Sunday, June 14, 2009
By: Matthew Doucette
ExL Studios previewed Duality ZF, our upcoming Xbox 360 arcade shooter. I caught a blurb that made me think our marketing efforts are starting to work:
Over the months that Duality ZF has been in development, its popularity has grown. When it releases it will probably be the most popular indie game available on Xbox Live. Its innovative, groundbreaking style is reminiscent of an Xbox Live Arcade game. The only difference? This game provides a lot more content for a lower price than many Arcade games available on Xbox Live.
(Bolding by me.) Read the entire preview here: http://exlstudios.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/exl-update-duality-zf/
Introducing Xbox LIVE Indie Games
Xbox LIVE Community Games (XBLCG) will be renamed to Xbox LIVE Indie Games (XBLIG) within the next few months, according to xna.com news. We support this change one hundred percent. We are an indie game developer, making indie games, so it fits. We no longer have to painstakenly explain what a "community game" is to those who could care less, the gamers. We at Xona Games requested an XBLCG rename in the xna.com forums, even though efforts to rename the platform were already well underway. Interesting that Jason's suggested name was the name chosen by the XNA team behind the scenes. When the Xbox LIVE Indie Games name becomes official, the XNA team will also launch a user rating system for all Xbox LIVE Marketplace content, including Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
What does all this mean? Easy to find, great, indie games on your Xbox 360.
Future Predictions of the XNA Team:
Leaderboards, Achievements, and Gamerscore points! (These are predictions from Xona Games of the XNA team.)
Preview Duality ZF?
Preview Duality ZF with our promotional materials and contact us if there's anything else you need. We will also do pre- and post-release interviews on Duality ZF development, XNA and XBLCG (XBLIG) development, indie game development, shoot'em up (shmup) development and genre choice, XBLA efforts, and much more...
- Duality ZF (official xona.com developer site)
- Duality ZF April 2009 Trailer (video)
- New Duality ZF Screenshots
- Duality ZF FAQ Answers
- Duality ZF (official dualityzf.com game site)
- Duality ZF Forums (hosted on xbox.com)
- Xona Games (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo)
- Xbox LIVE Community Games* (xbox.com, Xbox Forums)
- Imphenzia Music (creator of the Duality ZF soundtrack)
- ExL Studios
*Soon to be renamed to Xbox LIVE Indie Games.
About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $180,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.