I wasn’t able to go to BitSummit 2017 this year, so I thought I’d finally get around to writing about last years BitSummit 4th – which I did manage to get to, and took my 5 year old to. His first game show.
The last BitSummit I went to was in 2014, and the event has definitely grown since then. Exhibitors and sponsors were in abundance as well as thousands of visitors.
Kyoto based Q-Games were showing off their VR game Dead Hungry, which seemed to be very popular.
Action Button Entertainment & Iron Galaxy were showing Videoball , a multi-platform futuristic sports game. My boy and I had a go on this and it was a lot of fun, although a bit too fast paced for a 5 year old!
It’s has single player as well as local and online multi-play with lots of customizable game modes.
It came out on Steam last year and has been getting some pretty good reviews.
にゃんこ大戦争 (Nyanko Daisenso – Battle Cats) from Ponos was a big hit with my boy (that was one game he insisted I downloaded straight away!).
I picked up a copy of Battle Crust from the developers (always like to support smaller developers, especially when they’re making great games!) but it’s also available on Steam : http://store.steampowered.com/app/444710/Battle_Crust/ if you want to pick it up.
Their website is in Japanese but there’s enough English to let you navigate around and see screenshots, etc of the games.
There were also some great guest speakers including Shuhei Yoshida.
Bokusuka Wars II was on show and we had a go on it and could not make head nor tail of it! lol
There is a “How To Play” guide (in English!) on their website – wish I’d seen that on the day. I definitely loved the look of it and it keeps the original look from back in the day.
According to their website
“Bokosuka Wars” was an X1 Game created by Rasho in 1983. The next year it won a prize at the first ever ASCII Software Grand Prix. In 1985, it was released on the Family Computer, becoming a pioneer of simulation games.
They even had a demo of it playing inside this retro-futuristic TV!
The new version of Wild Guns was also on display next to the 1994 original.
Unity had a strong presence too, with a big display of VR game Fantastic Contraption from Northway Games.
Cowboy hatted Koji Igarashi was watching people try out his Kickstarted Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I didn’t have a chance to play this, but it looked very impressive.
Hidden away against a wall of the exhibition room, in between some busy stands was a sad looking table being manned by a lonely looking guy and being generally ignored by everyone.
It was the XBox Indie booth. Having only ever seen one XBox One on sale in a shop in Japan, and the general apathy Japanese consumers have for XBox, being a rep for Microsoft at this kind of event must be a short-straw job.
Feeling a bit sorry for the guy I went over and spoke to him. Once he found out I worked in the industry and was willing to talk to him he brightened up a bit, and gave me this ID@XBOX Cooling Gel Eye Mask!
Definitely one of the oddest Game Show items I’ve received. But appreciated none the less.