Jake Kazdal has had one hell of a career. He's been a Nintendo Gameplay Counselor. Made N64 games. Worked on both Rez and Space Channel 5. Made Skulls Of The Shogun. Edge has a great story on his journey from artist to developer that you really should read. » 1/14/14 2:00am 1/14/14 2:00am

Skulls Of The Shogun Finally Makes It To iOS, And It's Brilliant

After spending most of the year as a Windows Phone 8 exclusive, the mobile version of 17-Bit's wonderful little turn-based strategy game finally makes the jump to iOS, and damn if it doesn't look gorgeous there. » 11/27/13 9:42am 11/27/13 9:42am

One Indie's Troubles With Microsoft

The common, popular narrative is that companies like Microsoft are eeeeevil. All they want is money! Or something like that. Maybe it's not so clear-cut? » 6/20/13 8:30pm 6/20/13 8:30pm

Hooray: Skulls of the Shogun Is Escaping The Clutches Of Windows 8

To the disappointment of many, the PC version of 17-BIT's weird and enjoyable RTS Skulls of the Shogun was tethered to Windows 8 upon release. If you wanted to play it on PC, you'd have to upgrade your OS. No one wanted to do that. Thankfully, the game's finally breaking free. » 6/18/13 2:00pm 6/18/13 2:00pm

This Week's Windows Phone Charts: I Need Your Skulls

What does it take to unseat Angry Birds from the top of the Windows Phone game charts? How about something smart, sexy and exclusive? Skulls of the Shogun's stylish real-time strategy cuts a wide swath through this week's top ten list. » 2/07/13 9:55am 2/07/13 9:55am

Skulls of the Shogun—Microsoft Surface's Best Hope for a Good Video…

If you've got a device with a Microsoft logo on it, you'll be able to play 17-Bit's action/strategy title, Skulls of the Shogun. The long-brewing game—playable on Xbox 360, PC, Surface and Windows Phone, complete with asynchronous turns—will be out at the end of the month. Come for the great music and fun… » 1/10/13 1:15pm 1/10/13 1:15pm

The Xbox 360 and Surface Tablet Fight Each Other, Thanks to Skulls of…

The next big game from Microsoft will let you earn Achievement points on your phone. And your Xbox 360. And even your Microsoft Surface. And it's not a shooter. » 12/12/12 4:00pm 12/12/12 4:00pm

This Game Will Take Cross-Platform To A Whole New Level

It was only recently that I learned how cool it can be to have a game work on multiple platforms. Playing Metal Gear HD Collection on both Vita and PS3 is remarkably cool, and points to a future where we can fit games more easily into our everyday lives. » 6/28/12 5:00pm 6/28/12 5:00pm

Skulls of the Shogun's Undead Samurai Strategy Battles Will Be a…

Giant AAA games tend to dominate the discourse during E3 week. But sometimes it's only the indie-developed titles that give you the buzz you're looking for. Say you're a fan of great animation, Wu-Tang style hip-hop-inflected feudal Japanese soundtracks and turn-based strategy. Nothing shown at Microsoft's de-press… » 6/05/12 3:30pm 6/05/12 3:30pm

Watch One Unpredictable Match Of Skulls of the Shogun Right Now

Every time I write about Skulls of the Shogun, I use the same buzzwords: "Advance Wars." "Wu-Tang Clan." It's one of the most stylish turn-based strategy games on the horizon. And it plays really well. » 4/09/12 8:00pm 4/09/12 8:00pm

The Video Game That Survived a Flood

Jake Kazdal did not go to work on Thursday expecting a water main to break over his head—or whatever it was that sent water cascading into his offices while his team was working on their video game. » 3/02/12 5:30pm 3/02/12 5:30pm

What do Rez and Space Channel 5 Have In Common? This Guy.

Artist Jake Kazdal has been working in the video game industry for around 15 years now, for companies like Electronic Arts, Zombie VR and Big Boss. » 9/19/11 7:00am 9/19/11 7:00am

This is Skulls of the Shogun. You Should Be Aware of It.

Some people have called Skulls of the Shogun the best strategy game of E3. I've called it a "Wu-Tang Advance Wars." Let's here how the game's lead creator, Jake Kazdal, describes the game in this exclusive developer documentary provided to Kotaku by Kazdal and his crew. » 7/22/11 9:00pm 7/22/11 9:00pm

To-Do In Los Angeles: Play Skullgirls and Skulls of the Shogun at Giant…

Angelenos, Santa Monicans and sundry Southern Californians, if you'd like to play some video games outside this weekend, join us for Giant Robot's "Game Night 5" in Los Angeles on Saturday night to get your hands on future indie hits Skullgirls and Skulls of the Shogun. » 6/24/11 6:40pm 6/24/11 6:40pm

Skulls of the Shogun Is The Wu-Tang Advance Wars We Didn't Know We…

It helps if you can hear the soundtrack. It helps if you loved Advance Wars. It might even help if you liked listening to the Wu-Tang Clan or watched Kill Bill a decade ago and developed a love for an old martial arts movie like Shogun Assassin. » 4/05/11 12:00pm 4/05/11 12:00pm

Skulls of the Shogun Hands-on: The Art of Advance War

When indie developer Jake Kazdal told me his studio's game, the still in development Skulls of the Shogun, was heavily inspired by his love of Nintendo's Advance Wars series, I was already on the hook. » 9/20/10 9:00pm 9/20/10 9:00pm