Flashbang Unveils Latest Game and Subscription Idea

Flashbang Studios has unveiled its latest free-to-play game Paper Moon and outlined an intriguing optional subscription plan, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Developed in collaboration with Aquaria's Alec Holowka and based on the Ella Fitzgerald song, Paper Moon is described as "a monochromatic jaunt through a dreary landscape as players control the scenery to advance through the stages." Super.

The studio behind Off-Road Velociraptor Safari and Minotaur China Shop also revealed a financial experiment it intends to conduct later this year--optional subscriptions.

Flashbang's experiment will test the idea that a small number of dedicated fans can provide large amounts of support. Costing $20 for six months, subscriber benefits would include downloadable versions of Flashbang's browser-based games. Operating costs would be covered entirely by a mere 5,000 subscriptions, Flashbang calculates.

It's an unconventional idea but Flashbang might just engender enough good will to pull it off. As well as making quirky free games, the studio actively engages with fans and gamers. Fridays often see the office broadcast live over webcam to curious voyeurs, game pitches and even prototypes are shared online, and several of the developers are frequently found offering assistance for Unity, the engine Flashbang's games use.

Concrete plans have yet to be announced regarding subscriptions, but Paper Moon is set to sail on Flashbang's game portal Blurst this Friday, May 1.

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    April 28, 2009 8:25 PM

    I will be buying a subscription, by the way. Flashbang are so dreamy.

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      April 28, 2009 8:59 PM

      I'm with you, it seems totally worth it!

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