BitSummit, a Kyoto-based independent video game development festival today announced its star-studded cast of guest speakers and musicians; some of whom are making a return to the show and some of whom are appearing for the very first time. Returning are fan-favorite developers Koji Igarashi aka “IGA” (Artplay), Atsushi Inaba (Platinum Games), Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Enhance Games), Masaya Matsuura (NanaOn-Sha), and last but not least, Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony Interactive Entertainment.
This is the second year the MEGABOOTH has been part of BitSummit and we’re happy to have a great slate of games at the show.
2064: Read Only Memories (MidBoss)
6180 the Moon (Turtle Cream)
Armello (League of Geeks)
ARENA GODS (Supertype)
AYA Blaze (AYA Corp)
D3bug (Stirfire Studios)
Dragon Fin Soup (Grim Bros.)
Just Shapes & Beats (Berzerk Studio)
KoriKori (Qizen-P Design Studio)
Life Goes On: Done to Death (Infinite Monkeys Entertainment)
Moon Hunters (Kitfox Games)
Salt and Sanctuary (Ska Studios)
SHIRO (The Topicbird)
Symphony of the Machine (Stirfire Studios)
Volume (Mike Bithell Games)
YIIK (Ackk Studios)
Making their debut as speakers at BitSummit are Hironobu Sakaguchi (Mistwalker), Goichi Suda (Grasshopper Manufacture), Tom Happ (Thomas Happ Games), Marc Flury (Drool), Peter Curry (Dinosaur Polo Club), Kenichi Nishi (Route 24, Inc., winner of the 2015 BitSummit Excellence In Sound Design Award for Makai Picnic), and one of Japan’s original independent game developers, Yoot Saito (Vivarium), perhaps best known for the seminal Dreamcast simulation, Seaman.
Unlike other gaming events, BitSummit is known for its emphasis on showcasing gaming music through live performances, and BitSummit 4th welcomes the return of Professor Sakamoto, the Famicom-helmeted synth-hero and his crowd pleasing interactivity to the show. He is the only musician to appear at every BitSummit. Joining him this year is first-time BitSummit guest I Am Robot and Proud, aka Shaw-Han Liem, the talented musician from Toronto, Canada famous for his warm, analogue, electronic sound. ‘Robot’ is also half of the award-winning team behind the PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita hit, Sound Shapes.
Finally, this year’s BitSummit 4th (フォース, aka “Force”) theme introduces a new character team; the ‘Matchaman’ Green Tea Ninja Team, inspired by the green tea for which Kyoto is famous.
The BitSummit website has just been updated with a full developer and game list, a FAQ, access and price details, in both English and Japanese.
For more information please visit the BitSummit website: http://bitsummit.org/2016/