Projector Games's FortressCraft has become the best-selling indie title on Xbox Live. Just four months after setting records as XBLIG's fastest selling game following its launch in April, the team behind the build-your-own-block-world project revealed it has since sold over 35,000 downloads, making FortressCraft the first listing in Microsoft's indie library to crack the 1 million sales mark.
“The success of FortressCraft is easy to understand after playing it. It's a game in which you have an amazingly varied number of materials at your fingertips so you could begin to build your dream home, a massive network of dungeons, or even an alien world,” wrote Projector Games's media manager ViraGunn on the studio's official forum.
Highlighting FortressCraft's 84% trial to purchase conversion rate, she added: “The XBOX community has taken notice of this gem of a game and the conversion numbers (the percentage of people who download the demo and then go on to purchase the game) prove just that.”
Released on April 8th, 2011, FortressCraft allows players to import their Xbox Avatars into a randomly generated world and create whatever they please using a variety of blocks, items and abilities. Naturally, the game has been heavily compared to Minecraft, and in an interview with Wolf's Gaming Blog, creator DJArcas admitted the success of Markus “Notch” Persson's block game informed FortressCraft's development, explaining, “Whilst Minecraft wasn’t even close to being the first Vox-based building game (Voxlap was out in 2002!), it’s by far and away the most popular one. Most people who’ve played FortressCraft have said that whilst it’s superficially like Minecraft, it doesn’t have the same feel at all.”
In a separate Ars Technica interview with Notch himself, the Mojang studio co-founder said he believes all developers grow by adapting great ideas, but added: "FortressCraft is an obvious attempt to just take something popular and clone it as closely as possible. I still think it's important that people are allowed and able to do things like that, but it's hardly graceful."
The first of six FortressCraft chapters is currently available for 240 Microsoft Points (US$3). No word yet on when Chapter 2 is set to drop.
Aug 11, 2011