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Overgrowth Shows Off New Animation Technology

Overgrowth_video_demoWolfire Games has dropped a new video showing off their open-world brawler Overgrowth and its new animation technology. A six-and-a-half minute showcase of what the sequel of Lugaru HD will be able to do, commentated quite enjoyably by the awesome John Graham (personally can account for the awesomeness.)

There’s even music which includes a live flute performance, nobody ever said Wolfire didn’t know how to put together a demonstration video. Overgrowth is in development for PC, Mac and Linux with a release date still to be determined.


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The Humble Indie Bundle Just Got Better With Samorost 2

Samorost_2If you’re one of the many who have already purchased and/or donated your chosen price to the excellent Humble Indie Bundle promotion, check your email. Amanita Design apparently was feeling a bit left out and decided the best way to remedy the situation was to join the party late instead of never. Those who have purchased already will find a new email from Wolfire Games that contains a download code for Amanita’s excellent puzzle sequel Samorost 2, a nice extra gift to an already fantastic deal.

The title has been added to the whole bundle from here on with the offer supposedly ending sometime early this week (no actual end date was announced.) With how things are going–so far $678,000 has been raised in all–perhaps an extension is called for this oh humblest of indie bundles.

For those who have yet to grab it, what is your malfunction maggot? If you don’t have any money right now just buy low and donate later, I’m sure the developers will understand! Unless you own all the games and don’t have any friends who like an awesome gift there’s no reason for anyone not to participate.


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Overgrowth and Ragdoll Bunny Physics

OvergrowthWolfire Games have just released a new tech demo showcasing the character physics in their upcoming rabbit fighting game Overgrowth.

Every element of the game looks to be a step above its predecessor Lugaru, and I’ll admit I laughed out loud to myself upon watching the more brutal elements of this ragdoll physics demonstration.

Every new aspect of the game Wolfire reveal looks great, and as the game works its way toward an unnamed release date, we’re going to be covering its progress.

You can take a look at the embedded video below:


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Indie Links Round-Up: Bunnies, Puppets, Sweden

OvergrowthHere’s a handful of links to indie coverage across the web, today’s collection includes Wolfire Games chatting about Overgrowth, Tommy Refenes chatting and getting his game pulled from the App Store, and the story behind how Clover dev Binary Tweed got the name.

Bunny Brawler: Wolfire Talk Overgrowth (RPS)
“It’s time to talk about cute animals kicking each other to death. We haven’t covered upcoming indie action game Overgrowth much on RPS, which is a sad side-effect of its much-adored precursor Lugaru arriving before the Hivemind had coalesced into being. Let’s correct that now.”

Machinarium Creator Working On Fantasy Puppet Film (GSW)
“As you’ll see in this trailer, Machinarium creator and Amanita Design founder Jakub Dvorský’s talents aren’t limited to game development.”

GDC 2010: No More Giggles (TIGSource)
“A week after Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy) declared the Apple App Store to be the Tiger Electronics handheld of this generation (part of the Indie Game Maker Rant session), Apple has removed his zit-popping game Zits & Giggles from the App Store.”

Announcement: Nordic Game Indie Night, Presenters (Indie Games)
“The Nordic Game Indie Night is a one-day event that is held on the eve of the Nordic Game 2010 Conference, which runs from the 28th to 30th of April in Slagthuset, Malmö, Sweden. The event kicks off with a two-hour long presentation by developers, with Jonatan “cactus” Söderström and Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren already confirmed as speakers for the evening.”

What’s In A Name: Binary Tweed (Joystiq)
“Every once in a while, we bring you the story of how a developer or publisher settled on the name for their company. Today we bring you the harrowing tale of Binary Tweed, the developer behind Clover: A Curious Tale.”


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Natural Selection 2 and Overgrowth Pre-Order Deal Goes Well

Natural_SelectionEarlier this month, we mentioned the Organic Indie Preorder Pack; a pre-order bundle for Unknown Worlds’ Natural Selection 2 Special Edition and developer Wolfire Games’ Overgrowth that essentially discounted the titles into a buy one, get one free deal. Well apparently things went better than expected as Wolfire has released some info about the sale.

The dev notes that the sale achieved better results than expected, with more pre-orders sold during the sale week than in the entirety of the previous year. With no digital distributor involved, all of the proceeds were split evenly between Wolfire and Unknown Worlds.

Sales for the bundle were steady throughout the promotion and spiked as the offer drew to a close. The dev reports that 1,658 packs were sold, totaling “almost exactly one year’s worth of preorder revenue, in a single week.” In a bit of a surprise, the bundle didn’t have a negative effect on standard preorders, which were described as significantly up; Valve has pointed to this interesting trend in the past for certain game and bundle sales on Steam as well.

[Wolfire Games]


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Natural Selection 2 & Overgrowth Pre-Order Bundle Offer 40% Discount

OvergrowthIndie devs Wolfire Games and Unknown Worlds have joined together to bring a 40% discount for those who pre-order their respective titles Overgrowth and Natural Selection 2 in what they’re calling the Organic Indie Pre-order Pack.

Doesn’t really matter what you call it though, it’s $30 off two great looking games (an action platformer and a sci-fi RPG/RTS hybrid) if you buy before the morning of January 11. Note that those who have pre-ordered either NS2 or OG prior to this deal can now get the other game for free.

In addition to the discount, pre-ordering brings early access to both of the game’s editor features as well upcoming alpha builds. Trailer after the break.