Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
February 21, 2020
arrowPress Releases







If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Gamasutra - Road to the IGF 2020
Road to the IGF: Martian Rex & standardcombo's Stone Story RPG  
by Joel Couture [02.20.20]
Excellence in Visual Art-nominated Stone Story RPG takes players to a bleak world of ASCII art, tasking them with guiding a hero they cannot directly control.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Christoph Frey's The Space Between  
by Joel Couture [02.19.20]
The Space Between explores the distance that still exists even when we wish to deeply connect with another, and the struggle of what that impossible distance means.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Studio Seufz's THE LONGING  
by Joel Couture [02.18.20]
THE LONGING has a player waiting for four hundred real world days for the return of their king. How will you spend all of that time, though?
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: House House's Untitled Goose Game  
by Joel Couture [02.17.20]
Untitled Goose Game is a stealth game of causing trouble around a peaceful town as an ill-mannered goose, honking and spreading mayhem wherever you go.
IGF

Road to the IGF: Blue Manchu's Void Bastards  
by Joel Couture [02.14.20]
Void Bastards is a strategic sci-fi shooter of combing through dangerous ships for supplies, tasking you with knowing when to blast your enemies and when to cut your losses and run.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Nothing in Sight  
by Joel Couture [02.13.20]
Nothing in Sight is an exploration of the crushing mental cost that came from trench warfare during WWI, having you care for the well-being of four French soldiers in Ypres. 
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: SmokeStab's Orbital Bullet  
by Joel Couture [02.12.20]
Orbital Bullet steadily climbs through generated 360° stages, having players working hard to survive incoming gunfire when it wraps around the level to hit them.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: OKYO GAMES' Neon Beats  
by Joel Couture [02.11.20]
Neon Beats aims for simplicity as it tasks players with platforming through levels to the beat of the music, pressing them harder as the music's intensity rises. 
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Cosmo D's Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1  
by Joel Couture [02.10.20]
Nuovo Award-nominated Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 takes players to a hazy New York street corner on a Sunday morning, where a pizza delivery my turn into a high-stakes saxophone theft.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Die Gute Fabrik's Mutazione  
by Joel Couture [02.07.20]
Mutazione sets us free to wander a town of creatures eking out a living in the aftermath of a disaster, finding meaning and community in the connections we make with its inhabitants.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Oleander Garden's PAGAN: Autogeny  
by Joel Couture [02.06.20]
PAGAN: Autogeny casts the player out into the digital ruins of an abandoned MMO, freeing them to wander a once-living online world that now sits in lonely silence.
Indie, Video, IGF

Watch Casey Yano break down the design decisions behind Slay the Spire  
by Bryant Francis [02.05.20]
Check out this conversation with Casey Yano, one of the two lead designers behind the IGF-nominated Slay the Spire.
Console/PC, Video, IGF

Chat with the IGF-nominated devs behind Slay the Spire at 3PM EST!  
by Bryant Francis [02.05.20]
Get ready for the 2020 IGF Awards and chat with Slay the Spire developer Casey Yano!
Console/PC, Design, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Flight School Studio's Creature in the Well  
by Joel Couture [02.05.20]
Creature in the Well abandons you in a deserted town filled with bizarre machines that can be awakened by bouncing energy balls off of them, adding adventure & mystery to pinball action.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Turnfollow's Wide Ocean Big Jacket  
by Joel Couture [02.04.20]
Wide Ocean Big Jacket follows an aunt and uncle on a camping trip with their niece and her boyfriend, exploring who they are as they all get to know one another.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Kamibox's Song of Bloom  
by Joel Couture [02.03.20]
Nuovo Award-nominated Song of Bloom makes use of all of the features of a mobile device to create a personal story and a commentary on our culture.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Demensa's' Life Tastes Like Cardboard  
by Joel Couture [01.31.20]
Nuovo Award-nominated Life Tastes Like Cardboard is a semi-autobiographical game about "boredom and self-pity," delving into the developers own dark thoughts and experiences in their life.
Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Analgesic Productions' Anodyne 2: Return to Dust  
by Joel Couture [01.30.20]
Melos Han-Tani and Marina Ayano Kittaka, developers of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize-nominated game, chat with Gamasutra about the development companionship that fuels the ideas of Anodyne games. 
Indie, Design, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: Sisi Jiang's LIONKILLER  
by Joel Couture [01.28.20]
The Excellence in Narrative-nominated LIONKILLER casts the player as Hua Mulan, conscripted into into the First Opium War against the British Empire.
Indie, IGF

