Our team is back from what's been another amazing show...! We love seeing people's reactions to Bastion. Especially considering how E3 is the battleground for the heaviest hitters in gaming, stuff like Battlefield 3 and Uncharted 3 and whatnot, we came away very, very happy that a smaller title like ours could earn so much attention amid all the AAA blockbusters throwing their weight around.
Bastion in Summer of ArcadeThe big news for us coming out of E3 is that we got into the exclusive Summer of Arcade on Xbox 360 this year, following in the footsteps of great and inspiring games like Braid, Castle Crashers, Shadow Complex, 'Splosion Man, Trials HD, and LIMBO, among others. This is a real honor. Summer of Arcade starts on July 20 and runs for five weeks, which means Bastion will be released sometime during that period.
As for how E3 went, the best evidence of how well we did at the show is that we racked up 10 award nominations from various gaming publications! Here they are, followed by a selection of Bastion coverage posted around the Web:
Bastion E3 2011 Award Nominations
Game Critics - Best Original Game, Best Downloadable Game
Game Informer - Best Downloadable Game of E3
G4tv.com & X-Play - Best of E3, Most Original Game
Official Xbox Magazine - Most Valuable Game
PC Gamer - Most Valuable Game
GameSpot - Best Downloadable Game
Eurogamer - Game of Show, Honorable Mention
1UP.com - Best Download Game
Machinima.com - Best Original Game
MMGN - Best New IP
GameSpy - Best of E3
The Electric Playground - Best of E3
Game Rant - Best Original Game
GamingExcellence - Best Graphics
Videogamer.com - Best of E3
Boys' Life - Best Downloadable Xbox LIVE Game of E3
XBLA Fans - Best of E3
Please note some of the winners in these categories have yet to be announced at the time of this writing.
E3 2011 Coverage Highlights There's been a ton of great new Bastion coverage during and leading up to E3. Here are some examples!
"I think it'll capture the imagination of most gamers. I know it did mine." - IGN
"We're pleased to see there's plenty of substance to complement Bastion's style." - GameSpot
"This is one of those great stories you find in the industry: passionate people put together a great game, it gets noticed by the right people, and maintains its strong and unique ideas through development." - Ars Technica
"My time with Bastion proved that the buzz it received at E3 was well deserved." - Game Informer
"Bastion is one of most stylish action-RPGs to come along in a while." - The Escapist
"You're not going to want to miss this one." - Games Radar
"[S]triking visuals and a keen sense of humor." - A.V. Club
"Bastion is one of the truly imaginative role-playing games I’ve seen, a rarity among the fantasy-themed video games that come and go by the dozen." - Venture Beat
"This cute, colorful, post-apocalyptic romp may shape up to be E3′s little engine that could." - Entertainment Weekly
"Its approach to narration [is] fascinating, not only because it adds to the fun of the classic action-RPG experience but because of the way it tackles the fundamental problem of storytelling in videogames." - Wired
"Even with the massive depth of material available within Xbox Live Marketplace, there's nothing quite like Bastion." - Official Xbox Magazine
"It's bursting with charming visuals and a really approachable play style." - GameSpy
"Bastion, is sure to turn some heads – showing that games can be art." - Game Rant
"It was quite apparent that this is a game with heart and soul." - DualShockers
"The game manages to strike a balance between old-school nostalgia and next-gen innovation." - The Game Effect
"All of [the] pieces fit together to make Bastion much deeper than the average action RPG." - XBLA Ratings
"It's hard not to be enchanted by Bastion's charm." - GameFront
"Bastion was our favorite surprise of E3." - Complex
"Gameplay is fast and exciting, and the art style is colorful and imaginative." - Bitmob
"It's hard to believe that Bastion was the work of a team of only seven people, but the hard work they've put into it clearly shows off." - Middle East Gamers
"Despite having a small showing in the Warner Bros.' booth, Bastion...stole some spotlight away from its retail brethren with its unique appeal." - Gaming Union
"The short demo of Bastion at E3 was so well done, that it almost made me miss one of my appointments with a major developer." - Attack of the Fanboy
Video Interview - G4
Video Interview - Game Informer
Video Interview - GameTrailers.com
Video Interview - Machinima.com
That's just a sample of what's come in so far, and we expect to see still more coverage of the game in the coming days.
Supergiant Games E3 Photo Gallery Want to see more of us at E3? Check out our E3 2011 photo gallery on Facebook.
Once again, thanks to everyone who's taken the time to play the game so far, as the support and positive word-of-mouth we've received has made all the difference.