KYOTO, JAPAN — July 13, 2022 — BitSummit, now celebrating ten years of connecting International game developers, publishers, and media with Japanese indies, is proud to announce this year’s lineup of games, as well as special interview sessions hosted by Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida. The two-day experience takes place Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, 2022, in Kyoto, and viewable online through BitSummit’s YouTube, TikTok and Bili Bili and Twitch channels, and via a special collaboration between BitSummit and The MIX (Media Indie Exchange).
The complete roster of the BitSummit X-Roads Indie Game Selection is now available on the BitSummit website. Gamers can now get a preview of the 89 diverse titles from Japan and across the globe that will be playable in Kyoto next month. These include a mix of award-winning, critically-acclaimed games alongside soon-to-be-discovered gems. BitSummit X-Roads selections will be highlighted on multiple live streams through BitSummit’s social channels, Steam, and more.
Sony Interactive Entertainment’s, Shuhei Yoshida (or, as he is known online, ‘Yoshi P’), hosts two intimate developer chats at BitSummit X-Roads, one with Tokyo-based indie developer, oneoreight (Earth Wars, Lost Epic), and the with Goat Simulator, Goat Simulator 3 and Sanctum series devs, Coffee Stain North, offering an international perspective on game development.
Shueisha’s producer, Masami Yamamoto (formerly of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Japan Studio), introduces highly anticipated titles, Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions, The Tower -To the Bottom-, and ONI: Road to be the Mightiest. Shueisha’s Game Creators CAMP continues the popular Game BBQ series with participation from past BBQ contest winners, Acrobatic Chirimenjako, and Play Indie Game Festival 2021 winners, Hakababunko.
Popular U.S. publisher, Devolver Digital announces a BitSummit exclusive gameplay reveal for Gunbrella, with content creator, HighGai. Additionally, Raw Fury’s CEO, Gordon Van Dyke, will join a discussion with X-Roads co-host, Layer-Q, on stage at BitSummit to talk about the development of the Kingdom series and more.
Other guests include:
- Asobu’s Anne Ferrero discusses the industry’s challenges with NamaTakahashi, developer of action puzzle-platformer, ElecHead.
- KADOKAWA Game Linkage’s FujikawaQ will host an interview with Japanese indie, DeskWorks; the award-winning developers of the notable role-playing game, RPG Time: The Legend Of Wright.
- A Cygames/PLAYISM presentation with the developers of Little Noah, TOKOYO: The Tower of Perpetuity, and Samurai Bringer.
Media partners, The MIX, and Kyoto’s own Cursed to Golf devs, Chuhai Labs, are teaming up to give a closer look at the community of Indies that make BitSummit special. Stop by their booth at the show or join-in all weekend on Twitch!
Hosting BitSummit X-Roads is returning MC, J-mon, a bilingual ambassador of indie games based in Japan, joined this year by TV announcer and game event veteran, Ai ‘Aichi’ Yokomachi, and indie game streamer, Layer-Q, who will introduce all 89 selected games throughout the entire weekend.
BitSummit X-Roads will take place Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7, 2022. Both days operation hours are from 10:00 AM JST until 5:00 PM JST. BitSummit X-Roads will broadcast from the main stage on both days live on YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Bili Bili in Japanese, English and Chinese.
Additional information regarding participating titles, special guest speakers, streaming booths, influencers, and sponsors will be unveiled in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the BitSummit website and Discord server or follow BitSummit on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Press and influencers registrations are now open here until August 5th, 2022.
General admission tickets and business tickets are available on the BitSummit Official website. BitSummit opens its doors to local and visiting indie game enthusiasts for the first time since 2019 and will enforce strict COVID restrictions and safety measures to ensure a safe and secure environment for all exhibitors, developers, and guests.
For more information concerning business tickets and regular visitor passes, please visit the BitSummit Official website.