There are tons of gaming companies that range in size and scope from the big guns like Sony and Bethesda to the smaller groups like Super Giant or Double Fine. But in between all of this is one type of publisher who's been gaining popularity of late: Annapurna Interactive.
Annapurna was a film company founded in 2011 that worked on movies and television, contributing to things like distribution. This past December, a new branch of the company opened up called Annapurna Interactive. This branch of the company works on video game distribution, and its current lineup – while small – is already fascinating.
Annapurna had a presence at PAX East 2017, with a booth housing four wildly different games. What Remains of Edith Finch, the follow-up game from The Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow is probably the most well known of Annapurna's current portfolio. This was followed by the breathtaking hand-drawn puzzle game Gorogoa, which while currently slated for PC and mobile, is something that I'd love to see on the PS4. Next up was the quirky and unexpectedly fun Donut County, which sees you playing as literally a hole in the ground that gets bigger as you suck up more of the objects around the town.
Finally was our game of the show for PAX East 2017: The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti – a platforming, rhythm based game that is analogous to David Bowie going on a quest to search for his identity as Ziggy Stardust.
For having only been a publisher for a few months, Annapurna has an incredible lineup of games, all of which are exciting and of note for wildly different reasons. The team should be applauded for assembling such an interesting variety of titles, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for the label.
Graham's really excited about the future of Annapurna Interactive, but do you share his enthusiasm? Get giddy in the comments section below.