Paranautical Activity, 99 Others Greenlit for Steam in Latest Wave
Valve’s monthly set of titles approved for sale on Steam through its Steam Greenlight portal has exploded in volume, with 100 titles now set to become available through its digital storefront.
Valve released the huge list of titles on its blog earlier today, which includes some 85 more games than its last wave of greenlit games. Usually, Valve sends up anywhere from 10 to 15 titles at a time based on a variety of criteria, including community votes, crowdfunding success and media coverage, although Valve’s exact process is largely unknown.
Among that 100 games is Paranautical Activity, a first-person shooter that has been struggling to find its way onto Steam for months. Paranautical Activity was snubbed from inclusion on Steam under a publisher agreement with Adult Swim Games this spring, after Valve told developer Code Avarice it couldn’t use a publishing deal to skip the Greenlight process. Code Avarice had created a Greenlight page for the game some time earlier, before making the deal with Adult Swim, and was forced to pick up the pieces of a languishing Greenlight campaign while dealing with threats to the game’s financial viability.
Despite its setbacks with Valve, however, Paranautical Activity successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign to add new features to the title, already released in beta, raising some $10,383, just north of its stated $10,000 goal. The campaign has five days to go as of this writing.
With inclusion on Steam, Code Avarice’s hurdles toward making Paranautical Activity a viable product — which will allow them to work on further games in the future — should be mostly out of the way. Like other Greenlight titles, its developers intend to extend Steam codes to early adopters who have purchased from portals like Desura and the Humble Store.