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A Short Hike wins Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival awards

A Short Hike wins the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at this year’s Independent Games Festival awards.

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A Short Hike wins the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at this year’s Independent Games Festival awards.

Adam Robinson-Yu’s A Short Hike has won top the prize at this year’s IGF Awards. The awards were originally set to take place during the now-cancelled Game Developers Conference, but were instead broadcast on Twitch in a revamped format.

League of Geeks’ Trent Kusters hosted the awards with some typically humourous pre-recorded inserts, and the winners accepted their awards with straight-to-camera video responses. Given the circumstances, it was a charming and appropriate substitute for a live event.

A Short Hike – which is a deserving winner – also won the publicly-voted Audience Award. Die Gute Fabrik’s Mutazione picked up the award for Excellence in Audio, and Inkle Studio’s Heaven’s Vault was the winner of Excellence in Narrative. Foam Sword’s Knights and Bikes won for Excellence in Art, and Goblin Rage picked up the Best Student Game award for Bore Dome.

You can catch up with the awards via Twitch, just scrub to the 05:31:00 mark. Here is the full list of finalists and winners in each category:

IGF Awards 2020 nominees and winners

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Eliza (Zachtronics)
  • A Short Hike (Adam Robinson-Yu)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House)
  • Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Slay the Spire (Mega Crit Games)
  • Anodyne 2: Return to Dust (Sean Han Tani & Marina Kittaka)

Excellence in Visual Art

  • Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Knights and Bikes (Foam Sword)
  • Void Bastards (Blue Manchu)
  • Creature in the Well (Flight School Studio)
  • Eastward (Pixpil)
  • Stone Story RPG (Martian Rex / standardcombo)

Excellence in Audio

  • Observation (No Code)
  • Vectronom (Ludopium)
  • Astrologaster (Nyamyam)
  • Knights and Bikes (Foam Sword)
  • Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House)

Excellence in Design

  • Katana ZERO (Askiisoft)
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Megagon Industries)
  • Slay the Spire (Mega Crit Games)
  • A Short Hike (Adam Robinson-Yu)
  • Elsinore (Golden Glitch)
  • Patrick’s Parabox (Patrick Traynor)

Excellence in Narrative

  • Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Heaven’s Vault (inkle)
  • Elsinore (Golden Glitch)
  • Wide Ocean, Big Jacket (Turnfollow)
  • Eliza (Zachtronics)
  • LIONKILLER (Sisi Jiang)

Nuovo Award

  • Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 (Cosmo D)
  • Infini (Barnaque)
  • The Space Between (Christoph Frey)
  • Life Tastes Like Cardboard (Demensa)
  • Promesa (Julián Palacios)
  • Song of Bloom (Philipp Stollenmayer)
  • The Longing (Studio Seufz)
  • PAGAN: Autogeny (Oleander Garden)

Best Student Game

  • Orbital Bullet (SmokeStab)
  • A Juggler’s Tale (kaleidoscube)
  • Forgotten (Mutiny Games)
  • Neon Beats (OKYO Games)
  • Bore Dome (Goblin rage)
  • Nothing In Sight (Nothing In Sight Team)

The Independent Games Festival will return as a live event at next year’s Game Developers Conference.


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This week’s Xbox One releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

This week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

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This week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases includes a classic survival horror, an interactive movie, and a game about delivering parcels that isn’t Death Stranding.

A bumper week of new Xbox One releases is headlined by Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 3. If you enjoyed last year’s stunning update of Resident Evil 2, you can expect the same lavish production values, control refinements, and well-directed scares.

Another nerve-wracking release is The Complex from Little Jade Productions. It’s pitched as “a live-action, cinematic interactive movie sci-fi thriller” about the aftermath of a bio-weapon attack in London. The story is written by Lynn Renee Maxcy, winner of two Writers Guild of America awards for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale. Michelle Mylett and Kate Dickie are among the cast.

If you’re looking for something a little less panic-inducing, you should totally check out Totally Reliable Delivery Service. We played the game at E3 last year and had a blast. It’s funny, chaotic, charming, and sometimes panic-inducing. Oh crap.

