Natsume has announced the Natsume Indie Program, a new program which partners the company with independent developers around the world to introduce their games to a wider audience.
The first title in the program is Cosmic Defenders by Tokyo-based studio Fiery Squirrel, which will be released for Switch in 2019.
Here is an overview of the studio and game, via Natsume:
About Fiery Squirrel
Fiery Squirrel is a one-man team crafting simple, yet innovative games that deliver enjoyable experiences for all players. The creator behind Fiery Squirrel is Henry Fernandez, a Venezuelan developer that loves using old-school elements in a modern way to create meaningful games that are easy to understand and full of life.
Fernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and studied computer engineering in Venezuela, and then in Japan as an exchange student, where he was introduced to video game development and artificial intelligence. After learning to make games and appreciating the challenge and satisfaction, he decided to pursue a career as a video game developer. Having loved the experience, lifestyle, and culture in Japan, he decided to continue his education, and is currently working on his PhD at Tokyo University of Technology. His first title, Fluff Eaters, an unusual adventure about a purple cat, was released for Android and iOS in 2012, and was presented at Tokyo Game Show, PAX South, and Tokyo Indie Fest.
About Cosmic Defenders
Natsume and Fiery Squirrel are currently working on Cosmic Defenders, an upcoming Nintendo Switch game that will be launching later this year. Cosmic Defenders is a 2D fast-paced revolving shooter about a group of unconventional heroes using the power of nature to stop chaotic aliens from taking over the universe. Cooperate with other guardians, protect the galaxy from the wicked, and restore peace!
More information about Cosmic Defenders will be announced leading up to E3 2019, which runs from June 11 to 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.