Sony and Microsoft were on the lookout for indie talent
Sony and Microsoft were among the event sponsors, with booths showcasing their commitment to indies. “We’ve been chatting with developers to find titles our customers might enjoy,”
Akinari Ito from Sony’s developer relations told us.
Xbox One is still unreleased in Japan, but some devs, recognising Xbox’s overseas audience and tempted by free dev kits, signed up for ID@ Xbox. Microsoft’s program manager Hidekatsu Matsuyama is happy to see the initiative work here: “We’d like to help Japanese developers to be successful all over the world. And to make Xbox One a success in Japan, we need Japanese content, so we need their help.”
Prize-winning Crazy Taxi clone TheModern ZombieTaxiDriver was one of many games that reprised old playstyles
Q-Games used BitSummit to show a new build of PixelJunk Inc, now renamed NomNom Galaxy (above). ShippoNekoAndTheMissingFriedShrimp (right) bases its art style on wood block printing. Kira Kira Star Night (centre) is being directed by comic artist RIKI
La-Mulana2 (top) and EF-12 (above) are among a wave of acclaimed Japanese titles coming to Steam. Meanwhile, Professor Sakamoto’s live Famicom tunes soundtracked the event (below)