This is a great feature and should really help us one-man-dev-teams/small teams get noticed and keep fans informed of what we are up to. Keep up the great work!!
For many developers, projects on itch.io are living pages with frequent updates, new images, and gameplay videos. We think it's important for creators to start building and talking with their audience early and a development log is a great way to do that!
When we launched
refinery we made it really easy for creators to distribute new builds quickly, but it wasn't obvious how to to announce the changes. We've experimented with having a Devlogs section in our community, and seen many use their project message boards to post topics for each new update.
Today we're happy to announce our next feature: devlogs.
Devlog posts will appear in the same customized layout you've build for your project. The devlog page is mobile friendly so they're easy to read on any device. A list of your posts will also appear on your project's main page.
We automatically monitor you pages and give you a notification if you've changed anything recently. Creating a new post will automatically select all the things you've changed for sharing. You can find the notification in your dashboard and on the top of your project page.
Attach files, images, butler builds, videos, and Sketchfab scenes directly into your posts to catalog what has changed.
Devlog posts can have comments and likes to help you get feedback on the updates. Similar to other community features on itch.io, comments are completely optional. If they aren't appropriate for your posts then feel free to turn them off.
New posts are published to your followers' feeds. Additionally, we have a new devlogs section on the global feed so you can see what's up on all of itch.io.
I'd say Itch has pretty much been dev-friendly from the start, haha.
I suggested an issue page previously - that might work really well with your suggestion (since issues and ideas / feature requests are fairly close in terms of implementation, I think). Issues and ideas would be great.
I think that publishing platforms (like Steam, for example) fail to deliver a unified set of tools for the developers. Frankly, when I develop game, I don't want to bother with configuring a website, forum, blog, etc. If these tools are already provided in the same place, you just have to concentrate on what you love, developing the game.
This is the set of tools that I would want to be readily available in one place: game web page, forum, features/bugs(with tags), blog(with tags for different subjects), wiki, polls. I know it seems like a lot, but if they use a CMS, this can be configured one time and be readily available for all users.
If itch.io manages to implement this before others, I think it's popularity could skyrocket.
Plus, I think that game development should be a more open (to the public) activity. Hell, even Hollywood movies have started to show behind the scenes videos of their upcoming movies. And if you don't want the story spoiled, simply don't watch them.
Yeah, I agree with you, too. The good thing is that the framework is in place, so anything itch adds can go to every game already in existence on itch. Really would love to see a lot of what you mention (wikis could be really great for early access / deeper games).