So, some April Fools' jokes go well, others not so well. The Game Dev Tycoon mobile announcement last year clearly fell into the latter category. We also learned that trying to parody sexism with overt sexism, only adds to the problem (it's still sexism!). Something that should have been clear to me from the start.
Anyway, to prevent massive confusion from everyone, we ended up deleting the April Fools' joke altogether. Still, rumors are hard to kill, so WHEN is Game Dev Tycoon Mobile coming out?
The freemium, coin-based gameplay idea taunted in our blog post will come out: NEVER!
I don't think that's a huge loss.
A normal port of GDT for mobile is not completely off the table but we are not working on it. Unfortunately the way we wrote GDT was really optimized for PCs and Windows tablets and trying to port it to iOS and Android has shown us that we would need to rewrite the game completely in order to get to an acceptable result. We rather spend our limited time focusing on our next games.
In general, we are open to the idea of teaming up with another company to do a potential mobile port. If you can show that you have what it takes to create a quality port of GDT for mobiles (preferably in Unity), then get in touch with us (email to firstname.lastname@example.org). Just note that we are definitely not interested in creating a freemium version.