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Humble Bundle to Publish Five New Indie Games

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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

Developer: ZA/UM
Platforms: PC
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.

Staxel

Developer: Plukit
Platforms: PC
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

Developer: Triband
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Genre: Action-Adventure
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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PAX West Tickets Go On Sale, Begin Selling Out Within Minutes

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Tickets for PAX West 2017 went on sale a few hours ago. Within minutes they began selling out, because it’s PAX West. As of right now (2:15 Pacific) the only remaining tickets are for Monday, and the quantity is listed as “Low.”

PAX West 2017 returns to the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. It takes place during Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4. Tickets are only available in Single Day formats for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for $48 each.

“The PAX we’re building for the next Seattle show will have hottest upcoming games, panels with industry luminaries, and all the things you associate with the premiere gaming culture show in this hemisphere,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “I have a soft spot for PAX West, because the show started up here, but also because it’s like fifteen minutes from my house.”

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The Penny Arcade Expos are among the biggest gaming conventions in the world, and PAX West is the original and the biggest of the PAX events. Ticket availability has been a concern for years with different measures being taken to give a fair chance for people to buy tickets. The elimination of bulk weekend passes has helped. But buying tickets remains a stressful first come first serve race every year.

Earlier this year Penny Arcade and ReedPOP announced PAX Unplugged, a new PAX Show that will focus on tabletop gaming. The first PAX Unplugged will take place in Philadelphia this November. Tickets are still on sale, $25 for single day or $60 for 3-day.