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In Drive Buy, everyone works for Buy Corp. Buy Corp are a massive corporation who control retail, advertising and a load of other stuff. Most importantly to the game, Buy Corp control the brainwashing advertisement screens that “persuade” customers to buy their products. As a driver, you have to race in your delivery vehicle to get the stuff to customers as quickly as possible.

The game world has the job of telling the story of customer retaliation against Buy Corp, in this case, graffiti that plasters the walls of buildings. The message is clear: customers don’t want to be hypnotised or spend money on stuff they don’t need, but Buy Corp is highly persuasive. It’s David (the customers) vs Goliath (Buy Corp) and you fit in somewhere in the middle.

Inspiration

The Drive Buy roadshow made it’s 3rd stop at The Tentacle Zone. The Tentacle Zone is Payload Studios’ cohabiting workspace, centrally located near to Farringdon. This stop offered us an opportunity to share Drive Buy with Payload Studios and Spilt Milk Studios all in one super awesome space.

We’re big fans of TerraTech, so it was was amazing to have the team that created it playing Drive Buy. Because of some similarities between the games, the feedback felt extra relevant.

Things People SHouted

“What do I do now?!”

Our second stop for the Drive Buy Roadshow was with our friends at Ustwo, known most recently for their beautiful Monument Valley game series.

‘Dizzy Totem’ emote

Staying true to our word of bring something for the developers we visit, we created 2 custom emotes for the event, the Dizzy Totem and Laughing Crow.

‘Laughing Crow’ emote

It’s always great fun playing with other development studios, the feedback is essential, but most of all, UsTwo Games enjoyed playing Drive Buy!Next stop is Payload Studios, creators of TerraTech.

If you want to take part in the closed beta, you can get yourself a key at DriveBuyGame.com

This post features the Drive Buy roadshow, an event where we go to friendly game studios and bring a custom build of Drive Buy that features stuff about that studio. It’s kind of like high fiving, but with a video game.

Our first stop was with our friends at Chucklefish, known for loads of cool indie games such as Starbound, Wargroove and Stardew Valley (amongst others).

We featured what has become our very favourite emote – the Chucklefish! We also plastered the Kingsland map with advertisements for Wargroove which looked really cool.

Playing Drive Buy with some of the Chucklefish crew!

You can ask for the Chucklefish emote it in our Discord #lounge with your Steam name.

Thanks Chucklefish!

This week we welcomed 250 new drivers to Drive Buy by sending out the 1st wave of steam keys. Today we’re making good on our word of dropping more keys in our next wave, so say hello to another 250 drivers! The weekend should be full of Drive Buy goodness, let us know how you get on in our Discord.

stuff we did

If you spot a Glitchers badge next to a drivers name, then you’re playing with Glitchers staff!
  • Hints were added to “Learn To Play” screen
  • Smoothed out network lag for bad internet connections
  • Fixed steam invites to work from players other than the host
  • Added player badges
  • Fixed some issues with keyboard input
  • Loads of tiny bugfixes

250 steam keys are going out to the first wave of closed beta players today. Check your inbox, if you’re in then boot open Steam to redeem the key. Now you can start delivering products to the brainwashed masses!

For the first 250 players, your career in Drive Buy is just beginning. Behind you are another 250 drivers and another – you get the point.

We’ll keep dropping keys in waves, every few days until everyone has a key. If you didn’t get one this time, keep an eye on your inbox. If you haven’t registered yet, go to DriveBuyGame.com