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Indie games to look forward to in late 2016, 2017, and beyond (Image/GIF-heavy)

Figured people might be interested in some interesting indie games that'll be coming during the remainder of 2016 and 2017 (and beyond but also probably 2017)

Abandon Ship - 2017 (PC)

http://abandonshipgame.com/

Abandon Ship is a game where you take command of a ship and her crew, exploring a diverse, procedurally generated world, taking on quests and dealing with random events. Frequently, you will end up engaging other ships in combat, the player having to employ their best tactics in order to out-manoeuvre and out-gun the enemy.

Abi - Late 2016 (PC, iOS)

http://www.abigame.co/

ABI is a puzzle game driven by an in-depth storyline and well-developed characters. In ABI you will travel across a multitude of different environments, from industrial areas to empty desert sands, overcoming adversity and challenges along the way. Experience the moving trials and tribulations of the robots of ABI.

Ad Infinitum - PC, PS4, Xbox One

http://strixlab.de/presskit/sheet.php?p=ad_infinitum

Ad Infinitum is an atmospheric single-player horror game, which puts you into a World War I setting seen through a first-person perspective. You find yourself in the trenches of a forlorn battlefield where your are being hunted by vicious creatures.

A Light In Chorus - PC

http://www.alightinchorus.com/

A first person adventure game about experiencing the world through strange new eyes. Players explore a submerged future Earth via the contents of a crash-landed time capsule, loosely inspired by the Voyager Golden Records.

Aya Blaze - ????

http://ayablaze.com/blog/

Aya Blaze is a high-speed, low gravity arcade racer with focus on a fluid racing experience and energizing, uplifting vibes.

Beautiful Desolation - ????

http://www.desolationgame.com/

Set in a distant future in an evocative African landscape... He is not from this place or time...

Cyber Shadow - PC, Mac

https://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=52597.0

Slash through the armies of mechanical fiends to free your clan and discover what's happened during your rather long hibernation. You can choose to take the life of your clansmen for fully powered elemental attacks, or spare them and face a more difficult challenge with pure sword skills.

Djur - ????

https://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=57801.0

[DJUR] is a sci-fi fable game focusing on narrative and atmosphere. The game explores what it means to be human, and what it takes to transcend beyond our flaws.

Eco - PC, Mac, Xbox One

http://www.reversedinteractive.com/eco/4592704374

Eco is a story based role playing game set in 1952. You take on the role of a tiny robot named tyler who is accidentally powered up during the height of a thunder storm and sets out on a journey to find is siblings and to find his creator. As the story unfolds you will be introduced to a few little helpers that will help you find your true abilities and help you with your journey.

Fabular - 2017 (PC)

http://fabulargame.com/

Fabular: Once upon a Spacetime is a Medieval Space-folktale indiegame with action-RPG and roguelike influences. You explore an abstract, storybook-like universe as a young space-knight in your trusty ship that functions as your armour, your figurative warhorse and your mobile home as well.

Fictorum - 2017 (PC, Consoles)

http://www.fictorum.com/

Fictorum is an action RPG featuring customizable, dynamic spell-casting. You are a powerful wizard of a forbidden magical order, the Fictorum, with the unique ability to shape and master all schools of magic. Stretching the limits of your power, you have survived your own execution at the hands of the Inquisition, a sprawling theocratic empire bent on eradicating all Fictorum.

Furious Angels - 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.indiedb.com/games/furious-angels

FURIOUS ANGELS is an endless arcade shooter set in the skies.

Gibhard - PC

http://www.gibhard.com/

A run-&gun FPS in procedurally generated world. Every level is new. Fight hordes of increasingly difficult enemies using a wide variety of weapons. Explore and manipulate the environment in creative ways.

Gris - ????

Gunnhildr - ????

http://ratdoggames.com/

Gunnhildr is a Dark Souls meets Binding of Isaac style Rogue-like FPS. Taking place on the Norse world of Niflheim you are Gunnhildr, the only warrior to ever achieve the honor of becoming an ancient.

Harold Halibut - PC

http://haroldhalibut.com/

Dive into this nautic adventure as curiosity will guide you through a space ship wreck on an unknown planet made up of water. When one of the lead scientists still on board tries to unriddle the possibility of a relaunch young Janitor Harold is around to assist her. Join Harold in his clumsy undertakings to stir up the ark-like ship’s stale day-to-day life and find the secrets that lie behind its doors.

Impossible Bottles - 2017 (iOS, Android)

http://www.honigstudios.com/work/impossible-bottles/

Impossible Bottles is an imaginative premium mobile game.You guide a genius inventor on his quest to fix his incredible machines and provide an endless energy source to the world by solving brain tickling puzzles.

