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It’s not daily you see a sport launch with Red and Blue variations so after I noticed Can Androids Pray I used to be instantly intrigued. What adopted was an intense narrative expertise that I ended up having fun with sufficient to characteristic on itch.io Recommends. But my curiosity within the sport didn’t cease there. I reached out to Xalavier Nelson Jr: a video games author and one of many minds behind Can Androids Pray to seek out out extra about what went into making the sport. Here’s what he stated:

Why don’t we begin with introductions. Who are you and what’s Can Androids Pray?

Can Androids Pray is a shortform narrative sport about two offended femme mech pilots who will die on a godforsaken planet as quickly because the solar rises. It’s their remaining dialog, directed by participant decisions and censored by the hypocritical army they serve.

Cheery stuff!

It’s been featured at showcases all over the world (together with the V&A Museum of Dundee, EGX Leftfield Collection, Game Developers of Color Expo, and so forth.), and I’m the award-nominated narrative-slash-producer man who helped make it.

Can Androids Pray was a collaboration between you, Natalie Clayton, and Priscilla Snow. What was it like working with such a proficient crew?

It’s going to sound cliche, however the expertise of working with Natalie and Priscilla was actually life-changing. I got here up with the idea and helped deliver the items collectively, however the growth/artwork sensibilities Natalie delivered to the desk, and the soundscape Priscilla went above and past to create, are what make this sport what it’s. We actually anticipated Can Androids Pray to quietly drown – and if it did, it nonetheless would have been value it for me, as a result of I bought to make this sport with these folks.

One of probably the most fascinating issues about Can Androids Pray is that it was launched with two variations, purple and blue. Why did you launch two video games moderately than one? What might you do due to this two model system?

Me and Natalie had been attempting to determine tips on how to deal with income sharing–which is an unexpectedly sophisticated prospect! Having the invisible admin drain of sending one another cash each month, solely internet hosting the sport on a single itch account (which is not truthful for such a significant collaboration), or making the sport freeware, all have main disadvantages. That’s after I realized that itch.io‘s bundle system supplied a easy technique to robotically cut up income!

We made two variations of Can Androids Pray, the one distinction between them being their shade palettes. Creating separate retailer pages and placing them right into a single bundle with the identical worth as one copy (in addition to creating a better tier that features Priscilla Snow’s unimaginable soundtrack) took minimal effort, gamers supported everybody concerned, and itch.io‘s bundle system robotically dealt with what may need been a pricey revenue-split course of. We additionally noticed some fascinating psychological results in our gamers. The sport is simply about 20 minutes lengthy. Having two separate editions inspired of us to see their buy as extra invaluable, replaying the sport and make new decisions. I’d use the two-version strategy once more in a heartbeat!

Finally, what would you like of us to know who’re on the fence about selecting the sport(s) up?

Can Androids Pray is the one mech sport courageous sufficient to allow you to shout “F#CK MY GIANT METALLIC BODY” in an existential rage.

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