That’s a Wrap on 2023!

22nd December 2023

Hi everyone. It’s that time of year again. By which I mean it’s the end of the year.

I want to begin this final post of the year by acknowledging that it’s been a tumultuous year for many in the games industry, ourselves included. While 2023 has brought us some of the hardest times we’ve had to face as a studio, we’ve learned a lot in the process, and we hope to take our learnings and our wins into 2024 with acuity. We couldn’t be more grateful for your support throughout everything!

Our team is officially on break for the holiday season, but before we sign off, we wanted to look back at some of this year’s highlights.

We released 4 games!

Yeah, four whole games! After many years in early access, Industries of Titan and Phantom Brigade finally launched in 1.0 at the beginning of the year. On our publishing side, we had the pleasure of working with Shattered Journal Games and Rocket Rat Games to announce and launch two wonderful roguelike titles: Super Raft Boat Together and Cobalt Core.

P.S. All these titles (and more from our repertoire) are currently on sale in Steam’s Winter Sale 2023!

We teamed up with Klei for Rift of the NecroDancer.

We were super stoked to bring on our good friends from Klei as a publisher for Rift of the NecroDancer. Klei originally published Crypt of the NecroDancer, so we couldn’t be happier about getting to work with them again for a new NecroDancer title. Thanks Klei! Love ya.

We met a lot of cool fans at PAX East and PAX West.

We got to show all of our titles at PAX East and/or PAX West this year! One of my highlights was running a contest at PAX West to see how many people could get an S or SS on the Rift demo’s hardest track: RAVEVENGE. Across the whole event, only 2 or 3 people managed to do it and win themselves a signed Danny B vinyl. What can we say? We like making difficult games!

We released an EP for Rift of the NecroDancer.

In tandem with PAX West and the new demo we showed at the event, we released the Rift of the NecroDancer 2023 EP with songs from each of the AMAZINGLY talented artists collaborating on the game’s soundtrack. Danny Baranowsky, Family Jules, Alex Moukala, Josie Brechner, Sam Webster, Nick Nausbaum, and other additional artists are lending their talents to our game. We can’t wait to share the rest of the soundtrack with you all in 2024.

You can add the songs to your holiday playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube for a little nightmare before Christmas. 😉

Crypt of the NecroDancer did some awesome collabs with Among Us and Pinball FX!

Finally, we had the honour of collaborating with Among Us, and Pinball FX this year for some fun NecroDancer partnerships. Seeing the Pinball FX team bring the Crypt to life in their virtual pinball worlds was so surreal, and seeing Cadence, Freddie, Nocturna, and dancing skellies completing their little bean tasks (or hunting down other beans in The Fungle) has been very special to us. We still can’t believe that we got to do these collabs this year. Here’s to more cool collaborations in the future!

And that concludes 2023. Thank you for everything, and we’ll see you in the new year!

Maddie & the Brace Yourself Games team