Superhot Team is getting into the publishing game, kind of. Superhot Presents, announced today, is a funding initiative designed to help indies who don't want or need a traditional publisher. The Frog Detective adventure game series and Knuckle Sandwich, a retro RPG, are the first to take advantage of the fund.
While Superhot Presents emphasises that it isn't a publisher, it's offering more than cash, promising business mentorship and advice. The main objective, though, is to inject money into indie development.
"Ultimately, Superhot was created for the fans, and they helped fund us when cash was tight," said Superhot's Callum Underwood. "Superhot Presents is our way of sharing with other developers the support we've had from our great community, we're now opening our war chest and providing starting or finishing funds to those that pique our interests. Not publishing, just funding with a side portion of advice."
The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game is a lovely, relaxing puzzle romp where you can interrogate critters about ghosts and stare at things through your magnifying glass. The Haunted Island made it into our list of the underrated PC games of 2018 (opens in new tab) and Frog Detective 2 is due out this year.
Last year, Knuckle Sandwich smashed its Kickstarter goal in 12 hours (opens in new tab), but the first time we played it was way back in 2015 (opens in new tab). It's a strange mix of turn-based combat, mini-games and inspirations as broad as Pokemon and Fargo. Developer Andrew Brophy has been working away on it for years, but maybe the cash boost will nudge it closer to release.
Superhot Presents isn't looking for pitches from developers, apparently, but it invites devs to send "spicy gameplay gifs" on Twitter (opens in new tab).