I'm following itch.io since its creation and it's super exciting to see it grow and grow. Big congratulations! :)
I've got a little question regarding itch.io and itch.io refinery. My current project Orcish Inn is available for free during development. I distribute the game as a Steam demo and through an own launcher application as well as standalone releases available on the game's website. I want to have a look at the tools you provide, but I don't want to sell the game yet. If I would use itch.io and submit Orcish Inn's pre-alpha and set the price to zero (but pay if you want), people obviously would also get the final game for free, which is not what I want.
I could (similar to the "demo" release on Steam), publish Orcish Inn as a "pre-alpha" here on itch.io, with info stating that getting the pre-alpha doesn't include the final game and when the game is finally out, I would publish Orcish Inn (the release version) as a new entry here on itch.io, with a proper price set. If possible, I would remove/hide the pre-alpha version of Orcish Inn on itch.io then.
The "pay-what-you-want" bit would be another way to get help with the funding, because I often get requests from people who stumble across my Patreon, but don't want to use the Patreon service and instead want to send me money directly, which I refuse because of tax-related stuff.
- "Orcish Inn Pre-Alpha-Only" for 0$+ without including the full game
- On release, "Orcish Inn" with a proper price
So my question is: would this approach violate any rules or go against the "spirit" of itch.io?
Cheers and thanks in advance,