Intro to Indie Gaming in 2023

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Mustardseed Realms is developing our first video game for publication to be released in 2024. Our small “studio” is classified as indie as we are not affiliated with any major publisher, and I wanted to introduce the state of indie gaming which is ever changing. 

Moving into 2023, indie gaming continues to thrive in diversity. The rise of digital distribution platforms such as Steam, itch.io, and the Epic Games Store has made it easier than ever for independent game developers to get their games in front of a wider audience. This has led to an explosion of new and creative games that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

One of the biggest trends in indie gaming right now is the proliferation of games that are focused on storytelling and unique gameplay experiences. Many of these games are created by small teams or even solo developers, who are able to take risks and explore new ideas that larger studios may not be able to pursue. These games range from narrative-driven experiences like “Kentucky Route Zero” and “Oxenfree” to experimental titles like “Stardew Valley” and “Celeste.”

Indie games are also making an impact on the esports scene. Games like “Among Us” and “Fall Guys” have gained massive popularity among streamers and have spawned dedicated communities. This has helped to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of competitive gaming and has opened the door for more indie games to make an impact on the esports scene.

The future of indie gaming looks promising, even with the economic challenges faced by many countries today. With advances in game engines such as Unreal Engine and Unity, the increasing number of new and innovative titles being released each year afford a continued diversity in the types of games being offered. 

The challenge for any indie studio is how to elevate a title above the massive competition, and as mentioned, I believe a good story, woven throughout the game, will accomplish that.


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