Away: The Survival Series Announced During Playstation: State of Play

It looks like Riverbond wasn’t the only Canadian game announced during Playstation’s State of Play last week. Quebec based Breaking Walls announced Away: The Survival Series for Playstation 4 and PC.

As cataclysmic storms bear down on the planet, you must travel across vast environments in search of safer lands. From the mighty treetops to the forest floor, immerse yourself in nature as you explore a vibrant world brimming with life, but beware of the dangers that await on your journey.

The game has you running, jumping, climbing and gliding though an “organic, living world”. There will be a “nature documentary narration” for the storyline, but also a variety of side-quests and is planned for 2020.


Pamplemousse Games Launches Kickstarter For 2D Action-RPG 'Spleen'

Montreal-based Pamplemousse Games have announced and launched a Kickstarter for its 2D action RPG about childhood nostalgia. The game has a beautiful hand-painted watercolour backgrounds, while telling the story of Johann who is torn between a stressful adult life, and the nostalgia of being a kid.

“Play as Johann, a disenchanted young man feeling the weight and responsibilities of his life slowly breaking his spirit. His work is crushing, his dreams are fading and he realizes that adulthood isn't really what he was hoping for.

But when he gains the ability to enter the Kid World and fight his problems as his childhood self, he might just find a way to make life worth exploring again!”

As of the time of this writing, the game is currently 33% to its goal $90,000 goal, with 17 days left, so plenty of time to check it out and show your support. You can also wishlist the game on Steam, and they say consoles would be next after a PC release.

Game Developer Jobs - Community Manager / Social Media Promoter - Frolic Labs

We got a lot of postings for jobs on the site right now, here is one for Frolic Labs.

Community Manager / Social Media Promoter

Frolic Labs is looking for a part-time or freelance Community Manager / Social media promoter to join our team. The Community Manager's primary goals are to build up interest in our game, share development progress and create social media buzz. 

Responsibilities

  • Assist in creating a social media marketing campaign to build up presence

  • Write and Generate PR content based on in-game media. 

  • Find creative ideas to engage the community and generate interest

  • Manage the company Discord server and grow the community

Requirements

  • Strong, positive personality with a highly independent work ethic.

  • Active knowledge of Twitter, Discord, Reddit and game related communities. 

  • At least some  experience in video game community relations

  • Writing and content creation abilities

  • Experience with creating and following content schedules

This a part-time remote position in Toronto. Please apply to jobs@froliclabs.com with resume and profile links.

Drinkbox Studios Releases Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack On Switch

Drinkbox Studios did a stealth release today of their first game Tales From Space Mutant Blobs Attack on Nintendo Switch, which you can pick up right here.

Mutant Blobs Attack is a sci-fi puzzle-platformer where you play an ill-tempered blob that grows in size by swallowing everything in its path. Evolve from a tiny captive into a world-eating giant. Gain freakish abilities like magnetism, telekinesis, and rocket boosting. Use your mutant blob powers to devour the pathetic humans and all of civilization!

To celebrate the launch, DrinkBox is also putting all of their games on Switch on sale. You can also get Mutant Blobs Attacks on the cheap if you own a game already.

Severed - 50% off!
Guacamelee! STCE - 40% off!
Guacamelee! 2 - 30% off!
Guacamelee! 2 DLC1: Enemigos - 50% off!
Guacamelee! 2 DLC2: Proving Grounds - 50% off!
Guacamelee! 2 Complete - 30% off!

Voxel Couch-Coop Dungeon Crawler Riverbond Coming Out This Summer

Shown off at today’s Playstation State of Play, Cococucumber announced their couch-coop voxel dungeon crawler will be coming to PlayStation 4 this Summer. They then followed up saying it’ll also be out on Xbox One and PC. You can wishlist the game here on Steam.

In true dungeon-crawling style, Riverbond takes you on a journey through memorable worlds where you battle monsters, find treasure and become the hero. We wanted to channel the nostalgia of playing games from the 16-bit era and infuse it with fast and fluid controls for maximum action! Riverbond lets you choose your play style by letting you select from a ton of melee or ranged weapons to fight waves of enemies, take down huge bosses or completely decimate everything in sight.

It was also announced that there will be plenty of skins from other games added to the game, including Drinkbox Studios own Juan from Guacamelee, Lover Mu from Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and Robot 5 from Cococumber’s previous game Planet of the Eyes.



Game Set In Pixelated Regina Saskatchewan - Queen City Chaos - Announced

Regina Saskatchewan developer Massive Corporation Game Studio announced this month they are working on a NES-inspired retro-style brawler adventure as their first game. Queen City Chaos will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan and players can “wander around a pixel version fo the Queen City and explore the mysterious and dangerous adventure that await.”

