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Towerfall finds its largest audience on PS4

Thanks to the greater install bases of PS4 and PC and a gentle push from Sony, TowerFall Ascension has grossed over $500,000 so far.


Towerfall creator Matt Thorson has previously expressed his gratitude for the Ouya platform, stating that it was "a great way to get the game out to a smaller audience of hardcore players, make balance changes, and get some early attention." But, the PS4 and PC versions have unsurprisingly eclipsed that first version.

"[Towerfall Ascension is] actually doing better on PS4, but it's still doing well on PC," Thorson told Eurogamer. "It's doing definitely well enough for me to support myself for quite awhile. That's really encouraging." The game has grossed over $500,000 thus far. (At $15 a pop, that's over 30K sold.)

Thorson adds that Sony is a large part of the reason for his game's success, noting that the company made sure to feature and promote the game at various opportunities. He also offers a theory as to why the game is selling better on PS4 than PC, stating that the local multiplayer environment is simply a better fit on consoles.

"I think it's just a console game, ya know?" he added. "People have controllers - it's not confusing to get the controllers like it is for PC - and people have it in their living rooms already. I think a lot of people still sit down with their friends when they play their consoles, whereas they don't do that on PC. Even if it's a single-player game, I know me and my friends will sit down and one of us will be playing a game while everyone else is just hanging out."

Thorson is not resting on his laurels, as he is continuing to work on updates for Towerfall Ascension. A new beta update was uploaded on Steam earlier this month and it's expected to hit the main game soon.

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    April 28, 2014 2:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Towerfall finds its largest audience on PS4.

    Thanks to the greater install bases of PS4 and PC and a gentle push from Sony, TowerFall Ascension has grossed over $500,000 so far.

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      April 28, 2014 3:01 PM

      TowerFall is a blast. I really want to get more PS4 controllers, but I can't help but think that Sony will revamp the controllers with better batteries at some point. :/

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        April 28, 2014 3:17 PM

        I thought they were supposed to let you turn off the LED in one of the future firmware updates? That would help.

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          April 28, 2014 4:33 PM

          It won't allow you to entirely turn it off, but you can dimm it.

          That feature is included in the 1.70 firmware coming out Wednesday.

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        April 28, 2014 3:18 PM

        That's really the only problem I have with the PS4 version right now and that light bulb didn't go off in my head until after I picked it up. D'oh.

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        April 28, 2014 3:23 PM

        it's not bad, just not great. i got a 2nd controller and leave that plugged in so it's ready to go since the battery doesn't last and i can't put any of my eneloops in :(

        i think i need to pick up 2 more controllers before i have people over next :( 59.99x2 :'( :'(

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          April 28, 2014 4:25 PM

          ateam311 thought of using the Vita as an extra controller, and that worked awesome. lol

          I hope one of the people coming over owns a PS4 so they can bring a couple of controllers along. ;)

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          April 28, 2014 4:54 PM

          Solution: Always invite me to everything.

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            April 28, 2014 5:20 PM

            Can you bring them to the wedding?

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              April 28, 2014 5:23 PM

              Yeah I'll make em like corsages and use the charge cables to secure them to my date.

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                April 28, 2014 8:43 PM

                Is head rush coming? I'll shank that guy with a rolled up program.

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