Indie mood for news?
Hello and welcome back to another of our weekly indie news roundup, your one-stop shop for all the latest tidbits of info we have from the indie scene. So, sit back, relax, and treat yourself to some of the quieter stories of the week – and one that wasn’t so quiet.
Toby Fox Teases new game
Toby Fox, the mastermind behind RPG cult classic Undertale, took to Twitter this week to tease fans with what looks to be a direct sequel to Undertale. The game, called Deltarune is an anagram of Undertale and the demo which was released this week actually sees a lot of the original cast of Undertale returning.
Not too much more is known about the project, Fox hasn’t given us any time frame for the game other than a somehow unsettling tweet that “operations will now resume as normal.” But, the lack of news hasn’t stopped players already dissecting the info they have on the game, with theories and analysis of the demo running rampant.
If you still haven’t gotten around to Undertale, it’s available on consoles, PC, and Switch so you’ve got a choice when it comes to how you play. But if you still want to try out the Deltarune demo, it’s only available on PC or Mac here.
Indie Games set to benefit from new SAG-AFTRA Agreement
The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have signed an agreement that will see indie studios able to hire members for reduced costs and times, reports Gamasutra.
The agreement will allow smaller studios to hire voice and motion capture actors for short, two-hour sessions, while the normal minimum is split between four and eight-hour sessions. The new fees won’t apply to all indie studios, with companies having to be working on projects around $1.5 million or less.
It’s an interesting agreement and one that may well see a few familiar voices and face appearing on smaller projects in the future.
Surviving Mars Arrives on Mac
Surviving Mars, the other-worldly colonist sim, has arrived on the Mac App Store this week. The game, developed by Tropico and victor Vran’s Haemimont Games, sees you take a space trip over to the Red Planet and make a home for yourself.
Our Stewart actually reviewed the game a while back and thought it did a pretty great job. There’s a similar humour to the Tropico series, with nods to sci-fi culture, all underpinned by a fairly comprehensive sim system. So, if you’re a Mac user looking for a new game to try out, Surviving Mars should certainly be on your radar.