Massive Corporation plans to have a single player storyline as well as local multiplayer. We only have the below tweets so far. We’ll have to wait until Spring 2020 for the game to release on Steam, but we’ll have more on the site when it becomes available.

GameDev Job - Video Game Business Development Specialist - Mikutech

We have a bunch of jobs listed on the site right now - you can check them out here. Below is specifically the posting for a Video Game Business Development Specialist.

Video Game Business Development Specialist

Like it when people are playing games with you? Read on! We are looking for eager, enthusiastic, and engaged individuals to continue our non-hostile take-over of the hearts and minds of the videogame industry! The Video Game Business Developer must always be on the prowl for new clientele -ready to make deals with publishers for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, and bring unique and exciting projects to Joydrop, whether it be for the Switch the PlayStation (PSVR too), Xbox One, or even augmented reality for the HoloLens. The clientele you’ll befriend will be lovers of all types of video games, just like you!

Must Haves

  • Minimum 6 months of direct sales experience such as door-to-door sales or cold- calling in direct phone sales

  • Documented ability and experience in closing sales on items like insurance, vacuums, subscriptions, software, or other hard-to-sell products

  • A high-energy love of dealing with people; naturally open, friendly, and congenial

  • Communication skills, oral, verbal, and written (bonus points for a love of using your public speaking abilities)

  • A fondness for talking on the phone

  • Ability to multi-task and excel in a fast-paced environment, with a drive to get stuff done!

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel or the Google Suite

  • Intensely and almost rudely passionate about games

  • Partiality to traveling

  • Love of video games

Nice to Have

• Game industry experience Don’t have any? Not a problem! We can teach anyone as long as they have passion for the industry. Convince us to hire you with a cover letter about your gaming passion and how:

  • your favourite books include The Way of the Wolf and Blood, Sweat and Pixels

  • your favourite YouTube documentary is “The Story of Tetris” by the Gaming Historian

  • industry conferences excite you to no end

  • you’re glued to live streams of E3, IGN, or console manufacturers for big announcements

  • you're curious about the experience of starting a game company, but don't have the connections, funding, and/or skills to make games yourself

  • Own 2+game consoles and play games whenever you get the chance

  • High tolerance for alcohol and bad golfers

Responsibilities

  • Follow up with existing leads primarily over the phone and /or email

  • Develop new relationships with clientele interested in creating games

  • Write sales proposals and project overviews

  • Deliver sales presentations and close new work

  • Represent Mikutech and Joydrop at industry conferences in California, Quebec, Germany, and other locations around the world

Required for Application

  • Customized cover letter

  • Sales-oriented resume

  • References

  • Willing to live in or commute to London, Ontario

Compensation & Hours

  • Full-time or part-time position

  • Commission + salary, based on experience

About Joydrop/Mikutech

Joydrop/Mikutech is a full-service agency specializing in video game development and production. Under the branding of Joydrop, we craft experiences for the consumer on Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox One, mobile, and PC. Mikutech is our brand for serious gaming solutions involving medical and commercial training using augmented and virtual reality. Both brands were established by Mark Mikulec, a veteran game developer on titles like Warframe and Bioshock, an architect of 3D graphics engines, who has been at the forefront of VR/AR long before its recent popularity.

Working at Joydrop/Mikutech means working elbow to elbow with respected industry professionals and up-and-comers in code, art, and design. It also means you’ll not only be given the chance to show off your expertise and finesse, but learn alongside similarly ambitious people.

Mikutechis located in London, Ontario, a city with a large game developer community and most of the amenities of much larger -- much more crowded! -- urban centers.

The job’s requirements may seem daunting, but if you’re fresh out of school, you’re in luck –we love new grads!

Academic experience (via group projects) can count just as much as industry experience.

For further information about Mikutech visit www.mikutech.com or twitter@MikutechTips. Apply to jobs@mikutech.com and mention this job posting in the subject. For more information about Joydrop Ltd, visit joydrop.co.

Bishop Games Gives Light Fall A Free Update One Year After Release

Quebec based Bishop Games have updated their platformer Light Fall from last year with a free update. In a blog post going over the year since releasing the game, Bishop Games goes over the launch of the game, the troubles with the final boss, and how is became a poplar speedrunning games. The free update, which is available today on Steam and Switch adds new levels with leaderboards, revamped difficulty, and bug fixes - you can check out the patch notes here.

To celebrate the update, you can also pick up the game for 50% discount on both Steam and Switch.

Two Free Modes Coming To Tech Support: Error Unknown

Tech Support: Error Unknown came out in February on Steam, and we even had an interview with the developer behind custper support rogue-lite puzzle game. There’s been a few updates since then, but the two biggest are coming May 6th.

