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United In the Third Dimension: Unity Now Has Nintendo 3DS Support

unity nintendo 3ds
Originally announced last summer, Unity's 3DS support sure has been a long time coming, but now it's finally here - with support for both the new and old version to boot! Given the popularity of Nintendo's handheld dual-screen system, this is definitely something indie developers would do well not to ignore. An additional platform should, in theory, result in a larger user base after all, which'll certainly increase the odds of being able to keep the lights on... and all that good stuff.
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Return to the Beautiful World of Shelter as a Baby Lynx Later This Year, In Paws

Paws: A Shelter 2 Game
In an industry seemingly dominated by violent, fast-paced action titles, Might & Delight's Shelter was a breath of fresh air. Helping a badger guide her cubs through the rough wilderness was quite the experience, and a bit of an emotional rollercoaster too. This was then followed by the somewhat familiar Shelter 2, in which players controlled a powerful lynx, and now... it's time to become a creature with significantly less experience instead - a baby lynx, as it were - in Paws: A Shelter 2 Game.
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GOG.com One-Ups Steam’s Early Access With a More Consumer Friendly Version

GOG.com Games in Development
Unfinished games are a bit of a mixed bag to say the least. Some are genuinely amazing, quite playable, perhaps even ready to leave beta soon. But then there are those that are utterly broken, virtually void of content, and... well, who's to say they'll ever be completed? Steam's Early Access program has been around for a while, and even with their new global refund policy, is still not entirely without (financial) risks. That won't be an issue at all for GOG.com's recent, somewhat similar, addition.
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Arcen Games’ 2016 Looks Grim, In Spite of Starward Rogue’s Positive Reception

Stars Beyond Reach
Working in the video game industry can be rough in numerous ways, and so often, we hear examples of how it simply didn't pan out for a developer / studio, no matter how well-received their catalogue. Come next Monday, that'll sadly be the case for Arcen Games, as almost their entire staff will be laid off then. Hot off the trail of a successful Starward Rogue launch too, which makes it a tad puzzling?
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Ghost Theory

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What do you call a horror game that doesn't rely on clichés like zombies, aliens, mentally unstable personas or play out through (mostly) scripted events? Ghost Theory, plain and simple. Not thereby saying there won't be the likes of jumpscares or ghosts to properly terrify, but I'll still take those things over slow, shambling corpses and rampaging psychopaths, ya know? Oh and you have the gift of clairvoyance in this one, because that's just groovy.
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Crash Land In the 1970s to Traverse The Deadly Tower of Monsters

the tower of deadly monsters
Step into the shoes of Dick Starspeed, a space explorer who's had the recent misfortune of crash landing on Gravoria, a planet ravaged by a war between ape men. Luck does have a tendency to favor the bold in The Deadly Tower of Monsters though, and if our soon-to-be hero plays his cards right, Scarlet Nova just might favor him too; provided he helps rid the planet of its ruler... who just so happens to also be her father. Oh my.
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Tabletop Simulator Adds New Ways to Play as Darkest Night Sees the Light of Day

Tabletop Simulator - Darkest Night
The time has come for up to four heroes to rise to the challenge, as Tabletop Simulator's latest addition requires both bravery and unique items, in a brave battle against an undead horde. Uncanny stuff, really. Oh and Darkest Night being a cooperative experience and all, it goes without saying that the Necromancer is not a player-controlled entity. So bring a friend (or two, or three!), because... you're gonna need them.
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Speculating Screenshots (23rd January 2016)

For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Enter The Megalith as Starward Rogue Mechs You Against Bullethell-ish Odds

starward rogue
Whether it be for science, out of curiosity, or you just enjoy kicking some serious ass, it's time to delve into The Megalith - which is likely going to get you killed. But that's fine. Quite alright. I mean, you do lose (almost) everything upon falling in Starward Rogue, but no pain, no gain, right? Right! Also, someone's in need of rescue, so whatever your reason for breaching the unknown, do keep that in mind whenever you're not busy blasting stuff.
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Oxenfree Brings Choice-Driven Gameplay In an Adventurous Supernatural Thriller

What starts out as a party like so many other on Edwards Island for a group of friends... quickly becomes much more. More than they ever could, or would, have wanted, as suddenly, the island's cryptic past rears its ugly head, at which point ya better believe the time for partying is over. Completely. Along with the lives of everyone in Oxenfree, potentially. Oh boy.
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Helps to Have a Roadmap: Dungeon Defenders II Plans For 2016 Revealed

dungeon defenders ii 2016 roadmap
While most Dungeon Defenders II players are likely still beating the crap out of December's Harbinger addition, Trendy's already shared even more of what's in store for the popular tower defense / RPG hybrid in 2016. Good stuff too, including a wealth of new heroes (finally!) and some much-needed features / general improvements. Oh and if all goes according to plan, the game just might leave Early Access this year. It just might.
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Tears of Joy: the Emotional Game Awards Nominees Revealed

emotional game awards
Submissions have been made, deadline for entries has come and gone, nominees have been found; the first ever Emotional Game Awards is almost here! Almost, but not quite. Don't let that stop you from taking a glance at the list below though, as I'm sure at least a couple of the picks will be familiar. And if that's not the case... well, you're missing out on some truly great indie (mostly, anyway) games. I mean, Papo & Yo is among them. Papo & Yo! Phew.
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: One Dog Story

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What does Max, Buster, Lucky, Sparky have in common? They're all perfectly normal dog names. EO-43 - One Dog Story protagonist's designation, on the other hand, not so much. Let's call him Dog instead. Dog. A dog named Dog, in One Dog Story. Anyway, it's time for this lil' fella to figure out what triggered a recent disaster in his underground "residence", as well as... his true identity. Cue dramatic music.
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7DRL 2016: a Full Week of Procedurally Generated Death-Maze Game Jammin’

7drl 2016
Rogue, Nethack, Moria, Angband - classics. Major, undeniable, awesome... classics. Whether they've aged gracefully is a matter of perspective and personal preference, but that doesn't change their status. If you're wondering why I'm bringing up such absolutely ancient games, I'll give you a hint: 7DRL. What is 7DRL? Oh, only an extremely popular yearly roguelike game jam spanning a full week, and in a few months, the 2016 edition will be upon us! Permadeath, procedurally generated content and all that good stuff.
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Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked Roadmap Hints at Bosses and Migration

dont starve shipwrecked roadmap
It's been quite a journey for poor Wilson. For years, he's been doing whatever it took to survive on the mainland, struggling with starvation while trying to retain what little his sanity remained - while fending off giants! As such, a change of locale might be nice from time to time, which is exactly what he got about a month ago in Don't Starve: Shipwrecked. While he may not know what tropical trials lie ahead, we (kinda) do, thanks to a recently shared roadmap from Klei. Groovy.
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