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Pillars of Eternity 'Backer Beta' available now for Windows

If you ponied up the $110.00 or more necessary for the Pillars of Eternity Collector's Edition, then Obsidian Entertainment has great news for you! Available now, through Steam, these select few can download the "Backer Beta"...   more

Pillars of Eternity 'Backer Beta' available now for Windows photo

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut will release on September 18

Harebrained Schemes recently updated its Kickstarter page for Shadowrun Returns with new details about the standalone version of Dragonfall, the Director's Cut. The updated version of the base game's DLC will include new...   more

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut will release on September 18 photo

Atlus didn't let failed crowd funding sink EarthBound-like Citizens of Earth

Citizens of Earth didn't meet its Kickstarter goals, but Persona developer Atlus swooped in and saved the day. Lead designer and Eden Industries co-founder Ryan Vandendyck, who you might have seen on Sup Holmes?, talked...   more

Atlus didn't let failed crowd funding sink EarthBound-like Citizens of Earth photo

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup

Usually when one thinks about shmups, precision motor skill and quick reaction are what come to mind. Mighty Tactical Shooter turns that completely on its head. Though precision movement and shot placement is still required,...   more

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo


Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo
Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup photo



Timespinner evokes Symphony of the Night, but with time manipulation

Metroidvanias are totally in vogue right now, but a lot of the time (as with Ghost Song or ReVeN), they feel more Metroid than 'Vania. Not so with Timespinner. Former Bungie employee and founder of Lunar Ray Games Bodie...   more

Timespinner evokes Symphony of the Night, but with time manipulation photo

Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. devs announce Areal

Ahead of a Kickstarter campaign launching this Thursday, West Games has announced Areal, a post-apocalyptic, non-linear game for Windows, Mac, Linux, Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4. This is a studio made up of "the people behind" M...   more

Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. devs announce Areal photo

Bullet hell Zenzizenzic takes to Kickstarter for the final stretch

Zenzizenzic may have a ridiculous name, but it has a genuinely interesting story behind its development. Ruud Koorevaar would not have been called a game developer when he began work on the twin-stick bullet hell shooter; he...   more

Bullet hell Zenzizenzic takes to Kickstarter for the final stretch photo


Bullet hell Zenzizenzic takes to Kickstarter for the final stretch photo
Bullet hell Zenzizenzic takes to Kickstarter for the final stretch photo
Bullet hell Zenzizenzic takes to Kickstarter for the final stretch photo
Bullet hell Zenzizenzic takes to Kickstarter for the final stretch photo
Bullet hell Zenzizenzic takes to Kickstarter for the final stretch photo
Bullet hell Zenzizenzic takes to Kickstarter for the final stretch photo



Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth

It's been said before that a "failed" Kickstarter isn't the end -- that every dollar matters even if the total amount raised ultimately falls short. That's true for Eden Industries' Citizens of Earth, a role-playing game whi...   more

Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth photo


Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth photo
Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth photo
Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth photo
Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth photo
Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth photo
Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth photo



Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping

Way back in the day, most side-view took place on a single screen at a time, and often moving off the edge of one side caused the player to reappear on the other. (See: Joust, Asteroids, Mario Bros.) Then Super Mario Bros. c...   more

Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo


Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo
Four Sided Fantasy does both sidescrolling and screen wrapping photo



The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV

If you have ever been playing the spirit-breakingly difficult platformer Super Meat Boy, and thought to yourself, "You know what this game needs? A gravity switching mechanic," then The Land of Eyas might be just what you ha...   more

The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo


The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo
The Land of Eyas blends Super Meat Boy with VVVVVV photo



Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism

Games are maturing, and not just in the sense that they feature a lot of sex and violence. Truly mature themes can be explored, like the loss of a loved one and a resulting downward spiral of addiction. Spate takes on those ...   more

Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo


Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo
Spate explores a man's loss and fight with alcoholism photo



Former Mass Effect dev goes indie for Epoch: Return

More and more often these days, we hear about developers breaking from big studios in order to be more independent. Nathan Moller, whose credits include Mass Effect, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Halo 4, is the latest develope...   more

