If you want indie games news, just ask
Earlier today, I tweeted explaining that for some crazy reason Kotaku left me alone behind the wheel of their website today, and asked my followers to break the AAA news to fill the awkward silence of the gaming world on Monday. Turns out they don’t know what triple-A means, but what the heck, here’s the latest indie game news from those who responded!
Esse proxy is a descendant cyberpunk shooter from From South Games. He looks outrageously smooth, somewhere in between Alien race and Hotline Miami, and beautifully bloody. It’s due out later this year, created by one guy, who’s just bonkers.
Deepest chamber is a deck-building roguelite, which seems to take place in the dungeon of Legend of Grimrock. Of the 3.2 seconds of actual gameplay shown in the trailer, it looks neat! There is a demo scheduled for June 16.
Zodiac legion is a X-COM– Tactical-em-up inspiration, in a medieval setting. It’s been in development for over seven years and its first trailer will be released next week as part of the Guerilla Collective Online Game Festival. But you can see a brief gif below, to look at an asplode wall.
Talk about X-COM, Slava of magic is a turn-based tactical fantasy RPG, which says it’s inspired by both X-COM and Guild wars, which are certainly two games that I have never heard pronounced in the same breath! Plot. It is currently in alpha release and should be released next year.
Jupiter Moons: Mecha is another roguelite deck builder, but this time located in the outer space. With mechs! I really like the cartoon style here, and it looks a lot more complex than the standard deck builder. Inventory Tetris and all. Its release date is “before the next Jovian year,” which means … oh, anytime over the next 11.86 Earth years.
Guardians of Gridvale is going to be a turn-based tactical RPG, which says it has “timing mechanics where enemies show their moves in advance.” Which is nice of them. It’s aimed at PCs, consoles, and phones, but isn’t it everyone? The creator quotes himself rather beautifully, saying, “Picture Into the Breach, Fire Emblem and Paper Mario doing a threesome with XCOM sitting next to the bed with a camera.” I don’t want to imagine that. Please don’t do me.
Exophobia is a “retro-FPS metroidvania”. Yes please. And oh, look at those big pixels! This one arrives on consoles as well as on PC, all except the PS5 by the appearance of this one. Oh, and there is a demo!
Retro FPS reminds me, there is also a game jam is taking place on Itch at the moment executed by E1M1 magazine. The mag, dedicated to retro and retro shooters, asks people to create five-level retro-style FPS games with … raytracing? [checks] Yes, with ray tracing. All games must be created using Raycasting GameMaker, without business assets, and entries must be received by June 3. You can read the current entries here. (They don’t all look quite safe for the job …) It was MK Schmidt’s entry that brought this to my attention, Catacombs of the Necromancer, which seems a little less terrifying than others.
Meanwhile, Fuzz Force: Spook Squad is yet another deckbuilder, this time in “a scary board game world”. The dice are rolled with what looks like the physics of the game, and it all feels like complete chaos. This one will no longer be in early access next week!
Skeleton crew is a 2D platform game (so not a deck-building roguelite or a tactical RPG!), to be played solo or in co-op with up to 4 players. The animated cutscene in the trailer below is just the better, and the pictures in the game are really wonderful.
And finally, today / tonight is the last chance to play for free in the Chivalry 2 open beta, both on PC and consoles. It apparently ends at 11 a.m. ET tomorrow. The game itself is released on June 8 for PC, Xbox, and PlayStations.