It’s been an interesting few weeks. Not only has OUYA been able to garner an outstanding $5.8 million on Kickstarter with eight days remaining, but the start-up has also made some big confirmations on which games will be available on the platform. Before jumping into the confirmed games, OnLive has confirmed the service will be on OUYA from day one (targeting March 2013), and that will bring “hundreds” of games to the platform right away including big hits like the Mass Effect series.
In terms of games that have been confirmed by either the publisher or developer, as hitting the OUYA at launch or sometime thereafter, we’ve got…
Final Fantasy III (Square Enix) – March 2013
Gunblitz (Rapture Game Studios) – March 2013
Hawken (Adhesive Games) – TBA
Human Element Prequel (Unnamed) (Robotiki) – TBA
Invaders Pretty Sure From Outer Space – Round 2 (Freak Mind Games) – March 2013
Legends of Aethereus (ThreeGates) – TBA
Super Retro Squad (Exploding Rabbit) – After March 2013
While that’s certainly a small list, having Square-Enix onboard at launch, with a promise to support the platform into the future, should give those on the fence at least a little more securing that this device will eventually see the light of day. Currently progress has been ramping up quickly and the company says they’re still on target for a March 2013 launch. Obviously a lot can change between now and March, but I’ll continue to post updates as they happen.
I’ve also received quite a few emails over the past few weeks that I wanted to address. I think people need to readjust their expectations a little. While this Kickstarter may have broke records for the fastest to ever achieve their funding goal, OUYA will likely not be able to surpass the Pebble watch’s mind blowing $10.2 million total. That doesn’t really mean anything in the long term, just that the OUYA hasn’t set the world ablaze like some people are suggesting. Another reality check we all need to realize is that as of right now OUYA has 45,000 backers, which is a far cry from the millions of people on indie-supported services like Steam, or the traditional consoles which have tens of millions of consumers. The bottom line is, while I’m sure OUYA is going to be a big success for the indie market and it’ll have its own nice niche, let’s net get carried away and believe this is going to dethrone Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft as that’s just not going to happen. Keep in mind that the biggest flop in gaming history, the Virtual Boy, sold over 350,000 units within the first three months of availability. So hopefully that puts things into perspective.
All that said, I’m still very much looking forward to the OUYA, but I think people need to lower their expectations somewhat. This is a device that will cater to a very specific market. While I don’t know what the future will hold, I think the OUYA will have tons of incredible indie-developed games, and a plethora of crap released on it. That’s the way an open market works, but at the end of the day I’m still very pleased to be along for the ride.
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