Snowman and Slingshot & Satchel Announce DISTANT

Alto's Adventure's developer Snowman have announced another partnership (readers may remember they have Where Cards Fall in the works).  They've announced a new partnership with Slingshot & Satchel and released a trailer for their first game: DISTANT.

DISTANT takes you on a wondrous voyage through pastel dreamscapes, to prevent a calamity from consuming the world you once knew. Along the way, you’ll confront an inescapable past, and learn how much you're willing to sacrifice in your search for solace.

DISTANT will be coming to PC, Mac, Consoles, and Apple TV, though we'll have to wait a little longer for a release timeframe, and price.  In the meantime, you can check out the official Alto's Adventure Store and pick up some swag for the holidays.

CEIM Bringing 15 Canadian Indie Developers to PAX South

I've written before about the CEIM helping out Indie Developers, and Martin Brouard reached out to me about another opportunity, this time to showcase at PAX South.

You can check out all the details on the official site, but hurry now as the deadline is December 9th!

PAX SOUTH | SAN ANTONIO, TX | January 26-29, 2017
Be one of 15 Canadian independent video game developers to qualify for this new program that will help you participate in PAX SOUTH SAN ANTONIO and increase your chances of success!
  • Reservation and set up of individual stands (10 ft. x 10 ft.)
    (savings of 50%, financial support up to $800)
  • Qualified « B2B » meetings, pre-planned
  • PR agency support for the group
  • Individual coaching, prior to the event, with an expert from CEIM
  • Business support and coaching on location, by two experts from CEIM
  • Up to $1,125 reimbursement of your documented living expenses
    (hotel, meals, transportation)

Maize Out Today On PC - Launch Trailer

Announced earlier in the year, Maize is finally out as one of the last Toronto developed games to release this year (I think):

Maize is a first-person adventure game about what happens when two scientists misinterpret a memo from the U.S. Government and create sentient corn. And that last sentence is pretty much the least ridiculous thing about the game.
Explore an abandoned farm and a not-so-abandoned underground research facility as you uncover the mysteries around Maize, and possibly learn a bit about yourself along the way. Or maybe not.
With a colourful cast of characters and an absolutely absurd world, Maize offers up a unique experience that keeps the surprises coming. Seriously, they’re everywhere.

You can pick up the game on Steam, the Humble Store, and GOG.

Household Games Announces 'Way of the Passive Fist' - Coming 2017

Back in July Jason Canam, a vet from DrinkBox Studios, went his own way and created his own studio - Household Games. They promised an announcement soon for their new IP.  In an interview with me they talked about working on the new IP.

This week, the gang announced via the PlayStation Blog their new IP is titled Way of the Passive Fist, and will be an action beat-em up with a twist:

"In Way of the Passive Fist you play as The Wanderer, a mysterious figure of unknown origin who has mastered the art of the Passive Fist and fights enemies defensively to wear down even the mightiest of opponents. Unlike most arcade-style brawlers, The Wanderer doesn’t have a basic attack like a punch or a kick, instead you have an array of parries, deflections and dodges at your disposal."
From the very beginning, we set out to create a licensed game for the 90’s cartoon we wish existed. A lot of my favorite games are the licensed brawlers based on popular cartoons and comic books, and I wanted Way of the Passive Fist to have the same level of exuberance and flair. That feeling when you get to a boss fight and you come face-to-face with one of the villains from the show, that’s a feeling I’d like to create in the game. 
The game’s setting is Planet Eiectus, a world ruled by its volatile and overwhelming sun. Everything on this world is solar powered, but the harsh conditions also make survival extremely difficult. Exhausting oneself is a death sentence. By mastering the Passive Fist technique, The Wanderer continues to endure in the face of desert raiders, mad scientists and fanatical sun worshippers.

Make sure to check out the gang over on Twitter, something else important to Way of the Passive Fist accessible, and working with @halfcoordinated.

The game is expected to hit the PlayStation 4 in 2017. If you're at PSX this weekend you'll be able to play the game.