Road to the IGF: Zachtronics' Eliza 1
by Joel Couture [01.27.20]
Seumas McNally Grand Prize-nominated Eliza puts therapy in the hands of an AI, using algorithm and data to attempt to solve humanity's problems and asking what problems will come of this.
Indie, Video, IGF

Cast your vote in the 2020 IGF and Game Developers Choice Audience Awards!  
by Staff [01.27.20]
Online voting for the Audience Awards for both the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards and the Independent Games Festival Awards is now open through next Monday, February 10th at 11:59pm PT!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC, IGF

Road to the IGF: inkle's Heaven's Vault  
by Joel Couture [01.24.20]
Heaven's Vault follows an archaeologist trying to translate a lost language in an ancient Nebula, finding its hidden meanings one symbol at a time.
Indie, Video, IGF

Road to the IGF: kaleidoscube's A Juggler's Tale  
by Joel Couture [01.23.20]
A Juggler's Tale has players acting out puppet theater, guiding Abby the puppet on a journey to freedom through a grim fairy tale world.
Indie, IGF

Road to the IGF: Mega Crit Games' Slay the Spire  
by Joel Couture [01.22.20]
Slay the Spire tasks players with creating decks of cards that combine into crushing combos that will smash anything in their path.
Indie, Video, IGF

Here are your finalists for the 2020 Independent Games Festival Awards!  
by Staff [01.07.20]
With big honors for Mutazione, Eliza, Untitled Goose Game, and more, IGF organizers are excited to announce all the finalists for the 22nd annual IGF Awards!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC, IGF

Here are your juries for the IGF 2020 Narrative, Student, and Visual Art awards!  
by Staff [12.02.19]
The diverse group of devs and industry professionals who make up the juries of the GDC 2020 Independent Games Festival will soon decide the finalists for next year's awards!
Indie, Art, Design, IGF

Please welcome your juries for the IGF 2020 Audio, Design, and Nuovo awards!  
by Staff [11.18.19]
A diverse group of developers and industry professionals make up the juries of the GDC 2020 Independent Games Festival, and they'll soon decide the finalists for next year's awards!
Indie, Audio, Design, IGF

IGF 2020 accepts over 550 innovative and exciting entries!  
by Staff [10.11.19]
These submissions came in from a diverse and widespread selection of veteran indie game makers, first-time entrants, and students, all of whom will compete to win at the IGF Awards in March!
Indie, Business/Marketing, IGF

Reminder: Monday is the last day to submit your game for IGF 2020!  
by Staff [09.27.19]
Hey indies, don't delay: The submission deadline for the 2020 Independent Games Festival Main Competition is this coming Monday, September 30th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
Indie, IGF

IGF 2020 Inspirations: The mind-bending, IGF award-winning Baba Is You  
by Staff [09.25.19]
Get inspired, and then get moving: GDC organizers still accepting submissions for the 2020 Independent Games Festival, but you've gotta get your game in before this coming Monday, September 30th!
Indie, Design, IGF

IGF 2020 Inspiration: Zachtronics' award-winning Opus Magnum!  
by Staff [09.18.19]
The deadline to submit your game to the Independent Games Festival for award consideration is less than two weeks away (September 30th) so don't delay!
Indie, Design, IGF

IGF 2020 Inspiration: Grand Prize winner Return of the Obra Dinn  
by Staff [09.13.19]
Get inspired, and then get moving: GDC organizers still accepting submissions for the 2020 Independent Games Festival, but you've gotta get your game in before September 30th!
Indie, Design, IGF

IGF 2020 Inspiration: Star Maid's Nuovo Award-winning Cibele  
by Staff [09.05.19]
Submissions for the 2020 Independent Games Festival are open through September 30th, and to give you a little inspiration, today we look back on IGF 2016 Nuovo Award winner Cibele!
Indie, Design, IGF

IGF 2020 Inspiration: 2015 Grand Prize winner Outer Wilds!  
by Staff [08.30.19]
If you need a little inspiration as you prepare for the 2020 Independent Games Festival, consider the underdog story of Mobius Digital’s cozy space exploration game Outer Wilds!
Indie, Design, IGF

The IGF 2020 call for judges is now open!  
by Staff [08.13.19]
IGF organizers seek new game developers, journalists and academics to be a part of the judging body for this competition, so if you think you'd be a good fit, apply before September 3rd!
Indie, Business/Marketing, IGF

The 2020 Independent Games Festival submissions are now open!  
by Staff [07.30.19]
Informa Tech, organizer of GDC 2020, is now accepting submissions for the 22nd annual Independent Games Festival (IGF), the longest running festival, summit and showcase of independent games!
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, IGF