Inner Chains - 2016 (PC)

http://innerchainsgame.com/

An FPS horror game set in a surreal, dark and deadly biomechanical world which resembles nothing you have ever encountered.

Islands - Fall 2016 (PC, Mac, iOS)

http://carlburton.tumblr.com/post/149624403220/i-made-a-game-called-islands-here-is-the-trailer

A surreal trip through the mundane Reveal the hidden ecosystems of ten unusual environments. Unlock an atmospheric experience while exploring strange yet familiar scenes.

Jupiter Hell - PC

http://jupiterhell.com/

A modern, yet classic sci-fi roguelike, spiritual successor to Doom, the Roguelike.An epic battle of a lone marine against the forces of hell, taking place on the moons of Jupiter.

Kologeon - PC

https://chillcrow.com/

An action adventure game. Roam a cryptic world brimming with ancients, demons, and spirits

Linelight - 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://linelightgame.com/

Linelight is a refreshingly inventive, minimalist puzzle-adventure experience.

Lost Ember - 2018 (PC)

http://www.lostember.com/

Explore the remains of a fallen world from fascinating perspectives! Slip into the role of different animals to uncover the fate of an ancient world. Dive into deep waters, fly at lofty heights, dig underground as a mole or even climb steep cliffs with a mountain goat, there are lots of ways of getting around.

Lost Paradise - 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)

https://twitter.com/AntoninoTruisi

Lost Paradise is a Action/Adventure game, but with heavy focus on the story. Possessor of the stigma, what awaits you is something outside of your imagination.

Mare - 2017 (VR)

http://www.visiontrick.com/blog/mare/

MARE is an exploratory and sensory VR adventure experienced through a mechanical bird and a lost girl on a journey through a mythical world.
By the means of your gaze you indirectly guide and manipulate a mechanical creature known as BIRD – which you for yet unknown reasons is attached to. Sailing the winds from vane to vane you explore, traverse and interact with the landscapes of MARE, a serene world lost in time and space, filled with untangled mysteries.

Mira - PC

http://miragame.pl/

"Mira" is an adventure game inspired by Slavonic myths. It emphasizes primarily the exploration of the presented world and the story of the title heroine, a nanny in an orphanage existing after World War II. The player, by moving along hand-painted boards and, owing to his interaction with that world, will become acquainted with new parts of the story.

Mr Shifty - 2017 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/489140

Shift through bullets, and master lightning-fast takedowns in an all new kind of action game.

No Trace - PC

http://www.square-mountain.com/presskit

No Trace is a modern, indie take on the classic hardcore stealth genre, focusing on assassination, infiltration and espionage style gameplay. No Trace will immerse you in highly detailed stylized environments full of creative and deadly opportunities to complete your objectives. It offers you a tailored experience, allowing you to play the game how you want encouraging you to use a mixture of stealth and combat.

No Truce With The Furies - 2016

http://devblog.fortressoccident.com/press-kit/

A story-driven isometric role playing game about being a total failure. An almost irreversible, unmitigated failure. Both as a human being and an officer of the law.
A world of Bauhaus and Dada, neo-grotesk fonts and transistors, communists and fascists and boring old democracies.

Pathway - 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.pathway-game.com/

A tactical rpg set in a 1930s pulp adventure scenario.
Guide a cast of eccentric characters on a journey into the unknown. Explore lost temples, haunted tombs and Wehrmacht strongholds in ever-changing levels. Fight deep and demanding turn-based strategy battles.

Quantum Quest - 2017 (PC)

http://www.quantum-goose.com/quantumquest/

Quantum Quest is essentially a board game simulator that mixes RPG tactical elements. A turn-based game based on combat tactics and card management to face up to all types of enemies, you will take the role of bounty hunters. You will immerse yourself in a cyberpunk story of plots and conspiracies in which you will have to choose your weapons with care.

Quote - Late 2016 (PC)

http://quote-game.com/

Quote is an action role-playing game about cleansing the world of knowledge. Play as Novella, priestess of the God of Ignorance, Bliss, and her mysterious, gluttonous avian sidekick Tatters. Brawl and sneak your way across a beautiful but ravaged world, finding quotes, destroying books and bludgeoning the thoughts from the heads of heretics.

Refractor - Early 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux, PS4)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/342730/

Refactor blends the elements from classic metroidvanias with the falling block puzzle genre to create an entirely unique physics-based puzzle platforming experience. The standard formula of a metroidvania is based off of the concept of an open world with gated progression. In Refactor you play as a tetromino, a four-block shape popularized by Tetris, with each of the shapes being tied to abilities that change the way you traverse and interact with the world.

