tinyBuild Games and DoubleDutch Games are today announcing that SpeedRunners, their hit multiplayer platform racing game, has sold more than 1 million units on Steam, and will fully launch on April 19 with tons of brand new features.
tinyBuild has compiled a detailed breakdown of exactly how the game reached 1 million copies sold, including how piracy and bundles helped boost the game up the sales charts in its early days.
Yes, tinyBuild gave away over $2m worth of SpeedRunners copies during Early Access and it only benefited the game.
On April 19, the following features will be injected into SpeedRunners to celebrate the launch:
- A huge Mario Kart-style single player campaign, with cups to beat and rivalries to manifest
- The Trail Shop, where players can purchase and sell special trails for their characters, in the same vein as what Valve has been doing with Counter Strike and DOTA 2
- A Twitch betting system, through which streamers can more heavily involve their players, who in turn will be able to directly affect the game with modifiers
- A new animated opening cinematic, new UI features, and Mac/Linux/SteamOS support
“Steam Early Access is the reason SpeedRunners — and to an extend tinyBuild — exist, and we worked really hard with the community to get it where it is. For us, it was about building an online community — that’s why we gave away $2m worth of copies, just so we have a strong user base leading up to launch” said tinyBuild CEO Alex Nichiporchik.
“Getting feedback on the game’s design was incredibly important in turning it into a deep and highly competitive game,” added DoubleDutch vanguard Casper van Est.