Game Dev Tycoon

Video games development simulator Game Dev Tycoon now has an ultra difficult "Pirate Mode" where your software gets pirated.

Emulating the real world problem of piracy, this advanced option will see reduced sales on all of your games. "Bankruptcy is likely", you are told.

Game Dev Tycoon originally hit the headlines - and found success - when it forced those who had pirated the game itself to unwittingly fail from the effects of in-game piracy. Now you can opt in, instead.

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Game Dev Tycoon - Greenheart Games

We've been quietly working on our second game (Tavern Keeper) in the past years but to celebrate the mobile release of Game Dev Tycoon (it came out on iOS and Google Play), we've decided to take a break from designing taverns and worked to bring a FREE content update to our amazing Game Dev Tycoon community. Here are the goodies:

Pirate Mode

Try your luck surviving the harsh realities of piracy in this new ultra-hard game mode in which you have to invent DRM and sell company shares to survive.

You can find the pirate mode under the advanced options when starting a new game.

We've also added two new achievements:

New Review Screen

Inspired by the mobile UI, we've revamped the review screen with now 100% more star-power.

Disclaimer: Sudden rushes of anger from receiving a bad score from All Games is unchanged but the feeling of elation from receiving amazing scores is increased by several measurable units of excitement!

New side bar messages

Messages and events can now appear in a new sidebar instead of opening automatically and interrupting gameplay.

Messages can stack. You can click on them to read the message (or right-click to dismiss them). They will gently pulse and disappear if you ignore them too long.

We've tuned the default settings to be ideal for first-time players but experienced players can control which type of messages should auto-popup and which should appear in the sidebar in the new "Messages" settings tab:

New Topics, Icons & Drag to Scroll

We felt that the un-modded game lacked a few core topics that prevented players from re-making their favorite game in Game Dev Tycoon. This release adds 15 new topics to the game to enable more game combinations and, while we were at it, we completely redesigned the topic picker with shiny new icons.

Adding topic icons made the topic list a bit bigger, so we took this as an opportunity to add kinetic scrolling to lots of scrollable elements in the game. If you want to quickly browse the topic list now just click, drag, and flick it!

👩🏽‍💻 Women in Tech 🏆

We were made aware of a pretty sad bug where the 'women in tech' event in the game did not alter the gender balance of job applicants. We have now fixed this and also added a lot more famous women game developers to the game.

In related news, the default character when starting a new game is now randomized and there is a random character button for you to press too.

Swap and late-game PC

Turns out that Ninvento can't stop innovating! We have added the Ninvento Swap to the platform list, including a corresponding news story telling you all about bitter cartridges. We have also added a new late-game PC image to the game.

Modders 🛠

Existing mods should continue to function as they have before but we have added a few new features which modders can make use of:

  • Mods can now add an (optional) icon to their topics by specifying an iconUrl (documentation).
  • Mods can now add their own settings UI to the game's settings-panel via a call to `GDT.addSettingsTab(title, content);` (documentation).
  • Mods can spawn messages in the new sidebar. (documentation).
  • The game now ships the Greensock GSAP animation library which modders can use to its full potential (documentation).

Thanks for playing! 💚

Hope you all enjoy this free update. We will now head back into fantasy land and focus on our second game. We hope we can talk more about it soon. If you haven't done so yet, *please* sign up to our newsletter on

Full changelog

  • New: super-difficult 'pirate' game mode including new piracy, DRM and company ownership game mechanics.
  • New: Added Ninvento Swap console and 100% more mentioning of denatonium benzoate in the game.
  • New: Added new modern PC image.
  • New: UI panels have now a kinetic drag behaviour.
  • New: Updated review screen with new star animations.
  • New: Added 15 new topics.
  • New: Nicer topic and genre picker with all new topic and genre icons.
  • New: Added icons to context menu.
  • New: New message sidebar where messages can appear without interrupting gameplay.
  • New: New 'Messages' settings allow you to set which in-game messages should auto-popup and which should open in the new sidebar.
  • New: Character can now be randomized when starting a company.
  • New: Settings, achievements and highscore panels are now draggable.
  • New (modding): Mods can now add their own settings panel via GDT.addSettingsTab(title,jqueryContent);
  • New (modding): Custom topics can now specify a iconUrl to show a custom icon (otherwise generic fallback is used).
  • New: Modders can now make use of greensocks GSAP animation library:
  • Improved: Added more famous women to the game.
  • Added: Translations of new content.
  • Improved: Removed UI selection outline from slider handle.
  • Improved: Added visual clue when there are not enough research points to start a research project.
  • Improved: Small story window is now slightly wider.
  • Improved: Sponsoring the women in tech event now causes more women to apply for jobs.
  • Improved: Combobox in new game window is now larger.
  • Improved: The default character when starting a new company is now randomized.
  • Changed: Progression hint messages are now categorized as company milestones and will auto-open by default.
  • Fixed: Randomize character button in company creation screen has missing icon.
  • Fixed: Animation sounds would sometimes continue playing when starting a new game.
  • Fixed: Typewriting animation would sometimes speed up on the intro screen when starting a new game.
  • Fixed: Several buttons do not play a sound when clicked.
  • Fixed: It was possible to have a game that never went off the market if a company had lost all fans and then released another bad game.
  • Fixed: The splashscreen is no longer draggable.
  • Fixed: When stories picked team members, often the first staff got picked.
Game Dev Tycoon - Greenheart Games

