Let me know if this is possible. I have a dream of making a new IP someday once I have experience and skill at whatever craft I may choose. I know it will be a long hard road probable misfortune but will likely be worth it in the end. I just want to know if its possible, possible to go from just a guy on a laptop with no experience to a guy with the ability to do what they want creatively like Yoko Taro or Hideo Kojima? I hope you can answer this question. I'm prepared for harsh reality I think.
It’s actually very easy to create your own new IP. Just start writing, drawing, designing, whatever. Go nuts. Build a story structure and characters and whatever. Develop their relationships to each other, the rules of the world, all the details you like. It’s cool. I do stuff like that all the time. I keep a notebook of details, ideas, character concepts, etc. that I reference from time to time.
The hard part is taking these sorts of ideas and building an actual game from them. Development requires time, effort, and money. Money affords tools, software, licenses, and pays for people who can do work. If your goal is to your own dream a reality, then you need to fund it somehow. That means either paying for it yourself, or getting others to pay for it.
Maybe you have a lot of money available to you that isn’t needed for anything. Great! Refine your idea, start hiring people, and go to town. Come up with your ideas, pay people to help you realize them, and you’ll be good to go.
For the rest of us who don’t have the kind of money needed to run a studio, we need to convince people who do to trust us with that money. So if you were the person with enough money to bankroll just ONE project, what would it take for some guy to convince you to give it to him? Perhaps the promise that it would make more money? Maybe if he had a solid business plan with details about how many copies he thinks it will sell, supported with market research. What if he also had a detailed breakdown of the game features, team size, and delivery schedule? Maybe a well-established track record of being able to deliver money-making results for years? It would probably be a lot more reassuring if the person was able to bring an entire team of experienced veteran developers with him, right? Especially if he had worked with most of these veterans before. These sorts of things would probably put your mind at ease when deciding whether to trust him with your money, right?
That’s how most projects get funded. The guys with the money seek out people they believe will be able to build them a product that can be profitable for them. If you want to bring your ideas to life, you need to be one of the people the guys with the money can trust. That means experience making games, putting together business plans, a reputation for delivering quality, and leading a team capable of making what you want. The fun part is figuring out how to get from where you are now to that destination. Good luck.
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