I offer my heartiest congratulations to everyone that made the list. I do not have a problem with any of them, although I do have to wonder about some of the judges’ choices, specifically titles that were left off the list. There were plenty of promising and upcoming games that were mysteriously absent (in fact, too many to post here). Known Gems like Chompy Chomp Chomp and Apple Jack 2 made the cutoff, while other, seemingly-automatic Gems like Super Amazing Wagon Adventure and Compromised, did not.
My personal pick for the competition, Bleed, is among those selected (high-five!), and it is nice to see longtime leaderboard topper Dead Pixels in the running, as well as a few Uprising III titles (Gateways, qrth-phyl,Diehard Dungeon). City Tuesday was somehow denied. And as for my grumblings, hey, it’s all opinions, right? Congratulations again to all those that participated, and to all that remain in the pool for a chance at winning cash and notoriety. Winners will be announced in September. No matter where you sit on the results, Indie wins.
After much buildup, a tiny trickle of news, then further silence, Indie Games Uprising III is now officially open for business and showcasing its wares! Nine all-new XBLIG titles, representing the best and brightest the service has to offer, will be released under the banner.
Check out the official site (also follow on Twitter & Facebook) for up-to-date info. It’s a little sparse there for now; that should change in the next few days, as each game gets its own page and relevant data. Release order for the games is still to be determined (EDIT: see dates below), but Uprising III will run from September 10th to the 20th, with a game released every weekday during the promotion. List of titles, in case you dislike epic trailers and prefer your news in written form? Absolutely.
qrth-phyl – Monday, September 10th
Sententia – Tuesday, September 11th
Diehard Dungeon – Wednesday, Sepetember 12th
Gateways – Thursday, September 13th
Smooth Operators – Friday, September 14th
Entropy – Monday, September 17th
City Tuesday – Tuesday (Ha!), September 18th
XenoMiner – Wednesday, September 19th
Pixel – Thursday, September 20th
And you can safety bookmark theXBLIG now (pfft, as if you haven’t already), as I will be covering all nine games, posting Previews and individual trailers, and, of course, reviews for each with priority status. You can keep current with the dedicated link in ‘The Specialty’ column to your left for all Uprising-related posts.
Indie sites around the net will be working together on this one, pooling resources and links, doing interviews and video commentaries with the developers. While I don’t have the manpower for that, I will do my part to link to as much of that extended coverage as I can, ensuring everyone a fair amount of Uprising news no matter who they visit. The start may still be over a month away, but you have permission to start frothing now. The games look great and I’m beyond excited. Look for updates leading up to the launch, as the third Indie Games Uprising will give all of us reason to celebrate indie development come September.