Mobile Relase

We released Game Dev Tycoon on the App Store this week and it has been an interesting journey.
You can read our release announcement here.

Developer log
We are also blogging the results of this release by showing sales data, reactions, and talking about our overall thoughts and struggles in our release reports. If you are interested in a look behind-the-scenes check them out:

  1. Report 1: A rough start
  2. Report 2: Steady Improvements
  3. Report 3 is coming next week.
(if you want to be notified of future reports, consider signing up to our newsletter.

New Features Coming To Steam
I also wanted to give everyone here an update on when the new features will be available on Steam.

As mentioned in our previous announcement, we'll port new features such as new topics, the new 'pirate' game mode, the updated story and a few cosmetic improvements like new topic and genre icons to the PC version in a free update.

I really have to apologize for how we phrased the time plan on this though. When we said soon after the mobile release we really meant after both iOS and Android releases are out. The Android release is scheduled for some time in January and we expect the PC update to go live about two weeks after the Android launch.

However, as a way to apologize for our bad phrasing, and given the general interest in this, we are now planning to bring the PC update gradually to Steam and unlock a Beta version much sooner, hopefully in the next weeks.

Thanks for your patience!
Game Dev Tycoon - Greenheart Games

We are happy to announce that Game Dev Tycoon is finally coming to mobile and to celebrate the occasion a free content update for Steam will follow soon after the mobile release.

You can look forward to:
  • an updated story line (something about bitter tasting cartridges).
  • new topics to enable even more game types.
  • a new super-difficult game mode, inspired by true events ːantipiracyː.
  • all-new gorgeous icons for every topic in the game.

To learn more about the update and mobile release and to see a teaser trailer
(packed with game references), head over to our announcement.

Game Dev Tycoon - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 60% on Game Dev Tycoon!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Sunday at 10AM Pacific Time
Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 50% on Game Dev Tycoon!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Monday at 10AM Pacific Time
Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 33% on Game Dev Tycoon!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Thursday at 10AM Pacific Time
Community Announcements - Greenheart Games
Today, we are happy to announce that Game Dev Tycoon now ships with Steam Workshop support and, even better, there are already a dozen great mods available for you to enjoy. From simple mods that add topics and platforms, to more advanced mods adding competitors or allowing you to build custom PCs. Head over to our Workshop page to check out what's on offer.

Create your own mod!

Whether you are an expert modder or a complete beginner, you can create a mod for Game Dev Tycoon.

For beginners, our community has created a wizard-style mod creation tool that requires no programming knowledge. With its simple UI, the Ultimate Mod Editor allows you to create your own mod in no time.

Game Dev Tycoon is written in HTML5 and if you do have some programming knowledge, the open nature of this technology doesn't put a limit on what you can achieve. To start with, you can use our modding API but skilled modders are *not limited* by what the API provides. We have an enthusiastic and friendly modding community and we'd love to see you become a part of it. Head over to our forums and say hello :)

To developers

Is your game created in HTML5? Want to add Workshop support to your own Steam game?
Good news! We have just updated our open-source Steamworks integration library, Greenworks, to include Workshop support and you can use this to integrate Steam Workshop for your game for free. Check it out here.
Announcement - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 50% on Game Dev Tycoon!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Sunday at 10AM Pacific Time
Community Announcements - Greenheart Games
Every week we receive questions about if and when Game Dev Tycoon will be coming to mobiles and, today, we are happy to announce that a completely revised version of Game Dev Tycoon is in the works! Developed under the guidance of the best mobile-game design gurus, this will bring an entirely new and FREE experience to the mobile market!

Surprised? To learn all about this move, check out our announcement!

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