Matthew Sprange, founder of Mongoose Publishing, has posted his perspective on the state of the industry, an annual tradition.
Some highlights include Mongoose’s separation from Rebellion, owners of the 2000AD comic and creators of the recent Aliens vs. Predator computer game.
At the end of March, we formally separated from Rebellion. This is something that had been coming for a few months but when it actually happened, it was fast. The reasons for it are long and winding but we have no wish to have mud thrown around in either direction – the split was perfectly amicable, and we maintain a good relationship with everyone at Rebellion.
On the RPG industry:
There is a school of thought that says that when a recession comes along, sales of RPGs go up. In the main, that is probably true, and we certainly saw an upsurge in 2009 (indeed, we had some of our best sales months for some time in that period). However, it could not last, and the RPG market overall (with the notable exception of one company – Paizo, with their Pathfinder system) has been rather depressing. The word we would use is ‘challenging.’ Things always go in cycles in the hobby games market, and RPGs are on the low swing at the moment.
For the first time in nine years, I would advise anyone looking to launch a new RPG company to halt their plans, and wait to see what happens in the market next. Now is not a good time to launch a new company.
As for the state of Mongoose itself:
Mongoose has taken some knocks over the past few years but the important thing is that, to quote Morpehus, we are still here. Not dead yet.
Not all of our peers can say the same thing.
Read more at Mongoose.