GDC 2019


The Best of GDCs Brazil Games Showcase

The Best of GDC's Brazil Games Showcase

So if you’ve ever wanted to use an axe made out of your enemy’s rib cage, now you can.The GDC 2019 build of Dolmen includes slicker graphics, reworked gamepad controls, updated weapons, and even a crafting system.The official description reads: Cosmic Horror and Sci-Fi are two ways to talk about Dolmen It is a third person[...]

Redefining the Classic Adventure Game with Sparklite at GDC

Redefining the Classic Adventure Game with Sparklite at GDC

Red Blue Games' Sparklite is a brawler-adventure with procedural world generation, but its classic influences are pretty obvious even at first glance. The game's rogue-like level map generation, and sardonic humor set it apart as a fully modern invention, but the top-down isometric view, world-building, and art style are clearly reminiscent of early Nintendo classics, […]

Buildings Have Feelings Too A New Take on the City Builder at GDC

Buildings Have Feelings Too! A New Take on the City Builder at GDC

Merge Games' and Blackstaff Games' Buildings Have Feelings Too is a real-time city builder with a twist. In this game, buildings cam walk and talk to each other, each has its own aspirations, fears, and desires. The official game description reads: Players must grow their city whilst making sure the individual buildings thrive, or risk them […]

The Church in the Darkness Doesnt Recommend Joining a Cult

The Church in the Darkness Doesn't Recommend Joining a Cult

Paranoid Productions' The Church in the Darkness is a stealth infiltration game with a side of mystery and human psychology. But it absolutely does not endorse the thought of joining a cult. Loosely based on several different and problematic cults, though the easiest touchstone is of course The People's Temple (better known as "Jonestown), the game […]

Having Drinking Contests with Demons in Afterparty

Having Drinking Contests with Demons in Afterparty

Afterparty is Night School Studio's ltest game, and predictibly, that makes it an indie game worth paying attention to. After all, Night School is the studio behind cult indie hits Oxenfree and Mr. Robot. Afterparty game puts you in the role of two recently deceased best friends Milo and Lola. The newly-dead duo find themselves facing an eternity […]

SkyBox Labs Stela is a Beautifully Simplistic Puzzler

SkyBox Labs' Stela is a Beautifully Simplistic Puzzler

SkyBox Labs' Stela is described as acinematic, atmospheric platformer which centers around a you g woman who witnesses the final days of a mysterious ancient world and needs to solve puzzles to escape from various foes. The puzzles all have a timed element to them, as the enemies will immediately race at the player, so quick […]

[Hands-on] Conan Unconquered is Somehow Mundane

[Hands-on] Conan Unconquered is Somehow Mundane

Petroglyph and Funcom's survival RTS Conan Unconquered is many things, but while you might expect it to be absurd, it's far more straightforward. In fact, Unconquered is pretty much a standard RTS game. As several of the team at Petroglyph are former Command & Conquer devs, there was bound to be similarities between the games. However, I expected […]

Abstract Arcade Game HyperDot is Rude but Fast

Abstract Arcade Game HyperDot is Rude but Fast

Tribe Games' HyperDot is described as a "strikingly minimal action arcade dodge 'em up," which mostly translates to frantic flailing with dots. That said, you can become frighteningly good at it, with practice and patience. The game includes over 100 trials in the campaign mode along with several multiplayer  modes and a level editor. The […]

Confronting Mafia Stereotypes with Family Man at GDC

Confronting Mafia Stereotypes with Family Man at GDC

Family Man is a first-person narrative RPG about the moral descent of a father who owes money to the mob. The game's being developed by Broken Bear Games and published by No More Robots, and looks something like Minecraft, but don't let any of that fool you. Family Man is a perfect mob movie, just in interactive […]

Dead End Job is a Ren and Stimpy Style Bullethell

Dead End Job is a Ren and Stimpy Style Bullethell

Dead End Job combined the chaotic gameplay of a procedurally generated twin-stick shooter with graphics reminiscent of 90s cartoon Ren and Stimpy. Players take on the role of Hector Plasm, paranormal exterminator, and use his trusty vacuum pack to suck up ghosts after shooting them with a plasma blaster. While Hector is an expert in his field, […]

