Once again, E3 has been an absolute knockout. We've had some memorable moments, from celebrity appearances to long-awaited AAA announcements, and whilst these stories are impressive, the little guys once again stunned us with their craft and creativity. To really showcase how brilliant these indie titles are looking to be, we've put together a list of some of the best indies coming out of E3 this year.
UnderMine - Thorium
Starting everything off is UnderMine, an action-adventure roguelike with RPG elements intertwined. Take up the mantle of a measly peasant, journeying deep into the Earth in hopes of discovering riches beyond your wildest dreams. Tackle challenges, grow your character and face bosses in a pixel-art world where if your character perishes, simply pass everything on to the next peasant and carry on.
UnderMine is scheduled for release this summer across PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Cyber Shadow - Aarne "MekaSkull" Hunziker
We weren't exactly sure what the culmination of ninjas, robots and a classic 8-bit pixel style would amount to but let us tell you now, it's crazy cool. Developed by a single man and boasting a 5/6-hour original story, Cyber Shadow is the tale of one ninja in a world of synthetic life forms. Slashing through techno hordes and fighting against the rival clan's war machines, Shadow will have to find the strength to take them down and unearth the history of his clan which has been long forgotten.
Cyber Shadow currently doesn't have a release date although it is scheduled to launch on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Carrion - Phobia Game Studios
Have you ever watched Alien or any other horror film and thought, "man I wish I could be a Xenomorph for a day?" Well, we have some good news as Carrion has come to offer an experience very similar to the likes of that. Set as a reverse-horror title in which you play as a formless creature of unrecognisable origins, Carrion tasks players with stalking, hunting and consuming the people whom once imprisoned you, all to grow stronger and evolve beyond your wildest dreams.
Carrion is not set to launch until next year, 2020. As for platforms, players can look to find the title on PC and consoles when it releases.
Atomicrops - Joonas Turner, Danny Wynne and Toby Dixon
Farming is rewarding work, especially when you must fight off bloodthirsty monsters to protect your yield. Atomicrops is an action roguelite farming simulator quite literally unlike any other. After the nuclear fallout, players must look to cultivate ultra-GMO crops in a world where almost everything is out to murder you. As you grow your farm, you can look to marry a local, just as all the other post-apocalyptic wasteland farmers hope to do so, or if that isn't your style, you can just befriend animals and live a life of solitude.
Atomicrops is scheduled to release on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One sometime this year, but when exactly that will be we're not sure as no date has been officially announced.
Mosaic - Krillbite Studios
The fear of falling into the trap of mundanity is becoming more common among the general public. The developers of Mosaic noticed this and created a game about it. Using an art style that is similar to reality with abstract twists, Mosaic is about one person struggling to conform to the societal pressures in the present day. As the story progresses the title, which captured the very essence of soul-crushing life, will show hints of freedom and happiness as the very normal character becomes ever more estranged from society itself.
Mosaic is set to launch sometime this year and as for platforms, you can expect to see the title on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Freedom Finger - Wide Right Interactive
Picture the most absurd finger-based game you possibly can imagine, then add an original soundtrack composed by notable artists, and whatever you get is most likely quite similar to Freedom Finger. In this title, players jump aboard fist-shaped rocket ship that flies with its middle finger to the universe itself and fights enemy ships by firing missiles at them or with a straight up uppercut. Think space invaders meets Cuphead's plane levels but with an original soundtrack unique to each level.
Freedom Finger is due to launch sometime this year, although a date is yet to be officially set. As for platforms, look to find this title on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Lost Words: Beyond the Page - Sketchbook Games
Set inside a young girl's diary, Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a 2D adventure platformer that uses words as tools to solve different puzzles. The title which uses a beautifully designed watercolour art style is based largely around immersive storytelling from Rhianna Pratchett, giving players an opportunity to shape the events that take place outside of the diary.
Set to release on PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One, Lost Words: Beyond the Page was revealed to be coming out later this year however, no date has been officially announced yet.
