January 27, 2012 8:00 AM | John Polson
Serious Sam 3: BFE publisher Devolver Digital has announced a new program to attract indie game talent -- and this program involves a moving bus.
At the 2012 Game Developers Conference this March, Devolver Digital will launch the "Pitch Fork Parker" project, in which the company will drive a bus around the Moscone center in San Francisco, giving independent developers a chance to hop on board to pitch their game to the publisher's CFO (and the program's namesake), Fork Parker.
Selected indie developers will earn funding and a publishing deal from Devolver Digital. Ultimately, the publisher hopes to use these partnerships to develop a series of games based on an unannounced new IP, using a model similar to its recent Serious Sam Indie Series.
For this recent series, Devolver Digital partnered with Serious Sam: BFE developer CroTeam to fund a series of indie games based on the Serious Sam franchise. Indie developers featured in the series included Mommy's Best Games, Vlambeer, and Be-Rad Entertainment.
"Devolver has done quite well in it's first two years with the Serious Sam franchise -- including the Serious Sam Indie Series -- and we're ready to spread our wings a bit and work with more of this generation of super-indies," said Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson. "It's a great time to be small!"
Devolver Digital's upcoming "Pitch Fork Parker" project will take place March 5 through March 9 at GDC 2012, an event owned and operated by Gamasutra parent company UBM TechWeb.
[This article originally appeared on Gamasutra and was written by Tom Curtis.]