Indie Royale, a competitor or compatriot to the Humble Indie Bundle, has taken a different approach to the indie bundle. Featuring a minimum (which Humble didn’t until people abused it for Steam coal) that goes up and down based on what people are paying, each bundle is available for preorder when the current one is finished. As the Xmas Bundle is over, the New Year’s Bundle is up for preorder at a $3.99 minimum. While the new one will start at $2.99, the preorder bundle comes with an album, much like the last one did.
The titles to be offered will include a premium blend of FPS and RTS (Steam for PC and Mac), an innovative single-player puzzle game (Steam for PC and Mac, Desura for PC, DRM-free PC and Mac download), an award-winning 2D platformer (Steam for PC and Mac, plus an enhanced version for Desura PC, DRM-free PC and Mac download) and a world premiere on PC/Mac for an acclaimed arcade shooter with a twist (Desura for PC, DRM-free PC and Mac download).
Those who optionally pre-order now will get game access as soon as the bundle launches, lock in their price, and receive as a bonus George & Jonathan’s raved-about electronic chiptune funk album ‘Beautiful Lifestyle’ (this bonus is also available to those who pay more than the minimum price during the bundle.)
There’s no word on what the games will be or when exactly they’ll be available, but it looks to be later this week. Chances are you’ll be able to find $4 worth of value out of at least one of the games, so preordering the bundle might be a good idea… but finding out that you already have the games would be disappointing.
I skipped out on preordering last time, and only saved about a quarter, yet missed out on a Christmas album. My order is placed.