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Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsIf you haven't been paying attention to the Swedish gaming scene, you've been missing out on two of the biggest indie developer success stories in recent years. And now, things are about to get a whole lot bigger. Case in point, Image & Form (developer of the SteamWorld series) and Zoink Games (developer of Stick It to the Man and the upcoming Fe) have joined forces to form Thunderful, a limited liability company that will wholly own both developers. With the relationship formalized, the new company will eventually move into a bigger office together, but will still develop new and existing IP under their respective labels. Thunderful is co-owned by Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson, Zoink Games CEO Klaus Lyngeled, and Bergsala Holding. Sigurgeirsson will assume the mantle of CEO for Thunderful whereas Lyngeled will become the Chief Creative Officer. So what led to the decision to join together? “We already work together on a daily basis in PR, marketing, intelligence and publishing,” says Brjann Sigurgeirsson, CEO of Image & Form and CEO of Thunderful. “Image & Form and Zoink will continue to produce games like we always do, but we’re now formalizing our close relationship. Through Thunderful we can share resources more effectively, officially act together and launch bigger, more ambitious game projects. We’re becoming a real powerhouse.” “Brjann and I already exchange very much information, so this development is natural,” says Klaus Lyngeled, CEO of Zoink and Chief Creative Officer of Thunderful. “With a group of close to 50 people we’ll grow our clout both nationally and internationally.” Also of note, Bergsala Holdings is the sole distributor of Nintendo products (among other things) in the Nordic region and has been a long-standing partner for both companies. At the moment, Thunderful has close to 50 employees and nine projects that are currently in development -- two of which are Fe and Flipping Death, while the remaining seven are as-of-yet unannounced. Image & Form's most recent title, SteamWorld Dig 2, released in September 2017 and has been critically acclaimed and gone on to be the company's best-selling game to date. It received a 9.5 out of 10 in our review. Source: Press Release What are your thoughts on Image & Form joining with Zoink Games to become Thunderful?
The World Ends With You: Final Remix, Dark Souls, and other third-party games announced for Nintendo Switch
Jason Clement posted a article in NintendoIn a surprise (or not so surprising?) Nintendo Direct Mini this morning, a number of interesting third-party games were announced for the Nintendo Switch with releases happening this year. Check out the trailers from the newest games that were announced below! The World Ends With You: Final Remix was easily the biggest surprise -- it's an enhanced version of the original DS game that's been updated with HD visuals, a new epilogue that reveals new story beats, and the option to play via touchscreen or via Joy-Con. Some 8 years removed from its original release, fans had almost given up hope of seeing a new entry in the series. While Final Remix isn't quite that, it's great to see Square-Enix possibly gearing up to do more with the series with this announcement. Dark Souls: Remastered was also announced, marking the series first foray onto a Nintendo console. It will include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC in addition to improved framerate and resolution and will release on May 25. SNK Heroines ~Tag Team Frenzy~ -- a fighting game featuring popular female characters from various past SNK games ~ was one of the more unique titles announced and is coming this Summer. Fan-favorites like King of the Fighters' Mai Shiranui, Athena Asamiya, Leona Heidern, and Yuri Sakazaki were all confirmed to be a part of the roster, and you'll be able to dress them up in a variety of costumes and items as well. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana was also announced in what was a fairly strong showing for NIS America. This eighth installment in the series features series protagonist Adol on a deserted island that's inhabited by large, vicious beasts. You'll need to build a base, find other shipwreck survivors if you hope to make it out alive. Ys VIII launches this Summer (you can read Barrel's review of the PS4 version from last year for his opinion on the game). Payday 2 was a game that was previously announced but shown off in a complete form here. You'll be able to join up with friends either locally or online to pull off heists. Other Switch-exclusive features include HD Rumble (which you'll be able to feel the rumbles of explosions and such) and a new character named Joy who wears a custom LED light mask. You can look for the game on February 27. Fe, a new 3D platformer from Zoink Games (Stick it to the Man) and EA, was announced and shown off. You'll run, jump, and glide through a dark Nordic forest to explore a world full of secrets, legends, and mystical characters. The game launches on February 16. And last but not least, Celeste was the lone indie game to be shown off (I guess if you don't count Payday 2 as one). Labeled a "pure action platformer," you'll guide protagonist Madeline as she jumps, climbs, and dashes her way through each stage. Also announced were unlockable B-side chapters that offer even more of a challenge. Celeste launches on January 25. Overall, not a lot of third-party announcements, but it's incredibly likely you'll be a hearing a lot more either directly from publishers in the coming months or in more mini directs like this one leading up to E3. What were your thoughts on the third-party games announced during this mini Direct?