Indie Royale launches biweekly 'pay what you want' bundles

The Humble Indie Bundle popularized the 'pay what you want' model for indie games. Now, new site Indie Royale is running with it. Every two weeks, Indie Royale will launch a 'pay what you want' bundle of four indie games.

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The Humble Indie Bundle popularized the 'pay what you want' model for indie games. Now, new site Indie Royale is running with it. Every two weeks, Indie Royale will launch a 'pay what you want' bundle of four indie games, but with a minimum price that rises and falls depending on how generous customers are.

The first bundle is available now, packing Gemini Rue, Sanctum, Nimbus, and A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda.

Indie Royale is a collaboration between folks behind games blog IndieGames.com and indie-oriented digital distributor Desura.

Bundles launch with a minimum price of $1.99, but this will slowly increase as people buy it. However, paying more than the minimum can knock the minimum price down a little for everyone else. Check out the FAQ for the complex workings of it all.

At the time of writing, the launch bundle has a minimum price of $5.24 after 22,424 bundles have been sold.

A new Indie Royale bundle will launch every fortnight, then be on sale for five days. Steam activation keys will be offered for games which support them, while "the majority" can be activated on Desura, and others can be downloaded direct from Indie Royale. Indie Royale intends to offer Windows, Mac, and Linux versions where possible.

With the launch bundle, Indie Royale is also throwing in extra Sanctum downloadable content packs at sales milestones. Steam keys for Gemini Rue, which only launched on Steam yesterday, are coming.

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    October 27, 2011 6:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Indie Royale launches biweekly 'pay what you want' bundles.

    The Humble Indie Bundle popularized the 'pay what you want' model for indie games. Now, new site Indie Royale is running with it. Every two weeks, Indie Royale will launch a 'pay what you want' bundle of four indie games.

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      October 27, 2011 7:10 AM

      This is going to be difficult to avoid.

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      October 27, 2011 7:37 AM

      What a wonderfully bizarre pricing experiment. Buy it early and ASAP or else the price goes up. Buy it and cause the price to go up. Pay more money to make it cheaper for others.

      I wonder what the HIB people think. I mean, they don't have a monopoly on this concept and I'd bet they're generally supportive, but if I didn't know better I'd think they were running this since the end-site you go to is similar right down to the font used (yes I know that there's only a handful of web-safe fonts, but still you'd think they'd differentiate a little).

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      October 27, 2011 7:37 AM

      Does anyone else do like me on these things and tend to ignore the non-Steam games until they show up on Steam? I've still never installed Cortex Command.

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        October 27, 2011 7:52 AM

        I do that too... but I also feel a pang of guilt.

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        October 27, 2011 7:54 AM

        I install them all and play about 5 minutes of each, then I get rid of the ones that didn't seem fun. The only exception are those that get some shack hype, then I give it a go for a little longer before I give up.

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      October 27, 2011 8:04 AM

      Really great deal considering they are throwing in the Sanctum DLC with it

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      October 27, 2011 8:53 AM

      Just a slight heads up - they tweaked their offer on the Sanctum DLC. Two will be available soon after hitting 20k, but they bumped it up to 70k sales required for the third.