Indonesian Game ‘A Space for the Unbound’ Wins Japan Future Award 2022

Standing toe-to-toe with the likes of Final Fantasy XVI!

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The Computer Entertainment Association of Japan organises the Japan Game Awards annually as part of the festivities happening during Tokyo Game Show. These awards celebrate the plethora of games coming from Japan and beyond.

Japan Game Awards 2022 was held last week as part of Tokyo Game Show 2022, with five categories: the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, the Games of the Year award, the Future Division for upcoming games, the Amateur Division for hobbyists, and the U18 Division for student projects.

The Future Division in particular awards excellence for upcoming games coming from Japanese and international developers. Usually some of the biggest games of the next year will be awarded for their innovation.

So while usually major games from big publishers like Square Enix and Nintendo are highlighted, one indie game from Indonesia stood up to the proverbial Goliaths and brought home an award.

That game is none other than A Space for the Unbound by Toge Productions and Mojiken Studios. This game has been one of Toge’s most anticipated games, right up there with Coffee Talk’s upcoming sequel and Kriegsfront Tactics.

For the uninitiated, A Space for the Unbound is a slice-of-life narrative adventure game set in late 90s rural Indonesia. Follow Atma and Raya on their journey of self-discovery at the end of their high school years, all while investigating mysteries.

The game features stunning pixel art and a moving soundtrack for an immersive narrative experience. It also has a unique mechanic called 'space diving' that lets players jump into people's minds ​to uncover their real thoughts and feelings

Along with A Space for the Unobound, the other nine games awarded as part of Japan Game Awards 2022’s Future Division includes:

  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
  • Exoprimal
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Forspoken
  • Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End and the Secret Key
  • Like a Dragon: Ishin
  • Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection

This news is a major win for A Space for the Unbound as the game was recently part of a major conundrum with their publisher PQube, which has left the game to be postponed indefinitely.
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