Manor Lords Joins Helldivers 2 and Palworld in Shaking Up the Status Quo with Huge Accomplishment Some AAA Devs Never Manage

The success of Manor Lords is proof that the gaming community is fed up with AAA canon fodder.

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  • Manor Lords achieved an incredible milestone of one million copies sold over at Steam.
  • Arrowhead Game Studios CEO Johan Pilestedt supports his fellow indie developers.
  • Indie games are now matching the quality of major triple A games in present day.
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Manor Lords was a massive success for Slavic Magic and the epitome of how indie games are well-received within the gaming community. The industry is oversaturated with big-budget multiplayer games and live services but indies have a strong hold on the market.


Indies are the perfect avenue for new and fresh ideas for gaming and not being tethered to any large or popular existing franchises. It is a new age is dawning and independent developers are pioneering the way for true quality gaming experiences.

Move Over AAA Games, Manor Lords, and More Indies Are Here

Slavic Magic has achieved an incredible milestone with Manor Lords.
Slavic Magic has achieved an incredible milestone with Manor Lords.

The indie game managed to sell over one million copies on Steam, which is a remarkable and insanely difficult feat, especially for an indie game. The community is adjusting to the times which makes opens the perfect window of opportunity for smaller developers to show off what they are capable of.


Manor Lords has already sold over 1M copies on Steam!
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Other major game studios can crack and reach the target with no problem but recent entries like the disappointing and lackluster comic book game Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League were beyond redemption. Rocksteady Studios opted for a more experimental approach and applied the live-service structure which failed spectacularly. On the other hand, an independent Japanese game studio like Pocketpair also sold over 15 million copies of Palworld on Steam.

It is also wholesome to see indie developers support fellow developers. Johan Pilestedt served as the CEO of Arrowhead Game Studios and game director of Helldivers 2 expressed his love and admiration for the games of Slavic Games and Warhorse Studios. Indie game developers are finally getting the well-earned respect and recognition and now all eyes are set on what these studios can come up with next.


Helldivers 2 and Indie Games Are Paving the Way for the Future of Gaming

Helldivers 2, Palworld, and Manor Lords are prime examples of what indie game developers have to offer.
Helldivers 2, Palworld, and Manor Lords are prime examples of what indie game developers have to offer.

As the world evolves, inevitably, the gaming industry will also change. To keep up with the times, the industry has had to adapt at a rapid pace. Thankfully, this has led to a rise in the number of independent game developers who are passionate about creating authentic and unique gaming experiences that major studios have failed to deliver.

These talented individuals are dedicated to exploring new ideas, pushing boundaries, and developing games that are not only entertaining but also thought-provoking and immersive. Their efforts have helped to expand the gaming industry, ensuring that gamers of all backgrounds have access to diverse and exciting gaming experiences.

It is a breath of fresh air to see what indie developers can come up with, there is a big misconception that these smaller studios have little to prove when it is the other way around.


Smaller studios have no pressure but have a lot to prove and struggle to make sure each new project will appeal to the general gaming community.

The success of these three games will inspire other developers to strive for something new, and original and to fill in the creative void that has been plaguing the game industry. What are your thoughts about independent game developers? Let us know in the comments section below!





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