Friday, 28 April 2017

Gold Rush! 2 releasing for PC on Steam today

The gold rush continues! The story of the sequel came from the pen of the developers of the original game. Jake and Jerrod Wilson found the richest vein of gold in California’s Mother Lode - but some things in their home town are looking distinctly shady...

Gold Rush! 2 - out on Steam for PC, 28th April 2017







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Runes: The Forgotten Path Kickstarter begins! An epic VR adventure for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Trieste, Italy - April 27, 2017 – The Kickstarter campaign for Runes: The Forgotten Path has launched today seeking a goal of 30.000 € to complete development and bring this magic-infused Virtual Reality adventure to PC (HTC Vive and Oculus Rift).

Runes aims to captivate your senses by immersing you in a vibrant and consistent world, where you will master the art of spellcasting by drawing rune shapes in the air with your hands to solve puzzles and fight enemies. The game is set in a mystical world ruled by the Panopticon: an order of powerful wizards that regulate the use of magic oppressing people and confining their opponents to the Oblivion. In this magical prison of the mind, you will start your adventure as Leth, a renegade wizard determined to regain his freedom while seeking for his lost memories.

“Our Kickstarter is finally live with a demo for everyone to download that will allow people to enjoy the magic of Runes before they pledge on our Kickstarter." Said Alejandro Castedo of Stormbon Studio, "In Runes we implemented an innovative locomotion system called 4th Wall to provide a seamless experience devoid of motion sickness. We really hope that this will change somewhat the way people experience the immense potential of Virtual Reality."

Game features include:
  • 100% designed for room scale VR.
  • Full story driven VR title with different environments and puzzle solving.
  • Photogrammetry for full deep and immersive worlds. New seamless locomotion system.
  • Nodding system: answer to yes or no questions just by moving your head.
 

About Stormborn Studio
Stormborn Studio was unofficially established in 2014 by a small group of hardcore gamers excited about the challenges and possibilities that Virtual Reality had brought to the scene. After some fruitful collaborations with local and national businesses, they decided to set up a game company in 2016 and go back to the project that brought them together in the first place: a fantasy action-adventure video game capable of exploiting all the new major VR technologies.


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Nadia was Here turns retro battle systems on its head into something new, available soon

After more than 5 years of hard work on this project, indie developer Joel Aspen is thrilled to announce that his game "Nadia was Here" will be available on Steam on 26th May 2017!

He developed it mainly out of a love for retro JRPGs, but also with a view to adding modern gaming features along with the nostalgic vibes.  There are a lot of twists on standard genre conventions and he's most proud of creating a unique battle system.  In fact he's so pleased with this system that he's released a demo specifically to show it off, available here.


Game features:

  • Fast-paced battles: Mixing elements from time-management games and classic turn-based goodness for a truly unique real time experience.
  • Develop your characters in a new way: Growing through learning new skills instead of leveling up. Eliminating the need for random battles and grinding.
  • Keep collecting: Gain new skills and become stronger during battles. Collect and upgrade powerful amulets
  • Engaging story development: slowly get to know the main characters, and grow to adore, love and hate them.
  • Explore Amytah: Discover its many secrets and crack your brain on puzzle-centric dungeons.




Thursday, 27 April 2017

Brawlhalla PS4 Closed Beta, New Content for PC

ATLANTA - April 26, 2017 - Brawlhalla, the epic free-to-play platform fighter for up to eight players online or locally from Blue Mammoth Games, will begin a closed beta for PlayStation 4 in May 2017. Gamers interested in participating can sign up now at beta.brawlhalla.com.


More than 5.3 million PC gamers have battled in the Grand Tournament of Valhalla on Steam Early Access, making Brawlhalla by far the most played fighting game on Steam in 2016 and 2017.

The closed beta will bring an update to the existing Brawlball game mode. Warriors will also have new ground to stomp foes into with the release of a new map, The Colosseum. All of this content will release simultaneously on PC.

