Ah, Sweden - home of amazing indies such as Simogo (developers of Year Walk and DEVICE6), Coffee Stain Studios (Goat Simulator), and a little-known former indie called Mojang? Something about crafting mines? I dunno.
It's always a joy to be the first to see a new indie game, to get your hands on an innovative title from a small studio way before it becomes the next big thing. Imagine being the first person to play Reigns or Florence.
That's why we set up the Big Indie Pitch. It's our regular international competition for indie developers. We run about 20 of them a year, all around the world, and they're a chance for local studios and individuals to show us what they're working on. There are prizes, sure. But the real winner is you, dear reader, who gets an exclusive glimpse at the underground hits of tomorrow.
Not so long ago, we held one of these much-celebrated BIPs at Sweden Game Arena, a lovely little conference held in Skövde which saw indies from Sweden and further afield descend to discuss games, business, and everything else - and enter our BIP of course!
The clear winner was Legacy 3 - The Hidden Relic, the third entry in a series of wonderful point-and-click games which wowed our judges with its clever puzzles and strange environments.
But there's so much more than that, covering a wide genre of games to boot. Expect a wacky idle game, puzzlers galore, and a visual novel about collecting cats which is definitely down in our books as having the potential to be the Greatest Game Ever Made.
Click through the list to all 7 indie surprises. And if you're a small developer, remember to register your projects for PGC London where we'll be running the next pitch!