Leuven-based (adver)games developer studio Happy Volcano won the very first PC Indie Pitch at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, the biggest gaming conference in Europe. The award greatly increases Happy Volcano's awareness across the gaming industry.
Happy Volcano managed to impress the judges with a game called The Almost Gone, a narrative game of exploration and mystery, where a little girl must understand her own death, allowing herself and others to pass through to the other side. Gameplay exists of classic point-and-click adventure to tell a rather dark story. The game is set to release in 2018.
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The Almost Gone came to be back in June 2015, when the Dutch Literary Fund held an open call for literary games. Happy Volcano teamed up with Joost Vandecasteele, a Flemish author who was looking for a challenge just like that, and entered the call. One month later, the project was selected out of 50 projects as one of the two finalists to receive the production budget. Happy Volcano was also awarded the award for Best Mobile Game at the Belgian Game Awards in 2016.
At The PC Indie Pitch, developers pitch their games on laptops moving from one table of judges to the next. Between 10-15 developers run the gauntlet, giving their all in quickfire five-minute pitches to demonstrate that their title is worth of the Big Indie Pitch crown, and coverage in the PC games media.
The PC Indie Pitch took place on Tuesday, August 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Cologne Hotel, with a panel of industry-leading experts judging.