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Journey and Unfinished Swan bundle makes one game free

Journey and Unfinished Swan bundle makes one game free

Sony has wined, dined, and supported developers to land a pretty stonking lineup of indie games. Journey and The Unfinished Swan, two of last year's big PlayStation 3-exclusive indies, are now available in a $15 downloadable bundle, which essentially means you get one of them free. If you haven't played either, for goodness' sake: buy it, even if only for Journey.

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'Edith Finch' is next game from Unfinished Swan dev

'Edith Finch' is next game from Unfinished Swan dev

When partnering up with Santa Monica-based indie dev Giant Sparrow, Sony signed a three-game deal not unlike the one inked with thatgamecompany. The Unfinished Swan, the studio's first game, proved to be an interesting--albeit not quite polished--experience. Today, the studio has announced their next game: the mysterious "Edith Finch."

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The Unfinished Swan review: a splash of color

The Unfinished Swan review: a splash of color

One wonders why Sony Santa Monica has poured so much into The Unfinished Swan. Like thatgamecompany before it, developer Giant Sparrow has received a three-game contract with Sony, as it gets nurtured by the same publishing agreement that led to creative hits like Flower and Journey. But given its simplistic paint-throwing mechanic, one had to wonder: what makes The Unfinished Swan so special?

The answer to that question is what makes this a particularly difficult review to write. The developer has gone to extensive lengths to hide what happens after the end of the first chapter. Why? Because much of the joy of playing the game comes from experimenting with the game's many surprises.

Read more: Stumbling through an unknown world»

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The Unfinished Swan splats onto PS Plus early

The Unfinished Swan splats onto PS Plus early

After many long years of waiting, Giant Sparrow's gorgeous splat 'em up The Unfinished Swan finally has a release date: October 23 on PlayStation Network for PS3. However, PlayStation Plus members will get to toss paint around the pristine white world a little sooner, on October 16.

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Giant Sparrow signs three game deal with Sony

Giant Sparrow signs three game deal with Sony

Sony's investment in thatgamecompany has paid off tremendously. Before the release of flOw, the publisher secured a three game contract with the indie dev, resulting in two more critically and commercially successful projects: Flower and Journey. With thatgamecompany looking beyond just PlayStation for its next project, what is the next studio to receive Sony Santa Monica's nurture and focus?

The answer is Giant Sparrow, whose game The Unfinished Swan was re-announced this morning. The Santa Monica-based studio has also signed a three game contract, in a deal that largely mimics the one created for TGC.

Read more: Deal struck over coffee »

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The Unfinished Swan preview

The Unfinished Swan preview

The Unfinished Swan is an odd duck. Last week at a Sony press event, I attended a demo of the game's first level conducted by developer Giant Sparrow. What I saw was very intriguing, but left a number of questions unanswered.

The Unfinished Swan has actually been in development since 2008, then accepted into the 2009 Independent Games Festival. Since then, it has been protected by the gossamer wings of secrecy. The demo marked my first real look at the game, and based on what I saw, I'm cautiously optimistic that it will turn out well.

Read more: Wonder = Fear + Curiosity »

"Let's hope the game doesn't get released unfinished... hehe... oh, hang on..."
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