PC Accessories Company Logitech Building a Video Game And It Needs Your Help

"Together We Game" initiative crowdsources game ideas that will eventually make their way into a full title to be released early next year.

Electronics giant Logitech, best known for its line of PC accessories, is branching out into new territory. The company today launched an ambitious new initiative called "Together We Game," a first-of-its-kind collaborative project between Logitech and gamers where the company will crowdsource game ideas for an upcoming game and then build it, whatever it turns out to be.

Fans don't have complete control over what the game will be, however, as Logitech has already decided that it will be a 2D tower defense title. The rest, including the theme, environment, characters, and weapons, is up for players to decide.

For every element of the game, fans can chime in with their thoughts in this special Reddit section. Logitech will then narrow down the game ideas and put the best ones to vote via the company's social networks. "After each decision, we will take you behind the scenes and showcase the process of game development," Logitech says.

The final, playable version of the game will be available in around five months, and it will be free on Steam for PCs and through iTunes for iOS devices, according to USA Today. Who will actually do the development work? That's being handled by Tiny Mantis, with special help from New York University Game Lab director Frank Lantz.

Logitech says it chose tower defense, over something like a 3D FPS, because Together We Game is only an experiment and the company does not have an unlimited budget. "We chose tower defense because it allows the most basic level of customization while still fitting into our five-month timeline," Logitech said. "But if this project goes well, who knows what we'll try next!"

You can sound off with your own ideas for what makes a good tower defense game in this subreddit from Logitech. People are already contributing ideas like customizable characters, RPG elements, and enemy dragons to fight against.

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Discussion

25 comments
hystavito
hystavito

A very unexpected thing coming from a company like Logitech.  I guess it's not that weird considering PCs are dying out amongst the average non-gamer consumer.  They will probably be forced to focus their PC accessories business more and more on gaming.

meatz666
meatz666

Put a Razer turret that does the same of the basic ones, but 10 times more expensive!

StHapns247
StHapns247

This is clearly an experiment. I mean yeah a Tower Defense game is a little underwhelming, but it is arguably un-messupable.

I think it is a cool idea that kind of blurs the line of Kickstarter and major game labels; where a backer essentially backs only projects that have features they want vs major game labels that simply release what they think the consumer wants or what statistics tell them will make money.

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

I just thought "What a cool idea," then I discover that it is already decided to be a Tower Defence game, all we get to decide is what the characters weapons, costumes etc. will be like.

Read a little farther and you discover that it will be released in 5 months time, which doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that any gamer's ideas will have any real influence at all.

What a disappointment. I'll pass up this amazing opportunity, thanks.

It's just a lame P.R. stunt.

Stiler
Stiler

Sweet maybe I can think of......oh it's a tower defense game? NM then, no matter the setting or characters I've already gotten bored of that genre, a fun time waster but that style of game has already gotten old and super repetitive.

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

At first I thought, "Oh this should be interesting." Then I read on, "Oh a tower defense game." This isnt interesting at all.

iamreborrrn
iamreborrrn

Star Wars 1616 or whatever the number is

bernard978
bernard978

An open world singleplayer RPG which isn't MP based and not so silly with controls like DayZ, GO MAKE IT.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Here's a game suggestion, focus on G27 PS4 compatibility!!

blackothh
blackothh

I love Logitech hardware, I love Tower Defense, I like free.  Im not sure if its a good idea for them to go into making games, but I do like that they admit that they want to do a small scale game to test the water. I would imagine that Logitech has many people employed that are gamers, since they make gaming accessories and from my experience with their products, they do serve me well and last a long time. So they may have some people with the gaming passion to pull this off.


Color me Interested.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Can't you just stick to making great peripherals instead please?

travis1987
travis1987

Ok, sorry to say but i am invested in Survive The Nights at the moment but will give this a look.

Tr2et
Tr2et

@hystavito Even if PC is not dying, average consumer is not Logitech biggest customer group, the biggest one is the professional who need good accessories to work with, and I dont think PC will be replace soon in office-work, think about typing 10000 words report on a 10.1 inch tablet.

countingdown7
countingdown7

@hystavito What year are you living in. God damn, get out from under a rock, there's been a massive resurgence in PC gaming, and a ton of interest from all publishers. So much so that many once-sacred console-only series are coming to the PC.


punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@dribblesbarbax

I typed a similar response but for some reason it still says "Pending," yet again and there is no swearing or any reason for this comment of mine to be blocked at all.

I added that the game will be released in 5 months, which doesn't fill me with hope that our ideas will have any real influence in the slightest.

In short it is little more than a P.R. stunt.

oflow
oflow

+1 I did the exact same thing

StHapns247
StHapns247

@pork7 No, its "FIRST", but you did get two of the right letters, and even one in the right place.

StHapns247
StHapns247

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