Well it's been a good year.
First off, this week marked a major milestone for us when
Bastion sailed past half a million copies sold.
Recent holiday sales on Steam and Xbox LIVE Arcade put us over the top. We're happy to have this many people playing and to be in a position to make more games on our own terms. When we set out to make Bastion, a sales number like that seemed astronomical to us, so it feels great to have hit that mark. It goes to show that a lot of folks out there like what we're doing and want us to keep going, which is great, because we intend to stick together as a team and do just that.
What's more, we're honored to see Bastion getting plenty of attention in various Game of the Year awards lists across all kinds of different publications including some big old mainstream ones. We wanted to make a memorable game so it's great to see this level of recognition.
Awards for Bastion: Here's a list of the dozens of different publications who've recognized Bastion for various year-end accolades: Game Developers Choice Awards - Best Debut, Best Downloadable Game Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences - Downloadable Title of the Year Associated Press – Top 10 Games of the Year Entertainment Weekly – Best Videogames of 2011 TIME – Top 10 Games of 2011 USA Today – Top 10 Games of 2011 NPR – Ten Best Video Games of 2011 CNN - Top 10 Video Games Wired – Top 20 Best Games of the Year Paste Magazine – Game of the Year Boston Herald - Best Game of 2011 A.V. Club - 10 Best Games of 2011 ScienceFiction.com – Top 10 Best Sci-Fi Video Games of 2011 Spike VGAs – Best Downloadable Game, Best Original Score, Best Song Inside Gaming Awards - Best Downloadable Game, Best Indie Game, Best Original Score IGN.com - Best XBLA Game VentureBeat - Best Indie Games of 2011 Giant Bomb - Best Music, Best Debut Game, Best Downloadable Game, Top 10 TotalBiscuit - #1 Game of 2011 UGO - Best Downloadable Game of the Year Yahoo - Best Downloadable Game Game Audio Network Guild - Best Soundtrack (Indie), Rookie of the Year MSNBC - 5 Great Games for the Art Lover Game Informer - Best RPG Innovation (The Narrator) Eurogamer - Games of 2011, Pick Kill Screen - Best Games of 2011, Pick Official Xbox Magazine - Best Music GameSpot - Song of the Year Joystiq - Top 10 of 2011 Team Xbox - XBLA Game of the Year Quartertothree – Game of the Year New York Videogame Critics Circle - Best Music, Best Indie Game NAVGTR - Original Role-Playing Game, Best Performance in a Comedy XBLA Fans - Best Audio, Best Visuals Xbox 360 Achievements - Best Arcade Game Zero Punctuation - Top 5 of 2011 Electric Playground - Best Downloadable Game Rock Paper Shotgun - The Games of Christmas Boy's Life Magazine - Best Downloadable Game , IndieDB - Worldly Award for Best Gameworld Players Choice Top 10 Gamereactor UK - Digital GOTY, Music of the Year HorribleNight - Best Downloadable Game, Best Soundtrack, Indie Developer of the Year IndieGames.com – Top 10 Indie Games of the Year The Escapist – 12 Games of Christmas /v/GA Vidya Gaem Awards - Eargasm Award, Stylish Aesthetics Award, Most Interesting New IP Reaction Time - Best Downloadable, Best Voice Acting, Best Soundtrack TrendyGamers - Downloadable GOTY Gamezebo.com - Best PC Game of 2011 XBLARatings - XBLA Game of the Year Press X or Die - Game of the Year Video Game Writers - Best Indie Game GameCola.net - Most Innovative, Best Indie Game, Best Downloadable Game Unwinnable.com - Best Surprise Indie Darling Ripten - Best Downloadable Game, Biggest Surprise Reviews on the Run - Best Downloadable Game Capsule Computers - Best Downloadable Game IndieGameReviewer.com - Best Indie Game of the Year GamingUnion.net - Best New IP, Best Indie Game, Best Indie Developer TIGSource - Top Indie Game of 2011 (by Community Vote) RPGamer.com - RPG of the Year, Most Original Game, Best Downloadable Game NeoGAF - Digital Distribution Game of the Year gamrFeed - Best Downloadable Game, Best XBLA Game The Game Effect - Best Indie Game, Best Original IP, Best Musical Score, Best Story RPGFan - Best Downloadable RPG TrueAchievements.com - Best XBLA Game The Thrifty Nerd - Top 10 Games of 2011 Media Kick - Readers Choice, Best Downloadable Game Kotaku Australia – Readers Choice, Indie Downloadable GOTY Level Save - Game of the Year Pick Click Online - Top 7 Pleasant Surprises Piki Geek - Top 10 Best of the Year nJoystic - Best Soundtrack Press2Reset - Best Soundtrack, Best Song The Sixth Axis - Best Downloadable Game MiddleEast Gamers - Best Indie Game The Cross and the Controller - Best Downloadable Game, Best Voice Acting Kotaku - Pick, Best Game Music of 2011 GamerCrash - Best Soundtrack Gamercast - Top Downloadable Game We Got This Covered - Best XBLA/PSN Game Bishop's Gaming World - Best Soundtrack, Top 10 Games of the Year Infinite Ammo - Top 10 Games of 2011 Rotorob - Downloadable GOTY Mash Those Buttons - Best Arcade Game of 2011 Warp Zoned - Best Music RPG Site - Indie RPG of the Year, Surprise of the Year, Best Soundtrack in a 2011 RPG Tom's Hardware Turkey - Most Original Game, Best Narrative, Best Original Score
Whew... did we miss anybody? Let us know and we'll update this list accordingly.
Thanks again to all of you for making this a year we'll always remember, and here's to a great 2012.