The two new modes will be Endless Challenge Mode, and Zen Mode. Endless Challenge mode have players fighting to the top of an online leader board, while Zen Mode has you completing tickets without fear of losing your job. Check out the trailer and press release below - and the game on Steam!

NEW MODES UPDATE AND WEEKLONG 25% DISCOUNT ON STEAM FOR ‘TECH SUPPORT: ERROR UNKNOWN’

Play it cool or amp up the competition- the choice is yours!

Haarlem, The Netherlands: Indie video game publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Dragon Slumber are launching a new ‘Endless Challenge Mode’ and ‘Zen mode’ update to the award-winning ‘Tech Support: Error Unknown’. The game will also be on sale with a 25% discount from May 6th-13th on Steam.

In the ‘Endless Challenge’ mode, players fight to reach the top of the online leaderboards; taking on 3 different challenges, each with 2 levels of difficulty. The challenges you can compete in are:

  • Speed: complete as many tickets as you can within 10 minutes.

  • Time: earn a target amount of money as fast as possible by completing tickets.

  • Perfection: respond to as many customers as you can but don’t make any mistakes... One misstep and your game is over!

Feeling stressed out or overwhelmed? In Zen mode, players can complete tickets for as long as they wish without the risk of losing their jobs.

Both modes are now available for free through Steam for ‘Tech Support: Error Unknown’ owners and are integrated seamlessly with the original version of the game. Players can access the new modes in two ways:

  1. Through completing the game! By reaching any of the game's multiple main endings, the modes are automatically unlocked. Players who have already completed the game will see these modes unlocked immediately.

  2. When booting the game, players can click on the BIOS option to manually activate the new modes. They may also uncover additional secrets in this menu!

Tech Support: Error Unknown has also been shortlisted as a finalist at Momocon 2019, and lead developer Kevin Giguère from Dragon Slumber will be attending the event from May 23rd to 26th in Atlanta, Georgia. Stop by booth 1031 and find out if YOU are the best tech support specialist out there. More information on Momocon 2019 can be found here.

Supporting assets including trailer, new screenshots and fact sheets, are available via the Tech Support: Error Unknown Press Kit. For media requests including developer interviews and latest preview builds, please email pr@iceberg-games.com.

ABOUT TECH SUPPORT: ERROR UNKNOWN

Tech Support: Error Unknown is an adventure game with simulation and puzzle mechanics, which places you in front of a virtual computer. As a tech support specialist new to the job, use a wide array of computer software to solve customer issues or choose to manipulate programs for personal gain. Hack your system to unlock its full potential, GPS track lost phones, scan profiles to blackmail customers, or simply propose they reboot.

While on the job, you discover a conflict between your corporate employer and an anonymous rogue hacktivist group, trying to take them down. Will you climb the corporate ladder, secretly join the hacktivists, or help the police expose them? Alternatively, will you pursue a more personal agenda? The choice is yours!

Stay up-to-date with the latest Tech Support: Error Unknown news and information:

Tech Support: Error Unknown Facebook

Tech Support: Error Unknown Official Website

Dragon Slumber Twitter

Dragon Slumber Official Website

Iceberg Interactive YouTube

Iceberg Interactive Official Website

ABOUT DRAGON SLUMBER

Dragon Slumber is a Quebec-based indie studio founded in 2013 by Kevin Giguère, a programmer with over 20 years' experience. As of 2019, Dragon Slumber has released the award-winning Tech Support: Error Unknown for PC, Mac and Linux, along with JRPG Arelite Core, and runner racer Astral Traveler for PC. Dragon Slumber believes that great games begin with careful and innovative designs and always strives to provide unique experiences for gamers.

Please visit https://www.dragonslumber.com/ for more information.

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Shakedown: Hawaii From The Developer Behind Retro City Rampage Releasing May 7th

VBlank Entertainment, the Vancouver developer behind Retro City Rampage will be releasing their latest - Shakedown: Hawaii on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PC tomorrow on May 7th. Similar to Retro City Rampage, Shakedown: Hawaii is a retro style open-world game similar to the original Grand Theft Auto Games.

The entire island is up for grabs... or at least, could be with the right business model.

Welcome to Shakedown: Hawaii, Vblank Entertainment's latest open world adventure. Build a "legitimate" corporation by completing open world missions, acquiring businesses, sabotaging competitors, "rezoning" land, and shaking down shops for protection money.

You are the CEO, and questionable subsidiaries, misleading ads, fine print, hidden service fees, and marketing spin are your tools of choice. Shakedown: Hawaii parodies big business, and the most absurd business practices that go alongside.

From the boardroom to the streets, build your corporate empire and destroy the competition.

The game will be out on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PC on May 7th, and is expected to hit Nintendo 3DS at some point.