After premiering at SXSW Gaming 2017, the SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition brings together the most innovative ideas and up-and-coming game developers for a chance to embody the spirit of discovery found at SXSW. By bringing the best ideas in game development together in a unique environment featuring both industry coaching and fan feedback, the Gaming Pitch Competition provides a pivotal opportunity to take the next step forward with their projects.
With past winners like Intruders: Hide & Seek and Disembodied at previous festivals, who will win the title of being the best for this year’s Gaming Pitch Competition?
Roundguard is a bouncy physics-based roguelite with a cast of oddballs (a Warrior, Rogue, and Wizard), procedural dungeons, and lots of loot. It’s like if Peggle played D&D in the basement!
Wintermoor Tactics Club
A light Tactics RPG inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics and Steven Universe. Fight for survival in thrilling tactical combat! Unravel the sinister mysteries behind the bizarre tournament! And don’t forget to make some new friends along the way.
Become a medieval thug in a crazy open-world action game, full of pop-culture references. Complete insane quests, kill heroes, steal horses, fight guards, rob peasants and more! All packed in old-school gameplay style!
Deathroned is a frantic first-person rogue-like shooter inspired by The Arabian Nights where you control Ayla, a sorceress in a Magical World, to create new and wonderful tools that define your combat style in real time against the forces of evil.
One Hand Clapping
One Hand Clapping is a 2D platformer that invites you to sing into your microphone to solve musical puzzles and change the world around you. Wander through vibrant soundscapes. Master melody, rhythm, and harmony. Sing along with the whimsical hermit. Rejoice in the freedom to express yourself, harnessing the power of both your singing voice and the voice within you.
Depths of Sanity
Depths of Sanity is a Metroidvania action adventure game based on exploring the depths of the ocean. The player is tasked with searching for a missing crew that disappeared while investigating oceanic disturbances. As they delve deeper it may seem that other, more sinister, forces are at work.
Run, jump, slide, fly, and “Flip” with Pepu across the Rooftops of Paris, finding friendship, adventure and a sense of self, while working to keep new friends safe from the Baba Yaga and her mooks. Power up Pepu through the power of friendship and use her abilities to flip through portals to discover new worlds.
Small Squadron is a flight combat game that revives Star Fox and Rogue Squadron-style gameplay with a Lego Movie aesthetic. When a battalion of forgotten toys breaks free from the attic, it’s up to a 90s Polly Pocket-inspired doll and her wingman to stop their vengeful attack. Designed for couch co-op on Nintendo Switch, Small Squadron revitalizes the classic genre for a new era.
Out of Space
Out of Space is a coop multiplayer game about trying to live together in space. To live with your friends is not an easy task. Who is going to take the trash out, do the dishes, or even walk the dog? But in outer space it’s not just about making your home feel cozy, there’s also a looming alien menace and the dangers of space looking to catch your wayfaring group by surprise.
LIBERATED is a dystopian fiction game with reach storyline. It tells a story of the world in the near future where modern technology turned against people. Omnipresent technology, social media, video surveillance, profiling – all these elements accompany us in our life today and information collected with the help of technology is used against people to manipulate them.
The first space k-pop multiplayer simulator! A narrative wacky adventure where up to 4 friends can play as the members of an intergalactic k-pop band that’s touring through space. You must grow as musicians by getting better at specific tasks so each one can, in the end, acquire a clear role within the band (singer, dancer, songwriter, and more).
WaveCrash!! is a surreal head-to-head puzzle brawler where you match blocks to smash faces. By combining elements of fighting games and the core mechanics of falling block puzzle games, WaveCrash!! is friendly to newcomers but intense enough for seasoned competitors. It’s been described by players as “unique”, “addictive” and “cutthroat” and by its developer, Flyover Games, as “the hypest indie puzzle game around!”
About the Gaming Pitch Competition
The SXSW Gaming Pitch Competition takes place over a period of two days across two rounds of pitches. The first round of pitches will be in a closed-door environment to determine a total of 4 finalists. From there, each of the 4 finalists will participate in the Gaming Pitch Competition Finals on the Discovery Stage to an audience of hundreds of SXSW Gaming attendees. Pitches will be judged on a variety of factors including originality and enjoyability, marketing and launch plan, potential actualization, and overall team and presentation.
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2018 Gaming Pitch Competition by Karl Capelli