During The Game Awards 2016, BioWare debuted a new Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay trailer. The trailer features combat, dialogue and more.
The Andromeda trailer was just one of several big reveals made during the annual industry awards event.
LGBTQ adventure game Queer Quest: All in a Gay’s Work has been successfully greenlit on Steam. Steam users voted in favour of releasing the game on the platform, greenlighting it in 37 days.
An indie “point-and-clit” (point and click) game from Queermo Games, Queer Quest is being developed for PC and Mac.
A new game bundle hopes to raise awareness about transgender health issues. The Action for Trans Health game bundle also aims to raise money for Action for Trans Health, an organisation that works to improve trans people’s access to health care.
The bundle launched as part of Trans Awareness Month (November), an annual event that seeks to educate and encourage action on trans rights and issues.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Thunder Lotus Games released Jotun on PC in 2015. A hand-drawn adventure about a warrior named Thora who must battle bosses to impress the gods and prove her worth, the game drew high praise from gamers and critics.
After bringing the game to consoles as Jotun: Valhalla Edition, concluding the title’s development, many aksed what the indie studio would work on next. That has now been answered as sophomore project Sundered has now been announced for PC and PS4.
In Bearhands Games’ upcoming stealth game, Grand Values: Monaco, players assume the role of Amy, a young and gifted burglar. Amy, along with her fellow aspiring “pro thieves,” Joe and Frank, find themselves in a sticky situation when a target (retired gangster Magnus) seeks revenge. Taking advantage of the 1% hotspot that is Monaco, Amy has to steal $50 million to get Magnus’ off their backs.
While Bearhands Games promises “dramatic plot twists, big stakes and developed characters,” along with “pure stealth gameplay,” Grand Values: Monaco’s female protagonist is a huge draw too. Not only is it refreshing to see that Amy is in charge of things (rather than being a secondary character or being relegated to just another face in a predominantly male ensemble cast) her character design subverts tropes as well.
Released on PC in 2015, Thunder Lotus Games’ debut title Jotun featured a female protagonist named Thora who must fight the titular jotun bosses in order to impress the gods and get the heck out of purgatory. Featuring hand-drawn art and with mighty boss battles bearing a Dark Souls influence, the indie title was a much praised hit.
Following on from the game’s initial success, Thunder Lotus announced that Jotun: Valhalla Edition would be released on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. A re-releae of the game featuring some extra gameplay goodies, the Jotun: Valhalla Edition release date has now been announced.
In visual novel Eldet, players assume the role of Kunal, a 20-something, gay man of colour. Enrolled in a college of mages and with his family also being famous mages themselves, Kunal starts to fear that he doesn’t have any magical powers. But, when a “tomb raider” hires Kunal, the student leaves the college and ends up discovering that despite his concerns, he may actually be blessed with the gift of magic.
In addition to magical adventuring and mystery, the visual novel also promises a variety of male love interests of various body types and ethnic backgrounds. One of the “primary philosophies” of the title is that “diversity matters” and developer Marccus has just concluded a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign to make Eldet a reality.
Promising a globe-spanning adventure and puzzle/monster-battling gameplay, RPG Dead Century offers plenty of likeable features. That’s why it was such a surprise when the mobile title failed to achieve its crowdfunding goal when it sought to raise $95,000 on Kickstarter in 2014.
But despite developer Science Brigade’s failed attempt at raising funds for the game, development continued. Dead Century has now been released on iOS, offering some absolutely gorgeous, hand-drawn art and featuring a range of diverse protagonists as it aims to be inclusive to all players. Find out more after the break.
Being developed by Benjamin Rivers Inc., the creator of indie horror hit Home, Alone With You is described as a “sci-fi game for people who love adventure.” Putting players in the shoes of the remaining member of a “doomed” colony, the goal here is to make it off of the planet before it completely falls apart.
In addition to some slick sci-fi adventuring, players can also expect a bit of romance when Alone With You launches as a PlayStation exclusive later this year. Learn more about the game and find out the Alone With You PS4 and PS Vita release date after the break.
In February, Sunless Sea and Fallen London developer Failbetter Games launched ‘Fundbetter.’ An indie game fund, Failbetter would offer teams between £2,000 and £20,000 for narrative games and interaction fiction. The developer described it as a “project-based investment” meaning that even if the project didn’t make the money back, the creator could just move on.
Fundbetter encourages game designers and writers “from all kinds of backgrounds” to get involved, specifically mentioning women, LGBT+ and black/minority ethnic creators. In a new interview, Failbetter Games explains why it’s so important to get pitches from a diverse bunch of creators and the developer also updates Fallen London’s gender options.