By Tracey Lien on Dec 18, 2013 12.18.13
Indie Fund, the funding source for independent developers, announced today that it is supporting Loveshack Entertainment's comic panel switching game, Framed. As part of the support, Indie Fund will financially back Loveshack based on the studio's budget needs to complete Framed. Indie Fund's investment model gives its developers lots of flexibility with no long term obligations, no milestones and a repayment system that offers the developer a share of the game's revenue. Indie Fund has previously thrown its support behind games like Dear Esther, Antichamber, Monaco and The Swapper. The fund itself was created by a group of independent developers that includes Jonathan Blow (Braid, The Witness), Ron Carmel (World of Goo), Kellee Santiago (Flower, Journey) and Nathan Vella (Super Time...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Oct 16, 2013 10.16.13
By Dave Tach on May 23, 2013 05.23.13
Creating the The Witness, Braid developer Jonathan Blow's upcoming open-world puzzle game set to make its debut on PlayStation 4, presents challenges that the developer must overcome if it hopes to buck the recent linear trend in games, Blow wrote on the PlayStation Blog. Because The Witness takes place in an open-world environment, players aren't escorted through the game, as in other puzzle games. "It's interesting to try and design a puzzle game this way," Blow wrote. "Puzzle games are usually linear, because the designers want to make sure you have solved a puzzle before going on to a more difficult one. But in The Witness we have a broader idea about what makes puzzles interesting, and this lets us be versatile in designing the flow of gameplay. We build systems of puzzles with...
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 20, 2013 02.20.13
Tonight's PlayStation 4 unveiling included reveals of games and tech demos from first-party and third-party studios, and Sony collected clips of all the content into a short compilation video. The video begins with a brief glimpse of the new DualShock 4 and the Kinect-like stereoscopic camera that can detect its motion. Then it launches into footage of titles like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Jonathan Blow's The Witness, Watch Dogs and Driveclub, and tech demos from companies such as Epic Games and Media Molecule.