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Grave (Indie Open World Survival Horror Game) – Now Coming To Xbox ONE

Grave Coming Soon To Xbox One

Backers have until 1 AM on April 28, 2014 to get behind Grave, a self proclaimed Open World Survival Horror Game from Broken Window Studios who have announced today that Grave is going to be an Xbox ONE title. Previously, Grave raised over $8,000 in the first 15 days as a Windows PC / Mac OS X / Linux game and will now have 15 more days to bring together enough pledges to round out the full goal of the project.

Grave’s total goal is $30,000 and that leaves 15 days for a little over $21,000. Tristan Parrish Moore (the Designer/Creative Director behind Grave) has created two Kickstarters total, backed twenty, worked on WWE 13 / Due Date, and has a full team on board with development of Grave via Broken Window Studios including Lead Artist Abigail Bagulay-Moore who previously developed PlayStation Home games, Daniel Strayer developing shader technology and handling graphics programming, William Tate the 3D Artist / Creature Creator, and the Concept Artist Richard Partridge. The team has put together a decent explanation of their budgetary needs as well, found here.

What makes Grave special? A few things could potentially be the answer to that question, though it is still early to tell on a game that has yet to release. The combination of fear-based Escape gameplay with lightweight weaponry based on a Darkness Vs. Light concept is certainly one that’s been turning heads since Grave began getting exposed. Oculus Rift support for VR Gaming has also helped bring a lot of attention to this project which actually started out as a game jam title called Cimmerian Shade.

Another feature that Grave sports is the ability to make decisions. This is an open world title, and what that ends up meaning in the final version still remains to be fully realized. Thus far, Broken Window Studios is aiming to utilize this open world to enable the player to craft their own experience through Grave’s survival horror gameworld. Grave runs on the Unity engine, meaning it’s very much open ended as to which platforms it could eventually end up on. For now, computers and Xbox ONE appear to be a great start if it can get funded. Take a look at some of the resources below and keep in mind that this project isn’t finished yet. If you’d like to pledge and back this project, visit the Grave Kickstarter Page.

In addition to having a prototype demo available (link below) both before and during the Kickstarter, Grave has been featured in a number of Gameplay Videos on the web (also featured below). Indie awards that Grave has been recognized for thus far include “being part of a month-long exhibit at Arizona State University”.

Click To Play Prototype Demo

GDC 2014 HD Demo:

Let’s Play Gameplay of Work In Progress Game:

Let’s Play Gameplay of Work In Progress Game:

Let’s Play Gameplay of Work In Progress Game:

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25 Indie Games Announced For ID@Xbox

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Today Microsoft has announced 25 new indie titles that will be a part of their ID@Xbox program. The 25 games in question have been confirmed as coming to the Xbox One. These announcements come from the Game Developers Conference currently taking place in San Francisco. Some titles included in the announcement are Divekick, Contrast, CastleStorm, and a revamped version of the stellar once PSN only downloadable title Guacamelee.

The titles announced were posted on Xbox Wire:

