Back in June, Humble Games announced the Black Game Developer Fund, a new program that would allocate around one million dollars each year to help Black development teams produce and market their games. As a company, Humble has a long history of supporting smaller studios and donating money to charity, and this is just the latest in its efforts to promote important causes like Black Lives Matter.
Recently, Humble announced the first five studios that will receive money through the Black Game Developer Fund. While their projects are obviously still in the works, all five are promising, so let’s take a look at each of them.
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Breeze in the Clouds (Stormy Nights Interactive)
Described as “a side-scrolling, hand-brawling platformer where the neighborhood pet corgi ends up in the clouds and gains weather powers,” the game follows a dog named Breeze with supernatural powers who fights pollution. Stormy Nights Interactive have also released songs from Breeze in the Clouds‘ soundtrack, which is fully of jazz, swing and samba sounds.
As for the studio itself, Stormy Nights Interactive has mostly worked on educational projects so far, including augmented reality apps for workbooks and a math-based mobile game called Calcusaurus. Those interested in Breeze in the Clouds can also support the project on Pateron.
PENSION$ (Epoch Media)
While not much information on the title is available, Epoch Media’s PENSION$ “is the story of a financially strapped college professor who is approached by a mysterious cowboy that presents him with a lucrative opportunity..manipulating the state’s pension program by killing off retirees.” What the game will look like and how it will play is unclear, but Epoch’s co-founder, Jeffery Thompson Jr. has also teased a prequel comic book. Thompson has already written for several games, including the upcoming Lord of the Rings: Gollum.
Protodroid DeLTA (Adam Kareem)
Currently slated for a late 2021 release on Steam and Nintendo Switch, Adam Kareem’s Protodroid DeLTA is described as “a 3D action-platformer set in a beautiful Solarpunk world with a hopeful yet non-utopian vision of the future.” The footage released so far hints at a game that takes a lot of inspiration from Mega Man and features a diverse cast of characters. The project was also partially funded on Kickstarter, and those interested in supporting it can do so through Indiegogo.
Amma: Chronicles of Lost Stars (Joinplay Games)
Joinplay Games’ title is “a 3D Afrofantasy action-adventure RPG set in a charming world, rich with exploration and narration inspired by the Dogon mythology.” The Dogon are a desert-dwelling tribe in Mali, which fits with Joinplay’s goal of creating “games based in African themes and cultures.” Amma: Chronicles of Lost Stars‘ trailer is gorgeous, and it’s exciting to see such an underrepresented culture depicted in a video game.
KindFolx (Taco Pizza Cat Games)
Finally, Taco Pizza Cat Games’s KindFolx is “a single player collectible card game dungeon crawler…with exciting real time battles.” Currently set to release in September 2021, the game uses randomized elements to make each run different, similar to other deckbuilding roguelikes like Slay the Spire.
Kindfolx tells the story of Reinus, an orphan monsterfolx living in a society where their kind was oppressed by humans until winning a war. Now that the monsters are in power — and just as corrupt as what came before — it’s up to the shunned Reinus to overcome the odds and bridge the divides between the species. Taco Pizza Cat previously released DON’T GIVE UP: A Cynical Tale, an RPG that tackles themes regarding mental illness and facing one’s inner demons in a comedic manner.
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