If you’ve been in contact with an adult game developer at all recently, you probably heard how bad Patreon and SubscribeStar can be for adult content, and for those of you who have, this news won’t be much of a surprise. But today Lockheart, the creator of Avalon, A Petal Among Thorns, and A Penny for your Thoughts announced they are no longer taking payment from Patreon, SubscribeStar, or BuyMeACoffee.
In their announcement post they said their plan is to still have their accounts on each page stay up for everyone that has pledged or subscribed, so that they can keep getting updates without having to pay again on itch. Which is consequently the only place you will be able to get Lockheart’s new releases if you haven’t subscribed before.
This is a change doesn’t just mean you have to go to a different site to get updates, this change means that the way the games are released and monetized will also change, Lockheart had this to say on their Patreon about the way releases would work and how they will be priced:
Two weeks following a release, the game update will become free. Completed games will be available for one month at the same price as an update, followed by a Steam release after and a price on itch.io matching the Steam price.Lockheart on their “Important Update” post
In the same post Lockheart mentioned that: “There won’t be any more progress reports or live render polls here on Patreon or SubscribeStar but I will have updates on my Discord”. The post ended with words that sound like a goodbye, and in some ways it is, this marks the end of an era for Lockheart, especially since some people in the post’s comments pointed out, this change means that Lockheart has reached a point where they don’t need Patreon to support their development and the games’ sales are enough.
Maybe we’ll see more developers take this approach and stop using Patreon altogether. What are your thoughts? Think it’s possible for more developers to live off their game sales alone? Let us know in the comments.