As many of you know, Roblox on Xbox launched on January 27, 2016 with many popular games created by the Roblox community. One of the inaugural games was Giant Survival by a 15-year-old Texas native, BuildIntoGames. Giant Survival has a simple mission: work together to kill the giant, before the giant gets you. This popular game has over 8 million visits, and before launching on Xbox One, Giant Survival was available on PC, mobile and tablet.
“Obviously [developing for Xbox One was] a bit stressful at first,” says BuildIntoGames, “but it wasn’t too hard to change some keybinds and UI elements specifically for Xbox One. The hardest part for me was having to look back over the old and outdated code I wrote, which motivated me to rewrite most of it.”
BuildIntoGames started out on Roblox over 5 years ago experimenting with editing non-copylocked games and models before making his own creations. However, he admits that it wasn’t until the announcement of DevEx (a shared economy Roblox program) that he began to take development seriously. “I wanted to take a more professional approach so people would take me a bit more seriously” he stated, musing about the evolution of his development approach.
Reflecting on the night before launch BuildIntoGames told us: “I was a bit worried honestly. I couldn’t really compare it to most big-budget games or popular indie titles, so I spent a lot of time improving on outdated code and polishing some aspects.” The extra work paid off and by Feb 27th the Roblox on Xbox’s version of Giant Survival received 2M visits in the first month.
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