Today developer Croteam and publisher Devolver Digital announced that the two companies are going to run a little experiment regarding the promotion of Croteams next Serious Sam title. Dubbed the Serious Sam Indie Series, basically Croteam is going to farm out the Serious Sam IP to several indie developers, allowing each one to provide their own vision of how Serious Sam could be done.
The first three developers are Mommy’s Best Games, Vlambeer, and Be-Rad Entertainment. Apparently Mommy’s Best Games is developing Serious Sam: Double-D; a “frantic side-scrolling shooter” for PC and consoles. Vlambeer’s take on Serious Sam is called Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and sees players take on monsters from the Serious Sam world in a turn-based RPG. Lastly Be-Rad Entertainment’s venture is an auto-running game where you guide Headless Kamikazes out Sam’s way, called Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! Unfortunately no platforms have been announced for Serious Sam: The Random Encounter and Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack! yet.
I don’t know about you guys, but I think this is a great idea. I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love when game franchises are allowed to be worked on by other developers. It’s sort of how the TV show Twin Peaks was designed. Each episode would feature a different director so, while the story and characters stayed the same, the actual presentation would shift. Maybe I’m weird, but I always though that was a cool idea.
What about you guys? Do you think this is a good way to promote an up coming game? Do you think this will become more common as time goes on? Are you planning on playing any of these Serious Sam Indie Series titles? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.