Those with excess free time and patient determination could very well have rejoiced in Microsoft’s usually languid latest Xbox indie showcase, but for anyone with slightly busier diaries, please enjoy this handy roundup of everything shown, bringing the likes of co-op escape room shenanigans, movie-themed mystery, and rogue golf in purgatory.
lost eidolons, which kicked off today’s livestream, is a tactical RPG from developer Ocean Drive Studio that casts players as Eden, a mercenary captain, sending them on an adventure across a civil war-torn empire. . Expect turn-based combat and an “engrossing cinematic narrative” when it comes to PC and Xbox Series X/S in Q3 of this year.
Following, Cross Kings 3 popped up to remind everyone that the stunning medieval grand strategy game is coming to Xbox Series X/S (and also PS5) on March 29.
As you probably know by this point, the Zelda-inspired isometric action-adventure from developer Andrew Shouldice Tunic is more than a little fabulous. It’s also out today on Xbox and PC – but Microsoft’s indie storefront also announced it’s a Game Pass launch day addition.
We heard about Telling Lies and its story creator, Sam Barlow. Immortality: A Trilogy of Interactive Films for some time now. But thanks to today’s livestream, we now have a proper first trailer, plus a better understanding of how the movie-inspired “investigative horror” will play out when it arrives this summer on Xbox. and pc.
Chinatown Detective Agency has been an intriguing proposition since its initial reveal, combining classic point-and-click adventure with a real-world component that sets it apart from its ilk. Essentially, this hard-hitting cybernoir mystery requires players to step away from the game and conduct a real-world investigation to proceed, perhaps finding the source of a quote or searching for an airport code. We’ll find out how it all comes together this spring.
Cursed at golf is a wonderfully silly mix of physics-based and rogue-like dungeon crawler that sees players attempt to navigate the 18 holes of Golf Purgatory, juggling a deck of cards and battling bosses as they go. It is developed by Chuhai Labs and will be launched “soon”.
Hike to Yomi is a stunningly cinematic action-adventure following the story of a lone samurai, Hiroki, who has sworn to protect his city from danger. “Faced with tragedy and bound to duty,” explains publisher Devolver Digital, “the lone samurai must journey beyond life and death to confront one another and decide his path forward.” He launches some time this “spring”.
Clash: Artifacts of Chaos is a kind of melee-driven martial arts adventure that sees players, as Nickname, punching and smashing their way through a surreal fantasy world. Developed by ACE Team, it’s coming to Xbox, PC, and PlayStation in November.
escape academy, from Coin Crew Games, looks particularly nifty, turning the escape room craze into a full-fledged first-person adventure as players try to complete the room escape challenges based on puzzles set by the titular educational institution – all as a shadowy plot begins to unfold. Both online and local co-op are supported for those with big friends, and it’s coming to PC, Xbox, and PlayStation (and will be a day-one Game Pass title) later this year.
Grinders is a snowboarding game from developer FoamPunch that promises a huge and diverse open world for its downhill escapades. It features story mode, online multiplayer and plenty of real-world nods – including authentic branding and pro snowboarder appearances – and launches tomorrow on Xbox, Game Pass and Steam.
Flintlock: The Seat of Dawn is a potentially very exciting new reveal, coming, as it does, from developer A44, who previously created Ashen. It’s an open-world action RPG set in a dark fantasy world where gunpowder was just invented (think Lord of the Rings with guns), which features players as a soldier assisted by a strange magical creature known as Enki. So far, we only have a cinematic trailer for this one, but it will be released sometime this year.
If you love Roblox, developer Splitting Point Studios has generated a lot of excitement around its first-person shooter. rolling thunderand their segment was followed by a rapid procession of trailers for Whale fall – an RPG-visual-novel-hybrid that’s currently on Kickstarter – plus a surreal locomotive-themed survival adventure Voidtraincoming to Xbox later this year.
We also got a pretty big preview of developer Zelart’s “brutal action-adventure RPG.” There is no light. It’s very attractive in a sort of dark pixel art, and it’s released on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC this year.
The next step is Fight Quest, described as the “world’s first wrestling RPG”. Speaking as someone with very minimal interest in wrestling, it didn’t grab my attention the way it seems to have others online, but if the idea of fights wrestling-themed turn-based, side quests and cameos from a host of real-world wrestlers, including “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Booker T and Andre The Giant storylines, it releases this summer.
Soft Knights is a “turn-based strategy deck builder” from Garden Story developer Rose City Games. “Take the role of Phoebe, programmer extraordinaire, as she tests her Floppy Knights creations with odd jobs around town,” reads the official blurb. “Engage the collectible creatures ready to rid the crops of goblin invaders, stop a volcano from erupting, and stop the Science Fair from being postponed in turn-based tactical battles.” It will be released on Xbox and PC in the second quarter of this year and will be available on Game Pass.
And finally, to round out today’s Xbox Indie Showcase, there was a quick quadruple of trailers for games that all launched day one on Game Pass. There is a wonderful open-world investigation adventure paradise killer (which is available now), exuberant top-down adventure Kraken Academy (coming to Xbox March 22), sci-fi narrative RPG sleeper citizen (which will be released later this year and has already piqued Eurogamer’s interest), plus “a cute and spooky adventure” Pins Tags. And that’s your lot for now. Farewell!