Today saw indie publisher Annapurna Interactive’s second showcase, highlighting all the new games you can expect from them over the next year and beyond. There was new gameplay for Thirsty Suits and Hindsight, as well as a recently revealed game from Wilmot’s Warehouse developers, Hollow Ponds. We were treated to a few glimpses of what the team at Kentucky Route Zero Cardboard Computer and If Found… Dreamfeel developers are also working on. The latter concerns cats.
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New game announcements
You can watch the entire 30-minute presentation above if you want, but we’ve also put together the announcements below, dividing the news into three: new games, developer announcements, and an extra bit section where you can find out which Annapurna Interactive platforms the older games are now available on. From!
Bounty Star: The Grim History of Graveyard Clem
Which name. This western-themed robot battle that brings the spirit of John Wayne to Virtual On was the first all-new game in the storefront. Hailing from developers DinoGod, Bounty Star, uh, features someone who I can only assume is an engineer judging by the glasses on his forehead. You’ll have to hit and shoot machines while building your base in a barren land and speaking to yourself in an overly formal 19th century American vernacular. It looks very fun. The soundtrack is provided by Grammy-nominated musician Brother Dege. Bounty Star is coming in 2023 to Steam, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and Game Pass. Please excuse me for this outburst.
In the UK for a new game from Wilmot’s Warehouse and I Am Dead devs Hollow Ponds. This is another collaboration with artist Richard Hogg, but unlike their previous works. Take on the role of a tiny person who flies on the back of a bird herding animals behind him, while dressing much like Windy Miller from Camberwick Green. It’s very cute, but I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do with the creatures you keep. The slogan is: gather your friends. Sounds cool to me. Coming to Steam, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and – you guessed it – Game Pass. No release window yet for this one.
Named after the bit hanging from the soft upper palate of the mouth, this one was short and sweet, just a teaser. This is the new game from Keita Takahashi, creator of roly-poly pick ’em up Katamari Damacy. The trailer showed a dog licking a sleeping person’s face. No idea when we’ll find out more, but the little we’ve seen so far is pretty sweet.
The lost savage
From British/Australian joint venture Great Ape Games, single-player survival horror The Lost Wild might finally satisfy the craving some of us have had for another Dino Crisis made with the RE Engine. Take note Capcom, an indie that beat you. You play as a human struggling to survive in a place full of dinosaurs. It’s first-person, and it looks just as intimidating as you’d expect. Crawl through dense forest and scavenge around dark humans for things like flare installations – the sparkly things, not the pants, unless your pants are shiny – to ward off those old thunder lizards. I suspect there are some tedious shenanigans at play here. I’m really crossing my reptilian fingers that The Lost Wild is as good as the trailer. Coming to Steam at an undisclosed future date.
An update on a game we’ve seen before, but plenty of very welcome news nonetheless. I’d say I’m so in for Thirsty Suits but, damn it, it looks cheeky. Imagine if Netflix’s Sex Education was adapted into an episode of the Persona series through Scott Pilgrim, then throw in a dash of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for good measure. That’s a reductionist way to describe this one, but it still looked quite special in the new gameplay shown today. Outerloop Games says it’s about “fighting exes, disappointing parents, and finding yourself.” Oh, and you can pat the dog. Thirsty Suits is a day one on top of Game Pass, but you can also grab it on current and last-gen PlayStations and Xbox, as well as Nintendo Switch. Check it out for yourself now, because there’s a demo on Steam.
After the sizzle of Thirsty Suits, we got another look at Team Hindsight’s thoughtful dive into a woman’s memories after her mother’s death. You’ll need to use items like windows to the past and dreams, to uncover the story of the mother and daughter’s life together. The visual style is simply stunning, blending bright, colorful memories of childhood with dark tones in the adult present. I know this one will make my eyes roll. It releases August 4 on Steam, Nintendo Switch, and iOS, so not long to wait.
The trio of Kentucky Route Zero developers are working on a new game. We didn’t get to see it in action, alas, but Cardboard Computer’s Jake Elliott, Tamas Kemenczy, and Ben Babbitt say they’ve skipped straight from the latest installment of Kentucky Route Zero to their next project. It’s based on an idea they’ve had since KRZ’s inception, but the three developers have learned and honed their processes from the endless creation of the previous game. Expect the new one to be funnier than KRZ and faster.
The two-man Yarn Owl team split their development between their home states of Texas and Georgia. Fabian Willis and Chris Hofmann met online and started working together remotely, spending just over a year full-time on their current project so far. Fabian does the art and Chris does the programming. They are heavily inspired by classic Zelda games, especially A Link To The Past. These two seem like good friends and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.
Based in Krefeld, Germany, Kai Brueckers and Fabian Denter aka Third Shift are working on their first game. Like Yarn Owl, their logo is also a bird that can almost completely turn its head. Third Shift creates a single-player road trip adventure called Forever Ago, featuring an elderly man on a quest for redemption called Alfred. No, not Batman’s butler. Forever Ago is already earning points because it features photography, which is always fun in a game. This one looks like pure van life rendered digitally, so I’m interested to see where Third Shift goes with it.
Dublin studio Dreamfeel are known for their interactive diary-turned-coming-of-age tale If Found…, and they’re making a new game that features cats. From what we could see in the storefront, it didn’t look much like Annapurna’s other published cat game, Stray. Dreamfeel director Laura says they want to make the most of their own experiences in the games they make. Their new game is set in a fantasy version of Ireland, and the art design is really, really cool. Dreamfeel hopes to make a more polished game than If Found… while keeping its sense of exploration.
A few previously released games are coming to new platforms this year:
Outer Wildlands is still on track for Nintendo Switch, but no firm date. Coming to Xbox Series X/S and PS5 on September 15.
The pathless is heading to Xbox and Nintendo Switch in winter.
Model will be released on Game Pass and Nintendo Switch this winter.
solar ash is leaving Epic exclusivity to land on Steam on December 6th. Arrival on Game Pass in winter.
What Remains of Edith Finch is available now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. It is a free update.
And if a new game from the developers at Wilmot’s Warehouse wasn’t enough, their whimsical snake Hohokum As of 2014, finally makes the leap from PlayStation exclusive to PC after eight years. It’s out today on Steam.
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