Headup Games Silver Chains has A Lot Going For It

Headup Games' Silver Chains has A Lot Going For It

Headup Games was at GDC this year to show offthe first-person horror game Silver Chains, which, like many games in the genre, has a strong emphasis on narrative and exploration. With a side of jump-scares. The demo build at GDC had the player searching for clues and solving puzzles in an abandoned house. The official description […]

Children of Morta will Now Release in Summer of 2019

Children of Morta will Now Release in Summer of 2019

11 bit studios announced at GDC that their upcoming RPG Children of Morta, will now launch on all platforms simultaneously this summer. The game was initially supposed to release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One late last year, but the release was pushed back to make way for the Nintendo Switch version. As the Switch […]

Moonlighters Between Dimensions DLC will Launch this Summer

Moonlighter's Between Dimensions DLC will Launch this Summer

11 bit studios is releasing the first paid DLC for Moonlighter this summer. The Between Dimensions DLC fills current dungeons with new creatures, populates the all-new Interdimensional Dungeon with mini-bosses, adds new weapons, armory, shop items, and rings. Of the new DLC weapons, players get access to a series of trick weapons that give the player […]

GDC Indie Games to Watch Out For: Totem Teller

GDC Indie Games to Watch Out For: Totem Teller

Australian developer Grinning Pickle's gorgeous puzzler Totem Teller is the sort of game that helps solidify the genre as an art form.  The game's visual design is vivid, colorful, and abstract. The player leads a wandering muse through the world on a transcendental search for storytelling inspiration, with much of the game's decision points focusing […]

This War of Mine: Stories will Launch on Mobile Next Week

This War of Mine: Stories will Launch on Mobile Next Week

This War of Mine: Stories is a more story-based spinoff of 11 bit studios' survival game This War of Mine. Stories focuses much more on the narrative of various characters living through the Siege of Sarajevo, without as much of the action and survival focus that was the base of the main game. The first episode […]

The Forgotten City is Just Janky Enough to Feel Like Skyrim

The Forgotten City is Just Janky Enough to Feel Like Skyrim

Modern Storyteller's The Forgotten City started as a popular mod for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. And as developer Nick Pearce joked during the ID@Xbox Showcase at GDC this year, The Forgotten City was kept just janky enough to "make players of the Mod feel at home." And The Forgotten City lives up to that promise. Walking up […]

Pre-Ordering Zanki Zero will Get You a Copy of the Original Soundtrack

Pre-Ordering Zanki Zero will Get You a Copy of the Original Soundtrack

Spike Chunsoft has unveiled the pre-order bonuses for Zanki Zero: The Last Beginning at GDC this morning. The big pre-order bonus for picking up the story-driven JRPG is a copy of the game's original soundtrack alongside the Day One Edition of the game. Zanki Zero includes full 3D digital graphics, 2D cutscenes, and 3D art for […]

Spike Chunsofts Crystar is Coming West this August

Spike Chunsoft's Crystar is Coming West this August

Furyu Corp and Spike Chunsoft announced at GDC today that Crystar is coming to the West on August 27, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Steam. Crystar will be released in the West fully localized with English text and audio, though you can still choose to listen to the Japanese audio if you like to play […]

Fire Pro Wrestling World is Getting a DLC Designed by Suda51

Fire Pro Wrestling World is Getting a DLC Designed by Suda51

Goichi "Suda51" Suda got his start in games development with Human Entertainment (and now Spike Chunsoft)'s Fire Pro Wrestling franchise way back in 1994. Suda wrote a scenario for Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special called Champion Road that featured the game designer's signature dark storytelling. Specifically, the scenario has players take on the role of a […]

The Title of Ai: The Somnium Files is a Play on Words (in Japanese)

The Title of Ai: The Somnium Files is a Play on Words (in Japanese)

Spike Chunsoft announced a new game at GDC yesterday, Ai: The Somnium Files, which is a pretty dense suspense game with a complicated plot. The game is still in development, so Spike Chunsoft is keeping quite a lot under wraps. However, I did get a chance to speak with a few members of the development team […]