Xona Games is an award-winning
indie game studio,
co-founded by twin brothers, Jason Doucette and Matthew Doucette. We make intense retro games and are known for our #1 shmup hits in Japan.
Jason Doucette and Matthew Doucette, co-founders of Xona Games.*
Jason and Matthew have been coding games since they were seven years old, before they owned a computer. Their fist personal computer was a TI-99/4A. Starting in early elementary school, they developed a "game code", a formulated and sometimes philosophical list of do's and don't's by which all of their games abide. Xona Games is the realization of a lifelong passion.
Matthew (left) and Jason (center) in Xona Games headquarters!*
We have won prestigious awards (
Innovacorp's $100,000 prize) and received worldwide press ( Develop, Retro Gamer, Famitsu, Reviews On The Run, Official Xbox Magazine). Our games have been rated from #1 in Canada ( Duality ZF in Dream Build Play 2010) to #1 in Japan ( Decimation X and Decimation X3 on XBLIG), and been top picks across many categories ( IGN, Famitsu, Gamasutra, Joystiq). Every game we developed, released or not, has won awards.
Our games have also become #1 best sellers in multiple countries (
Decimation X, Decimation X3, and Score Rush). We have dominated the Japanese market with three of the top five games and two best sellers, simultaneously. We have dominated XBLIG with 3 of the top 7 four-player shoot 'em ups and out of thousands of developers we are 1 of 3 studios to produce 3 or more 4+ star rated titles.
Our game engine technology was recognized for technical excellence (
IndiePub semi-finalist). Microsoft invited our studio to develop a launch title for their Windows Phone 7 launch ( Decimation X2). We have strong indie ties and were chosen to represent the Indie Games Winter Uprising. Our only mobile title won a highly commended award in WP7COMP, a Microsoft-supported Windows Phone 7 Competition, and was the only game that placed (the rest were "apps"). Turbulenz, a new online gaming platform, funded us to develop a launch title ( Score Rush port) and even turned one of our games into a cake!
Jason (left) and Matthew (right), in Xonaplex!
We have continued support by the Nova Scotian government, who have sent us to international game conferences including
MIGS '09, GDC '10, MIGS '10, with a floor booth at GDC '11, GDC '12, PAX East '12, PAX Prime '12, PAX East '13, GDC '13, plus included us in the "Your Studio Here" promotions. We have even been congratulated by Nova Scotia's House of Assembly.
Jason (left) and Matthew (right) in Xona Games offices.*
Our games feature beautiful
Imphenzia and hard-rocking Dragon Music Productions soundtracks, and are 4-player shoot 'em ups. Expect to see more genres exploited for their true potential in the future, including racing and beat 'em ups. We have only just begun.
We are currently working on Duality ZF for Xbox LIVE Arcade and Steam. Feel free to visit our developer's blog and check out our friends who have all done amazing things in the indie gaming industry!
We have developed for
Xbox LIVE Indie Games (XBLIG) (
Decimation X3, Score Rush),
Windows Phone 7 ( Decimation X2) and
Turbulenz ( Score Rush).
We are currently developing for
Windows PC (Steam) ( Duality ZF) and
Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA) ( Duality ZF).
We plan to develop for PlayStation Network (PSN),
Nintendo Wii (WiiWare), and iPhone/iPad (AppStore), and newly OUYA!
Jason at GDC 2012 ( blog entry).
Matthew on the "Are You Smarter Than A CEO?" contest ( blog entry).
Matthew (left) and Jason (right) at GDC 2010 ( blog entry).
Xona Games winning $100,000 ( blog entry).
Xona Games on CBC TV News ( blog entry).
We are also avid gamers. We can both beat the R-Type, Raiden, and Raiden II arcades. My
old notes show that we both beat 1943: The Battle of Midway arcade together. We can complete Contra and Super-C with one life, twice over. We are huge shoot'em up fans, as you may know. Jason has beat 15+ Xbox LIVE games and can beat the OutRun arcade. Matthew has beat 70 NES games, 60+ Xbox LIVE games, and many other games, as well as competed and placed second (2012) and first (2013) in PAX East's Geometry Wars 2 contest.
