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Indie Developers Feeling The Pressure

Indie Developers Feeling The Pressure

Indie games are rising in popularity but the market is becoming saturated with AAA titles, other indie games, and now even video games in-between these two categories. These indie developers are left scratching their heads, wondering how they can make any kind of impact in an industry that’s overwhelmed by all these games releasing at such an impressive pace.

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In the wake of Cliff Bleszinski’s studio, Boss Key Productions closing their doors after three years, the video game industry is paying close attention to this massive misstep. Boss Key Productions’ independently released, “Radical Heights”, failed to make up for the financial void their previous release, Lawbreakers left behind. When a studio led by such a prominent name in the video game industry can close after three short years because of one major failure, indie developers worry if there is any room left in the market for them.

Both a Blessing and a Curse

Indie developers may face shoestring budgets but this is both a blessing and a curse. Development might take longer and the resources they have are limited but one failed game might not sink an indie studio. Boss Key Productions had 65 employees as of September 2017, whereas Studio MDHR, the developers of the indie hit, Cuphead has 15. These smaller developers have much more room to experiment with ideas, fail and bounce back, and remain agile when compared to larger studios.

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Even with the benefits of being an indie studio, the indie market isn’t immune to over saturation. A recent report from SteamSpy’s Sergey Galyonkin showed there were an incredible 7,696 games released on Steam in 2017, up from 4,207 in 2016. This is making it challenging for indie developers to find a spot for their games and get the recognition some of them deserve. Still, time and time again, an indie game will pop up and make waves worldwide just like Cuphead mentioned above or even Illfonic’s Friday The 13th: The Game. Yet, as the video game industry continues to mature, the fear remains that these independent developers might be pushed out of the market by not only AAA developers, but the massive increase of indie games making their way to both consoles and PC.

The Double-Edged Sword

In a previous article on Gigamax Games titled, “The Best Time For Indie Developers” it took a different view on the current state of the industry. Focused on the technologies available and range of marketing methods at indie developers disposal, on one hand, things are looking up for these creators. Now with a studio like Boss Key Production closing their doors, it’s a stark reminder that even having the resources, technologies, big names, and capabilities to create a game like Lawbreakers or their independently publish Radical Heights at the height of Battle Royales popularity isn’t enough to turn a small studio into a major player within the video game industry.

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One thing is certain, the video game industry in its current form is still relatively new and figuring itself out. The popularity of indie games is growing exponentially but all this uncertainty surrounding the market may steer would-be amazing indie creators away from releasing their games to the world. However, when quality content is released to the world, people will notice. Indie games aren’t going anywhere any time soon as they continue to find their place, but Gigamax Games will be keeping a close eye on the market to see how this sector continues to progress.

Are You an Indie Developer?

Are you an indie developer? Let us know your impression of the current indie game scene and if you have a game, post it in the comments below so the Gigamax Games crew can give it a try!

If you’re an indie developer struggling to break into the market, Woodstock Productions might be able to help!

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Forge Reply Announces Theseus for PSVR

Forge Reply Announces Theseus for PSVR

The independent studio, Forge Reply just announced that they will be releasing a new PSVR game this summer. The small studio is taking a cinematic approach to VR in their upcoming game, Theseus. This game is built completely for virtual reality, Forge Reply is building a new action adventure game that will make the player feel completely immersed in this new and amazing world.

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A Modern Take on The Classics

Theseus is a new and modern take on the classic Minotaur and the Labyrinth myth from ancient Greece. To introduce the game Forge Reply has released an announcement trailer that gives players an intense look into what their game is all about. Check out the reveal trailer below to get a good look into what this upcoming virtual reality experience is all about.

In Theseus, the player wakes up alone in a new and terrifying location with only the voice of a mysterious woman to guide them. The protagonist will wander the halls and alleys of the ancient Labyrinth looking for a way out or meet their demise in the giant maze. Unfortunately they are not alone in the stone hallways, the Minotaur is there and not terribly happy that someone has invaded his home.

Independently Developed

This new independently developed virtual reality game looks like an intense experience and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. It’s great to see the new and exciting ways developers are approaching the VR medium. With PSVR being the first consumer level experience for this tech, it is a smart move for Forge Reply to make it the first system to receive Theseus. Expect a lot more information as we get closer to the release date along with gameplay videos to get an even better look into the game. Make sure to keep checking back with Gigamax for more on this interesting VR game!

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The Invisible Hours to be at Festival de Cannes 2017

The Invisible Hours to be at Festival de Cannes 2017

The Invisible Hours is a new complex murder mystery recently announced by the indie developer, Tequila Works. Designed specifically for VR, players will have to solve a crime in a world they are totally immersed in. A recent press release from Tequila Works officially announced that the game will be present at NEXT during Festival de Cannes 2017.

