This Week In Indie: Ouya Launched And Dust: An Elysian Tail Comes To PC
This week has been amazing for the indie scene with the release of the Android-powered console called the Ouya. On top of this, there is also glorious news that Dust: An Elysian Tail will now be coming to Steam, for its PC debut. This is all great news and means more indie goodness for everyone.
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This has been the biggest piece of indie news to appear this week, as many backers of the Ouya received the Founding Backer edition of the console. Early reviews make light of the lack of exclusive games for the console, a few faults with the controller and a somewhat difficult set-up process. However, in all honesty, these types of problems are to be expected for a newly launching console.
It will be interesting to see what games are exclusive to the Ouya. At the moment, you can download many games available for Android and iOS platforms, and they apparently play quite well. However, it must be stressed that the retail version of the Ouya only launches in roughly two months, on the 4th of June. So a great deal of optimisation and updates could be implemented to sort out any software issues that may hinder the Ouya’s retail launch. The future is looking great for the Ouya and it is a very promising console.
Last year indie fans had the pleasure of playing Dean Dodrill’s indie masterpiece Dust: An Elysian Tail which had a fantastic gameplay design and immensely captivating visuals. The game will now be making its way to Steam where it will have PC-friendly controls, the inclusion of graphical options and user-interface adjustments for the platform. Dust: An Elysian Tail is a 2D action-platforming RPG where you:
Immerse yourself in a gorgeous hand-painted world on a search for your true identity. As the mysterious warrior, Dust, your action-packed journey will take you from peaceful glades to snowy mountaintops and beyond. At your disposal is the mythical Blade of Ahrah, capable of turning its wielder it into an unstoppable force of nature, and the blade’s diminutive guardian, Fidget. Battle dozens of enemies at once with an easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master combat system, take on a variety of quests from friendly villagers, discover ancient secrets and powerful upgrades hidden throughout the massive, open world, and uncover the story of an ancient civilization on the brink of extinction as you fight to uncover your own past.
This is great news for Steam indie fans because now they will have no reason not to play Dust: An Elysian Tail. It is a really great game and it’s amazing to see the game receive a Steam release. The estimated release date for this version of the game is expected to fall either in April, or May if the game faces any delays.
We have reached the end of another week of indie goodness. Now that indie fans have a new console, with the Ouya, things are looking up for the indie scene. Indie games are becoming more intricate and developers are experimenting. This is definitely the place to be. Remember to check back next week for fresh indie news and updates.