Other new games include Lost Artifacts: Golden Island, Random Heroes, and Snakeybus, which, if you haven’t seen it, is exactly the game you think it might be.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One games – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • The Complex

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Shaolin vs Wutang
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Random Heroes
  • Lost Artifacts: Golden Island

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • The Curious Expedition
  • Horror of the Deep
  • HyperParasite
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Snakeybus

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Final Fantasy VII Remake to ship early in some regions

Disruption to global supply channels means that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be shipped early in Europe and Australia.

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Disruption to global supply channels caused by COVID-19 means that Final Fantasy VII Remake is shipping early in Europe and Australia.

It looks like some players will get the chance to visit Midgar a little sooner than expected. In a statement posted to Twitter, Square Enix says that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be shipping to Europe and Australia earlier than planned due to the impact of COVID-19 on global supply channels.

In the statement, producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Tetsuya Nomura said:

“These unique circumstances have made it very difficult to align timing of our global shipping. Our highest priority is that all of you, including those who live in countries currently facing the biggest disruption, can play the game at launch, so we made the decision to ship the game far earlier than usual to Europe and Australia. As a result, there is greater chance that some of you in these regions will now get a copy of the game prior to the worldwide release date of April 10.”

Copies of Final Fantasy VII Remake will be shipped to other Western regions later this week. The game should be available for the official launch date, although it might be prudent to expect short delays and a lower than usual numbers of physical copies available. Such is life. You’ll pull through it.

The statement ends by asking players who get the game early to not spoil the experience for others.

“We know there are potential spoilers that have been out there for over two decades as the original Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997. But Final Fantasy VII Remake is a new game that still has many surprises for everyone.”


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Last chance to save in the PlayStation Store Mega March sale

Pick up some huge PlayStation 4 discounts while you can in the PlayStation Store Mega March sale.

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Pick up some huge PlayStation 4 discounts (while you can) in the PlayStation Store Mega March sale.

You’ll have to be quick if you want some savings, the Mega March sale ends today in North America and at midnight tomorrow in Europe.

If you want a game to lose yourself in, Assassin’s Creed Origins is reduced by a massive 74% and will keep you busy for weeks to come. Engrossing space simulation Elite: Dangerous also has enough content for several lifetimes and is discounted by 55%.

Other highlights include PS4 exclusive Bloodborne, which is discounted by 37%, and a 42% cut for Sega’s HD update of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz.

If you’re excited by this week’s release of Resident Evil 3, you have just enough time to get through Capcom’s stellar remake of Resident Evil 2. It’s reduced in the region of 50% depending on the version of the game you choose.

Other sale titles include The Blackout Club, SteamWorld Dig 2, and Watch Dogs 2. Head over to the PS Store in your country to see the full list of discounted games.

PlayStation Store Mega March Sale Highlights

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • AO Tennis 2
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Banner Saga Trilogy
  • Bloodborne
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Dark Souls: Remastered
  • Darksiders III Season Pass
  • Doom + Wolfenstein II Bundle
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Far Cry 5
  • Hitman Go
  • Human: Fall Flat
  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Life is Strange Season Pass
  • Little Dragons Café
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Peggle 2
  • Rage 2
  • Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Riverbond
  • Skyrim Special Edition + Fallout 4 G.O.T.Y. Bundle
  • Soulcalibur Ⅵ
  • SteamWorld Dig 2
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Watch Dogs 2 – Deluxe Edition
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • XCOM 2

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New Nintendo Switch releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

This week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop games includes games about zombies, dinosaurs, couriers, and chemical bio-weapons. Enjoy!

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This week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases includes games about zombies, dinosaurs, couriers, and chemical bio-weapons. Enjoy!

Our pick of the week is Totally Reliable Delivery Service from We’re Five Games. If you thought traversal in Death Stranding was a challenge, the ragdoll physics of this comic multiplayer courier game should be just the tonic. TRDS was one of our E3 2019 highlights. It’s fast, frantic, and funny.

