IndieGames: Skulls of the Shogun

on Wednesday, Jul. 13th

Bonus: hear designer Borut Pfeifer on the latest Turnstyle in 140 Seconds.

Haunted Temple Studio’s Skulls of the Shogun has been turning heads at video game conferences and shows all year long. The team calls it an “arcade strategy game”, which sounds like a contradiction in terms. Co-developer Borut Pfeifer says that the idea is to take the “depth of strategy games but bring ’em to a broader audience, and make it feel like an arcade game where you can just jump in.”

The game racked up five “Best Of” awards at this year’s E3 from a number of publications while being featured by IndieCade. Haunted Temple are still working the conference circuit with upcoming appearances at the Seattle Indies Expo (July 18), the DEVELOP Conference in Brighton, UK, (July 20-21) and the mother of all game shows, PAX Prime in Seattle (August 26-28).

The gameplay video above gives a taste of the game, which pits cartoon undead samurai against each other in a fast-paced action strategy contest.

The team plans to bring the game out on every platform they can, and are starting by targeting XBox Live Arcade, PC and Windows phone with an expected launch in January of 2012.

We spoke with Pfeifer about the game, the studio’s multi-city (and country) structure, and his earliest gaming memories in our latest episode of Turnstyle in 140 Seconds.


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