In addition, Brawlhalla's next legendary warrior, the Kitsune, arrives next week on PC. A wise and powerful fox spirit who wields a hammer and bow, the Kitsune's signature attacks lay out magical snares, introducing a new trap mechanic for area control.


Brawlhalla's straightforward controls make the game easy for new players to pick up, while still having the depth to support a thriving competitive community. With more than 30 distinct warriors to choose from, each with two playstyle-altering weapon types, every victory is a spectacle worthy of the gods.

Built from the ground up for competitive play, Brawlhalla supports a large number of online and offline game modes including ranked queues, local 1v1 and 2v2, a four-player online free-for-all queue, local or online free-for-all for up to eight players, and several alternate game modes such as Brawlball, Snowbrawl and Bombsketball.

"With its variety of game modes, thrilling action, weekly updates and hand-drawn animation, Brawlhalla is like a Saturday morning cartoon come to life," says Matt Woomer, co-founder, Blue Mammoth Games. "We couldn't be happier that PlayStation fans will soon be able to join the ever expanding world of Brawlhalla."

For more information, please visit the official website.

About Blue Mammoth Games
Founded by Cryptic Studios veterans and based in Atlanta, Blue Mammoth Games is composed of 18 developers focused on being active with and responsive to their player community.



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VR Puzzler Symphony of the Machine Launches on PSVR, Vive

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - April 25, 2017 - Symphony of the Machine, a VR puzzle game where players revitalize a post-apocalyptic world by influencing the weather with a mysterious tower, is now available for PlayStation VR and HTC Vive in North America. It will launch across Europe and Oceania on April 26 and in Asia on April 27.

Set in a desolate landscape ravaged by an unknown catastrophe, Symphony of the Machine is centered around the scattered remnants of a lost civilization and an enigmatic tower. There, at the spire's summit, awaits a series of tranquil puzzles that players can solve utilizing intuitive motion controls by bending, splitting or filtering light emanating from the arcane device.

This light can be redirected to symbols in the surrounding area which allow the player to summon the elements. Only with the correct mixture of precipitation, sunlight, wind and other effects can fauna atop the tower and the planet as a whole be restored and spring to life once more.



Symphony of the Machine provides an environment of discovery where players are unburdened by exposition and traditional cinematic storytelling. Without heavy-handed narrative dictating the experience, players can freely explore Story Mode, learning what happened to this world and how to fix it, or enter Sandbox Mode, where players are free to construct and expand upon their will, shaping and discovering new features and content long after the initial story has concluded.

"Symphony of the Machine provides a soothing atmosphere to encourage discovery, creativity and experimentation," said Vee Pendergrast, managing director, Stirfire Studios. "Players are free to set their own pace when uncovering the mystery behind the apocalyptic catastrophe and how to reverse the disastrous effects it's had on the environment."

Symphony of the Machine supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. The game is priced at $19.99 USD and €19.99.

For more information, please visit the game's official website.


About Stirfire Studios

Named after an encouragement for all team members to contribute ideas to its mixing pot work culture, Stirfire Studios believes the best creative visions are built by listening to a diverse lineup of voices. With an emphasis on gameplay, visual design and story in mind, Stirfire is currently working on Symphony of the Machine, its first project to be released since its well-received 2014 release, Freedom Fall.



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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Julia's Canadian Mystery EGA text parser mystery game

Julia's Canadian Mystery is inspired by Sierra On-line's "The Colonel's Bequest", an EGA text parser adventure game of mystery and intrigue set in Northern Ontario, Canada - being made as a real labour of love by the looks of it, using AGS (Adventure Game Studio).

The year is 1913. You are a clerk working at the Royal Ontario Museum and your boss wants the mineralogy exhibit to be the talk of the town when the museum opens the following year. So when a fisherman finds a huge diamond in the belly of a fish, the Professor sends you up north to investigate! This could be your big chance to prove to everyone you have what it takes...

