Indie News

The CEO of Japanese Indie Publisher Dangen Entertainment Resigns As Allegations of Harassment Mount

Ben Judd is stepping back from the publisher he helped found, as well as his "other industry endeavors."

After Four Years of Development, Here's the First Glimpse of Axiom Verge 2

Tom Happ's been working on a follow-up to his Metroidvania for 4 years.

Nintendo's Streaming One More Indie Showcase Before the Year's End: Watch It Here

The Switch gets one last shot of indie news for 2019.

The Choose Your Own Adventure Publisher is Going After Indie Developers Who Use Its Trademark Phrase

Takedown notices going out to small-scale devs on Itch.io.

In Japan, a Dispute Filled With Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Bad Business Practices Boils Over

Allegations against Dangen Entertainment and its CEO are coming to light after a falling out between the company and some of its dev partners.

Wargroove Developers Respond to Criticisms of Whitewashed Voice Cast

"We want to be honest about what happened."

Indie Devs: Apple Arcade is Healing a Wound in Mobile Gaming

The developers of Guildlings and Threes say the model is fixing the player-dev relationship.

Fans Are Comparing Wattam With Death Stranding, and Now Keita Takahashi Is Weighing in

Is Wattam a strand game? Maybe Takahashi or Kojima will tell us one day.

Katamari Dev’s Wattam Finally Has a Release Date

It'll debut on PS4 and PC a little over five years after it was announced.

Suda and Swery Host Strange Reveal Event for New Horror Game Collaboration

Welcome to the Hotel Barcelona.

Manifold Garden Launches This Friday After Seven Years of Development

The mind-warping puzzler is finally finished.

Time-Looping Mystery Outer Wilds is Coming to PlayStation 4 Next Week

Solve space mysteries and try not to wake the space fish.

Following Bombshell Report, More Indies Share Horror Stories of Working With Nicalis

Sources allege that Nicalis routinely stonewalls its prospective and established business partners.

Apple Arcade Springs Soft Launch on Developers, Some Games May Not Be Final Versions

Some iOS 13 beta participants can play games that don't even have official release dates yet.

New Celeste DLC Includes an Affecting Revelation About Madeline That Casts Her Story in a New Light

Madeline's battle with depression and anxiety take on a new meaning in Farewell DLC.

Untitled Goose Game Will Sound Its Release Honk This September

Less than a month 'til goose-ageddon.

"Stop Asking 'Is It Political?' and Start Asking Instead About the Actual Politics of Each Game"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Also, the things studios of all sizes do to survive, and what happens when that's not enough.

Epic Responds To "Disturbing Trend" of Misinformation and Harassment of Epic-Exclusive Developers

The publisher is supporting its partners in the wake of a harassment campaign.

Ooblets Devs Flooded With Hateful Messages Following Epic Deal

The anti-Epic vitriol train went to Ooblets this time.

The Wii U And 3DS Both Have The Same Number Of Upcoming Games... One

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo sticks to its traditions of focusing on families and pretending its older hardware is still viable.

There's a New Turok Game, and It's... Absolutely Adorable

He's a dinos-aww hunter.

"G2A Do Not Care About the People Who Make Games"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | It's all about indies this week as small developers have it out with G2A, discuss marketing strategies, fumble through PR gaffs, and move to the Epic Games Store.

Valve Clarifies the Rules of the Summer Sale Grand Prix as Indie Devs Face Mass Wishlist Deletions

Indie devs say Steam's new summer sale contest is hurting their games.

Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference Recap: The Next-Generation Xbox is Revealed (Sort Of), But Keanu Reeves Steals the Show

Cyberpunk 2077 and Gears 5 get release dates, Project Scarlett gets details, and Keanu Reeves drops in instead of Shigeru Miyamoto.

Emotive Adventure Game Sea of Solitude Is Coming Out In July

Get lost in your feelings in a flooded city this summer.

Necrobarista is an Introspective Game About a Supernatural Coffee Shop Coming to PC This August

Spend your last day in a quaint coffee shop at the edge of mortality.

Outer Wilds Will Launch As Timed Epic Exclusive, And Backers Don't Seem Happy

The Fig-funded space exploration sim won't be coming to Steam right away.

Earthworm Jim Surprise Sequel Announced For Intellivision Console You've Never Heard Of

The original Earthworm Jim team is back for a new project.

Developer "Deeply Regret" Easter Egg That Resulted in Their Switch Game Getting Pulled

An easter egg meant to encourage creativity has backfired.

Igarashi Explains Bloodstained Switch Demo's Poor Performance at PAX

We also get confirmation Bloodstained Switch will launch with a 30 FPS frame rate.

Respawn Co-Founder Now Working for Epic Games

Jason West is working on unknown projects within Epic.

The Devs Heard You: You Can Now Pet the Dog In Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon is finally feature complete with its final update.

"Apple Arcade Games Will Be Great for Families, Respect User Privacy and Will Not Have Ads or Require Any Additional Purchases"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | EA lays off 350, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai fully retires, and a number of developers reflect on various GDC announcements and events.

Her Story Creator's New Game, Telling Lies, Has a Teaser Trailer

Find the first details for Sam Barlow's Telling Lies here.

Xbox Will Begin Showcasing Indie Games on Nindies-Style ID@Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft wants to show off its indie catalog.

Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase is Full of Surprises and Cool Games

A showcase bookended with two unique reveals. See all the trailers here.

Watch the Nintendo Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase Right Here [Done!]

There are more indies coming to the Switch!

Nintendo Will Be Showing More Nintendo Switch Indies Via Stream on Wednesday

The new home for indies gets a bit bigger this week.

