By Patrick Shaw | 02-28-2013 | 3:00PM
The creators of the anticipated OUYA gaming console announced Thursday that the Android-based device will ship on March 28 to the thousands of backers who pledged at least $95 on Kickstarter.
While that’s exciting news indeed, the OUYA team also shared some details on several new video games in development for the platform.
In a blog post, OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman explained that Kim Swift, the influential game designer behind Portal, and Airtight Games are developing a brand-new game that is coming exclusively to OUYA. Swift described the new game, which doesn’t have a title yet, as something that will “appeal to core gamers in terms of skill and difficulty,” adding that, “it really has a completely unexpected, imaginative slant that's totally at home on this console.”
Minority Media’s imaginative puzzler, Papo & Yo, will also be headed to the OUYA console with some all-new additions. The game will require that players simultaneously use the OUYA controller's touchpad and face buttons to solve puzzles. Uhrman pointed out in her update that Papo & Yo is also one of the first titles to do this, a gameplay style she facetiously referred to as “controlpad” and “touchutton.”
In March, Red Orchestra 2 developer Tripwire Interactive will also release its gory first-person puzzle game, The Ball (trailer above), onto OUYA. The studio is also working on a separate game that will be available only on OUYA.
The last new OUYA game Uhrman discussed is nWay’s action-oriented role-playing game, ChronoBlade. The OUYA chief also reminded gamers to check out the seven winners of its recent CREATE game jam.
If you weren’t lucky enough to secure an early OUYA delivery through Kickstarter, you can still pre-order a console for its retail launch in June.
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