This is pretty hardcore retro, if you're a fan of the old Sierra games it should be right up your street. Here are a few screenshots and a (rather long) intro:








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Formula XD now on Steam Greenlight

Formula XD is a racing team strategy game that puts you in the role of manager - hiring drivers, negotiating contracts with sponsors and engine suppliers, and making the big decisions necessary to keep your team above water. You'll issue orders to your drivers when they go out onto the track, and be responsible for guiding them to victory or defeat.


This isn't designed to be an easy game - you've got to start at the bottom and work your way up, with the game played over a career of 10 seasons.  This game is for PC and Mac and is currently seeking support on Steam Greenlight.



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Banner Saga 3 Pledge Manager now available for exclusive backer pre-order swag and more

Stoic, in partnership with Versus Evil, have opened up the Banner Saga 3 PledgeManager site where fans can continue to back development of the game and also pick up pre-order only game branded items, chat with the community and the developers as well as learn more about Banner Saga 3. Kickstarter backers can also fill out their Pledge Manager order and Add-On or Upgrade their pledges to add newly announced Banner Saga swag, including items such as t-shirts, mugs, posters, pins and more.

About Banner Saga 3
In Banner Saga 3, players embark on the final journey beyond the wall of Darkness to traverse a world unlike anything encountered in previous sagas. The beautifully hand drawn Viking role-playing adventure will once again test resolve through epic tactical battles against deadly adversaries where each choice directly affects the player’s personal journey.

The Banner Saga launched to critical acclaim in 2014 and has received several awards and nominations, including winner of the 2014 Geekie Awards for “Best Video Game”, winner of 2014 Game Developers Choice: “Best Debut” award, finalist placement for “Excellence in Visual Arts” category at the Independent Game Festival, three BAFTA Award Nominations, and was the winner of Pocket Gamer’s 2015 Best Adventure/RPG Game and Best Android Game of the Year. The sequel, Banner Saga 2 has also received several nominations and award wins, including a Pocketgamer Gold Award, a nomination for Best Strategy Game at the 2016 Video Game Awards, and has been selected as a finalist for the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards in the Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year category. Banner Saga 2 was also a runner up for Best Strategy Game in RPG Fans best Strategy Game and Hardcore Gamers Best of 2016 Awards and is available now for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Android and iOS.

To learn more about The Banner Saga Trilogy visit: http://bannersaga.com  

About Stoic
Stoic is an independent game developer based out of Austin, Texas, formed in early 2012 by three veteran game developers. Each is dedicated to making great games that are artful, independent and unique.  Today, the studio is headed by Arnie Jorgensen and John Watson – both industry vets who are now dedicated to continuing as independent game developers. The Banner Saga® and The Banner Saga: Factions™ content is used by permission. © Stoic LLC. 2012-2016 All rights reserved.

About Versus Evil
Versus Evil, LLC is a US based independent video game publisher behind critically acclaimed indie titles such as The Banner Saga, Guild of Dungeoneering and Armikrog.  Publishing games on all major mobile, PC and console platforms, Versus Evil works with indie studios in North America, South America, and Europe. The company was founded on the principles of helping independent game developers be financially and creatively successful in the highly competitive video games market.  Their suite of games span many different genres, platforms and business models.  As a global publisher, the Versus Evil team is strategically placed around the world with presences in California, Texas, Maryland and New York.
For more information visit http://vsevil.net/

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Dawn of Andromeda Heads For Full Release On Steam This May 4, releases launch trailer

Developer GreyWolf Entertainment and publisher Iceberg Interactive are excited to announce that their pausable, real-time space 4x title, Dawn of Andromeda, will be fully launching on May 4, 2017 for the Steam platform. Currently available on Steam’s Early Access program, the GreyWolf and Iceberg teams have been continuously working on implementing vast improvements to the game based on community feedback.

Mike Domingues, lead developer at GreyWolf Entertainment says, “After much time spent gathering player feedback and suggestions from the Early Access phase, we are extremely excited to put the final touches on Dawn of Andromeda. We are truly confident that fans from all over the world will be able to fully immerse themselves into this galactic world we’ve worked so hard to create.”

