Procedurally-generated survival horror Phantasmal taken out the top prize in the New Zealand Game Developer Association’s KiwiGameStarter competition.
The other finalists from a field of 18 were FrogShark's local multiplayer brawler Swordy and sci-fi racer Vector 36 by Red River Studio.
The competition was put together to give a boost to a team who are already developing a product and business plan, said NZGDA chairperson Ben Kenobi at its launch in August.
Phantasmal creator Joe Chang will receive NZ$10,000, Autodesk Maya LT and Unity 3D software, legal advice from Hudson Gavin Martin, and marketing consulting from Pursuit Public Relations.
He will also be introduced to other successful entertainment software businesses for mentoring.
A sequel to tricky skateboarding side-scroller OlliOlli is coming to PlayStation 4 and PS Vita next year, Roll7 has announced.
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood will run on a new engine and feature an expanded combo system, a more powerful level editor, and new art, said Roll7’s Simon Bennett.
The game will also feature a new split-screen local multiplayer mode for up to four called Combo Rush that pits players against each other and the clock.
Viking Squad is a co-op roguelike brawler that’s coming to Windows PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4 next year.
A PlayStation Vita version is also a possibility, according to developer Slick Entertainment.
In Viking Squad, players choose from four Vikings, each with their own special weapon and move set, and then go on a voyage across the sea at the behest of a vicious Jarl to raid neighbouring enemies. All going well they return home with loot, level up, and do it all again.
Developer Nerd Kingdom has laid off half its workforce after rejecting a round of funding for crowdfunded open-world RPG TUG.
According to a post on the game’s Kickstarter page, the funding was rejected as it would have seen the studio relinquish ownership of the game.
"The deal that would have gone through would have lost us all control and ownership and we are not huge fans of being owned by investors like this," the company wrote.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue could be coming to PC as well as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Last week, NeoGAF user prudislav posted what he or she claims is a screenshot of Uplay showing an entry for a PC version.
Following that, NeoGAF user BakkaGames posted a screenshot he or she claimed was an entry for the game on the Brazillian Classification Board website.
Game and gadget expo Digital Nationz went extremely well despite a theft and a rule-breaking exhibitor, says event manager Peter Hall.
Hall said he was really happy with the content side of things, but the theft of two Virtual Boy games from the History of Gaming exhibit and the appearance of booth babes on Saturday had his blood boiling.
The theft from the exhibit – the contents of which were provided by private collectors – was “absolutely despicable…atrocious”, said Hall.
If you love PC games as much as we do, you'll probably already know that Steam has launched a new feature called Steam Curators. The new platform enables gamers to see recommendations on the Steam Store from publications and individuals whose opinions they trust.
At Gameplanet we've been reviewing games for more than 14 years, so we know a thing or two about what makes a good game. On our Steam Curator page our writers will be sharing their personal recommendations on everything from niche indie games to AAA blockbusters.
But we'd also love to hear about your favourite games on Steam, so that we can share those with our wider community too.
A number of former high ranking Vigil developers have come together to form a new independent studio.
Joe Madureira, Ryan Stefanelli and others have formed Airship Syndicate, and announced that the studio is already working on a game prototype.
Speaking with Game Informer, Stefanelli said that when Darksiders developer Vigil didn't get picked up in the auction of bankrupt publisher THQ's assets, he join Crytek USA to work on Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age.
Bayonetta's Wii U-exclusive sequel is out now in Japan, but selling very poorly.
Bayonetta 2 for Wii U has sold just 28,825 copies in its first week, reports Dengeki Online.
By comparison, the original Bayonetta was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and sold more than 200,000 copies in its first week.
A number of Destiny players are reporting a bug that reveals a slate of upcoming content for the game.
Following the most recent patch for the shared world shooter, some Destiny players have reported seeing unusual content that they're unable to access.
All the content revealed by the bug has been compiled on Reddit.
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