Join us as we count down what we believe to be the 5 most exciting Indie Games coming out in the near future!
#5 – The Last Night
The Last Night has been described as a cinematic, story-driven platformer.
The first thing that we notice is the unique art style; with vibrant colors and lights popping out against a dark cityscape that gives it that iconic cyberpunk feel.
The game is set in a futuristic world where machines have surpassed humans in every possible way: any job you can possibly imagine, an AI does better. The game asks some big philosophical questions about our world and where our place will be in society if AI becomes prevalent.
The story is told through the eyes of a young idealist named Charlie. Due to a childhood accident, he is unable to enjoy the same gameified existence as everyone else. He is apathetic and disheartened by the seemingly pointless world around him. Until one day he is presented with an opportunity to take matters into his own hands.
The player can have Charlie explore his city and talk with other citizens, and the game includes elements of stealth, as well as real-time puzzles.
Rumors have circulated about the game being cancelled, however the developer recently assured us that it is still going ahead. Without a confirmed release date this game is likely the furthest away in this list. But from what we’ve seen, it will be well worth the wait!
#4 – Death Trash
Death Trash is a post-apocalyptic open-world RPG reminiscent of the original Fallout games. Unlike the Fallout games, combat is done in real-time and combines the crunch and depth of old-school role-playing classics with the controls and feel of modern games.
Players will explore a hand-crafted world and engage enemies with both melee and ranged combat as well as stealth. A multiple choice dialogue system will let you interact with friendlier characters you meet in your travels. The RPG elements are solid, with characters having attributes such as strength and finesse, at least 10 different skills to spec into, as well as perks and the ability to craft.
The game’s gritty visuals and hilariously crude dialogue really sets this one apart as a game that will be a truly unique experience, and something that will be a delight to explore. Death Trash is currently planned to release on Steam at the start of 2021 in early access.
#3 – Haven
Haven is an RPG adventure game where you play as Yu and Kay, a young couple that has left everything behind to settle in an unknown world. Players take control of the couple and explore a vivid world in search of resources and supplies to survive another day and repair their damaged ship.
One unique aspect of the game is the way they have incorporated movement: instead of walking, the young lovers glide – sometimes hand in hand – through a vibrant, colorful landscape.
As players explore, they will find corrupted areas. Corruption is removed by moving over it. However, corrupted creatures will need to be defeated in combat before they can be restored. This seems be a way to gain resources.
Combat is turn-based with a twist. Players will synchronize their attacks with their partner and be rewarded for hitting the perfect timing and rhythm.
A heavy emphasis is put on the relationship of the two, with loving dialogue, and a few underlying problems that arise between them due to the stress of surviving alone on an unknown planet. This further branches out with multiple choice dialogue options which can impact the direction or mood of a conversation.
Cooking is also a large part of the game. A constant supply of food is required to ensure survival. Meals are prepared using a number of different ingredients. These can then be eaten immediately or stored in the refrigerator for later consumption.
Overall, I love the color and art-style of the game, and it’s sure to be a special experience to play both solo or with a special-someone. Haven will be out on December 3rd.
#2 – Solar Ash
From the same developers who gave us Hyper Light Drifter, Solar Ash is an action adventure game sharing the same universe as their previous title, though it is not a direct sequel. Although not pixel-art this time, developer Heart Machine has managed to translate their iconic art style and atmosphere to the 3D plane. Disasterpeace is back with their soul-moving and unique electronic sound. So all the pieces are in place for this to be another awe-inspiring game.
Players take control of a new female character and journey through the Ultravoid, a ravenous rift in space that is swallowing worlds.
The player will blast through high-speed traversal challenges with wild gravity and beautiful vistas, while slaying massive monsters and meeting other lost souls.
Solar Ash is expected to release in 2021 and is sure to please!
#1 – Hollow Knight: Silksong
The current sixth most wishlisted game on Steam, and the sequel to the award winning “Hollow Knight”, Silksong takes all the amazing parts of the original and turns it up to 11.
Combat and movement has been significantly refined. The new main character, Hornet (who you may remember from the first game), offers far more agility and a more diverse set of tools for the player to use than our little knight did. Hornet has access to charges, backsteps, grapple hooks and a heap more mobility options. Combat will feel far more fluid than the already great system from the original game.
On top of these new moves, players will also have a huge arsenal of tools to utilize. From grenades, to deployable blades, bugs, spike traps, and many more.
The original Hollow Knight was all about delving into the depths of Hallownest. However, this time around we’ll be working upwards; ascending to the peak of a whole new kingdom, which spans coral forests, mossy grottos, gilded cities, and misted moors. Along the way, we will be met with 150 brand new enemies and bosses to fight – even more than the first game!
Silksong is expected to be around the same size as first game, possibly a little larger. Roughly, this would put it around the 60-hour mark to fully complete (before DLCs). Silk Soul mode however, is expected to add more replay value with an expected new game+ or some kind of randomization that is yet to be revealed.
Hollow Knight: Silksong earns our number one spot by checking all the boxes we want in an indie title: a beautiful art style, a touching soundtrack, fun and in-depth combat, and a world so unique you can’t help but want to explore it all.
No release date has been announced, however a 2021 launch is anticipated.