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Manor Lords: From 7,000 to Two Million Wishlists - A Solo Developer's Epic Triumph

In the realm of city building games, where dreams of virtual metropolises and strategic urban planning come alive, one solo developer has defied all e...

J. Fingas

Jan 18, 2024

Manor Lords: From 7,000 to Two Million Wishlists - A Solo Developer's Epic Triumph

In the realm of city building games, where dreams of virtual metropolises and strategic urban planning come alive, one solo developer has defied all expectations. Greg Styczeń, the mastermind behind Manor Lords, finds himself on a wild rollercoaster ride of wishlists, far surpassing what he and his girlfriend ever imagined.

Manor Lords, a medieval city builder that blends the best of Banished and Going Medieval with combat and diplomacy reminiscent of Mount & Blade, has become the talk of the town. It holds the prestigious position as the second-most wishlisted game on Steam, standing tall among giants like Hades 2 and even overshadowing the next biggest city builder, Frostpunk 2.

Recently, Manor Lords accomplished a mind-boggling feat—it reached two million wishlists. An astonishing press release from publisher Hooded Horse revealed this staggering number, leaving Styczeń in a state of awe. He recounts how, when he first unveiled the announcement trailer in 2020, his girlfriend optimistically predicted around 7,000 wishlists. But now, with a chuckle, he admits that even his own estimate of 14,000 fell woefully short. Two million! The sheer magnitude of interest in his game is beyond his wildest dreams.

To aspiring developers grappling with self-doubt, Styczeń offers a beacon of hope. He shares, "I hope this is encouraging for other devs who struggle to get their games out there. I had no idea how the game would be received or if I'd be bad at marketing, but luckily I wasn't discouraged and kept going." It's a testament to the power of perseverance and the unpredictable nature of the gaming world.

While solo developers may face daunting odds, the allure of creating and marketing a game single-handedly can yield marvelous results. We need only look to the legendary success story of Eric Barone and his masterpiece, Stardew Valley, to witness the potential of a lone creator. And let's not forget Zeekers, the mastermind behind Lethal Company, who found themselves among the highest-earning Steam games of 2023.

Mark your calendars, fellow city builders, for the grand release of Manor Lords in early access on April 26. As it makes its debut on Steam, GOG, and the Game Pass's Game Preview program, it enters a fierce competition with titles like Hades 2 and Hollow Knight: Silksong, all vying for the top spot. Will Manor Lords rise to claim the throne and become the new champion of city building games? Only time will tell.

In the ever-evolving landscape of gaming, where dreams turn into code and virtual worlds come to life, Manor Lords stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of solo developers. So, prepare your blueprints, gather your resources, and embark on a journey that will test your strategic prowess and creativity. The realm of Manor Lords awaits, ready to be shaped by your vision and ambition. May your cities flourish and your legacy be etched in the annals of gaming history.

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