NEXT is focused on innovations in VR technology this year, specifically focused on how the medium impacts a narrative and storytelling. The Invisible Hours will be at the innovation hub from May 17th through May 21st at Palais 1, Aisle 14.

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An Intricate Web of Interwoven Stories

The Invisible Hours leads players through a “intricate web of interwoven stories” inside a vast mansion that contains an unnerving truth. On their website, Tequila Works boasts that the game is “one of the deepest narrative experiences in VR to date.”  The game contains seven characters that move and exist in the world even if they are not in the player’s line of sight. This means that there are seven intersecting stories that the detective must be concerned about at the same time. The player must consider these seven stories carefully and be at the right place at the right time in order to solve the mystery.

Thankfully for the player the protagonist is invisible (see what they did there) to the seven suspects. This gives investigators complete freedom to observe the character and explore the mansion at their own pace. Tequila Works says that “The game is a gripping mystery, and to find all of its deepest secrets will require careful observation and exploration.”

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Big Names Featured

Another piece of exciting news is that the game features a star studded cast of characters from across film, theatre and television. Some of the people behind the game include director Rob Yescombe (Farpoint), and starring Mark Arnold (Desperate Housewives), Katherine Carlton (Downton Abbey), Uriel Emil (Homeland), Grahame Fox (Game of Thrones), Bentley Kalu (Marvel’s The Avengers), Patrick McNamee (Inspector George Gently), Henning Valin (The Killing) and Fiona Rene (Sinister Squad).

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The game is going to come out this year and will be available for Oculus Rift, PSVR, and HTC Vive. If you’d like to see more information on the game you can check out Tequila Works website. We here at Gigamax Games are pumped about this upcoming release. Anything involving VR is unique and hopefully this game will be truly innovative. Don’t forget to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com for more information on The Invisible Hours as it becomes available.

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Ark: Survival Evolved Patch 257.0 Out Now on PC

Sh-ARKs With Frickin Lasers Beams

Popular dinosaur survival game, Ark: Survival Evolved just received the biggest patch the game has ever seen. Players who log back in will see a ton of new content to explore such as new gear, creatures, caves and various other changes. Interested in seeing the patch in action? Check out the trailer for it below.

The studio ,Wildcard has been hard at work fixing and tweaking one of the game’s newest additions, the Tek Tree. This science fiction themed skill-tree is receiving a bunch of new items for fans to experiment with. The Tek Cloning Machine gives players the ability to clone whichever dino they want, a Tek Saddle let’s players ride the dangerous Megalodon and a new Tek Turret is available to protect those hard earned bases.

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The update also adds a new raid like cave into the game. This high level dungeon is set in an active volcano and gives players access to the new ascension system. If a player is able to beat every boss, complete the cave and kill the final boss, then they’ll be able to ascend and gain access to a harder version of the raid like event.

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Four new dinos are also making their way into the game along with an alpha version of the Megalodon. New alpha drops for all alpha level creatures have been added and new sounds for a bunch of the existing dinos. Check out the full list of patch notes below for a look into the details.

Ark: Survival Evolved – Patch Notes

-New Dino: Giant Bee
-New Dino: Daeodon
-New Dino: Liopleurodon
-New Dino: Kentrosaurus
-New Structure: Tek Cloning Chamber
-New Structure: Tek Megalodon Saddle
-New Structure: Tek Turret
-New Weapon: Tek Grenade
-TEK Cave & Volcano
-“Ascension” Game Progression
-More UI overhauls
-New Hairstyle and Facial Hair
-Approximately 20+ New Explorer Notes
-15 new music tracks, per-biome and situational
-Full Gamepad input pass (i.e. console gamepad functionality)
-Fixed issue with Cave spawns not functioning properly in single player
-The Center mega-update!
-Engram Tree REVAMP. Forced respec and Max Level set to 100 (before Ascension)! You won’t lose your levels or experience, unless you were above 105 which you’ll be reset to 100.
-New Emote
-Anglers can now gather pearls.

Additional patch notes

-New Alpha Megalodon
-New Alpha item drops for all alpha creatures: Alpha Mosasaur Tooth, Alpha Tuso Eye, Alpha Rex Tooth, -Alpha Raptor Claw, Alpha Megalodon Fin, Alpha Leeds Blubber, Alpha Carno Arm.
-New creature sounds for the: Carno, Dire Bear, Bronto, Saber, Scorpion, Giga, Dragon, Broodmother, and Megapithecus.

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For a full list of Ark: Survival Evolved new content check out this forum post that details every single change coming to the game. The update is only  on PC for now but the PS4 and Xbox One version are coming soon. Gigamax Games will be sure to update you the minute it’s announced for console so be sure to keep checking back with GigamaxGames.com!