Former Mass Effect dev goes indie for Epoch: Return photo


Former Mass Effect dev goes indie for Epoch: Return photo
Former Mass Effect dev goes indie for Epoch: Return photo
Former Mass Effect dev goes indie for Epoch: Return photo
Former Mass Effect dev goes indie for Epoch: Return photo
Former Mass Effect dev goes indie for Epoch: Return photo
Former Mass Effect dev goes indie for Epoch: Return photo



A few Mighty No. 9 alpha screenshots to pick apart

Comcept has shared a few alpha screenshots of Mighty No. 9 with backers and while I was initially hesitant to cover them given the obvious work-in-progress visuals (the one above is the most realized of the group), I'll take ...   more

A few Mighty No. 9 alpha screenshots to pick apart photo

Here are some screenshots and a trailer for Moebius

I've remarked before about how the adventure game genre didn't necessarily need an injection of life but it's no surprise that Kickstarter definitely attracted big names to return to the genre. Moebius is the return to the a...   more

Here are some screenshots and a trailer for Moebius photo


Here are some screenshots and a trailer for Moebius photo
Here are some screenshots and a trailer for Moebius photo
Here are some screenshots and a trailer for Moebius photo
Here are some screenshots and a trailer for Moebius photo
Here are some screenshots and a trailer for Moebius photo
Here are some screenshots and a trailer for Moebius photo



Dyscourse takes branching paths on a desert island

Jack Lumber developer Owlchemy Labs has a new project in the pipeline, with a similar visual style but completely different mechanics. Dyscourse stars Rita, an overeducated barista who finds herself involved in an unfortunat...   more

Dyscourse takes branching paths on a desert island photo


Dyscourse takes branching paths on a desert island photo
Dyscourse takes branching paths on a desert island photo
Dyscourse takes branching paths on a desert island photo
Dyscourse takes branching paths on a desert island photo
Dyscourse takes branching paths on a desert island photo
Dyscourse takes branching paths on a desert island photo



Super Motherload looks sharp on the PlayStation 4

The last we had heard from the cooperative Mars excavation game Super Motherload was a failed Kickstarter campaign and word that it would eschew WiiWare in favor of "other major consoles." That was just one year ago, bu...   more

Super Motherload looks sharp on the PlayStation 4 photo


Super Motherload looks sharp on the PlayStation 4 photo
Super Motherload looks sharp on the PlayStation 4 photo
Super Motherload looks sharp on the PlayStation 4 photo
Super Motherload looks sharp on the PlayStation 4 photo
Super Motherload looks sharp on the PlayStation 4 photo
Super Motherload looks sharp on the PlayStation 4 photo



First look at frigid survival sim The Long Dark

The setup for The Long Dark interested Steven. This is a first-person survival simulation that has players exploring the Northern wilderness, dealing with other stranded people, and trying not to get eaten by wolves. We've h...   more

First look at frigid survival sim The Long Dark photo

Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design

Good news, everyone! The Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter received a sudden boost in its donation rate. We've cleared $2.75 million, which means we are getting online co-op! Yay! Now that we'll be able to play as Beck's partner Call,...   more

Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design photo


Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design photo
Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design photo
Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design photo
Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design photo
Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design photo
Vote on Mighty No. 9 support character Call's design photo



Inti Creates contributing art to both new Shantae games

We all owe WayForward an apology. We haven't been paying the Kickstarter for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero much attention because Mighty No. 9 gobbled up everyone's focus. I knew weeks in advance that WayForward was planning to la...   more

Inti Creates contributing art to both new Shantae games photo

Project Phoenix hitting stretch goals, getting detailed

When we first learned about Project Phoenix last month, I was starry-eyed. It was famed Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu's first indie game, the art director worked on my favorite Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XII (in addi...   more

Project Phoenix hitting stretch goals, getting detailed photo

Details on Mega Man The Board Game sound wild

While Jasco Games' Mega Man CCG is more or less ready to ship out the door, Mega Man The Board Game is still a work in progress. However, Jasco did go into some detail at Gen Con about how the game will progress and how it ca...   more

