In recent years indie game development has really taken off, not just here in the UK, but all around the world. You’ve got events like indie game jams that have developers competing in challenges against one another, conventions like IndieCade and Indie Game Con, and even feature-length movies being made such as Indie Game: The Movie.
The latest development in all things indie comes from PLAYISM, a website that is host to a whole bunch of games you can buy, each one carefully chosen for its originality and appeal. Their announcement isn’t just another game though and instead, they’ve announced the release of a documentary on iTunes and VuDu called Branching Paths, based on the Japanese indie game development industry.
Japan was one an industry leader, with Japanese game development firms known for their innovation and originality. In recent times, however, they’ve somewhat slipped from the top of their perch where they were once sat. This documentary takes a look at the current scene in Japan for indie developers, and how their importance, potential and significance is finally being realised. Could this be the movement that Japanese game development has been craving to get back to the summit of where it once was? The only way to find out is watching the documentary I guess.
For anyone interested here is the trailer for the documentary:
If you like the look of this and fancy checking out the full documentary, you can get a copy of Branching Paths via the links below: