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FortressCraft surpasses 500k downloads on XBLA

Over the weekend FortressCraft creator DJArcas let the world know via twitter that his Xbox Live Indie Game has sold over 500 thousand copies. That's quite an accomplishment for an indie game that's only been out since last April. We asked him exactly how many people have purchased the game, and as of the day before yesterday, it was a steadily rising 501,577. According to DJArcas, “It's still very, very strange I don't think it's going to hit me for a long time.”

Despite the game being the top-selling Xbox Live Indie Game, FortressCraft has yet to become a financial success. DJArcas explained that “although the game has sold a lot of copies, I haven't seen a single cent of that yet. The whole system is a bit of a nightmare. It's not really Microsoft's fault.” The problem stems from tax laws and DJArcas being setup as an international company when Microsoft is used to dealing with individuals or US companies - but DJArcas is learning quickly.

“I've had to get an accountant. I've had to setup a company. I've had to get a US bank account. I've had to get another accountant whose an expert in the IRS. There's lots and lots of crazy things that have to be setup to receive the money.” If all goes well, DJArcas expects to be paid in mid-November, or if that date is missed mid-February. And if not then, he joked that he'll “fly to Microsoft and say 'alright lets work this out.'”

FortressCraft is still a work in progress with several more chapters planned as separate XBLIG releases and a 1.1 patch that will add physics objects, lasers, and “a bunch of crazy things,” and although it's an Xbox exclusive right now, PC players may soon get a chance to play. “A PC release is definitely in the cards,” DJArcas told us. “Where it's going to be, I don't know, but I've had some interest in various places.” If FortressCraft can make the platform jump, it just might be the game to give Minecraft some serious competition.

Sep 19, 2011

13 comments

  • c-c-c-combo breaker - September 20, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    The most horrific ripoff i've seen... c'mon GR, give us your opinion as opposed to remaining neutral.
  • Yorimoto - September 19, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    Total miner is much deeper and more polished.
  • Spybreak8 - September 19, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    Eh I heard about the popularity of Minecraft and FortressCraft so I gave both of them a go. Eh not for me I guess and FortressCraft never really hooked me. It might be due to the fact that Indie games have a horrendously comical time limit for their demos.
  • EBAX1 - September 19, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    Notch congratulated this douche over twitter. Notch should be suing his dick for every cent this PoS ripoff made
  • ChaosEternal - September 20, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    Actually, these guys made this before Minecraft. From what I have read, they came up with the idea first, started to make the game, then ran into some coding problems and had to put development on hold until they learned more and could solve the problems. So... technically they were the first ones to think up and start to make a game like that. They just weren't able to release it until now. :P (P.S: Notch doesn't seem like the sort of guy who enjoys calling legal action on others. Especially other small companies.)
  • brickman409 - September 19, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    stupid taxes!
  • HankVenture - September 19, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    Im glad the money I spent buying the same out of stupidity hasn't gone to him
  • Blasto - September 19, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    Jeez, if this did 500k I can only imagine how successful minecraft will be.
  • Limbo - September 19, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    It is literally Minecraft on the Xbox before Minecraft is on the Xbox.
  • EHyundai - September 19, 2011 5:23 p.m.

    what a shame. to be fare notch stole the idea from infiniminer. He atleast did something good with it instead of simplifying it and giving hd graphics.
  • Rubberducky - September 19, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    I have no idea what this game is about(and I'm too lazy to go look it up), but the name makes me think of Minecraft so I assume its a knockoff of that? Gives me hope that my game, Angry Turds, will sell a bunch if I ever make it, which I won't because I'm lazy. Sucks the guy hasn't seen any money yet!
  • birdro - September 19, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Sorry, but after checking on indie games last night, I saw a certain "Angry Fish" game has already beaten you to the punch. It is essentially minecraft with some more polished graphics, but less features, so I really have no idea what business there would be with a PC release. :P
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - September 19, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    I hope he doesn't see a cent of it. Its a pathetic ripoff. Its almost a shame Notch isn't a litigious bastard.

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