Details on Mega Man The Board Game sound wild photo

Indie JRPG Project Phoenix raises $500,000 in first week

A cosmopolitan team of developers with experience working on titles such as Valkyria Chronicles, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Diablo III, and the Final Fantasy series have joined forces to create Project Phoenix, an indie Jap...   more

Indie JRPG Project Phoenix raises $500,000 in first week photo

Project Phoenix is an indie JRPG from Final Fantasy vets

There's a lot to digest here. Project Phoenix is an indie JRPG with real-time strategy elements. Its Kickstarter campaign will launch in a few days and it's asking for $100,000. Heading the project is Hiroaki Yura. Kiyoshi Ar...   more

Project Phoenix is an indie JRPG from Final Fantasy vets photo

VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game

Last year, illustrator Jed Henry produced a line of fan art that re-imagined Nintendo characters as samurai, all rendered in the Japanese woodblock print style. His Ukiyo-e Heroes series proved incredibly popular, leading to...   more

VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game photo


VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game photo
VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game photo
VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game photo
VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game photo
VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game photo
VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game photo



Get schooled, literally, by new roguelike Dungeonmans

Lend me your ears for another tale of a former AAA workhorse who packed his bags his and moved onto the rich, fertile lands of independent development. Jim Shepard, whose resume includes time spent at studios such as Raven S...   more

Get schooled, literally, by new roguelike Dungeonmans photo


Get schooled, literally, by new roguelike Dungeonmans photo
Get schooled, literally, by new roguelike Dungeonmans photo
Get schooled, literally, by new roguelike Dungeonmans photo
Get schooled, literally, by new roguelike Dungeonmans photo
Get schooled, literally, by new roguelike Dungeonmans photo
Get schooled, literally, by new roguelike Dungeonmans photo



Shovel Knight update reveals female Shield Knight

Through updates on Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight Kickstarter page, we've gotten familiar with the lineup of the very Mega Man-ish Order of No Quarter. That doesn't mean there aren't still surprises left in store! Yesterday ...   more

Shovel Knight update reveals female Shield Knight photo

David Jaffe attached to new car combat game Autoduel

Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe will serve as a creative adviser on Pixelbionic's debut title, a car combat game named Autoduel. The studio, co-founded by Maxx Kaufman (inXile, art director of Return to Castle Wolfenstein) ...   more

David Jaffe attached to new car combat game Autoduel photo

Chasm devs reach Kickstarter goal with five days left

It seems as if the promise of a stellar looking Metroidvania was good enough, as Discord Games has met their lofty $150,000 Kickstarter goal for Chasm with five days left. Stretch goals are now possible, including a digital a...   more

Chasm devs reach Kickstarter goal with five days left photo

Evo founders launch Kickstarter for new game Stonehearth

Tom and Tony Cannon have had quite the impact on the fighting game community with contributions like the Evolution Championship Series, the GGPO middleware for online play, and Shoryuken.com. For over a year, the duo has bee...   more

Evo founders launch Kickstarter for new game Stonehearth photo


Evo founders launch Kickstarter for new game Stonehearth photo
Evo founders launch Kickstarter for new game Stonehearth photo
Evo founders launch Kickstarter for new game Stonehearth photo
Evo founders launch Kickstarter for new game Stonehearth photo
Evo founders launch Kickstarter for new game Stonehearth photo
Evo founders launch Kickstarter for new game Stonehearth photo



Indie platformer A.N.N.E. launches Kickstarter campaign

The Metroidvania-inspired indie platformer A.N.N.E. has launched a Kickstarter, and unlike other massive projects floating around right now asking for millions of dollars, the goal is only $70,000. At the time of writing, it...   more

Indie platformer A.N.N.E. launches Kickstarter campaign photo


Indie platformer A.N.N.E. launches Kickstarter campaign photo
Indie platformer A.N.N.E. launches Kickstarter campaign photo
Indie platformer A.N.N.E. launches Kickstarter campaign photo
Indie platformer A.N.N.E. launches Kickstarter campaign photo
Indie platformer A.N.N.E. launches Kickstarter campaign photo
Indie platformer A.N.N.E. launches Kickstarter campaign photo



