Indie is a term that's used incorrectly all the time, but it's often a convenient way of explaining the scope and scale of a game, even if many of the so-called indies we play these days are backed by major publishers. That's not the case with the games below, however, as we've collected together a selection of titles made by completely independent teams. And stay tuned as we've got another preview set to follow and that one's full of games backed by the rising number of specialist indie game labels and publishers.
Afterparty (PC) - 2019
Developer: Night School Studio
It's always a pain going to hell, but in Afterparty we'll get the chance to drink with the devil himself and hear about a chance at redemption. All you have to do is outdrink Satan, and if that doesn't sound intriguing we don't know what does.
Astroneer (PC, Xbox One) - February 6
Developer: System Era Softworks
Astroneer has spent a couple of years in Early Access on Steam and is also available via Xbox Game Preview, but this February the astronaut space exploration, crafting, and survival title hits its 1.0 release. Over the course of the years in Early Access the mechanics and gameplay have been polished and iterated upon, and we look forward to seeing how this one turned out.
At The Gates (PC) - January 23
Developer: Conifer Games
With the project fronted by Civ 5 lead Jon Shafer, there's a fair amount of buzz that has built around this historically-inclined strategy game. Happily, it's set to land in January, so we don't have too much longer to wait before we finally get our hands on the game that has you battle for survival among the ashes of what was once the Roman Empire.
Dicey Dungeons (PC) - Early 2019
Developer - Terry Cavanagh
Terry Cavanagh has a talent for making interesting indie games that can grab our attention, and he's continuing that trend with Dicey Dungeons. In this combination of old-school roguelike dungeon crawling and modern deckbuilding games, players must fight through an endless dungeon to defeat Lady Luck herself.
Draugen (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - 2019
Developer: Red Thread Games
Draugen has gone through many iterations at developer Red Thread Games (Dreamfall Chapters), but it wasn't until last year that the game was fully unveiled and it sure looks like a unique adventure. Playing as an American called Edward who's coming to Norway in 1923 along with his young ward to look for his missing sister, you'll uncover something sinister lurking beneath the gorgeous landscape.
GTFO (PC) - Spring
Developer: 10 Chambers Collective
If you're a fan of co-op shooters and sci-fi horror, then slide GTFO straight to the top of your indie wishlist. The team is made up of Payday veterans, which is why it was no surprise to see the game in great shape when we played it last year. Players are plunged into a procedurally arranged abandoned facility deep under the surface of an alien planet - it's dangerous work and you're totally expendable, so hop to it.
Meditations (PC) - Every Day
Developer: Rami Ismail
Life can be stressful, and in 2019 that's unlikely to change. Luckily for us, Rami Ismail has brought together the talents of over 350 developers to give us a small relaxing game every day, but here's the catch - each game will only be available for 24 hours, so be sure to check back daily to avoid missing anything!