November 23, 2011 12:32 AM | John Polson
IndieGames.com co-created independent game download bundle site Indie Royale is instituting a pre-order system, starting with its third offering, the "Really Big Bundle."
As an open letter to the community from the bundle organizers explains:
"When we first launched the service, we had no idea that we'd sell almost 70,000 bundles and over 350,000 games in under one month! [...] In order to minimize disruption in the future - and provide more options for you, the Indie Royale customer, we're making the following changes:
- We'll be removing a strict schedule of one Indie Royale bundle every two weeks. You can still sign up or follow us to find out when the bundle goes live. And we won't be changing our general concept and list of upcoming bundles. But we're continuing to target the near-term for the next Really Big Bundle, which will now launch shortly after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.
- We now realize (and our smouldering servers agree!) that there are a lot of people who are waiting when the next Indie Royale bundle launches. In many cases, you may be reloading patiently to buy it almost no matter what, since it's such good value for money. So we're now opening pre-orders for the next Indie Royale bundle, at a recommended contribution of USD $5 but a minimum price of USD $3.99. (Current and future Indie Royale bundles will launch at an initial live minimum of $2.99.)
- Why do pre-orders? We know that you're all busy people, and you may actually not be on the Internet (?!) the second it launches. So it's a simple way to guarantee you get the Bundle, albeit sight unseen. This means that you won't know what games are in the bundle until it launches. But you are guaranteed to get the bundle at a low minimum price, and you will be supporting hand-picked, high quality independent games along the way."
The site also notes: "We guarantee at least four different games for each bundle, all of them playable on Windows PC in some form. Additional games and formats may - or may not - be supported!"
As for the content in the bundle, the open letter does hint: "We're excited about the diverse and superplayable array of titles on the next Really Big Bundle, in the short-term! (Incidentally, 'Really Big' in its title is a reference to one of the included games and, in part, the scope/genre of the others, rather than it being a massive 1000-in-1 pack!)"
More information - and optional pre-orders for the bundle - are available on the official Indie Royale website now.
[IndieRoyale is a co-production of this website, IndieGames.com, and Desura.]