Here is everything presented at the Annapurna Showcase

Here is everything presented at the Annapurna Showcase

Tonight was Annapurna Interactive’s second annual showcase, revealing what’s to come for the publisher over the coming months.

Fresh off the release of viral chat sensation Stray, the showcase reveals a closer look at some previously announced games, new games, and a look at the indie developers the publisher is currently working with.

Here is everything presented at the Annapurna Showcase.

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First, an in-depth look at Outerloop Games’ cheerful and surreal Thirsty Suits. It’s an action-RPG about battling exes, disappointing parents, and self-discovery, the developer says.

The footage revealed the game’s turn-based combat which sees the young female protagonist take on these thirsty titular contenders. Amusing taunts alter suitors’ moods to weaken them, while dialogue choices build the personality of the protagonist. Eventually, the opposing suitor drags him into his inner psychic world, but the battle ends in reconciliation rather than defeat.

It’s Persona meets Scott Pilgrim, with a unique Indian-American perspective that marries culture and gameplay. Add accessible yet deep side skating gameplay and a vibrant aesthetic, and Thirsty Suits looks absolutely stunning. It should be released in 2023 on PC (Steam), Xbox consoles (Game Pass), PlayStation consoles and Switch.

Thirsty Suits battles immerse you in the psyche of your opponents.

Next up is Hindsight, the previously revealed melancholy narrative game from the creator of mobile game Prune. The new trailer hinted at its intriguing plot and dark tone and revealed the release date: August 4 on Switch, Steam, and iOS.

The storefront also announced a few new titles.

Most interesting was closer to The Lost Wild, which should appease Dino Crisis fans. Brighton-based developer Great Ape Games has created first-person survival horror set in a dinosaur-infested jungle a la Jurassic Park, and it’s now wishlisted on Steam (consoles TBD).

The lost wild dinosaurs

Yeah, that sounds terrifying.

Flock, from the creators of Hohokum, was also intriguing. Its vibrant, almost alien worlds seem to be like underwater above ground: expect flying whales, schools of fish swimming through the air and fluffy cloudy sheep, all accompanied by a beautiful score electronic. The multiplayer cooperative game will be released on Xbox consoles (Game Pass), PlayStation and PC consoles (Steam).

Herd screenshot

Look at these adorable sheep!

As for Hohokum, the cult classic art game previously released by Sony for PS3, 4 and Vita is also available on Steam.

Katamari Damacy fans will be delighted to hear that its creator Keita Takahashi is working on a brand new game, but we’ve only seen the title: Uvula.

There was also Bounty Star, which sets the third-person shooter in a kind of Wild West setting with likeable protagonist Clementine McKinney. It’s coming to Xbox consoles (Game Pass), as well as PlayStation and PC consoles (Steam) – expect farming and base building too.

Screenshot of Bounty Star

Paint your robot before the fight.

A number of games already available are released on new platforms. This includes: Outer Wilds is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S on September 15 as a free upgrade with 60FPS (the Switch port is also still on the way); The Pathless and Maquette are both coming to Xbox and Switch this winter; Solar Ash is coming to Steam on December 6 and Xbox Game Pass this winter; and What Remains of Edith Finch are now available on Series X/S and PS5 with 4K and 60FPS.

Finally, the developer spotlight throughout the showcase revealed a preview of some upcoming projects.

Cardboard Computer, the team behind Kentucky Route Zero, is working on a new game with lively animations and comedy – quite a turnaround. All we saw was a cute animated dog.

New developer Yarn Owl is working on a Zelda-style action adventure game. And another new developer, Third Shift (from Germany) is creating Forever Ago – a narrative game about an elderly man documenting a road trip through photography.

Finally, Irish developer Dreamfeel’s next game will be set in a fantasy version of Ireland and will feature… cats. To finish! It will feature hand-drawn characters and be themed around coming together in the face of adversity, much like its previous transgender narrative game If Found.

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