  • 1001 Spikes” by Nicalis – This hardcore side-scroller features precise controls and a degree of difficulty that means starting with 1001 lives is not at all a guarantee you can make it through the game! Every level is custom designed to be beaten… barely. The game also includes co-op and cutthroat multiplayer modes.
  • Calibre 10 Racing Series” by Bongfish GmbH – “Calibre 10 Racing Series” is a spiritual successor to “Harms Way.” The game is entirely multiplayer in a new experience that combines action-packed racing with fast-paced first person shooting.
  • CastleStorm” by Zen Studios – It’s Knights vs. Vikings in “CastleStorm,” a super genre mash-up of 2D physics destruction mashed with tower defense brawler! “CastleStorm” features a story-driven solo campaign, a custom castle editor, online multiplayer, co-op modes, and more.
  • Chariot” by Frima – “Chariot” is a humorous physics-based couch co-op platformer in which a brave princess and her suitor carry a funeral wagon through ancient mines,  fending off swarms of looters while amassing riches, to bury the King’s remains in a worthy gold-filled tomb.
  • Chuck’s Challenge 3D” by Niffler – From the design veteran behind the classic game “Chip’s Challenge,” comes “Chuck’s Challenge 3D,” a fiendishly addictive puzzler that’s packed with features that will tease the brain and challenge the fingers.
  • Contrast” by Compulsion Games – “Contrast” is a 2D/3D adventure game, set in a surreal, 1920s, film noir dreamscape. You must help Didi explore the mysteries surrounding her family, by using your ability to shift at will between the 3D world and your 2D shadow. 
  • Divekick Addition Edition +” by Iron Galaxy Studios – “Divekick” is the world’s first-ever two-button fighting game! Now anyone can experience the thrill of fighting games without memorizing complex combos and finger-contorting button presses.
  • Forced” by BetaDwarf ApS – One- to four-player co-op arcade adventure with puzzles and tactical elements. You are cast as slaves in the toughest fantasy gladiator school of them all, condemned to fight as a gladiator and eventually win your freedom.
  • FRU” by Through Games – “Fru” is a Kinect-based puzzle platformer in which the player utilizes both a joystick and their body to control the game. In fact, in “Fru,” the player’s silhouette is used to reveal what lies beneath the world at first glance. “Fru’s” gameplay changes according to the player’s shape, pose and movement.
  • Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition” by DrinkBox Studios – “Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition” is an action-packed, 2D brawler/platformer that alternates between the worlds of the living and the dead.
  • Gunscape” by Blowfish Studios – At its heart, “Gunscape” is an FPS construction kit: A game with solid action gameplay, a welcoming approach to map building and a huge toolbox of iconic weapons, monsters and level elements that can be extensively combined to create new and exciting gameplay experiences.
  • Habitat” by 4gency – “Habitat” is a space-themed strategy game set in Earth’s orbit, where you lead a team of engineers to save humanity by building a space station out of an orbiting wasteland of space junk.
  • Hyper Light Drifter” by Heart Machine – “Hyper Light Drifter” is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best eight-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.
  • It Draws a Red Box” by Other Ocean – “It Draws a Red Box” is a chaotic eight-player eSport jumping jetpack future arena ball game that is as inspired by “Bomberman” and “Smash Bros.” as it is by cans of soda, paint-by-number books, and driving five miles faster than the speed limit.
  • Nutjitsu” by NinjaBee – “Nutjitsu” is a top-down, arcade-style game for Xbox One. Players take control of the ninja squirrel on his quest to reclaim his clan’s honor. Featuring two game modes, five power ups, 25 ranks, three distinct enemies and 15 levels, this HTML5 based title is coming to your dojo in early spring.
  • Pinball Arcade” by FarSight Studios – “Pinball Arcade” features exact recreations of the all-time greatest pinball tables from Williams®, Bally®, Stern Pinball® and Gottlieb® together in one game. Every flipper, bumper, sound effect, and display pixel has been painstakingly emulated in astonishing detail.
  • Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut” by Toxic Games – “Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut” is a first-person game that faces the player with a series of brain-teasing puzzles. The player uses high tech gloves to manipulate different types of cube in the environment – unravelling conundrums ranging from physics-based challenges; to 3D jigsaws; to platform-based trials.
  • Riptide GP2” by Vector Unit – Featuring dynamic racing on fully interactive water surfaces, “Riptide GP2” sets the gold standard in modern water racing games.  Take control of rocket powered hydro jets to race through futuristic cityscapes, hurl yourself off sky-high jumps and bust out dozens of death defying stunts.
  • Roundabout” by No Goblin – “Roundabout” is an open world driving puzzle game where you control a constantly rotating limousine! Pick up passengers, find secret collectibles, take on dangerous missions, and fall in love while reliving the 1977 rise to fame story of Georgio Manos.
  • Sixty Second Shooter Prime” by Happion Laboratories – “Sixty Second Shooter Prime” is a twin stick shooter with a sixty-second time limit. This new Prime version brings a graphics upgrade, a new soundtrack, infinity mode and social leaderboards.
  • Spectra: 8bit Racing” by Gateway Interactive – From new studio Gateway Interactive and Chipzel (the amazing chip-tune artist behind the “Super Hexagon” music) comes “Spectra,” a fast paced retro style racing game destined to get your heart pumping and test your skill like no other!
  • Strike Suit Zero” by Born Ready Games – “Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut” is a space combat game that throws players into huge, intense space battles where the very fate of Earth rests on your dogfighting skills.
  • Super Time Force” by Capybara – “Super Time Force” is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! Take control of up to 16 unique characters, and battle across six different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.
  • The Last Tinker” by Mimimi Productions – In a world where creativity has given way to conflict, a young street kid living in the slums of Colortown seeks to restore the spark of imagination to his hometown. A charming blend of modern platforming and multicolored style, “The Last Tinker” is a one-of-a-kind adventure.
  • Wulverblade” by Darkwind Media – “Wulverblade” is a side-scrolling brawler created in the spirit of the arcade greats. It’s 120AD and the Roman army has seized control of Britannia. Their goal: march north and conquer the island with brutal and bloody efficiency. The 5,000 strong 9th Legion are preparing for war, but little do they know what lies in wait for them.

So gamers have you played or been looking forward to playing these titles? Personally I’m glad Xbox One is getting that indie support that will undoubtedly bring gamers fresh and new experiences this generation. Do you enjoy indie titles or just buy AAA titles each year? Sound off in the comment section!

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