As with each BitSummit in the past, the theme of this year’s event revolves around a staple of classic Japanese manga culture. The mascots BitKing, BitRiders, and BitCruiser of years past have retired this year to make way for B-Force, a superhero team which itself was inspired by the naming of the “fourth” BitSummit — the Japanese pronunciation of which sounds like “foh-suu.”.At last year’s BitSummit in the heart of Kyoto, thousands of attendees sampled over 80 titles on display from Japan and around the world. Building upon that success, this year’s event will once again seek to fulfill the mission of BitSummit, taking the very best original Japanese content and showcasing it to the world.
For this year’s event, the organizations making up the Japan Independent Games Aggregate (JIGA) have come together again as they did in 2015 to make BitSummit 4th (Force) an event to be reckoned with. JIGA has also once again partnered with the much-loved Indie MEGABOOTH and the Kyoto Prefecture Department of Commerce Labor and Tourism to provide support for this year’s operations.
Submissions for this year’s event are now being accepted. Last year’s BitSummit received almost 200 submissions for 80 participation slots from both Japanese and International game developers. This year, we look forward to seeing a similarly enthusiastic response from the world’s indie developers.
We don’t know exactly what Nintendo will be doing at this year’s BitSummit, but it certainly seems like they’ll be scoping out the work of various indies. Maybe they’ll be looking to scoop up some content for release on their platforms!