If you’ve been reading TheSixthAxis for more than about seven seconds, chances are, you’ve happened upon something that demonstrates what big fans of thatgamecompany we are. Some have even accused us of going on about it a little too much. I know, hard to believe, isn’t it?[drop2]Well, basically, anyone who had such an integral part to play in the creation of games like Flower and Journey is held in pretty high regard around these parts. So it’s great news to hear that Kellee Santiago, former President of thatgamecompany and partner of the Indie Fund will be lending her considerable talents to OUYA, the Android-based home console due in the coming months.
Santiago will be working to lead OUYA’s developer relations, a role that she is uniquely qualified for. For their part, OUYA is calling her their “DBF” or “Developer’s Best Friend,” which goes some way to demonstrating how the company is approaching indie developers. Santiago had this to say about working with the company, “OUYA gets it. This is the first console company that really understands how important it is to remove the barriers to development. By freeing up the development process, OUYA is opening up new doors in console gaming.”
OUYA, you’ll no doubt be aware, was something of a Kickstarter sensation. It ended up with pledges totalling over $8.5 million, many times more than the $950,000 they initially asked for.
Since its huge success on the crowdfunding platform there has been a string of positive endorsements from developers and the company has been making plenty of great moves towards getting some more exceptional talent involved in creating software specifically for the device.
They announced that the console is currently in manufacturing and should start shipping to backers on March 28th. I was in pretty early so hopefully mine will arrive in good time and I can tell you all about it.