Editorial

Five Exciting Games That Were Announced and Then Went Off The Radar

We’ve covered a lot of exciting looking games here on OnlySP and we’ve interviewed a lot of the developers making those games. However, sometimes we never actually see those games come to fruition or don’t hear from the developers for a long period of time. The games on the list you are about to read through are some of the more exciting games we’ve covered in our feature interviews, but have yet to really see in action.

Luckily, they’re all still in development, but after not hearing updates about them for the past year, you may have forgotten about them.

DOWNWARD

The first game on this list is the one we know the least about thus far. The team at Caracal Games in Italy revealed Downward to us first last year in May and subsequently provided us with an interview. Since then, much like many of the games on this list that we have covered, we haven’t heard much of anything.

Downward is an open world parkour RPG built on the Unreal Engine 4, but aside from that, we don’t know all that much about it yet. I recently emailed the developers to see if they were ready to show us something new.

Unfortunately, the developers at Caracal weren’t ready to show us something new, but did confirm that the game is still in development, and their workflow has become much more “complex” since we last talked. Not sure exactly what that means, but I have a feeling they might have found either a private investor or publisher for the game following their failed Kickstarter campaign.

Hopefully we’ll know more soon about Downward.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCICieqt6Mk

ABSENTION

Announced in March 2015, Absention is a new survival horror game built on the Unreal Engine 4 and takes place in a “grand country house,” a far cry from the usual horror environments we’re treated with. The developers are hoping to do away “cheap jump scares and gritty environments” to focus on building claustrophobic suspense with an unpredictable AI system, much like Alien: Isolation.

The developers spoke with us about the game in May 2015, but since then have only released a few notable updates, the most recent being this week. We should be receiving a gameplay trailer for Absention soon, so it might be time to put this one back on your radars.

THE SOUL KEEPER

Have you ever played an episodic open world RPG? No? We haven’t either, but The Soul Keeper is certainly a game you’ll want to keep on your radar.

We spoke to the developers of The Soul Keeper, Helm Systems, back in June 2015, and much like the developers of Absention, have been very quiet about the project since then. Helm Systems is also currently working on a VR version of The Soul Keeper, which is a separate project from the main game and has been receiving a lot of positive reception from those that have played it.

The main game is an extremely ambitious project featuring a huge open world, multiple interweaving storylines, and even dragons, so we’re really looking forward to hearing more about it soon.

ASHEN

Ashen was revealed at Microsoft’s Gamescom conference last year and really impressed us with its very intriguing open world, monsters, and Journey-like set up. Following our interview with the developers last year, we haven’t heard much else regarding the game.

I met up with Creative Director on the project, Derek Bradley, at E3 this year who told me the game won’t be releasing until 2017, and that they’ll be sharing more soon. I’m interested to see how the game has shaped up since the initial reveal trailer and finally get a look at the game in action when Aurora44 finally decide to reveal the game to the world.

HUNGER

Tarsier Studio’s Hunger is probably the most mysterious game on this list. Revealed in February 2015 and featured in a developer interview here on OnlySP in May 2015, Tarsier has gone radio silent on Hunger since then.

The development team recently revealed a new VR game in-development called Statik, but did not provide an update on the status of Hunger. When I met up with Tarsier at E3, they told me Hunger was still in-development and only a small team of their developers are currently working on Statik.

Hopefully we’ll get an update soon on the game, as it’s one of the more mysterious titles presumably coming to the PS4 sometime in 2017.

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