Dawn of Andromeda is a real-time 4x space game, allowing players to take the reins of one of many civilizations and guide it through the myriad of dangers hiding in the galaxy. They will be able to build out their empire, colonize new planets, interact with other factions and characters, research new technologies and build fleets so powerful their enemies will tremble at its mere sight.



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Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation Now on Kickstarter


April 25, 2017 Fruitbat Factory is excited to announce the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation: Time After Time

Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation: Time After Time is a new all-ages visual novel by Studio Beast, famous for the cult classic "J.Q.V Jinrui Kyuusai-bu ~With Love from Isotope~." It was released in Japan in August 2016 as a HD wide-screen release.

Chuusotsu is a fun, colorful story of three girls brought by their individual circumstances to live under the same roof and being forced to tackle existential questions to win their place in society. 

Fruitbat Factory is bringing Chuusotsu to fans all over the world in dual language (English and Japanese text, characters fully voiced in Japanese). 


Kickstarter campaign is now underway, giving backers the ability to get the game significantly under the retail price, grab exclusive rewards, and support the localization effort and Studio Beast in making all-new improvements to the game. 

The Kickstarter campaign’s goal is set at $20.000, with two stretch goals revealed, both adding an all-new event CG to the game. 

MSRP for Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation will be $19.99, and $9.99 for the soundtrack, Sound Disc. 

Synopsis 
Under the P3 law enacted under the Global People's Federation, citizens are ranked according to the Authorization Seals issued by the world government.

As spring arrives, the manga lover Marisugawa Arue, set back by a long-lasting illness, finds herself having to live her life as a "chuusotsu" - a person with no education beyond middle school.

The chuusotsu are not in possession of any Seals, and are considered to be failures at life. As such, their Authorized Power level is only 5 - young Arue's future is already looking mighty bleak.

"How will I be able to accomplish my goals now..."

In order to break free of her grim situation, and reach her true goal in life, Arue applies for a government relief program where she will...

Share a room with other chuusotsu!?

The Steam version of Chuusotsu will include Steam achievements, Cloud support and Steam Trading Cards. 

First images are available on the game’s homepage. The game’s opening video, “Philosophic Escape” can be seen on the Fruitbat Factory YouTube channel and the Kickstarter page

Chuusotsu is projected to release in late 2017. 

Fruitbat Factory, Ltd 
English version developer (Homepage, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & YouTube) 
Fruitbat Factory is an independent localisation house focusing on bringing interesting Japanese games to English-speaking audiences. 

Studio Beast 
Developer of original Japanese version (TwitterHomepage) 
Studio Beast is a Japan-based doujin game circle best known for J.Q.V Jinrui Kyuusai-bu ~With Love from Isotope~. Chuusotsu! 1st Graduation - time after time is Studio Beast's 4th game release. 
They are currently working on their 10th year anniversary project, a new game by the name of Suicide Fence. 



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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

ZHEROS' ‘The Forgotten Land’ DLC Available for Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4

Catania, Italy -- April 25, 2017 -- Italian developer Rimlight Studios today announced that ZHEROS, its whimsical 3D beat ‘em up is now available on PlayStation 4. Coinciding with the launch, Rimlight Studios has simultaneously released The Forgotten Land DLC on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam for PC. In ZHEROS, 3D cartoon graphics, ass-kicking battles and quirky characters mix together to create a fun, action-packed sci-fi action experience, where players join the ZHEROS squad and fight their way through twisted forces that threaten the universe.


“We are delighted to bring ZHEROS to PlayStation 4, it's quirky humour and gameplay will resonate well with players”, said Fabio Ilacqua, Art Director and Co-Founder of Rimlight Studios. “The new Forgotten Land DLC also adds more gameplay as Dr. Vendetta returns to pursue world domination with a new set of evil minions”.

