One of the biggest genres of the current generation of consoles will prove to be the indie game. Sony and Microsoft have gone all out in assuring that there will be many indie games on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, including allowing self publishing by developers. These coincide with the many indies released annually on Steam. There are many upcoming indie games that we are looking forward to, and here are our top five.
The Witness was originally revealed at the PlayStation 4 launch event in 2013 and showed the initial proclivity Sony was going to have for indie games this generation. Jonathan Blow, the creator of Braid, revealed it as a first person puzzle game set on a mysterious island with your only goal being to reach a mountain by completing these puzzles. There will be 10 sections of the game, each of which has a different style of puzzles, with a certain amount needed to reach the mountain. The Witness will be an open-world game, allowing the player to explore the world freely and solve the puzzles in any way he or she chooses. The story is nebulous throughout the game, and Jonathan Blow has said that the game is based on “rewarding the player” through exploration of the world and learning more about what it has to offer. The Witness is set to be released at some point in 2014 on PC, PS4, and iOS.
Rime was revealed at Sony’s Gamescom 2013 press conference as one of many new indie titles announced. It is being developed by Tequila Works, who previously made Deadlight on the Xbox 360. The game will take place in an open world, on an island where a boy has been placed with a curse and needs to survive and ultimately escape. It will involve puzzle solving, as well as exploring the open world to learn about it and what lies in it. Rime looks to be inspired by Ico, Journey, and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, as it has a cel-shaded art style with open world characteristics and a non-spoken form of sound design. It will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive title that has no set release date yet.
Below was revealed at Microsoft’s E3 press conference as an indie game developed by Capybara Games, who previously made Critter Crunch and Super TIME Force. It is a top-down action-adventure game, following a small warrior who is exploring a remote island and trying to survive. Phil Spencer described it as a “creative take on roguelike gameplay.” The game is designed to be very difficult, with brutal but fair combat. It has been in development since before a game like Demon’s Souls released, which started the genre. There will also be permanent death in the game, though how this will affect the game is yet to be explained. Below will release as an Xbox One exclusive.
No Man’s Sky
No Man’s Sky was revealed at VGX 2013 and was the standout announcement of the show. The reveal trailer showed a bunch of different environments, each with different color schemes and ecosystems, and was revealed to have procedurally generated open worlds. It is being developed by Hello Games, who previously developed Joe Danger. Any place you can see in the world you can visit. There will be a range of different types of gameplay as well, from space battles to underwater fighting to exploration of an unexplored world. While Hello Games did experience a devastating flood last year, they have said that they will not delay the game, although it does not have a release date or platforms yet.
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Hotline Miami was a huge hit when it released in 2012, which makes it no surprise that Dennaton Games are developing a sequel to it, titled Wrong Number. However, the developers have said that this will be the final Hotline Miami game. It will contain the same top-down style gameplay that the first did, and will feature a new Hard Mode, which is unlocked by scoring a C+ or higher in a chapter. The Hard Mode makes it more difficult to kill enemies, as well as taking away some abilities, such as the ability to lock on to enemies. The Story of Wrong Number takes place both before and after the events of the first game, though it focuses more on the latter. It continues from the ending of the first game from the interpretation of the protagonist. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will release for PC, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita in the third quarter of 2014.
There are many exciting indie games that have been announced and we are excited to play them all. These are just a few of the upcoming indie games on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Let us know what your most anticipated indie games are in the comments below.