Semiconductor company AMD and video games icon Square Enix have joined forces to introduce AMD4U, a new program that will provide AMD consumers with a range of games from indie devs around the world.
AMD4U was developed to support the Square Enix Collective, the Japanese company’s indie publishing program that enables game creators to post ideas, and gamers to judge whether those ideas should become reality or not. Structured to provide technology and hardware support for up-and-coming indie developers publishing through the Collective, AMD4U supports the Collective in bringing the games to market through a wide range of partnership elements. This collaboration is supposed to help the two companies “shine a light on indie developers and their amazing games” in order to help them reach their potential and bring their vision to the mass market.
Key elements of the partnership include direct participation at AMD’s consumer events around the world; alongside hardware, software, engineering support, and extended marketing partnerships with AMD’s manufacturer partners participating in the AMD4U program, including Dell, Alienware, HP, Lenovo and others.
As part of the program, anyone purchasing an AMD-powered PC from those manufacturers will have the ability to validate their hardware and receive up to three free games from the entire Square Enix Collective portfolio. Titles include previously released games Black the Fall, Children of Zodiarc, Deadbeat Heroes, Tokyo Dark, and Oh My Godheads, as well as upcoming titles like Fear Effect Sedna and Battalion 1944.
One of the Collective titles being highlighted in the program is Battalion 1944. Developed by UK-based Bulkhead Studios, the game is supposed to “recapture the core of classic multiplayer shooters and propel WW2 into the next generation.” This game is being developed using a combination of the new Ryzen 1800x and the Radeon Vega graphics cards and will be on show at upcoming events including GamesCom & EGX.