A Small Favor channels Full Throttle and Another World

A Small Favor, developed by two-man team ClickShake Games, has some big shoes to fill. Cartoonist and animator Jay Ziebarth describes it as a combination of "the gritty, futuristic adventure style of Full Throttle a...   more

A Small Favor channels Full Throttle and Another World photo

eJay Pure lets you easily build your own chiptunes

Not everyone can make chiptunes. Look, I'm a classically trained musician and I have trouble making them. My last creation sounded like a TurboGrafx-16 farted and then poured acid on itself.  iOS and Android app eJay Pu...   more

eJay Pure lets you easily build your own chiptunes photo

'Over 200%': Kickstarter success with Pixelscopic

Crowdfunding is becoming a new viable option for young upstart businesses and developers, but some come to the Kickstarter table unprepared. Not the boys at Pixelscopic, though! They wanted to make sure every last lower-case&...   more

'Over 200%': Kickstarter success with Pixelscopic photo

Chasm is the Metroidvania I've been waiting for

Running through the list of bullet points for Chasm, it's hard not to freak out. A 2D action-RPG platformer that's set up like a Metroidvania with procedural dungeons and loot drops is too much to take in all at once. Then y...   more

Chasm is the Metroidvania I've been waiting for photo


Chasm is the Metroidvania I've been waiting for photo
Chasm is the Metroidvania I've been waiting for photo
Chasm is the Metroidvania I've been waiting for photo
Chasm is the Metroidvania I've been waiting for photo
Chasm is the Metroidvania I've been waiting for photo
Chasm is the Metroidvania I've been waiting for photo



Another Castle is a roguelike-platformer hybrid for Wii U

How 'bout that Dusty Raging Fist, eh? Or the recently crowdfunded Cryamore, hmm? Seems like the Wii U eShop is getting some much welcome indie love even as big boxed publishers turn up their noses. Would anyone object to ano...   more

Another Castle is a roguelike-platformer hybrid for Wii U photo


Another Castle is a roguelike-platformer hybrid for Wii U photo
Another Castle is a roguelike-platformer hybrid for Wii U photo
Another Castle is a roguelike-platformer hybrid for Wii U photo
Another Castle is a roguelike-platformer hybrid for Wii U photo
Another Castle is a roguelike-platformer hybrid for Wii U photo
Another Castle is a roguelike-platformer hybrid for Wii U photo



Kickstarted Second Quest comic tells very Zelda-ish tale

For some folks, Skyward Sword was the pinnacle of the Zelda franchise, while for others, it was the culmination of everything wrong with the series' direction over the past decade and a half. Even though I personally enjoyed...   more

Kickstarted Second Quest comic tells very Zelda-ish tale photo

Gamemaster Howard wants you to be a 'Know-It-All'

Former Nintendo of America spokesman Howard Phillips has been sharing tons of goodies from his personal archives lately, and now he shares a game idea. As the original Nintendo "Gamemaster," he was tasked with knowing the in...   more

Gamemaster Howard wants you to be a 'Know-It-All' photo

Fangamer's shirt designs revived via Kickstarter

Everyone's doing it, so why not Fangamer? I've been a long time fan of their game-inspired shirt designs, and it seems they've heard the voice of costumers out there who have been frustrated with so many of their popular desi...   more

Fangamer's shirt designs revived via Kickstarter photo

The Ukiyo-e Heroes Kickstarter has begun

Just over a month ago, I shared some more amazing works by illustrator Jed Henry. These pieces of Nintendo fan art are rendered in the Japanese ukiyo-e style, re-imagining our favorite game heroes in imaginative new ways. Je...   more

The Ukiyo-e Heroes Kickstarter has begun photo

Boot Hill Heroes is an EarthBound-inspired Old West RPG

We live in a wonderful age where, if a specific game doesn't exist, an inspired individual will just up and say, "It shall be done!" The tools of creation have never been more easily accessible, and it has resulted in both o...   more

Boot Hill Heroes is an EarthBound-inspired Old West RPG photo