Namco Bandai Signs IndiePub Titles Storm, Capsized and Vessel for Console Digital Distribution


Amidst the Gamers Day hype for its bigger games like Dark Souls II, Project X Zone and Tales of Xillia, Namco Bandai has quietly announced a partnership with indiePub Entertainment to bring three indie games to home console platforms.

Storm, Capsized and Vessel, three titles already available to PC gamers (Capsized is also on iPad), are now set for console digital distribution this year. Storm and Capsized will be released on both PSN and XBLA, while Vessel has currently only been confirmed for XBLA.

Storm actually already released on PSN over a year ago now, but was almost immediately removed from the PlayStation Store. indiePub claimed it was an accidental technical error, but there was speculation at the time that the game being yanked off PSN had to do with some Microsoft policy about multi-platform games needing to be released on Xbox 360 simultaneously with other platforms. Whatever the reason, the game is finally coming out, and for real this time.

Read on for screens and information for all three games.


Capsized is a fast-paced 2D action platformer set in an immersive alien world teeming with bizarre life forms and strange landscapes presented in a unique hand-drawn art style. In Capsized, your ship crash lands on a mysteri­ous alien planet and you must navigate through perilous environments and fight blood-thirsty creatures to save your crewmates and escape with your lives. Using a grappling hook, jetpack and ship supplies, you fight through hostile landscapes to save fellow shipmates from the planet’s Tribal creatures. Capsized combines control elements of first-person shooters with innovative physics-based combat and nods to classic platform games. It has more than a dozen non-linear levels with multiple modes.

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Storm is an ambient, ethereal experience where you use natural phenomena to guide a simple seed to fertile soil so it can take root and spring to life. Embrace the subtle­ties and strengths of nature to move a broken branch, fill a small pond or make snow fall to solve puzzles and create natural paths. Take your time and explore nature’s nooks or simply enjoy the ambiance as you float, blow and bounce a seed to the perfect place to take root. Relax and enjoy Ad­venture, Challenge or Spirit modes, each set in gorgeous environments and enhanced by soothing, nature-inspired soundscapes.

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In Vessel, living liquid machines called Fluros have overrun the world and it is up to their inventor, M. Arkwright, to stop the chaos. It’s a single-player puzzle game set in a steampunk world with creatures based on a unique liquid-physics engine. Vessel features a full-length soundtrack created by music prodigy Jon Hopkins and uses a custom music en­gine to dynamically remix tracks to reflect gameplay.

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