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How great was Elite: Dangerous? Oh, right… the site was down for a while so we didn’t get a chance to do our usual sharing of review highlights for Elite: Dangerous. Well, let’s catch up and point you to all kinds of reviews that revel in the gigantic galaxy, endless missions and unmatched variety that are all baked into this ground-breaking space sim. Read more

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OVER THE MOON GAMES’ AWARD-WINNING SCI-FI EPIC, THE FALL, DESCENDS ONTO XBOX ONE AND PLAYSTATION 4 THIS YEAR

Critically Revered Indie Game Delivers on Atmosphere and Narrative; Special Developer’s Commentary Included for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

VANCOUVER (MARCH  26, 2015) – Independent developer Over The Moon Games will bring their epic,  critically revered indie game The Fall, to Xbox One™, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system this year. The Fall is currently available on PC, MAC, Linux and Wii U. More information can be found at http://www.overthemoongames.comRead more

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ROBERT KIRKMAN’S SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIECADE

LOS ANGELES (March 17, 2013) – Skybound Entertainment and IndieCade, the nation’s premier independent game festival, are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership between the two companies.

“IndieCade’s continued growth and success in championing independent games, creators and visionaries has been both rewarding and humbling,” said Stephanie Barish, CEO, IndieCade.  “The incredible support we’ve received from publishers, industry luminaries, developers, and players has been unwavering and represents the true energy behind our mission. We are thrilled to partner with the amazing team at Skybound Entertainment to see how our collective efforts can lead independent game development to a new level of success.”

In addition, Skybound Entertainment, which was founded upon a creator-first business model will collaborate with IndieCade on creating different programs to bring more visibility and awareness to indie gaming projects.  This includes exploring producing an online web series around the IndieCade Festival and the game makers, creating a dedicated video channel for IndieCade nominees and award winners and furthering the efforts in publishing opportunities. Read more

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OVER THE MOON GAMES’ MIND-BENDING SCI-FI EPIC, THE FALL, RELEASES ON Wii U IN EUROPE

Critical Favorite Makes Its Way Across the Atlantic With Improvements, Optimizations, Tutorial

VANCOUVER (MARCH  12, 2015) – Independent developer Over The Moon Games has released The Fall, the Company’s critically revered downloadable game, on Wii U™ in Europe. The game is now available for download via the Nintendo eShop for 9.99 EUR or 6.99 GBP, and includes all of the gameplay improvements made since its North American launch.

The Fall previously released on PC, MAC and Linux as well as Wii U in North America and was hailed by critics for its unrivaled atmospheric setting, mind-bending story, and combination of genres — including shooter, point-and-click, and more. The Fall has been honored with nominations for Best Downloadable Game, Best Indie Game, Best New Character and Best Writing from the CVGAs (Canadian Video Game Awards), nominated for Excellence in Narrative for the Independent Games Festival at GDC 2015 and named 2014 Game of the Year from Giant Bomb with an award for Best Story, and more. Read more

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FRONTIER DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES ELITE: DANGEROUS FOR XBOX ONE

The Definitive Massively Multiplayer Space Epic Comes to Xbox One This Year

Cambridge, UK. 4 March, 2015. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today announced plans to bring the definitive massively multiplayer space epic Elite: Dangerous to Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, in this calendar year.

Elite: Dangerous is the critically acclaimed third sequel to the genre-defining Elite, created in 1984 by David Braben and Ian Bell. Elite: Dangerous brings gaming’s original open world adventure into the modern generation with a connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way re-created at its full galactic proportions. Read more

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“PR FOR INDIES” SESSION AT INDIECADE EAST 2015 DRAWS STANDING-ROOM-ONLY CROWD AND OFFERS INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF GAMES PR
That's some GOOD-lookin' PR!

That’s some GOOD-lookin’ PR!

Reaching your audience as an independent developer is difficult. Let’s face it, if you’re a small team working on your baby, you don’t have time, the expertise, or the patience to do what’s necessary to reach out to hundreds of media, be they bloggers, streamers, writers or something in between.

The cruel twist is that you could make an amazing game and it won’t ever take off because nobody knows about it. So how do you save yourself from this common game industry trap?

