Indie developer Poncle had a breakout year with Vampire Survivors in 2021, gaining massive attention and publicity when the game hit Xbox Game Pass, PC, and finally mobile. However, mobile has been an interesting challenge for the studio. The Legacy of the Moonspell DLC isn’t on mobile yet, adding features like cloud save and transfer save. Poncle says he’s working on it, but it may take longer than expected because he didn’t actually intend to manage the mobile port itself in the first place.
This was shared in a recent Steam Developer Blog post on Steam’s Vampire Survivor page. While addressing various issues of 2022, Poncle paid a lot of attention to the mobile part. The studio knows it has work to do to secure key features and DLC for the iOS and Android versions of Vampire Survivors. Originally, he intended to outsource the port, but when Poncle couldn’t find a mobile developer with “non-predatory” monetization strategies (in addition to seeing clones pop up in the mobile space), he opted to manage the port himself, adding an extra workload for the team along with unexpected challenges.
Poncle’s race against time to beat the clones and put a proper Vampire Survivors port on mobile paid off in the short term. The game is highly reviewed and rated as one of the best in Apple’s action games section, as well as in the Google Store, where it is reported to have already surpassed 500,000 downloads. However, now the team has to figure out how to distribute the recently released Legacy of the Moonspell DLC in a way that doesn’t annoy mobile players.
“How do we make it fair, but also accessible to players who just like free games. We’ll figure something out and release the DLC as soon as possible!” Poncle wrote.
Vampire Survivors was a beloved part of gaming in 2022 and made our Indie Top 10 and Shacknews Top 10 Games of 2022. The mobile version may be a bit behind, but it’s still a great way to play. Just keep in mind that Poncle has a lot on its plate and it may take a while to update the iOS and Android versions. We will share more details as they become available.