Over the past few day the Develop: Brighton conference has been taking place, bringing together industry professional to discuss every aspect of the videogame industry, including virtual reality (VR). As part of the event, organiser Tandem Events also hosts the Indie Showcase Awards, celebrating the best in indie development. Nine titles made the shortlist – four of which were VR – and two have been chosen, one of which was Make[Real]’s Loco Dojo.
Loco Dojo is a multiplayer board game in which players have to compete across 16 mini-games to make it into the Grand Temple and win. VRFocus reviewed the title a short while ago, giving it 4 stars, saying: ‘those who do decide to take the plunge will be richly rewarded with a videogame that is highly enjoyable to play and will keep them coming back for more.’ While the videogame originally launched just for Oculus Rift in April, Make[Real] will be bringing the multiplayer to Steam – and HTC Vive – later this month.
Loco Dojo was chosen as part of the People’s Choice award as voted for by attendees, alongside Abandon Ship, a PC title by Fireblade Software.
The shortlisted studio’s each received a complimentary booth on the expo floor, free expo passes and the chance to demo their game to more than 2,000 developers and videogame industry professionals from all over the world.
Josh Naylor, lead of evangelism EMEA, Unity, said: “The standard of games at this year’s Indie Showcase at Develop:Brighton have been exceptional and we are delighted to see the number of different platforms being developed on, from mobile to PC and VR. The competition is a great opportunity to show the level of creativity in today’s industry. Thank you to all those who submitted and shortlisted and congratulations to the winners.”
Develop:Brighton will return in 2018, from 10th – 12th July, with speaker submissions opening in January 2018.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Develop: Brighton, reporting back with the latest updates.