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UPDATE 08/17: Aegis Defenders is now also coming to PlayStation 4.
When Humble announced the first five indie games to be published under the Presented by Humble Bundle label, they kept the fifth game a mystery. Today Humble reveaeld the mystery fifth game. It’s called Aegis Defenders, a 16-bit action-platformer coming to PC and Mac later this year on Steam and Humble Store.
“The unique gameplay and gorgeous character art inspired by Japan won me over instantly,” said John Polson, Humble Bundle publishing lead. “I am truly humbled to be able to help them now cross the finish line, delivering a unique blend of Metroidvania and tower defense that is addictively fun and fresh.”
Aegis Defenders combines Metroidvania gameplay with tower defense elements and a 16-bit art style that reflects the SNES/Genesis era.
It’s being developed by GUTS Department, an independent studio who ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Aegis Defenders back in 2014. It raised $145k from over 4,000 backers. Aegis Defenders initially started as a student project at the University of Southern California before becoming a full game.
“All of us here at GUTS Department are so thankful to the Aegis Defenders fans we’ve gained over the years to help us get where we are today,” said Bryce Kho, Creative Director. “Humble Bundle are among our biggest fans, showing care for the game and making sure our story could be told just how we wanted. We’re looking forward to introducing the world to Bart and Clu later this year!”
Aegis Defenders features two player drop-in/drop-out co-op with dual protagonists Bart and his granddaughter Clu. Bart specializes in building structures while Clu takes care of hunting and traps. A total of four characters will be available and you can switch between them at any time.
Aegis Defenders is coming to Windows PC and Mac later this year.
Humble Bundle has carved out a special slice of digital distribution thanks to its close work with charities and frequent pay-what-you-want bundle sales.
Now they’re getting into the publishing game. Their publishing label is called Presented by Humble Bundle, and will focus on multi-platform indie titles. Their first five games will be shown at Gamescom in Germany later this month, and at PAX West in September (Staxel will only be at Gamescom).
“In a relatively short time, Humble Bundle has proven itself as a major player in the highly contested digital retail space, now serving roughly 12 million customers and raising over $98 million for charities,” said John Polson, Humble Bundle publishing lead. “Already astute at helping indies find an audience for their titles through our platform, adding our approachable publishing initiative was a no-brainer. We’re thrilled to bring five Presented by Humble Bundle games to Gamescom and PAX West. Gamers from around the world are in for a treat!”
Four of the games are detailed below, while the fifth will be officially announced shortly.
A Hat in Time
Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Platforms: PC, Mac, XBox One, PlayStation 4
Genre: 3D Platformer
Release Date: Fall 2017
A Hat in Time is designed as a classic 3D platformer with plenty of goodies to collect. Hat Kid travels through five varied worlds, unlocking new hats and new abilities. A Hat in Time benefited from a successful Kickstarter campaign four years ago, where it raised nearly 300k from a little over 9,000 backers. Free DLC that adds more worlds as well as local and online co-op is planned post-launch.
No Truce With the Furies
Genre: Isometric RPG
Release Date: 2017
No Truce with the Furies is a cRPG with a heavy focus on story-telling rather than hack and slash. You play as a disgraced detective in a unique fantasy/sci-fi world. You’ll have to solve crimes and navigate your own mind to come out the other side.
Genre: Sandbox, Crafting, Voxel
Release Date: January 2018
Staxel is a Minecraft-like sandbox that draws in gameplay from farming sims like Stardew Valley. Grow your crops, interact with villagers, unlock rewards, and customize your world. And you can do it all online with friends.
Keyboard Sports – Saving QWERTY
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Release Date: Early 2018
Keyboard Sports originally appeared in the Humble Monthly Bundle in November 2016. Saving QWERTY is an expanded version of the humorous keyboard-only adventure. Travel through a series of challenging mini-games using only your keyboard as your controller, and your playing field.
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Humble Bundle is long known for compiling video games into largely discounted packs while also allowing consumers to donate portions of the money to selected charities. Over the years Humble Bundle has provided some astonishingly good deals but the latest bundle, called the Freedom Bundle, may be their best ever.
The Freedom Bundle is Humble’s bold stance against the United States’ current tumultuous political landscape. Specifically the recent attempt at a “Muslim Ban” by the Trump administration. “We humbly remember that the United States is a nation of immigrants, and we proudly stand with developers, authors, and charities that champion liberty and justice for all,” states Humble.
More than just words, Humble is sending 100% of the payments from this bundle to charities. Specifically the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the International Rescue Committee, and Doctors Without Borders. Humble is also matching contributions up to $300,000.
“We chose these three organizations because of the inspiring work they do in providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced people as well as in defense of justice, human rights, and civil rights,” states Humble.
The bundle includes over 40 of some of the best indie games from the last few years, as well as some eBooks and digital graphic novels. Highlights include Stardew Valley, The Witness, Super Meat Boy, Mushroom 11, Nuclear Throne, Invisible Inc, The Stanley Parable, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, and Song of the Deep. This is an excellent collection for anyone who plays games on PC and would make a nice Indie Game Starter Kit.
Unlike past pay-what-you-want bundles you’ll need to pay a minimum of $30 to receive the full Freedom Bundle. You can certainly pay more, however. The current unnamed top donation sits at $3,000. Over three million has already been raised.
All the games can be redeemed on Steam, with a few offering DRM-free versions through GoG. All games are available for Windows with a few offering Mac and Linux versions; check individual games for compatibility. The Freedom Bundle deal expires in one week, ending Feb. 20.