Planet Zoo - Frontier
From the developers of Planet Coaster comes the newest iteration of animal care in Planet Zoo. Bringing lots of the recognised features from Planet Coaster, this title (which shares a lot of similarities with Zoo Tycoon) is more based around animal conservation and creating a stable environment for the creatures, ultimately setting a great example for players of all ages. You can build your zoo the way you want with as much freedom as you want, oh, and the animal's fur looks unbelievable.
Planet Zoo is set to launch on November 5 2019 on PC.
Bloodroots - Paper Cult
In an ultraviolent world where anything can be a weapon, Bloodroots puts players in the shoes of Mr Wolf, a man who has been betrayed and left for dead, now on a journey to find his attacker and exact revenge. Throughout Bloodroots, players can pick up almost anything and use it as a tool for destruction, whilst also performing improvised deadly combos to climb the worldwide leader boards in the hope of fame. The deeper you get through the story, you will uncover more and more handcrafted levels, taking the journey from forests to mountaintops as you chase that sweet, sweet revenge.
Bloodroots is coming to PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch in the summer of this year, although once again, no official date has been announced yet.
Sky - Thatgamecompany
Perhaps one of the most ambitious indie projects coming out of E3, Sky developed by Thatgamecompany is the very definition of accessible multi-platform gaming. Use the power of friendship to uncover strange mysteries across a breath-taking world, where players don't have to be in control to participate. Sky is designed to be playable for all ages and abilities making for an experience unlike any game out there and the best part, it's entirely free.
Sky is set to launch on the App Store on the 18 July 2019, making it downloadable for iPhones and iPads. Soon, the title plans to launch on Android and even further after that on PC, consoles and even Apple TV. As for a price, as mentioned, Sky will be entirely free to play at release.
Ary and the Secret of Seasons - Exiin & Fishing Cactus
Ary and the Secret of Seasons is a story about a young girl who must step up and save her world by becoming a Guardian of Winter. In doing so, she obtains the ability to control and manipulate the seasons to her will, through the usage of powerful and unusual abilities. As the storyline progresses, Ary will have to defeat giant bosses in order to advance her mastery of the seasons and unlock new abilities that she can use to visit entirely new places and meet diverse and peculiar people.
Set for a release sometime this year, Ary and the Secret of Seasons will launch on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Anew: The Distant Light - Resonator
Set in a mysterious, connected alien world, Anew: The Distant Light is a single-player action-adventure game featuring tons of platforming, exploration and fighting, all with a stellar storyline to back it up. As a child, alone on a distant moon, many miles away from Earth, it is your mission to 'plant the seeds', all whilst solving strange, unusual conundrums scattered across the vast space-age landscape. Can you repair your ship and leave the moon, or will you remain trapped with no-one to help you out?
Anew: The Distant Light is set to launch on PC and consoles, but a release window is yet to be revealed.
The Riftbreaker - Exor Studios
In the latest iterations of base-building survival games with action-RPG elements, The Riftbreaker sees players taking up the role of an elite scientist/commando hybrid, travelling through dimensions, gathering samples and resources to bring back home to bolster your base. The twist? The Riftbreaker is played entirely in a robot mech suit - think the Avatar movies, except you're on the human's side.
Releasing sometime in 2020 with no official date yet, The Riftbreaker is coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Rocket Arena - Final Strike Games
In a bizarre world where the Olympics have been replaced by the Rocket Championship Tour, Rocket Arena brings a new version of 3v3 online multiplayer to doting competitive fans. Set in a city which most people would regard as a theme park, players must use one of the many unique competitors, each with their own style and set of abilities to compete in a series of different game modes, each lasting around five minutes with limitless explosive (but non-lethal) fun.
Rocket Arena is set to blast onto PC and Xbox One soon, but for those who can't wait that long, the game is currently in closed beta.
That about rounds out our indie journey for this year's E3. We've seen a whole range of fabulous titles that are worth looking out for and the best part of it all is that there are only a handful of the many great indie games that came out of E3 2019. For more indie goodness, be sure to check out some of the previews we've written since we got home.
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