Ouya Getting Games From Double Fine, Words With Friends Creator

If you are one of the many thousands that backed the Ouya Kickstarter or plan on getting one of the tiny Android based home console systems when it hits retail in June then you should be happy to hear that Double Fine and the Word With Friends co-creator are working on games for it. Speaking at the DICE Summit this week, Ouya founder Julie Uhrman revealed (via GamesIndustry International) that Double Fine will bring The Cave and the Double Fine Adventure game to the console.

She also revealed that Words With Friends creator Paul Bettner is launching a self-funded studio to work on Ouya games called Verse. Uhrman claims that over 450 titles are coming to the console, though when all these games will be released and how many of them are original properties or reworks of Android games was not disclosed.

GamesBeat offers an in-depth interview with Paul Bettner here, if you are interested.

On a related note, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman told Engadget that it plans to offer annual releases of its console system every year, much like Apple does with its various iOS devices. While that might mean beefier hardware, newer features and an updated operating system, Uhrman insists that all the games consumers buy for the system will be backwards compatible. When it comes to games she envisions a system similar to Valve's Steam platform where games are tied to the user, and not to the hardware.

Sources: GamesIndustry International, GamesBeat, Engadget


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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    You'd be surprised what these little suckers can pull off graphics wise. Most people dismiss mobile gaming who've never owned a smart phone but after seeing what they can do now on a phone just imagine a developer who can play around with it and make the system (Ouya) their own.

    Let's not forget on how this system might interest and inspire a new generation of talented game makers since every owner or user of Ouya is able to create their own content.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    I agree and sort of disagree.

    The price for the Ouya is right where it needs to be. Though I do not like Nintendo's idea of releasing a DS every year with little updated features the demands you buy the new console to get new features.

    I feel the Ouya is at a price point where a console upgrade will keep the system and brand fresh. It's constantly improving itself rather then sitting on the shelf for five years.

    It also tells us they are willing to innovate and constantly stay in the game rather than sit there. So it gives confidence to publishers who might be reluctant to go to the Ouya because they feel Ouya have only version and then Ouya's developers give up.

    It's going to be interesting to see what ideas they will come out with. I know as a parent and going into the next generation of consoles if I am buying my kid a console with potential I am going to choose Ouya.

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    Imautobot says:

    Having to re-purchase a console every year would be a tad annoying.  Especially since you'd spend 5-7 hundred dollars buying consoles in the same time frame as the average lifetime of an Xbox or Playstation.  Of course, if you factor in how many Xboxs and Playstations had overheating failures that argument might be moot.

    I would hope that if they are producing a new console every year that they maintain backward compatibility with the controllers.  This is kind of a common sense move that both Microsoft and Sony should do.

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