RUINER - 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://ruinergame.com/

RUINER is a brutal action shooter set in the year 2091 in the cyber metropolis Rengkok. A wired sociopath lashes out against a corrupt system to uncover the truth and retrieve his kidnapped brother under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend. Combine preternatural reflexes, augmented tools, and the arsenal of fallen foes to tear down and dismantle the corporate titans of virtuality dealers at HEAVEN

Saurian - 2017 (PC, Mac)

http://saurian.maxmediacorp.com/

Saurian is a video game project focused on living as a dinosaur in a dynamic open world through intense, survival-based gameplay.

Selling Sunlight - PC, Mac

https://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=55714.0

Selling Sunlight is a role-playing game about being a traveling merchant in a tidally-locked fantasy world. One half of the sphere is constantly facing the sun, the other one is plunged in deep darkness. You live on the thin line of constant sunset, the only "normal" place in a world slowly falling apart.
It's a game about bartering, meeting different cultures, and trying to always go forward in a world that seems to stand still

Sinner's Sorrow - PC

http://www.sinnerssorrow.com/

Sinner’s Sorrow is an atmospheric 2D action adventure game. In Sinner’s Sorrow you are a sinner fighting for your redemption. Set in a dominantly black and white and ominous world, you take up arms against your inner demons. With sword and shield and a multitude of esoteric abilities you strike down those that stand between you and redemption, or fall into deeper darkness.

Sometimes Always Monsters - 2016 (PC)

http://www.vagabonddog.com/store/sam

With your love at your side and your book on the best-seller list, nothing seems impossible any more. You've set the pain of your struggles behind you, and settled into a comfortable life of stability. After all you've been through, there's no doubt it's well deserved.Despite all you've earned, dissenting voices whisper about you from obscurity. They call you manipulative, unrepentant, and a monster.Only you can decide if they are right.

Spareware - Late 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One)

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=749598144

Mow your way through waves of humans to save mankind from itself in Spareware a 4-player co-op shooter with roguelike elements. Assemble your robot from spare parts & traverse through the cities of the future unlocking new equipment & abilities as you go.

The Curious Case - 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://maschinen-mensch.com/press/sheet.php?p=the_curious_case

The Curious Case is a generative crime story game set in the Roaring Twenties of Berlin. As a chief inspector of the homicide department, the player's goal is to solve numerous murder cases. The gameplay consists of investigating crime scenes, interrogating people, combining clues and traveling to various locations all across Berlin to eventually find enough evidence to identify and convict the murderer in a trial at court. Each crime case is taking place in Berlin during the time of the first German democracy.

The Forest of Sleep - Late 2016 (PC, iPad)

http://twistedtreegames.com/forest-of-sleep/

An experimental storytelling/adventure game inspired by Eastern European fairytales
You guide a group of three children through a forest, travelling between kingdoms and landmarks, helping strange people with peculiar requests, and sitting down to sing around a campfire in the dark woods.

The Hex - Early 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.the-hex.com/

In a creaky old tavern, in a dusty corner of the video-game universe, a storm is raging. The barkeep gets a patchy phone call. It's hard to tell what the caller is saying, but this much is clear: someone in this tavern is planning a murder.There are 6 patrons of the tavern; all of them are videogame genre stereotypes gone wrong. There's The Spacemarine, The Sorceress, The Platformer, The Fighter, The Apocalypse Survivor, and The First Person Perspective. By exploring their memories you may discover the identity of the murderer... or you may find a much darker secret

The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker - 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.doctordekker.com

In this Lovecraftian FMV murder mystery, you are a therapist tasked with treating the unusual patients of the recently deceased Doctor Dekker. Question all six patients turned suspects by typing your own questions instead of picking them from a predetermined list and inspect evidence to uncover who killed Doctor Dekker.

The Invisible Hand - PC

https://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?topic=57175.0

THE INVISIBLE HAND is a game about traders, and their world. At first glance, it is only about numbers, but in the end, it is about much more. In a world where computers can do most of the analytic work, you will live the life of a trader, and try to profit off the numbers spewed by the machine to get the best of what the world has to offer. Whether you just follow the missions given by your supervisor or go rogue and put people to their knees for your own profit, it is up to you to make money for the well being of the company, and your own

The Long Journey Home - PC, PS4, Xbox One

http://tljh.daedalic.com/

It was only supposed to be a short trip. But when your jump drive malfunctions, you and a mismatched crew of specialists along for the ride find yourselves trapped and alone on the wrong side of the galaxy. The only way back is through.Forge alliances with strange alien races. Explore distant worlds for the secrets and technologies they hide. Harness your crew’s skills, from archaeology to diplomacy. Make deals and moral decisions that change the universe. Do whatever it takes to survive.

