I had a wonderful time at BitSummit last year, where spirits were quite high for the budding Japanese indie scene. Since then, I’ve had a chance to play a few of the show’s best games like Azure Striker Gunvolt, and Block Legend remains one of the few permanent fixtures on my smartphone.
Hopefully, this year will be even bigger and better. Gamasutra’s James Mielke will once again play host to the convention in Kyoto this year on July 11 and 12, and the Japan Independent Games Aggregate (JIGA) and Indie MEGABOOTH will aid in organizing the event.
Can’t wait to see who shows up! It makes me wonder if we will find some Kickstarter favorites or true Japanese sleeper-hit diamonds in the rough. Last year hosted well known titles like LA-MULANA 2 and Mighty No. 9 to plenty of lesser known titles like One Way Heroics and Modern Zombie Taxi Driver for the Oculus Rift.
Mega Man co-creator Keiji Inafune turned up to the show to give a speech, LA-MULANA developers at NIGORO tried to explain why Japan should embrace the indie movement, and Kickstarter founder Luke Crane came to pitch the crowdfunding website to the Japanese audience.
Well, I can promise you one person who is going to show up. Me! Stay tuned on July 11 and 12 for all the information on a new wave of Japanese indie titles.