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10 Indie Games for 10 Dollars (or Below)

10 Indie Games for 10 Dollars (or Below)

Indie games are a relatively new addition to the gaming industry. These privately developed and distributed experiences are true to the creators vision and don’t need to abide by a publishers rules. Thanks to crowdfunding, the low cost of games and digital distribution the indie game continues to thrive in today’s market. Fortunately for gamers, they tend to be a cost effective way to get the most out of a video game purchase. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite indie games that just happen to be 10 dollars (or below).

1) Undertale ($9.99)

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This beautiful indie title is an amazing example of a game that isn’t just fun but also a deep emotional investment that shows you should never judge a book by its cover. The game has its share of heavy moments but ultimately players will love its charm, wit and killer soundtrack.

Available on: PC

2) The Deer God ($9.99)

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Experience a game that covers intricate themes like death and reincarnation all while challenging you with tough platforming along the way. The 3D pixel art is beautiful and playing as a deer is a unique experience that every gamer is sure to love as they leap through the 8 bit world.

Available on: PC, Mobile, Xbox One, PS4

3) Divekick ($4.99)

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Divekick is a two button fighting game that will either build a friendship or mercilessly tear it apart in a flurry of kicks. This game is a great example of how much a single move could impact a multiplayer experience. You will have to be clever, quick and ruthless in your quest to become the best at Divekick.

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

4) Dear Esther ($9.99)

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Just stating it’s a beautiful story game would be underplaying how wonderful this indie game actually is. Surrounded in mystery and intrigue, the game starts with a simple “Dear Esther” and the long journey begins. We won’t say any more in fear of ruining the experience, but if you like story based games, give Dear Esther a try.

Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One

5) Foul Play ($9.99)

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This quirky brawler has you taking control of the demon hunter, Baron Dashforth. A co-op adventure like no other, you and a friend will have a great time beating up bad guys in a staged retelling of the protagonist journey through a brutal land full of baddies.

Available on: PC, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One

6) Hotline Miami ($9.99)

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Hotline Miami is an intense gory experience that will confuse as much as it will satisfy. You take control of a serial killer/hitman that is ruthless to the gang members he brutalizes. With a variety of masks that offer different perks, the game has a ton of replay potential.

7) Hatoful Boyfriend ($9.99)

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Ever wanted to date a pigeon? Well then Hatoful Boyfriend is the indie game for you! This game is a dating sim like no other. A variety of pigeons will line up to be the one you pick as a significant other. I have no more to say, just go try this hilarious adventure.

Available on: PC, PS4, PS Vita

8) Limbo ($9.99)

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Limbo is a classic in the indie game scene. This 2-D side scroller is filled with mystery, horror and you will have a great time figuring out the multitude of puzzles that fill this games black and white world.

9) Fez ($9.99)

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Take control of Gomez, a joyful critter that lives in a 2-D world… Until he doesn’t! You quickly discover an object that shifts our protagonist into the 3-D world. Puzzles that utilize this mechanic are abound and while they are challenging, they are also extremely satisfying to conquer.

Available on: PC, Xbox One, PS4

10) Five Night’s at Freddy’s ($4.99)

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BOO! If that didn’t scare you, this horrifying game will. A true test of courage, this game will forever go down as the titular jump scare experience. Take control of a security guard who probably has the worst job in the entire world, guarding a pizza place haunted by the animatronic animals that entertain its guests. Warning: Not for the weak of heart or easily frightened!

Available on: PC

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‘OXENFREE’ Let’s Play – Playlist with Gigamax Games

‘OXENFREE’ Let’s Play – Playlist with Gigamax Games

Oxenfree absolutely deserves a close look for anyone that enjoys an obscure but interesting story. Beautifully designed, this indie game is one to remember. Gigs and Mack take a look to see why Night School Studios creation made so much noise when it was released in January of 2016. Going in completely blind, the crew shows anyone interested in Oxenfree exactly what they can expect.

An aspect of the game that really stood out was the art. Beautiful scenes behind muted colors creates the right atmosphere for this obscure indie game.

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The first 30 minutes was mostly just getting the player introduced to the characters. A bunch of kids on a ship to an undisclosed destination was curious enough to keep interest high before the ‘action’ started. Able to pick different dialog choices, the player has some freedom with how their character interacts with the other NPC’s. The story is something that truly stands out in this game, and Gigamax is excited to work their way through and see it to the end.

OXENFREE – [Throwing Rocks with Friends] – Let’s Play | Gigamax Games

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“Everything” Indie Game Insights with Gigamax

Everything – It’s a Big World Out There

Everything was absolutely an Indie game to remember. Not because of an incredible story or mind blowing graphics, but for something else. This game was unlike anything we here at Gigamax have played before. Ambiguous and confusing, but fun all the same. There’s not too many words that describe a game like Everything, but here’s an attempt at a thorough overview.

