Thought E3 wasn’t over? have! A month after Geoff Keighley summoned the entire gaming industry to Los Angeles for a week of promotion, Annapurna Interactive, a little late to the party, hosted its annual showcase. Today, over the course of 30 minutes, the indie publisher gave a look at what’s in store for its offbeat portfolio. Before you ask, no, there is no news of another sequel Stray. Come on, people, that only come out. Nevertheless, there is much to write home about. Here’s all the important stuff, organized from coolest to least.
Three kick-ass PlayStation games are coming to Xbox
Since the launch of this console generation, Annapurna Interactive has published three great games on PlayStation: The waylessan atmospheric archery action game; Maquette, a recursive puzzle game with a heartbreaking story; and Solar Asha sci-fi platformer from the people who created Hyper Light Drifter. (All three are also available on PC.) Now the trio’s console exclusivity deal ends:
- The wayless coming to Xbox and Switch this winter, no specific date yet.
- Maquette coming to Xbox and Switch, and will also be added to Game Pass, Microsoft’s hugely popular game-on-demand service.
- Solar Ash coming to Steam on December 6th. (On PC, it’s currently only available on the Epic Game Store.) It’s also coming to Game Pass later this winter, but no date yet.
Exclusivity for screw bracket. It’s good when more people get the chance to play games.
Thirsty Suitors coming 2023, demo out on PC today
Thirsty suitorsthe next game from the creators of The Falcon Agefinally has a release window. First revealed at the 2021 Game Awards, the multi-genre RPG is now slated for release next year on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch and PC. It’s a long way off, yes, but in the meantime, there’s a demo available on Steam today. Earlier this summer I played through a version of this demo at the Tribeca Festival. It’s tricky.
Hohokum developers make a multiplayer game
Flock is a multiplayer game about getting lost in an idyllic wilderness and collecting flying animals, which you just…ride around. It is developed by people who had previously worked together on Hohokum, a calm PlayStation game where you control a colorful snake creature and navigate a beautifully colored space with no goals or objectives. It probably is the coolest game everor at least of the latest console generation.
Oh, yes, speaking of, Hohokum is now available on Steam.
Hindsight is out next week
The obviously tear-jerking storytelling game Hindsight out August 4 for PC, Switch, and iOS devices. Last week, a representative for Annapurna Interactive told me that these are the kind of games that make me feel emotions. It was unclear if that statement was directed at me, personally, or if it was intended as a description for a broad audience.
What Remains of Edith Finch get a next generation sport
Narrator game in first person What Remains of Edith Finch, released in 2017, is getting a free next-gen enhancement. Like most next-gen upgrades, it will bring the game up to a now standard 4K resolution with frame rates of 60 frames per second. It is available today.
It will be availablee on September 15. No update on news of the incoming Switch port, which was was announced during a Nintendo Direct last February.
Kentucky Route Zero developers have a new game in the works
Cardboard Computer, the three-person team behind must play indie gem Kentucky Route Zerois working on a new game, but didn’t share information about a name, genre, or release date.
Bounty Star is a mech shooter
Annapurna’s portfolio hits me far more often than it misses, but that’s because the publisher specializes in higher-end titles that you rarely see in the AAA space. Bounty Star, a third-person shooter slated for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox (where it will launch as part of the Game Pass library), doesn’t seem to fit that bill. Although it has base building and farming elements, you seem to spend a lot of time controlling a mech and using it to shoot nondescript enemies.
The Lost Wild is a survival horror game about avoiding dinosaurs in a jungle at night
Watch the trailer above. Yeah, uh, no! No no no no.
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