We told you we’d be back with more recent #BelgianGamesIndustry achievements, and we’ve always learnt to keep our promises. It wasn’t hard either, as the amazing results of our local development teams just keep rolling. Let’s keep up with the pace and get to it!
Leading this fleet of achievements is our proud member Get Up Games, who shared some exciting updates from the exotic shores of their debut Blazing Sails. After hitting early access earlier this year, the pirate battle royale is doing great on Twitch. The team has also received an Epic MegaGrant so they can keep that momentum going.
Belgian game companies are scoring once again in the Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, a list of the fastest growing tech companies in Belgium. Our proud member CrazyGames managed to secure a 4th spot with a staggering 1.667,75% of growth. Meanwhile, Brussels based service provider AppTweak sits in 9th position. Both companies were featured in the top ten of last year as well.
Last month, our proud member CREATE started playtesting Silver in 100 classrooms of 9 different schools. With this serious game the developer hopes to build mental resilience in our youth, which is more important than ever. You can hear more about the project during a talk at Media & Culture Fast Forward on December 15.
The multiplayer VR shooter Hyper Dash from our board member Triangle Factory has recently passed 100.000 downloads on SideQuest. If that’s any indication (the 4,9/5 review score suggests it will be), this one is going to soar to the top of the Oculus store when the full release hits early next year.
In other Belgian VR news, both Panoptic and Cubism, released earlier this year, are doing great as well. The asymmetrical VR game of cat and mouse shot past 10.000 sales within the first month of release, and the relaxing VR puzzler quickly became the best rated game on the Oculus Quest.
On the subject of out of this world achievements: Larian Studios briefly broke Steam when everybody tried to gather their party at the same time when Baldur’s Gate 3 hit early access. The founding fathers of the #BelgianGamesIndustry have since managed to release three major patches (without breaking stuff), to make their game even better than their last one, which isn’t easy when that one is still considered to be one of the best RPG’s ever made.
Some more release news: Faeria by Abrakam has recently launched on PS4 and you can now play Ary & The Secret of Seasons by our proud member eXiin on Google Stadia.
Last but not least: NUTS, which is co-created by Belgian indie developer Joon Van Hove, has won the audio design award at IndieCade 2020. NUTS is a first-person narrative mystery about monitoring squirrels in the forest. That looks (and apparently sounds) great, and we can’t wait to play it when it comes out next year.
Phew. Now, if everybody could chill out a bit, then we don’t have to run one of these again in a couple of weeks. Just kidding! Keep doing awesome things and keep putting our local industry in the international spotlight. We’ll gladly write about it some more!