This week is absolutely rife with indie news, and this little bit is really drool-worthy, believe me. Until now, indie games that have any chance of making it in the main stream have to be featured on Steam, Impulse, or some other digital distribution platform for gamers to indulge. Generally speaking it’s been a sweet deal for indies, the only problem is being unable to control content.
ModDB.com hopes to remedy this problem by introducing Desura, the first digital distribution platform designed solely for indie games and the gamers who love them. Right now it’s unclear if Desura will feature a client like Steam or Impulse, or if it will be a website only ordeal like Direct2Drive, but I think it’s safe to say indie gamers and their developers should be pretty excited.
Why you ask? Hit the jump for more features and why you should be as excited about Desura as I am.
Desura is planned as a late April release and touts the ability to give indie developers complete control over their content. When you visit any digital distribution store, be it Steam or Direct2Drive, you’re presented with a trailer, some screenshots, and the option to buy it now. Desura is breaking this mold by allowing indie developers to create their own pages with their own content.
In addition, members of the gaming community can add their own screenshots and reviews for the game, so you get a developer driven page with user content. It’s unclear if developers will be able to completely delete negative reviews of content, so that aspect of the new service does raise some concern in my eyes.
Aside from just a store front, Desura is an indie gaming community. It has forums and a community for gamers to interact with one another, thus it seems as if the platform could be a serious threat to Steam’s indie games catalog. Of course, nothing can compare to achievements for those among us who love gobbling them down, but having all your indie games in one collection with the ability to connect with other indie gamers is something to get excited about.
It will be interesting to see how this service develops over the next few months. What do you think? Will you use it, or is it another distribution platform in an already crowded market?