Created by L.A.-based designer Brendon Chung, the highly-anticipated Quadrilateral Cowboy is a cyberpunk hacking simulator set in a fictional version of the 1980s. Much of the game takes place in virtual reality, allowing you to play multiple roles to pull off heists in a mind-bending pastiche of 1980s computer culture.
Natasha Allegri & Major Bueno
Nik Mikros & Josh DeBonis
Killer Queen is the world’s only ten-player arcade game, designed for two teams of five players competing in two side-by-side cabinets. Like a lost game from the 8-bit era, play as a hive of angry bees to collect berries, ride snails, and save your Queen from destruction. Designers Nik Mikros and Josh DeBonis join us from NYC.
Edgar Rice Soirée
Doug Wilson, Thomas Perl, David Kanaga, Adam Henriksson
Some games are so big, so elaborate, you’ll never be able to play them at home. Edgar Rice Soirée has only been exhibited twice in the U.S., a competitive four-player game that uses 20 PlayStation Move controllers hanging from the ceiling, constantly shifting colors. Like a modern Tarzan, swing from vine to vine, hanging desperately to your own color while awkwardly blocking others from theirs. Designer Doug Wilson, creator of Johann Sebastian Joust, joins us from NYC.
Vi Hart, Andrea Hawksley, Emily Eifler
Bennett Foddy’s Speed Chess
Tenya Wanya Teens
Tenya Wanya Teens is a silly party game about adolescence and awkwardness created by Keita Takahashi, the creator of Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy. Two players compete on custom 16-button controllers, “trying desperately to not say or do the wrong thing at the wrong time.” It will be presented by Wild Rumpus's Marie Foulston and Venus Patrol's Brandon Boyer, who both commissioned the game.
Night in the Woods
Alec Holowka, Scott Benson & Bethany Hockenberry
Night in the Woods is a lushly-illustrated adventure game about Mae, a college dropout who moved back in with her parents in the small town of Possum Springs, uncertain about her future. With a focus on narrative and a cast of anthropomorphic animals, the game was made possible by a blockbuster Kickstarter project that raised over $200k from 7,372 fans. Aquaria designer Alec Holowka and co-writer Bethany Hockenberry will be at XOXO to share their work in progress.
Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga
Panoramical is a series of musical landscapes with analog controls, a music and visual exploration game by designer Fernando Ramallo and Proteus composer David Kanaga. Controlled with a custom DJ controller, each slider and knob affects what you see and hear. Fernando joins us from Berlin to show it off.
Please Don’t, Spacedog!
In Please Don’t, Spacedog!, you’re a space truck driving instructor teaching Spacedog to pilot a truck. He’s not a very good student. Your dashboard controls, played on the Oculus Rift with an AKAI LPD8, are modeled in virtual reality for an immersive and absurd experience. From Montreal’s KO-OP Mode, designer Bronson Zgeb will be at XOXO.