The management of the Polish studio Starward Industries in the past Investor presentations talked about the state of affairs at the company, plans for the development of The Invincible and the development of the next game.
The retro-futuristic thriller based on the novel “Invincible” by writer Stanislaw Lem got off to a rocky start. By mid-January, the game had recouped its production costs, but the studio had not yet received any royalties.
To cut costs, Starward Industries laid off 15 of its 34 employees, including studio CEO and The Invincible development lead Marek Markuszewski. It is noted that he has completed his task.
The remaining staff will allow us to continue supporting The Invincible – approximately 20% of the total staff will be involved. There are 12 content updates planned (the first it turned out in December) based on player feedback.
In addition, Starward Industries is discussing releasing paid supplements to The Invincible, releasing the game on VR devices (negotiations with partners ongoing) and on subscription services such as Game Pass (negotiations are at an early stage).
As for the next Starward Industries game, 80% of the studio is busy with it. We’re talking about a project in a different universe than The Invincible. The management also does not rule out the possibility of releasing a sequel.