At over 1.1M owners, Antichamber is still the highest selling Australian indie game on Steam. But it's also almost five-years-old. Despite this, its intense popularity continues and it has been nominated for not one, but two 2017 Steam Awards. Sure, why not!
Here's what it's up for.
The 'Defies Description' award. According to Steam, that means, "This game is like... well actually it's more similar to...picture a combination of... ya know what, I can't describe it, just play it."
You could almost imagine what would happen to Alexander Bruce if he worked for a big publisher and had a media minder during interviews; he would probably be bound, gagged and zapped every time he speaks. But this isn’t because anything he says is inherently negative or controversial – this indie developer from Melbourne isn’t here to flame bait – rather, Bruce is refreshingly honest, open, and unafraid to challenge popular opinion and, whether or not you agree with him, it’s clear he’s onto something good.
It's up against Garry's Mod, The Stanley Parable, Pony Island and Doki Doki Literature Club. Considering that the latter is the only game in this category to be released in 2017, Antichamber's nomination definitely makes sense. You can vote for the winner starting early December 28.
It's also up for the 'Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0' award, which is described as the "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas of video games." Other games in the category include Hotline Miami, Luna, CPU Invaders and The Evil Within 2. Again, release date is clearly of zero consequence. Voting for this category opens on January 2nd in the early morning.
Antichamber wasn't the only Australian indie to be nominated in the awards this year. Hollow Knight is up for the 'Even Better Than I Expected. Voting opens on January 3rd.
You can read the full category list for the 2017 Steam Awards right here.