If you're proud to be an OUYA backer, you'll be even more proud in knowing that the company has at last confirmed a March 28th ship date just for those of you who helped crowdfund the Android console back when it was still a Kickstarter hopeful. OUYA today reaffirms that production remains on track for a full retail launch of their console later this June, when everyone else will be able to purchase it.
The Android console is certainly leaving the gates swinging; in addition to the ship date for backers, OUYA also confirmed that Portal and Left 4 Dead designer Kim Swift will be producing an exclusive title for the platform in cooperation with Airtight Games. Swift is due to announce this title "soon", but in the meantime offers quite the vindication for the OUYA:
"We truly feel that this platform will give us the freedom to fully realize the funky, unique game we have in mind. Though the title will definitely appeal to core gamers in terms of skill and difficulty, it really has a completely unexpected, imaginative slant that’s totally at home on this console."
Additional game announcements for the OUYA include The Ball from Tripwire Interactive also due for launch next month, Papo & Yo from Minority Media currently scheduled for this fall, and a new action RPG from nWay called ChronoBlade. On top of all that, OUYA has secured the services of Kellee Santiago as head of developer relations. Santiago previously served as Thatgamecompany's (Journey, Flower) chief executive.