During this year, we saw a lot of indie games, and I am going to describe all of the ones shown off. These all look pretty cool, and most will be coming to PC, which is awesome.
Microsoft’s conference killed it on the Indie Game front, showing indie title after indie title, each brings fantastic, unique projects. Everything from 3d FPS’s to 2d exploration games was shown, and I can’t wait to see the finished product of each of these.
-Deep Rock Galactic (Ghost Ship Games)
Microsoft gave us a look at the Co-op FPS indie game Deep Rock Galactic developed by Ghost Ship Games and published by Coffee Stain Publishing. The game depicts a team of dwarves mining a variety of resources and defending themselves on an alien planet. The game seems to lead more towards the FPS gameplay than the Survival Crafting, but either way, I am excited to see it. The art style looks nice and low poly and uses a good variety of colors. I enjoyed the semi-witty banter between the dwarves and didn’t find it to be too cringe inducing. This game will be available on PC and Xbox
Ori And the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios)
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be a sequel to the action platformer Ori and the Blind Forest. We didn’t get to see much in the way of gameplay, and it was primarily a CG trailer, but the art still had the same beautiful and stylized look that we saw in Ori and the Blind Forest. The trailer was fairly depressing, which seems to be keeping in tone for the previous games, but this one looked more like a dystopian forest than what we saw with the Nintendo Ori. The game was given no release date and seems to be a Windows 10 exclusive, which leads me to believe it will appear on the Windows Store, instead of Steam.
Sea of Thieves (Rare)
Sea of Thieves was shown again, after E3 in 2016 I was pretty excited for this recent Rare title. The game, for those of you who don’t know, Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer pirate simulator, where you and a few friends travel the open seas in search of gold and glory. This demo showed off the ability to go onto islands, and solve riddles to find buried treasure. We were also shown more of the ship combat, and even some crazy features like being able to fire yourself out of a cannon onto an enemy ship. The art style is nice and colorful, and I am excited about this game. It appears to be coming to the Windows Store instead of Steam, which is a shame but is better than nothing.
Super Lucky’s Tale (Playful Corp.)
It seems that after a somewhat questionable game in the form of Yooka-Laylee it seems we are going to get another 3d platformer starring a cute animal. Super Lucky’s Tale was originally going to be a VR game but seems to have dropped that. The game will be on Xbox and Windows 10, and is told to be a fun, family-friendly platformer, and is using a bright and colorful art style that I am a big fan of. I personally am happy to see a resurgence of modern 3d mascot platformers.
We didn’t see a lot of Tacoma, but the style was so interesting to me that I decided to check it out for myself. It turns out that this is another game from the developers of the hit game: Gone Home. The game will appear on Xbox and the Steam Store, and appears to be what some refer to as a “walking simulator”. The game sets you aboard a high-tech space station in the year 2088, where you will see life for the crew on the ship. The game’s art is realistic, but the after images of the crew are very well stylized. I am certainly looking forward to another exploration game from Fullbright.
The Darwin Project (Scavengers Studio)
The Darwin project is a multiplayer battle game similar to the likes of PLAYERUNKOWN’S Battlegrounds or the culling and will be exclusive to Xbox and the Windows 10 Store. The game takes place in Canada and includes a large amount or vibrant characters. Each character is full of personality and in addition to the rudimentary weapons such as crossbows, each character has their own unique powers. The whole game is colorful and vibrant, and I am looking forward to it.
The Last Night (Odd Tales)
The last night is one of the most beautiful pixel games I have ever seen. The pixel art was paired beautifully with lighting and VFX to make a stunning experience. this is another game where we mostly got a CG trailer instead of gameplay. But the game appears to be set in a cyberpunk world, and according to Steam is an adventure game. I am psyched to see this game and am even more glad it will appear on Steam in addition to Xbox. This is a stunning game, and I cannot wait to see more of it.
The Artful Escape (Annapurna Interactive)
We saw almost nothing of the Artful Escape. It appears to be a rock and roll based rhythm platformer, which you don’t see much of these days. The art style is a 2D cartoon look, and the coloration and effects looked pretty good. Upon further research, I found this game was formerly called The Artful Escape of Francis Vendretti and was a failed Kickstarter that managed to find a publisher, Annapurna Interactive, the group that published What Remains of Edith Finch. I am intrigued to see more of this game but am currently left unsatisfied by the trailer.
Cuphead (StudioMDHR Entertainment Inc.)
We all knew Cuphead was going to make an appearance at E3 2017, and after so long we finally got a release date: September 29th. This 1930’s Esque action platformer was first shown to the world at E3 2014, dazzling hordes of people with its interesting art style and gameplay. The game features interesting boss battles, a seemingly creepy story, and the cup faced mascot we have all come to know and love.
