GDC Round-up: The Indie news you need to know

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The annual Game Developer’s Conference is over for another year, and as always it was chocked full of exciting news. The San Francisco-based event has now closed it’s doors for another year, and since then GDC have announced that this years attendance was a record breaker, with 29,000 people walking its boards. As ever, we had our eyes peeled for the best indie related announcements.

By far the biggest wad of news came with the Nintendo Nindie showcase. The Nintendo Switch has already proved itself to be an excellent platform, bringing great indie games back into the spotlight. In this showcase Nintendo revealed a whole bunch of exciting titles that will be coming to the handheld console in the future. Most impressively, as we told you last week, Nintendo have handed their precious Zelda IP to an Vancouver-based indie studio. Brace Yourself Games will develop a spinoff of the game, connecting it to one of their own popular releases, Crypt of the NecroDancer. The title, Cadence of Hyrule, is yet to receive a confirmed release date, but there is plenty of hype already.

Neo Cab

Other eagerly anticipated titles coming to the Switch later this year are Cuphead, Overland, My Friend Pedro and Neo Cab. Let’s face it, Cuphead is going to lead to some pretty frustration-battered Switches, and we can’t wait to see how the graceful mechanics of My Friend Pedro’s combat works on the hand-held. Overland and Neo Cab are slated for release later this year, and both immediately stand out for their intriguing art styles. With such highly anticipated games coming to the platform, we’re sure the Switche’s indie reign is far from over.

In other news, in a move that surprised no one, Return of the Obra Dinn snagged the Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival, which took place as part of GDC. It was also awarded the prize for Excellence in Narrative Design, so you know you’re really onto a winner here, if you haven’t had a go already. The game was developed by solo-dev Lucas Pope, and when we reviewed it we awarded it a very rare 10/10. 

A few days after the dust had settled on GDC, but no doubt connected to all the great indie news that came out of it, Xbox also took its turn to reveal some news. Three more indie titles will be arriving on the ID@Xbox platform in the near future; Killer Queen Black, Outer Wilds, and Blazing Chrome will arrive on the platform when they hit release date. 

We’re pretty happy about all this indie related buzz, and will keep you updated on these titles as and when they get some concrete release dates.

Associate Editor

Kate has been gaming since she could control a mouse. In addition to having a penchant for indie games, Kate had a World of Warcraft account when she was far too young, and has a weakness for any game with ‘RPG’ in the description.

Kate Fanthorpe

Associate Editor Kate has been gaming since she could control a mouse. In addition to having a penchant for indie games, Kate had a World of Warcraft account when she was far too young, and has a weakness for any game with ‘RPG’ in the description.