The makers of the new OUYA game console have announced that they will begin shipping their first units to Kickstarter backers on March 28. They announced on their blog that they expect to gradually ramp up production for the full launch to retailers and the rest of the public in June.
They report that tens of thousands of new OUYAS will be out for delivery and the system will grow and evolve of the coming weeks and months. They plan to keep adding new features and refine the user experience.
Some of the games expected soon for OUYA include:
- Kim Swift — of Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Quantum Conundrum notoriety — and Airtight Games are developing a brand new, exclusive title for OUYA! Kim writes: “We truly feel that this platform will give us the freedom to fully realize the funky, unique game we have in mind. Though the title will definitely appeal to core gamers in terms of skill and difficulty, it really has a completely unexpected, imaginative slant that’s totally at home on this console. Expect an official announcement soon!”
- Minority Media, developers of the critically acclaimed Papo & Yo, will deliver their in-development adventure puzzler to OUYA this fall. This is the first game (that we know of) designed to take full advantage of the OUYA touchpad and buttons simultaneously. We’ll need a name for this new style of gameplay. Controlpad … Touchutton …
- Ever play Killing Floor or Red Orchestra 2? Do you like first-person shooter puzzle games as much as we do? Well, we’re excited to announce that Tripwire Interactive is bringing The Ball to OUYA in March. They’re also working with OUYA on a new, exclusive title.
The company has also announced that Kellee Santiago cofounder of thatgamecompany is joining the OUYA effort as lead of developer relations, Congrats to her!