Bub and Bob (and friends) return in the long-awaited North American release of Bubble Bobble 4 Friends. It’s a delightful update of an arcade classic with 100 new levels and support for four-player co-op. The 1986 original is also included as a bonus.

Zombie Army Trilogy brings Rebellion’s cult horror FPS series to the Nintendo Switch. In addition to three campaigns, there are online modes for 2-4 players.

Other new Nintendo Switch releases include Operencia: The Stolen Sun, a new RPG from Zen Studios, and The Complex, a new interactive sci-fi thriller movie from Little Jade Productions and Wales Interactive.

Finally, Dandy Dungeon – Legend of Brave Yamada, the quirky tale of dungeon puzzling and mid-life crisis from Onion Games, gets a free update. Dandy Dungeon II: The Phantom Bride doubles the size of the game and adds new music from Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and Touhou Project’s Zun.

Here’s the full lineup of new Nintendo eShop releases. We’ll keep this post updated with new additions throughout the week.

Nintendo Switch releases – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • What the Box?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Bubble Bobble 4 Friends (NA)
  • Zombie Army Trilogy
  • TY the Tasmanian Tiger HD
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • The Complex
  • Chapeau
  • Treachery in Beatdown City
  • Stones of the Revenant

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Dandy Dungeon – Legend of Brave Yamada 2 (Update)
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Wurroom

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Curious Expedition
  • JunkJack
  • Horror Bundle Vol. 1 (Paranautical, Uncanny Valley, Slain: Back from Hell)
  • Lost Artifacts
  • MazM: Jekyll and Hyde
  • MetaChampions
  • The Otterman Empire
  • Pocket Harvest
  • Rascal Fight
  • Snakeybus

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Aeolis Tournament
  • Drift Zone Arcade
  • HyperParasite
  • In Other Waters
  • Random Heroes

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New PlayStation 4 releases (March 30-April 3, 2020)

Resident Evil 3 and Persona 5 Royal headline next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita releases on the PS Store.

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Resident Evil 3 and Persona 5 Royal headline next week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 and PS Vita releases on the PS Store.

Next week’s big new PS4 release is Capcom’s Resident Evil 3. Remade in the RE Engine, the game gets a sumptuous graphical overhaul and employs the same third-person camera used in last year’s stunning RE2 remake. The package also includes the asymmetrical-multiplayer game, Resident Evil: Resistance.

One of the best RPGs of recent years also gets an update in Persona 5 Royal. This expanded version of the game features new music, characters, attacks, locations, puzzles, and story beats. We’re particularly excited to meet new Phantom Thief, Kasumi Yoshizawa, and hang out at the Penguin Sniper cafe to play billiards and darts. We love darts.

We might love darts, but we don’t love chemical bio-weapons. However, that’s what’s in store for players trapped in The Complex. With a script by Lynn Renee Maxcy, The Complex is an interactive cinematic thriller with branching storylines and performances from Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) and Michelle Mylett (Bad Blood).

If you like the idea of Death Stranding, but not its execution, do check out Totally Reliable Delivery Service. It’s a madcap multiplayer physics-based simulator about delivering parcels. We totally loved what we played last year, and we totally expect it to be totally worth playing.

Other new PS4 releases include Overpass, Snakeybus, and Operencia: The Stolen Sun, a new old-school RPG from Zen Studios, who are best known for their pinball games. It looks promising.

Here is the full lineup of confirmed PlayStation Store games for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita.

New PlayStation 4 releases – March 30-April 3, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

  • Battle Rockets (PS Vita only)
  • The Casebook of Arkady Smith
  • The Complex
  • Curious Expedition
  • Final Assault
  • Good Goliath
  • Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cipher
  • Operencia: The Stolen Sun
  • Overpass
  • Persona 5 Royal
  • Random Heroes (+ PS Vita)
  • Snakeybus

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Wurroom

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • No releases

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Hyperparasite
  • Resident Evil 3

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