Ashen was an interesting one. The art style reminded me of Breath of the Wild, and the RPG elements seem similar. The trailer depicts a depressing and grim world, in you are a lone wanderer. Ashen will be a multiplayer game, in which “People you meet out in the world are players with their own agendas. It will be up to you to decide how to deal with them.” – the ashen website (http://www.ashen-game.com)
Overall, the art and premise look neat and I am excited to see more of it.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Deck Nine)
We have finally seen more of Life is Strange, with what seems to be a prequel in the form of Life is Strange: Before the Storm. The game will be a three part standalone adventure set three years before the first game in the BAFTA award-winning franchise. The game will still star Chloe, but sadly Ashly Burch will not be reprising her role. Either way, I am still ready to see more of this awesome series.
No indie games were shown 🙁
But hey, at least we got Madden 100,000 now that’s what I call football volume 3.
No indie games were shown 🙁
Assassin’s Creed Origins looked decent though.
Devolver Digital’s press conference was… weird. The whole thing was more of a joke and satirical comedy on the industry promising “yesterday’s shady business practices today” and things of the sort. Throughout the conference, three people died (not actually) and we were shown 2 very interesting games.
Ruiner (Reikon Games)
Ruiner’s trailer was interesting, depicting Daft Punk esque facemasks on people as vaguely anarchic commentary played over. The game is a gore filled isometric top down shooter first shown off at PAX East 2016, but was delayed to now 2017. The game will be available on steam, and while it seems interesting, isn’t a style of game I typically frequent. Nevertheless, I will most likely pick up a copy.
Serious Sam Bogus Detour (Crackshell / Croteam)
Serious Sam is a series I have not played before, but this violent top down shooter reminds me a lot of the likes of Hotline Miami, a series near and dear to my heart. The game’s pixel art looks pretty nice, and I can see myself picking up a copy when it comes out later this summer on Steam.
PC Gaming Show
The PC Gaming conference did a good job of showing off a ton of indie games and scaling back the hardware talk from previous years. I preferred this show to previous years, and they provided us with a sweet lineup of games.
ARK: Survival Evolved (Wild Card)
We have seen and played ARK: Survival Evolved for the past 2 years, but now we have been told that on August 8, this hit survival game will not only come out of early access but will also contain collectors editions, for extreme fans of the game to pick up.
Griftlands (Klei Entertainment)
The PC Gaming Show gave us a look at a new project made by Klei Entertainment, the people who brought us the cult survival game, Don’t Starve, and Invisible Inc. Griftlands will be an Adventure RPG where “everything is negotiable: money, loyalty—even morality”. I know that Klei puts out quality work and I am hyped for another example of that.
Tunic (Andrew Shouldice / Finji)
During the PC Gaming show, we got a first look at Tunic, an action adventure Indie game who’s art and gameplay reminds me somewhat of Oceanhorn. The game Stars a tiny fox exploring an interesting wilderness and fighting off all manner of spooky creatures while exploring interesting ruins. the art style and music seems very charming, and with a 2018 Steam release, I am excited to see more.
Sea of Thieves Pc (Rare)
Microsoft came to the PC Gaming conference to talk about the Windows 10 version of Sea of Thieves. They informed us that one is not a port of the other, and both versions are being developed side by side. This is a good sign that the PC version won’t be a mess, so that’s nice.
We also got a look at Ooblets, a town-life simulator inspired by the likes of Pokemon, Harvest Moon, and Animal Crossing. The game tote that you can “Manage your farm, grow and train your ooblets, run a shop, explore strange lands, battle wild ooblets, and other ooblet trainers, and unlock the mysteries of Oob.” The games art is cute and charming and a game toting so much seems to be an interesting experience I will be on the lookout for.
The Last Night PC (Odd Tales)
We also saw a bit more of the last night, but not much was shown we didn’t see at the Microsoft conference, so everything I said above still stands.
Ylands (Bohemia Interactive)
Ylands is a sandbox exploration game that also says it will be a platform for making games promising the ability to: “make custom games, ranging from simple scenarios to sophisticated game modes.” The art style is colorful and low poly (which I don’t have to tell you how much I love low poly art, but here I am saying it to you). The game will start out in early access and will be half the price during that period, so I recommend you pick it up ASAP if the concept seems interesting to you.
Sony showed a lack of indie games and a lack of games in general, but they did show off two indie games that will appear on their PSVR system. I personally don’t have a PlayStation or a PSVR, so I will just be looking at the games at face value.
Moss was one of the titles shown during the PSVR showcase that I wish I could play. The game stars a cute little mouse adventuring through a mystical world. The game had a lot of fairytale vibes, and also made use of a string orchestra. Moss seems like an interesting game that I would like to see more of.
Star Child (Playful Corp.)
Star Child was a weird one. The game appears to be a platformer with heavy sci-fi elements, but I am not sure how they are going to work this into VR. The CG trailer shows a side scrolling camera as our protagonist makes its way through what appears to be an alien planet. I am hesitant to praise this game, as we didn’t see much of anything in the gameplay department, and I am not sure how it is going to work into VR.
Even though Nintendo revealed some cool stuff, including a new Metroid game, no indie games were shown.
I know I spent most of this saying that I was “excited to see more” and overall singing the praises of every game announced, but there really was an extraordinary variety of stellar indie games at E3. I am really on the edge of my seat for some of these games, especially The last night and Ooblets. I’ll see you guys later!