Here's some examples of our gameplay:
Matthew playing Pacifism in Geometry Wars 2, scoring 600 million / 705 worldwide rank.
Unrecorded, in Pacifism, Matthew obtained a peak rank of #553 worldwide out of about 300,000 players and separately a peak score of 890 million points.
VIDEO Jason (red) and Matthew (blue) beating Super-C in 17 minutes at PAX East 2012 ( blog entry).
Jason getting the Cardiogram achievement (Score an overall AAA in Heart Attack Mode) in OutRun Online Arcade.
*Original photoshoot article: Xona Games NSBI Photoshoot! Photos by John Sherlock.
More Xona Games Articles:
Xonatron Breaks Top 10,000 on TrueAchievements
Xona Games: Interviewed by Independent Gaming
Funded Another Retro Kickstarter: Chasm
Two Cool Kickstarter Projects
GDC 2013 Wrap Up
PAX East 2013 Wrap Up
Kickstarter: Shmup Devs Unite!
GDC 2013: Beating Score Rush in 10 Minutes
Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine, Thrice!
PAX East 2013: Matthew Wins Geometry Wars 2 Tournament
Matthew Doucette Interviewed on Monetization Practices
Xona Games: Jason Doucette GDC 2012 Interview
Help Xona Games win a OUYA Dev Console
Are Games Art? It Doesn't Matter
Xona Games Devs Beat Super-C in 17 Minutes at PAX EAST 2012
Xona Games Backs Indie Game: The Movie On Kickstarter
Xona Games Targeted For Rating Manipulation Abuse, Twice
Xona Games: Featured in Official Xbox Magazine Online
Xona Games: Canada Business Feature
"How I come to be Xona-Infected?"
Xona Games: Featured in Chronicle Herald
Xona Games: Interviewed by The Thoughtful Gamers
Xona Games 1 of 3 Developers To Produce Three 4-Star XBLIG Games
Xona Games is 4-Player Shmup King of XBLIG: Created 3 of Top 7
Xona Games Running Lean: The Lean Startup Challenge
Xona Games: Featured in Nova Scotia's "Your Studio Here" Promotions
Xona Games GDC 2011 Booth (Duality ZF Footage)
Xona Games Featuered: Indie Games Counter Sequel-Driven Market
Xona Games: Featured in Chronicle Herald
Xona Games: Are You Smarter Than A CEO? Interview
Featured Indie Developers: Xona Games
Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine, Again!
Xona Games: CBC News Recap
Xona Games 2 of Top 3 Picks in #1 Japanese Gaming Magazine, Famitsu
Xona Games 10th & 11th Best Selling XBLIGs Worldwide
Xona Games Dominates Japan in Top Ratings and Best Sellers
Xona Games Congratulated by Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Xona Games Inspires!
Racketboy Podcast #15 - Indie Shmups
Xona Games Featured Over 200 Times!
Xona Games NSBI Photoshoot!
Living the Dream!!!
And In Local News... (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)
Homebrew Heroes: Retro Gamer Feature
Xona Games Featured in Open to the World Magazine
Xona Games Inc.: We're Officially Incorporated!
GDC 2010 Xona Games Interview (Game Connection)
Xona Games Speaks at Business Over Breakfast
$100,000 I-3 Competition Awards Event - Xona Games Win Video
50,000 YouTube Views
Xona Games Wins $100,000 - I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition
Acadia University Coverage: A Passion For Programming
Xona Games Top 3 in $200,000 Technology Competition
Xona Games Featured in Develop Magazine
Xona Games I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition Finalist
Xona Games Featured on CBC TV News
Xona Games on CBC News Website
CBC Radio One Interviews Xona Games
Xona Games Company Profile for NSBI
Console Arcade Interviews Xona Games
Introducing Xona Games