Kongregate has revealed that Kartridge, the upcoming downloadable gaming platform currently in closed beta, will become available to the public on November 1st, 2018. The Kartridge Open Beta will launch with several distinct features; most notably, it will reward playtime by providing tangible perks to those who level up their accounts.
Players accrue experience by completing game-specific achievements and collecting unique badges, co-designed by Kartridge and selected development teams. As players earn experience, their Kartridge account will increase in level; as a reward for their progress, they’ll receive substantial benefits at specific levels that allow them to purchase any game at a discount or receive a game of their choice for free.
“For over a decade we’ve cultivated an environment where players not only care about their in-game accounts, but about their entire platform persona; we’ve found that players respond well to empowerment and choice,” said Alison Huffman, Director of Product at Kongregate. “We hope that players will find the substantive benefits of gaming on Kartridge to be a personally rewarding experience.”
With over 200 games from a total of 100 founding developers, Kartridge’s debut will feature content from industry headliners such as Double Fine, Versus Evil, and Thunder Lotus. The inaugural platform release will also provide an effortless content upload process, expanding developer tools and analytics, and core community features, including a global platform chat system.
“We want Kartridge to feel like an investment that pays off for both developers and players. Developers will gain a bigger and expanded audience through purchases subsidized by Kongregate and players will get more of what they want: games,” Alison continued. “We hope Kartridge accounts will become a point of pride for players, with a lot of completed achievements, a large library, and a place where community investment, health, and longevity are encouraged.”
Kartridge is currently in closed beta and will be released as an open beta on November 1st, 2018. Players and developers can learn more about the Kartridge platform, and sign up for the ongoing closed beta, at kartridge.com.