing. Kot-in-Action doesn't have that track record.