With the October Steam Next Fest wrapped up, The Isn’t Company publicly shares the incredible response that their home building, design, and renovation PC game Hometopia has received. As a team of only five, they were overwhelmed with how positive the reception was to its free demo and wanted to provide a few stats to help guide other developers to expect from participating in a Steam festival.
Player feedback has also been invaluable to the team to gauge early interest, and quotes from the Hometopia demo were incredibly encouraging:
Throughout the six day festival, the Hometopia demo had:
- Over 1,200 days worth (or 28,000 total hours) of playtime
- Tens of thousands of downloads
- Hundreds of concurrent players building simultaneously in multiplayer Sandbox worlds
- Average playtime of an hour and a half
- 200,000 unique individuals tuning into the live stream
- In the Top 10 Trending on the front page throughout the entire Next Fest
Due to the exposure from being part of the Steam festival, Hometopia received extensive coverage from both streamers and YouTubers alike:
The demo focused on only one of two modes – free build sandbox (single player and multiplayer), allowing players to create some incredible designs.
“We’re floored by how overwhelmingly positive everyone has been about the game’s demo and the amazing designs players have built in such a short amount of time. We’re incredibly excited to launch Hometopia in the near future, as we hope to bring the game one step closer to being Your Home in the Metaverse.” Alex Ahlund, the company’s founder and game director, stated.
The Isn’t Company is currently finishing up Career mode and incorporating all of the feedback and suggestions from players of the demo. Career mode is a gameplay and progression-based mode that allow players to buy, fully renovate, and sell rundown homes across five unique neighborhoods. The full game, including Career, Sandbox, Multiplayer, and Steam Workshop support, will launch in January 2022.