"BadLand has Literally Stolen Money From a Disabled Toddler"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Investors ponder an exclusive Grand Theft Auto, BadLand Publishing is accused of stealing from a disabled toddler, and EA has an up-and-down week with influencers.

Stardew Valley Celebrates Anniversary With Release Date on Android

All that's missing at this point is a version for your microwave.

Former Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Talks About Life After Star Wars, Decries Gaming Elitism

During an on-stage talk with Tim Schafer at DICE Summit 2019, Amy Hennig divulged what's been interesting her as of late.

Nintendo's Indie Showcase Reveals Multiple 2019 Games, and Goat Simulator is Out Now

The Switch looks like it will continue being a great place for indie games in 2019.

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is Coming First to Nintendo Switch in 2019

A deckbuilding, monster slaying, fantasy RPG.

A Nintendo Indie Games Video Showcase is Coming Tomorrow

It's not a Direct, but there's sure to be some cool Switch games.

The Only Tool You'll Use In This Open-World Adventure Game is a Paint Brush

Eastshade is an upcoming painter sim.

Play a New Free Game Every Day This Year With Meditations

A new initiative through a new launcher.

Blendo Games' Next Project Is Skin Deep, an Absurdist First-Person Shooter With a Sneeze Meter

And you can pull glass out of your feet too.

VA-11 Hall-A Developers Announce Surprise Sequel to Cyberpunk Bartending Action Game

Androids like it shaken, not stirred.

Gone Home on Switch Delayed to September

Can't go home yet.

Gris is a Gorgeous Looking Platformer Coming to Switch and PC This December

We still don't know much about this game, but it sure looks pretty.

Nintendo Looking to Release 20 to 30 Indie Games on Switch Per Week

Nintendo wants even more indie games on its platform.

Twitch Prime's Free Games for April Include Cult Hits Like SteamWorld Dig 2 and Tokyo 42

More free games for players who love subscription plans.

Hyper Light Drifter, Nidhogg 2, Bad North, and More Coming to Nintendo Switch

The Switch indie train just keeps on going.

USgamer Lunch Hour: Watch Kat Stream Into the Breach [Watch it Here!]

STREAM | We play the indie darling from the creators of FTL at 2pm ET/11am PT.

Downwell Creator Joins Nintendo

A new well.

Stardew Valley Multiplayer Mode Previewed in New Tweet From Creator

Here's a look at the multiplayer mode for Stardew Valley.

Tiny Metal Director Regrets Publicly Accusing Ex-Employee of Sexual Harassment

Hiroaki Yura says the information should have remained private, says he didn't scam backers. "[I]f I wanted to scam [backers], I wouldn't be here. It's very easy for me to disappear."

Limited Run Will Begin Producing Collectible Physical Releases of Nintendo Switch Games in 2018

The producers of collectible physical releases will begin releasing Switch games.

New Trailer for The Good Life, SWERY's New Game About Murder, Alcohol, and Cats

Described as a mystery in the style of "Raymond Chandler or Conan Doyle."

Indie Devs Release Free Torrent of Their Horror Game, Darkwood, to Combat Key Resellers

Acid Wizard Studio also wants to help players who can't afford the game.

Darkest Dungeon Developers Give a "Vaguely Affirming" Response to Whether There Will be a Switch Version

A response equivalent to a shrug emoji mixed with a winking emoji.

Fig Also Promises To Help Indies With Steam Direct

Fig's Finishing Fund offers $500,000 to help with Steam Direct submissions and marketing.

Why is Everyone So Excited About Frog Fractions 2? A Quick Explainer

A look at the game that everyone has been talking about over the holidays.

Shovel Knight Digs Into Yooka-Laylee's World

Yacht Club's blue crusader will make an appearance in the spiritual successor to Rare's 3D platformers.

P.T. Spiritual Successor Allison Road Back in Production

After the project was killed, it has come back from the dead.

Minecraft: Mojang Clamps Down on In-Game Commercial Promotion

If you want to promote your game in Minecraft, you better talk to Microsoft.

Former Galak-Z Dev's New Game Experiments with Old-School 'Wraparound' Effects

Four Sided Fantasy is a game in which manipulating the camera is just as important to navigation as moving your character.

Epic Games Reaches For Everyone With Unreal Engine 4 Subscription Fee

The engine developer is offering its latest creation for only $19 a month.

Play Magic with Your Favorite Indie Developers

Like Magic: The Gathering but wish it had more of the indie scene's friendly faces? Read on...

Square Enix and IndieGogo Launch the Crowd-Funding Collective

Square Enix was serious about turning towards crowd-funding and the Collective is their first effort.

On Greenlight, Alpha Funding and Getting a Game Noticed

Crunching Koalas looks back on a successful Greenlight drive for the upcoming MouseCraft.

David Cage: "We Can Use Technology to Say Something"

Speaking at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' annual games lecture, Quantic Dream's David Cage outlined his vision for the future of interactive storytelling, and how indie games are the medium's "new Hollywood."

GOG.com Reaches Out to Indies

Indie developers love GOG.com, and getting their games noticed just got a whole lot easier.

Lay Siege to Your Rivals in King Arthur's Gold

A rather charming-looking 32-player cooperative action war game just hit a major milestone in its development.

Lousy-stargazing-date-with-Mr-Wrong Simulator Polaris Coming August 2013

Polaris is here to remind us that not even the stars can make sucky dates better (and that first-person games need not have guns.)

German Sausages and PR Policemen Ahoy! Molyjam 2013 Begins Today

"You can eliminate starvation or you can double it, you can empty the treasury or fill it with gold and rub it all over your body?"

Size Five Games' Gun Monkeys Headed to Steam

Gun Monkeys, a "procedurally-generated multiplayer monkey deathmatch shooter" from British developer Size Five Games, is coming to Steam.

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