A new indie bundle emerges… from EA?

Indie Bundles are flavour of the month at the moment – a collection of games created by independent developers, sold for an often-negotiable fee. At least, that’s what they were. Then Big Business got its hands on the idea, and now nobody’s quite sure what’s going on.

EA – one of the largest publishers in the world – this week announced its own “Indie Bundle”, released via Steam (and curiously not through its proprietary Origin network).

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The bundle includes six games – Shank, Shank 2, Deathspank, Deathspank: Thongs Of Virtue, Warp and Gatling Gears – all published by EA, and developed by arguably independent studios.

The price, however, is non-negotiable, or adhering to the “pay what you like” model. It’s a flat US$20.98 – a saving of US$13.96 if you picked up each game separately.

For what it’s worth, it’s a decent little deal: Shank, Shank 2, Deathspank, Deathspank: Thongs Of Virtue, Warp and Gatling Gears are all great games, and the sale is only offered until May 9th, so you’d better be quick.

However, other developers are scoffing at the idea, with Minecraft creator Notch accusing the publisher of being “a bunch of cynical bastards” who were trying to ruin everything. And before you accuse him of hypocrisy, as Minecraft prepares for launch on Xbox 360, Notch also explains that he doesn’t even call Mojang “indie” any more.

Your move, Electronic Arts!

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