The Path to Die - PC, Mac, Linux

http://www.indiedb.com/games/the-path-to-die

Travel to Feudal Japan as one of the most lethal Samurai warriors. Immerse yourself in a story of action and intrigue, exploring the vast lands surrounding the Imperial Palace in a detailed 2D pixel art adventure.

Thick Air - ????

https://twitter.com/dunenkoff

A sci-fi drone racing sim powered by Unreal Engine 4

THOTH - 2016 (PC, Mac)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/510620/

THOTH is a trance-like twin-stick shooter with a vibrant rush of colors, shapes, and patterns, and a brutal electronic soundtrack. Designed to require both puzzle solving and finesse, players constantly need to think about positioning and timing while making sure to both dodge enemies and avoid collisions.

Unforeseen Incidents - 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://www.indiedb.com/games/unforeseen-incidents

Unforeseen Incidents is a humorous point and click mystery adventure in a beautifully hand-painted 2D world. On his journey, Harper explores plenty of intriguing locations, meets a lot of interesting characters, and unveils some conspiratorial dark secrets behind the ongoing catastrophe that threatens to exterminate all humankind.

We All End Up Alone - 2017 (PC, Mac, Linux)

http://weallendupalone.com/presskit/sheet.php?p=we_all_end_up_alone

We All End Up Alone is a narrative and psychological game where you will live a daily battle without weapons : you will play someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer and will try to make it through. The game is blending everyday life management and exploration gameplay. You will have to manage your new life during the day by choosing between actions to heal yourself, keep your stress low and your morale high. When the night comes you will have to explore the dreamlike world of your unconscious and fight your fears or the consequences of your choices.

Winterfall - PC

http://www.winterfallgame.com/

Winterfall is a sandbox RPG influenced, gameplay-wise, by experiences as diverse as Mount and Blade and the latter Ultima games (7, 8 and Online), set in a fictional late antiquity/early dark ages setting. Contrary to most RPGs where the player is in control of a single hero character from beginning to end, the focus of Winterfall is on a House, or Household, which is grown and developed through deeds performed by the player's successive characters.
 
Good lord. Really is no shortage of indies coming our way.

So many of those look amazing.
Games never stop coming out or being reveal. I could technically learn about something new every day. Been learning about ~10 new games every weekend for the past two years
 

Montresor

Member
Thanks for the post More_Badass.

The indie game I'm most excited about coming out in 2017 (hopefully) is Tacoma (made by the makers of Gone Home).
 

Anno

Member
Thank you MB =) Always appreciate these roundups. There are simply far, far too many amazing looking indie titles out there for me to keep track of.
 

r3n4ud

Member
Games never stop coming out or being reveal. I could technically learn about something new every day. Been learning about ~10 new games every weekend for the past two years
Oh, for sure

Which is why we really appreciate you doing all the work for us and bring all these games to our attention :p
 

Neiteio

Member
It's neat seeing all of the different ideas. The thing with indie games, though, is many of them come from new or unproven devs, so it's hard to get excited about them because we don't know if they'll be good.

For example, the WWI horror title looks amazing based on its one screenshot and brief description, but I go to their website and there's barely anything available, not even a video. :-\

That being said, I appreciate More_Badass' enthusiasm and the way he wears his heart on his sleeve.
 

Fantastapotamus

Wrong about commas, wrong about everything
Great thread.
I'm super looking forward to Tokyo 42, not sure if it has a confirmed release date so far though.

Oh, and Ruiner. That game looks dope.

When's Rainworld supposed to be out?
 

Rocketz

Member
Just a quick glance at these I'll look at them more when I get a chance but the following caught my eye. Hoping the last two get a console port at some pointt:
  • Ad Infinitum
  • Kologeon
  • Sinner's Sorrow
 
It's neat seeing all of the different ideas. The thing with indie games, though, is many of them come from new or unproven devs, so it's hard to get excited about them because we don't know if they'll be good.

For example, the WWI horror title looks amazing based on its one screenshot and brief description, but I go to their website and there's barely anything available, not even a video. :-

That being said, I appreciate More_Badass' enthusiasm and the way he wears his heart on his sleeve.
Ad Infinitum trailer
http://youtu.be/eprVKIH4Xxs
 

Granjinha

Member
I love the indie gaming scene. So many cool projects. <3

Omori looked really cool in it's reveal but nowadays a don't have much faith in it actually coming out :(
 
Impossible Bottles looks absolutely lovely.

