Naked War Doesn’t Want Your Money

By Alec Meer on January 21st, 2011 at 5:15 pm.

In theory, naked war is always free. Why, I could take my clothes off, run into the street and start attacking someone right now, and I wouldn’t pay a penny for it. Yes, I would pay with my freedom and dignity, but I wouldn’t have to open my wallet. Which is just as well, as I left it in my trousers when I took them off to run outside naked.

What is different is that the Pickford Bros’ indie turn-based strategy game Naked War, which was a mini-sensation amongst clever folk few years back, has gone free to play.

It’s been quasi-free for a while, but in a model that’s later popped up in a similiarish form in Neptune’s Pride and the like, unless you were invited you needed to fork out a few groats to initiate new games. No longer! It’s now completely free, as team Pickford celebrates five years of the game servers running without interruption.

Said Ste Pickford, MD of Naked War devs Zee-3, ” Naked War was the first server-based game we’d ever written, so we were a bit nervous about making sure the service was always available. I half expected the server code to fall over after a few weeks! Keeping it up and running for five years isn’t bad going really, for a little indie like us, especially when a lot of big commercial games switch their servers off after only 18 months.

“It’s rotten that so many online games are effectively lost forever once their servers are switched off. The video game industry doesn’t always do a very good job of preserving its heritage, and the biggest publishers are some of the worst offenders in this regard. We think it’s important to keep online games alive.”

This is true. EA, we’re looking at you. Looking at you slightly angrily.

Even though the game is now ultro-free, “we’re still committed to keeping the servers up and running for as long as we can, and making the game available to anyone who wants to play it – newcomers and existing players alike.”

And next on the plate? “We plan to make a sequel to the game at some point in the future – the game would be perfect for Facebook or one of the console messaging systems – but in the meantime we decided that we should let anybody play the existing PC version of Naked War just as it is.”

What’s a console messaging system and a book of faces? Sounds rubbish to me. Stick with PC.

Naked War, in all its freeosity, is here.

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  1. Kieron Gillen says:

    Naked War is a lovely little game and everyone should play it.

    KG

  2. DrazharLn says:

    Didn’t Lewie tell us this in one of the recent bargain buckets? I downloaded it then, but I haven’t had a chance to play yet.

    Edit: Also, consolevania review.

    Ah, Bhazor got in there first.

  3. Bhazor says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-fwr5vAXnw
    This is the review that made me pay actual proper money for it unlike you spongers.
    I don’t think I actually played it at the time I just wanted to give the Pickford’s my money.

  4. kwyjibo says:

    Naked War really don’t want your money.

    They could have done so much better with this just by having it on Steam or any other platform instead of going it alone with no marketing and no audience.

    They did try to get it onto the Wii, but were denied Wii developer status because they didn’t have an office.

    http://www.zee-3.com/pickfordbros/blog/view.php?post=47

    I mean,are you serious? I don’t think Wii was the right platform, due to its shoddy online. But just hire an office for one month, and get your foot in the door! Just get one of your mates to accept your post surreptiously at their workplace.

    I hope they don’t make the same mistakes in their sequel. Good ideas deserve to succeed.

  5. CrowPath says:

    Totally read the intro in Max the rabbit thing’s voice.

  6. Mctittles says:

    I’ve played this game on and off since it first came out. The biggest problem with it isn’t the game at all, but the fact it is an e-mail game with the name “naked” in the title!
    I’ve tried to get friends to join, but going back and forth with them sorting through their junk mail usually looses them in the end.

  7. KillahMate says:

    I’ve never heard of this game until today. Having read the facts, I am now angry at the developers for their comprehensive failure to advertise or, in fact, promote the game in any useful way. I am not a magical indie support fairy, and do not spend my days looking under rocks for possible indie studios with potentially great games so I can give them money.

    Promotion! It works! Get to it!

  8. sinister agent says:

    Naked War is an excellent, fiendishly clever game. I paid real moneypounds for it years back even when I was a pauper – you’d be mad to turn it down for free.

  9. RegisteredUser says:

    This was posted because of the one comment linking to that consolevania review of the game, wasn’t it.