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Iron Lung Dev Says 'Go Pirate It or Something' in Response to Price Rise Backlash

The developer of hit indie horror
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, which mega YouTuber Markiplier is turning into a film, has told those who don’t agree with the game’s recent $2 price rise to “go pirate it or something”.


David Szymanski
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to respond to the backlash caused by Iron Lung’s price increase from $6 to $8, insisting the hike was entirely justified.

“Since people keep trying to gotcha me over this... once again, Iron Lung's price went up because the game is worth $8 so I want to charge $8, because I want to earn more money. If you don't agree with this price, I don't want your money. Go pirate it or something. I don't care.”

Then, responding to those who have said he’s “only doing this for the money",
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: “Yes, no f**king s**t. I make games for a living. If I didn't want to earn money from them I wouldn't charge money for them.”

If you don't agree with this price, I don't want your money. Go pirate it or something. I don't care.

“I like the business model of ‘I want money so I make something that I think is worth money, and you pay me that money and you get the thing, and we're all happy’,”
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. “That's it. There's nothing complicated or hidden here.

“If you don't think the things I make are worth the money I charge, that's completely okay. Don't buy them, or wait for a deep sale, or go the sneaky route and get them for free or whatever, and please tell me that so I can adjust the prices for whatever I release next.

“This will be the last I have to say about the Iron Lung price change. I don't expect to do any after release price adjustments in the future, so hopefully this won't ever need discussed again.”

Sales of Iron Long have dropped since the price hike, a trend
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he expects to continue. “Note that this is not a bid for sympathy,” he added. “This was a gamble I knowingly took hoping it will be the right decision in the long term.”

Iron Lung. Coming soon to theaters.
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— Mark (@markiplier)
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Markiplier is currently directing and starring in a film adaptation of Iron Lung, the short 2022 horror game that sees a convict exploring an alien moon's blood ocean in a cramped submarine.

Markiplier helped popularize Iron Lung after playing it in 2022, but this wasn't the only event that propelled Iron Lung to relative indie stardom — earlier this year, the game saw a spike in sales (which
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) after the disappearance of the Titan submersible due to the game's similar premise.

Markiplier also revealed that he
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to focus on Iron Lung. Iron Lung's movie doesn't yet have a release date, but it's headed to theaters, and the team behind the latter film revealed its first
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in October.


Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter at @wyp100. You can reach Wesley at [email protected] or confidentially at [email protected].

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