Players are invited to join Mike and Captain Dorian in singleplayer or co-op mode to beat the hell out of Dr. Vendetta and prevent his attempt to take over the galaxy, turning every living creature into mindless, wicked minions. When fist fighting fails to do the trick, a selection of hi-tech weapons and powerful mech armor comes in handy, boosting the ZHEROS squad’s chances of wiping the floor with Dr. Vendetta’s evil robot army.

In ZHEROS: The Forgotten Land DLC, the evil doctor once again returns with a revenge plan against the ZHEROS squad, determined to destroy them and rule the galaxy. Exploring the ancient world inspired by the mysteries of the far east, players chase Dr. Vendetta across wild lands and cities, fighting powerful and mystical creatures throughout 8 new levels. With a brand new playable character, vehicle and an expanded arsenal of moves, the ZHEROS squad is ready to defeat evil once and for all.

ZHEROS is now available on Xbox One, Steam and on Playstation 4 for 9.99€, $9.99, 7.99£; ZHEROS: The Forgotten Land DLC is available on Xbox One, Steam and on Playstation 4 for 4.99€, $4.99, 3.99£


About Rimlight Studios

Established in 2014 by industry experts and passionate gamers, Rimlight Studios specializes in designing and developing video games with high-end visuals and entertaining gameplay. Rimlight Studios combines both the technical and creative capabilities to create engaging games that appeal to a wide range of audiences, on all platforms. Based in Catania, in hot Sicily, the team consists of a multicultural talented group of developers, joined together by their shared passion for videogames and their desire to create fun and enjoyable experiences for players and videogames enthusiast around the world.




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Monday, 24 April 2017

Zangeki Warp - gameplay video

Will get a review done soon hopefully, but in the meantime I've recorded the first level.  Very good game and LOVE the music! :-D


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Bevontule, Tactical JRPG, On Greenlight

Multithreaded Games have recently started a Greenlight campaign for their tactical turn-based RPG, Bevontulet.  Bevontule is inspired by the JRPG and tactical games of the 90’s and early 2000’s.  They’ve incorporated and expanded on many of the mechanics of our favorite childhood games while writing a mature character-driven story spanning thousands of years

(Watch the trailer below - this game looks very impressive!)



Key Features:
  • Mature and highly-detailed plot spanning thousands of years, inspired by games like Xenogears and Shadow Hearts.
  • Unique and challenging tactical, turn-based combat system where proper positioning and timing are critical.
  • Beautiful 3D environments to discover, explore and conquer, including a massive, JRPG-style overworld.
  • Free-roaming enemies with a wide variety of movement patters, behaviors and habitats; avoid or engage at you own discretion!
  • Unrelenting and highly intelligent enemy AI that can be scaled to various difficulty levels.
  • A large cast of interesting characters with defined roles, yet deeply customizable skillsets, with multiple builds for each combatant.
  • Enemies learn and level up as you do, accessing new skills, tactics and other ‘enhancements’.
  • Unlock, learn and equip from hundreds of combat skills, attribute bonuses, and word-based buffs.
  • Scavenge, create and upgrade items with our original skill-based crafting system.
  • Integrated bestiary system that rewards discovery, experimentation and exploitation of enemies for rewards
  • Loads of side-quests, optional bosses/area, and minigames.
What are you waiting for?  Head over to the game's Greenlight page!




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Friday, 21 April 2017

Coming soon: AdventureJam and Super Fan Jam

2 game jams coming soon courtesy of GameJolt:

AdventureJam 2017

AdventureJam is making its third annual return! Develop a game within 14 days that encompasses what "adventure" means to you. From traditional point & click adventures to completely experimental creations, let's gear up and go on some unforgettable adventures together!

5th-19th May 2017 

Super Fan Jam

Super Fan Jam is here to satisfy all our wildest fandom dreams! Shower your favorite media with love and support by creating a fan game within a 10-day period. You're sure to meet others who share your passions along the way!

5th-15th May 2017 


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AppGameKit DLC released to capture GameGuru assets

The Game Creators today released GameGuru Loader for AppGameKit providing a great and efficient way to convert & load GameGuru levels into AppGameKit.

