COWCAT

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The latest iteration of my Indie Corner Spotlight series features COWCAT.  COWCAT is a dev studio run by a Solo developer, Fabrice Breton, from France.  Fabrice is currently working on a new game and has released Demetrios (you can read my review here) on all platforms.

How long have you been a developer?

4 years

How many years has your team been developing games?

4 years (but I’m solo dev)

Who, or what, inspired you to become a games developer? 

Making games on an Amstrad CPC 6128 in the late 80’s.

What was the inspiration for your team’s name?

I wanted something short and easy to remember. Cowcat sounded good 🙂

Describe a usual day in the life of an indie development team.

I wake up at 9 AM, do all kind of administrative stuff up until 12 PM.  Then I eat, then at 2 PM I can finally get on with my real job!  I’ll work until 11 PM (sometimes 12 AM!)

Can you describe the process/timeline of developing a game?

As solo dev I like to focus on one thing at a time, so I chose to develop my games with almost fully placeholder art first. That way I have a great sense of progression.

How do you juggle all of the aspects of games development?

What I said above, actually!

What is your ambition as an indie developer?

I’ve been successful in the financial side of things by porting my game on many platforms, which is great, but my game was not a critical success. Now I want to make a game that will get remembered!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into the games industry?

Do an ordinary job first and save up money – a LOT!!!

Where do you see gaming heading in the next decade?

Big companies will go towards cloud gaming. They will give up on releasing physical in the next decade. Indies will keep digital and limited physical releases and may also jump on the cloud wagon (though I fear we’ll make a lot less money with a Netflix-like service…) There won’t be significant differences concerning genres. (especially AAA Studios which will be stuck on TPS or FPS shooting/sports games forever).

I want to say a massive thank you to Fabrice at COWCAT for giving their valuable time to take part in the Indie Corner Spotlight interview. If you would like your team to be featured, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

You can support COWCAT by purchasing their game on the following links:

Nintendo Switch – https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Demetrios-The-BIG-Cynical-Adventure-1463370.html

PlayStation – https://store.playstation.com/en-gb/product/EP1762-CUSA08410_00-DEMETRIOSCROSSBU

Xbox – https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/demetrios-the-big-cynical-adventure/bxgbtnp4zvcr?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

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