A game where the player can become ‘everything’, seems like it would deliver a lot of content. This would be accurate in a sense, because of the shear size of the game. However, there are no quests or character development to worry about, growing big and small is enough. The player has the power to become every living and inanimate object in sight.  

Before paying the $15 for the game, it’s highly recommended to take a look at the video below. Just to be absolutely sure buyers know what they’re getting into. This is not a game for everyone.

“Everything” Indie Game Insights with Gigamax

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Upcoming Nintendo Switch Indie Releases

Nintendo Switch: Home for Indies

The Nintendo Switch Indie game scene is shaping up to be huge for the recently released console. In a showcase that occurred during  the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco (GDC) the company announced 64 indie games that will be making their way to the console throughout 2017.





The showcase announced release dates for many of the games but left vague time frames for some. Not all the games coming to the console were highlighted during the event but will still eventually come to the Switch.

Below we have the list of Nintendo Switch Indie games that were paid extra attention to and had some sort of release date confirmed. If you’d like to see the whole showcase check out the video above.

The “Nindies”

Steamworld Dig 2: Summer 2017

Yooka-Laylee: Aprill 11th, 2017

Overcooked Special Edition: TBD 2017

The Escapist 2: TBD 2017

Gonner: TBD 2017

Kingdom Two Crowns: TBD 2017

Runner 3: Fall 2017

Blaster Master Zero: March 9th 2017

Flipping Death: TBD 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine: April 2017

Dandara: Summer 2017

Mr. Shifty: April 2017

Tumbleseed: Spring 2017

Shakedown Hawaii: TBD 2017

Pocket Rumble: March 2017

WarGroove: TBD 2017

Stardew Valley: Summer 2017

Thumper: Spring 2017

Perception: TBD 2017

Ultimate Chicken Horse: TBD 2017

Rogue Tropper Redux: TBD 2017

NBA Playgrounds: TBD 2017

Celeste: TBD 2017

The Binding of Isaac Afterbirth: March 2017

Fast RMX: March 3rd 2017

Shovel Knight Specter of Torment: March 3rd 2017

Shovel Knight Treasure Trove: March 3rd 2017

The Switch is quite the console and with Nintendo’s recent dedication to indie games this system has a bright future. Gigamax managed to get their hands on one of these elusive consoles and will be posting more content for the console as the year goes on!

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For Honor – ‘Let’s Play’ Playlist with Gigamax Games

For Honor – Let’s Play

For Honor has offered some variety to the games out on the market today. Gigamax visits this this action, small team based melee fighter in this latest Let’s Play. It’s is a unique game and Ubisoft did well. Even though Ubisoft make a strange choice when it comes to multiplayer hosting, the online experience holds up alright.

For Honor offers a single-player campaign mode but the primary focus is on the multiplayer. The Let’s Play below offers a look at the multiplayer as Gigs takes on the competition in the Beta. To get a better idea of what the campaign looks like, our For Honor review offers a detailed picture of what gamers can expect.

For Honor – Online and Ruthless

Gigamax has been hooked on For Honor ever since it dropped. Easy to learn but difficult to master sums the game up perfectly. Always trying to hone in the melee combat system, the game is highly addictive. Quick but intense multiplayer matches allow for a lot of games in a short amount of time.

Hope you enjoy For Honor ‘Let’s Play’ with Gigamax Games. Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up with the latest videos by Gigamax! Thank you so much for stopping by! Stay tuned as we add more For Honor videos in the near future!

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No Man’s Sky: The Foundation Update | GIGAMAX

No Man’s Sky was an ambitious project by developer Hello Games. This space exploration adventure was met with mixed reviews by both critics and players. While it was praised for its relaxed atmosphere, many believed that it was not what the developer had promised. While we hear at Gigamax thoroughly enjoyed the game, it is hard to deny that the final project looks very different then what was shown to the press. Creatures do not interact with the environment, the story is not nearly as epic as they let on and it is completely devoid of any kind of multiplayer. Whether you loved this game or hated it, Gigamax is here to show you it’s latest Foundation Update!

Building a base in No Man's Sky

Join us as we travel planet to planet building bases and going over what’s new in this game changing update. We start our journey in space and show you how to set up your own homestead in No Man’s Sky. We also go over the different tools in the base building arsenal. Unfortunately Gigs did not have the credits needed to purchase a freighter but once he is done saving we’ll have a video of that ready for you guys!

We hope all of you enjoy our relaxing look at the No Man’s Sky Foundation Update! Hopefully Hello Games keeps releasing substantial updates to their game. Make sure to check back here at Gigamax when new updates are released because we guarantee a video will be up shortly after. Also check out our Youtube Channel where we cover all the latest in game releases. Our Twitch Channel is also pretty sweet, this is where you can get live footage of not only the latest releases but plenty of indie game coverage too!

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