Friday, October 11, 2013

Indies on Handhelds: A nice interview w/ Brjann Sigurgeirsson

at 4:57 PM
Here's a recent NintendoLife interview with Brjann Sigurgeirsson, co-founder of Image and Form, Swedish development team behind the acclaimed SteamWorld Dig for 3DS eShop. I've yet to play Dig (it's on the list), but that's not really what the interview is about - Sigurgeirsson talks about being an indie working in the current handheld climate. He makes some excellent points about the mobile marketplace (I particularly like what he has to say about the iOS App Store) and has some charming (if not terribly original) remarks about discovering one's work is an unexpected hit. It's nice to see an indie developer who strikes a balance between humility and confidence rather than being a quippy know-it-all. Reading between the lines, Sigurgeirsson seems to be saying that Dig has yet to become a financial success, but it's interesting how confident he is in the 3DS as a platform and in Nintendo's relationship with independent developers. I realize the interviewer probably didn't want to put him on the spot, but I kinda wanted to hear which particular indie games he was so hotly anticipating. I'll also be interested to see how much of a tail Dig (and the SteamWorld franchise as a whole) ends up having.

He does talk about SteamWorld Dig for the first two minutes, so if you haven't played that, you might want to skip ahead. But the majority of the interview isn't specific to the game. 

Be a dear and give interviewers NintendoLife a hit rather than watching the embed below.

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