That was the crux of MavPR Partner Matt Frary’s presentation to indie developers at IndieCade East — Video Game Marketing and PR for Indie Devs. And no, the focus was not on “HIRE AN AGENCY” (although that is also a great idea!), but instead on what indie devs can do themselves, how they can think about PR more effectively, and tips for getting their foot in the door with an increasingly difficult enthusiast media group.

I’m not going to post the entire PPT here, because you should go to IndieCade and support the independent development scene, you know! But… what were some of the highlights? Read more

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 Elite: Dangerous 1.1 Available Now

Community Goals, Graphical Enhancements and Multi-Language Support Headline Free Update

Cambridge, UK. 10 February 2015. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today launched Elite: Dangerous 1.1 free for all players.

The first major Elite: Dangerous update expands the core game with new Community Goals, graphical enhancements and localization for French, German and Russian.

Community Goals unite players with a shared objective, allowing the entire Elite: Dangerous community to participate in major new story events, supplying the construction of new capital ships and working together to reshape the boundaries of human-controlled space. Players will collaborate to help build new starports in undeveloped systems, giving all players a new launch pad for exploration of the galaxy. Read more

 

“Sundance of the Games Industry” Comes to New York With Indie Titles, Keynotes, Workshops and an Amazing Presentation on PR! <wink wink>

We’ve been extremely fortunate over the last year to have the opportunity to lend a hand to IndieCade, an outstanding organization that stands for the promotion and fostering of independent developers and games the world over. Their work has brought forward many great games — like Braid — and helped countless independent and aspiring developers make key connections with established industry players (and each other). In addition, the conference sessions allow developers to learn from one another, to refine their artistry and create even more compelling games.

This year’s IndieCade East is no different. With amazing KEYNOTES, a diverse lineup of SESSIONS, and an amazing selection of curated GAMES, all on display at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Whether you’re an aspiring developer, a gamer, or someone who is into the future of the art of the moving image and interactive entertainment, IndieCade is the place to be this week.

This year’s theme carries overtones of love, loss and consent and showcases the artistry of games and the expression of the creators.

Not to mention, Maverick PR Partner Matt Frary will be hosting a session for independent developers on Public Relations @ 1:30 on Sunday. So come and learn a few tips n’ tricks to get some buzz for your project!

If you live in NYC, you could do a lot worse on Valentine’s Day weekend than seeing independent artists and their amazing creations. So come on down to the Museum of the Moving Image Fri-Sun.

Or, sit in on a wildly informative session about Public Relations. Who says Valentine’s romance is dead?

 

 

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Elite: Dangerous Available Now

Frontier Developments Launches Elite: Dangerous and announces £10,000 ‘Race to Elite’ Contest

Cambridge, UK — December 16, 2014 — Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today launched Elite: Dangerous, the fourth game in the groundbreaking, genre-defining Elite series.

Elite: Dangerous is the fourth in the Elite series of games, following on from the seminal 1984 Elite, developed by David Braben and Ian Bell, 1993’s Frontier: Elite 2, and 1995’s Frontier: First Encounters.

Elite: Dangerous was crowdfunded via Kickstarter and Frontier Developments’ own website, beginning in November 2012. Throughout 2014, backers have had access to the game’s Alpha, Beta and Gamma stages.

The story begins today with the Empire in disarray. The Emperor is sick and a bitter fight for succession has already begun. The Federation has a weak President, and some frontier States are looking to leave it.

Players are free to throw themselves into the story wholeheartedly, participate a little, or not at all. How players choose to respond will directly affect the outcome of the current events, and the unfolding story beyond.

Elite: Dangerous is available now at elitedangerous.com/store for £39.99 ($59.99, €49.99).  Read more

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ELITE: DANGEROUS BETA 2 AVAILABLE NOW 
Major gameplay additions in Beta 2 update. Beta 3 set for 28th October

Cambridge, UK — 3 October 2014 — Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) has released Elite: Dangerous Beta 2 and announces the date for Beta 3.

Beta 2 marks a major update to the game, with new ships, new outposts and even more of the galaxy unlocked for exploration. Highlights include:

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