Indie Zoe: Raider of the Lost News (29 May 2014)

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I’m leaving, on a jet plane. But unlike the song, I do know when I’ll be back again – after E3. That’s right, this is the last Indie Zoe that I’ll be writing in the cold for two weeks as I escape to the Northern Hemisphere’s summer. But don’t worry, I won’t leave you without your weekly dose of indie news!

First up, fans of Lucas Pope’s Papers, Please can rejoice – he has announced his next game. Entitled Return of the Obra Dinn, this game takes in the early 1800s as players investigate the merchant ship “Obra Dinn” which has returned to port with damaged sails and no visible crew. Pope explains that this game will be very different from Papers, Please:

I want to challenge myself so this’ll be a very different game from anything I’ve done before, including Papers Please. There’ll be less creativity with the gameplay and instead I want to experiment with the rendering, story, and a few technical features. Right now I have only a rough idea about the narrative. I’m hoping to capture a compelling mystery with suspense and twists in the limited space of an old merchant sailing ship. It won’t be the typical “collect items and look for clues” structure. There’s a slightly cool gameplay hook but I won’t go into details on that until much later.

Return of the Obra Dinn

Meanwhile, Sony is adding to the good news. They will pay for indies to have booths at the Tokyo Game Show, regardless of platform. That’s right, Sony is so committed to the indie scene that they are helping indies, even if those indies are publishing games on competing platforms.

Over on Steam, another 75 titles got the Greenlight. It’s no wonder Steam has released more games so far in 2014 than they did in all of 2013. Is there a glut on the market? Maybe, but I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing.

Prototype of the Week

In honuor of all the Ludum Dare entries I’ve been using as Prototype of the Week lately, this week’s entry is the Ludum Dare simulator. That’s right, someone took footage from the Ludum Dare game jam and turned it into a game itself. How meta can you get?

Last Updated: May 29, 2014

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