Indie Zoe: Raider of the Lost News (6 February 2014)

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Oh look, a place for me to ramble about what I’ve been up to, or the fact that the week has gone too fast. Nah, I’ll just tell you all that there’s some cool indie news from this past week that you should read about.

First up, check out this awesome project on Kickstarter. Created by real astronauts and scientists, Space Pioneer is a space sim with real time strategy and city building mechanics. Honestly, this sounds incredible – it’s based on our actual universe, with resources taken from the Hubble telescope, NASA and other observatories. If you’re even vaguely interested in space games, this could be the best thing ever. Check out their video:

Next up, Gone Home developer Steve Gaynor talked about the sea change in indie development. According to Gaynor, rather than us seeing a slowdown in indie gaming, he believes that we will see the second generation of games from applauded developers.

Games like Braid, Thomas Was Alone, Bastion, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent made waves. But the developers of those games are all preparing to release their second major titles: The Witness, Volume, Transistor, and Soma, respectively.

Indies are much more in direct competition with each other. We’re going to see a lot of indies that are competing with each other for the attention of the players, for the attention of the press.

Indie competition is certainly increasing, especially as major platforms are taking notice. With so many indies doing well on the PS4, they’re sure to be vying for attention and hoping to be discovered even more than before. Curatorship will be particularly important.

Speaking of curatorship, Steam Greenlit another 50 games this week. So much for Greenlight going away – it seems to be gaining momentum. Or maybe they’re just trying to green light all the good ones before canceling the program.

Last Updated: February 6, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. You can read more of my words over at www.borngeek.co.za, or just follow me on all the social networks to get the true range of my sarcasm and wit.

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