My indie list is growing each day.

Most anticipated: Katana Zero, Eitr, Death's Gambit, The Last Night, Below, Heart Forth, Alicia and Cuphead.
 

Zia

Member
Note that THOTH is by Jeppe Carlsen, lead designer on Limbo and Inside, who also did the severely underrated 140.

Lot of great stuff on the way. I'm most looking forward to Home Free (https://youtu.be/ahBSQrX1yOE), and the forever-in-development Spy Party (http://www.spyparty.com/) and Miegakure (https://youtu.be/XfiFBsKi7go).

Edit: Also, unsure about the aesthetic but Beau Blyth (Samurai Gunn, Hyper Light Drifter) did combat for Tormentor X Punisher (https://youtu.be/kkrFF-vxyfk) so you know it'll feel amaaaaaaazing.
 
Impossible Bottles looks absolutely lovely.

My indie list is growing each day.

Most anticipated: Katana Zero, Eitr, Death's Gambit, The Last Night, Below, Heart Forth, Alicia and Cuphead.
Oh, yeah, I could never include every interesting game.

Regarding The Last Night, the dev said on Twitter that the next devlog coming this month will be discussing the visuals. So expect new screenshots finally.

TLN dev said:
Oh <3 This screenshot has traveled so much now. It has seen things you wouldn't believe… We're so far from this now!

 

Wozman23

Member
Saw Lost Ember gif and immediately fell in love.
Went to follow Mooneye Studios on Twitter.
Realized I already follow them...

Funniest part is they tweeted out a sick looking poster yesterday, and I was like, "That's cool, but what's it for?"

I'm Wozman23, and I'm an indie-holic.

 

Pakoe

Member
Now that's an amazing list, thanks for making it. Allot of interesting titles for me to keep an eye on.
 

Nzyme32

Member
Another fantastic thread More_Badass! Going to sub to this and check them off as they go, quite a few I knew of already but lots that are completely new to me as well. Another great year ahead for indies.

Stardew Valley for consoles later this year?

I think the thread is geared more towards titles not released in any form on any platform. Of course, Stardew is one to get on any system it hits!
 

TheKeyPit

Banned
Another fantastic thread More_Badass! Going to sub to this and check them off as they go, quite a few I knew of already but lots that are completely new to me as well. Another great year ahead for indies.



I think the thread is geared more towards titles not released in any form on any platform. Of course, Stardew is one to get on any system it hits!

Sure, there isn't and there won't be anything like Stardew Valley on consoles for years.
 

Furio53

Member
http://www.fictorum.com/



Fictorum is an action RPG featuring customizable, dynamic spell-casting. You are a powerful wizard of a forbidden magical order, the Fictorum, with the unique ability to shape and master all schools of magic. Stretching the limits of your power, you have survived your own execution at the hands of the Inquisition, a sprawling theocratic empire bent on eradicating all Fictorum.

That... looks fun
 

Makonero

Member
I'm adding "The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker" to my watchlist. I love that FMV games are getting a new lease on life! I hope the Her Story team and the Contradiction team are working on something new too. Or anyone out there who wants to make an FMV game!
 
I'm adding "The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker" to my watchlist. I love that FMV games are getting a new lease on life! I hope the Her Story team and the Contradiction team are working on something new too. Or anyone out there who wants to make an FMV game!
That game is just insane in its scope

Her Story had 271 video clips

Dekker has 1629 video clips and 12 different characters

And yes, Her Story 2 ia currently in development
 

Makonero

Member
That game is just insane in its scope

Her Story had 271 video clips

Dekker has 1629 video clips and 12 different characters

And yes, Her Story 2 ia currently in development

That is NUTS.

Can't wait for Her Story 2. I hope it's a spiritual successor and not a direct sequel since I feel like the original is a complete work.

Eh, whatever, super stoked for whatever that team has in store!
 
That is NUTS.

Can't wait for Her Story 2. I hope it's a spiritual successor and not a direct sequel since I feel like the original is a complete work.

Eh, whatever, super stoked for whatever that team has in store!
No worries. Barlow confirmed that it will have no narrative connections to the first game
 
Regarding SCALE (mentioned it a few posts up), that's probably the first-person puzzler that I'm most excited for since...Portal? Or maybe Antichamber

It's a mechanic I've never seen before, and if the dev's thoughts on design and mechanical possibilities are any indication, the usage of those mechanics will be brain-bending.
 

Decado

Member
Some there I haven't heard of until now. My steam wishlist is already chock full of indies.

Mr. Shifty looks particularly cool. Surprised I haven't heard of it. Thanks.
 
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