The Future For Lunar Flight
Hi guys, this post is to give you all an honest perspective on where things are with respect to future content updates and patches and why this may be the end.
I would love to continue to add new stuff to Lunar Flight, but it is not selling well enough for me to continue to invest much more time into it. I will be adding a final update to address some multiplayer bugs found yesterday and then I will be moving onto Oculus Rift integration.
My remaining budget from existing sales will only take me out for several more months, adding the Oculus Rift will hopefully bring it to the attenion of the press as there are not many quality titles that support it yet and I hope to get in early.
I am also taking it to the PAX AU Expo in July where I will have a very small pod to demo the game. I hope there are enough press visitors that notice and come and try it out and ask me a few questions about it.
Lunar Flight has generated approximately $200k in revenue from 50,00 units over the 16 months since it's release, from that I have personally earned about $100k after commisions and taxes. The majority of that income was earned from Sales where it was heavily discounted often at %75 off.
This is a pretty good result considering my original sales estimations and the game has gone on to become something much bigger and better than I had ever hoped I would be able to achieve despite it's niche focus.
When I am not having a sale, the daily sales average around 5 - 10 copies, this generates about $100 out of that I make about $50. $350 a week, $1400 a month. This is much less than I would earn if I had a day job, it would be a nice supplementary income. While there will be future sales, they will be less frequent and be harder and harder to promote. When a sale is not on the front Store page as a Daily, Mid Week etc... it's sales are based on discovery where it is burried among the many Simulation tiltles so despite being on sale the revenue increase can be much the same as the average.
So based on this forecast I have to plan for the future and that future is most likely going to be planning for a new title or getting employment. I won't say that I will never add new updates in future because Lunar Flight is very special to me after spending 3 years on it but I have to face the reality.
I had hoped that the Multiplayer update would generate enough income for another 6+ months but it barely made a blip and most of the press I contacted seemed dissinterested. In total I have made about $4k from it, this will cover me for 2 months.
I hope this post doesn't turn you away, I hope you continue to play and keep some semblance of a community of active players, I will most certainly be keeping a server active and joining others.
I want to say a big thankyou to those that have supported me the most, I am still amazed to see just how passionate some of you are about the game and seeing more than 10 Elite Ranked players tells me the game has struck a chord with many of you!