GameGuru Loader lets you link the easy building features of GameGuru with the smart coding commands of AppGameKit.

The easy to use editor in GameGuru allows you to create 3D scenes and assets such as terrains, skies, vegetation, buildings and everyday objects. Now all these assets can be converted and then loaded in and displayed in AppGameKit.

GameGuru Loader allows you to go mobile too! GameGuru Loader includes a converter that scans all your GameGuru media, and optimises it to a format ideal for mobile use.

Rick Vanner, Development Director at The Game Creators, said, "The DLC adds yet another dimension to AppGameKit. What you see in GameGuru you will see in AppGameKit! GameGuru Loader provides an easy way for game developers to bring their 3D ideas to life in AppGameKit."


The Game Creators used AppGameKit to develop Driving Test Success Theory, Hazard Perception and Highway Code apps for UK publisher Focus Multimedia, deploying them onto the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon - all from AppGameKit's executable code. These Driving Test Success apps are now one of the UK's #1 ‘Learning to Drive' apps.


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Ummagumma Games Unveils The Worldmap Prototype For Abadon: Guardians Rise

In their first update for the year, developers Ummagumma Games have unveiled a prototype of The Worldmap, a top-down, shoot ‘em up gameplay mode that will connect Abadon’s various 2D platformed levels together.

Essentially as players progress through the game – completing levels and their corresponding objectives – The Worldmap lets them scour the planet of Abadon in search of their next mission, collectables and other random happenings.

Check out the video below:



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Save the Ninja Clan - Xbox One


Summary
Save the Ninja Clan is a platformer for casual players as well as speed runners.  There are two ways to play this game: play through the normal story mode or find secrets/"bugs" in the game to annoy the Game Manager watching.

Story
An evil ninja kidnapped your friends. You must collect scrolls in order to find your friends and save them. You will play as different ninjas as the journey progresses. Each ninja has a different ability: Green ninja has a double jump, Purple Ninja has a sprint, and the Grey Ninja has a dash (with temporary invincibility).



Alternate Story
You can annoy the "Game Manager" by finding secrets/"bugs" in the game. Eventually he will get tired of you breaking the current level and send you off to the next one.


Features:
  • 30 Unique Levels.
  • Secrets/Bugs in all non boss levels.
  • 3 Ninja types with different abilities.
  • 3 Boss Fights.
  • Game too hard or too easy? Adjust the game speed.
  • You can unlock knife modifications.
  • Many stats are tracked.
  • Replays that show previous attempts.
  • Secret ending which unlocks something secret.

Xbox One store page (game will be released on May 5th for just 2.99$, pre-order already started).  Current release date is only for ESRB regions. PEGI regions release delayed to the end of 2017.




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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Nordic Game Awards 2017 – Nominees revealed

A highlight of the annual Nordic Game conference, this year's edition of the Nordic Game Awards takes place in the Unreal Theatre, the main auditorium of Slagthuset, on Thursday, 18 May at 18:00.

Here are the games nominated for the 2017 Nordic Game Awards

Nordic Game of the Year – Small Screen
Nordic studios make great games in all formats, and mobile platforms in particular have seen many stellar Nordic titles. Some of the latest standouts have been nominated for the “Nordic GotY – Small Screen” award, including Supercell’s smash hit “Clash Royale”.

Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
Clash Royale”, Supercell (FI)
Mekorama”, Martin Magni (SE)
Space Marshals 2”, Pixelbite Games (SE)
Twofold Inc.”, Grapefrukt Games (SE)

Nordic Game of the Year
Nordic GotY – the most prestigious award of the show and highpoint of the 2017 Nordic Game Awards. A fun fact is that all of the nominated studios have previously taken the stage at Nordic Game. This year, Playdead opens NG17 with an “insider” tech talk about their multiple award-winning title “INSIDE” (here), veteran hit-maker IO Interactive will delve into the AI of “Hitman” (here), Massive Entertainment CEO David Polfeldt joins legendary Japanese game designer Fumito Ueda in a much anticipated “fireside chat” (here), while both EA DICE and “Owlboy” creator Jo-Remi Madsen have spoken at past Nordic Game conferences.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
Clash Royale”, Supercell (FI)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Audio nominees
As with all the categories, the competition here is fierce. The “Battlefield” series is well-known for its striking audio, and the latest chapter is no exception, being nominated for several awards already. This is also the case for Playdead and their award-winning title “INSIDE” - and with three other very strong contenders, it's looking like a tough decision for the jury:

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)

Best Fun for Everyone nominees
A special award for the best children’s, family, social or casual game that's suitable (and enjoyable) for a wide range of people and ages. The headliners in this category include “Clapper”, which took the "Indie Sensation Award” at NG16, as well as the latest “Salon” release from veterans at Toca Boca and the crazy sports game “Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”:
Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
Fuzzy House”, Fuzzy House (DK)
Mussila: Musical Monster Adventure”, Rosamosi (IS)
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”, Game Swing (DK)
Toca Hair Salon 3”, Toca Boca (SE)

Best Debut nominees
The "Best Debut" award goes to a Nordic studio that has released its first game in 2016, not counting beta or early access. Five very talented and promising studios are competing in this category, among them Antagonist with “Through the Woods”, a chilling third-person psychological horror game set in a forest on Norway's western coast.

Clapper”, Bridgeside Interactive (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
Manual Samuel”, Perfectly Paranormal (NO)
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure”, Game Swing (DK)
Through the Woods”, Antagonist (NO)

Best Technology nominees
Nordic games are famous for many reasons, not least for their high-tech polish. Just look at some of the titles in the running for this year's "Best Technology" award: breath-taking VR design in “EVE Valkyrie”, multiplayer innovation in “Tom Clancy’s The Division” and ground-breaking AI programming in “Hitman”. Every nominated game has a very good reason to be here.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
EVE Valkyrie”, CCP (IS)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Game Design nominees
The nominees for “Best Game Design” include five of the past year’s most successful and critically acclaimed Nordic games. Competing with the four AAA heavy hitters on the list is “Owlboy”, a slick homage to old-school 2D adventures that took Norwegian developer D-Pad Studio eight years to complete.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
Hitman”, IO Interactive (DK)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Tom Clancy’s The Division”, Massive Entertainment (SE)

Best Art nominees
Games in this category are nominated for their high level of artistic achievement. Headliners this year are “Battlefield 1” and “INSIDE”, but look out for the “dark horses” – not least of all the beautiful, “yarn-made” art of “Unravel”.

Battlefield 1”, EA DICE (SE)
GoNNER”, Art in Heart (SE)
INSIDE”, Playdead (DK)
Owlboy”, D-Pad Studio (NO)
Unravel”, Coldwood Interactive (SE)

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2017 Nordic Game Awards. See you at the show!
About the Nordic Game Awards
The Nordic Game Awards is organised by the Nordic Game Institute in cooperation with Nordic Game Resources and the Nordic Game event team.

The Nordic Game Institute consists of the following game producer associations in the region: Dataspelsbranschen (SE), Icelandic Gaming Industry (IS), Neogames (FI), Spillprodusentforeningen (NO) and Producentforeningen (DK).

The organisers appoint the NGA jury, this year with the following members: Bjarki Thor Jónsson (Iceland), Juho Kuorikoski (Finland), Rune Fjell Olsen (Norway), Niklas Sintorn (Sweden) and Astrid Mie Refstrup (Denmark).
About the Nordic Game conference
Nordic Game is the leading games conference in Europe, and 2017 is its fourteenth year. Gathering over 2,000 games industry professionals in Malmö annually, Nordic Game is the one and only “home turf” meeting place for the highly successful game developers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Learn more about Nordic Game 2017, 17-19 May at Slagthuset in Malmö, Sweden at conf.nordicgame.com.

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