2015 is nearing an end and what an amazing year it has been for Indie Games with Her Story, Ori And The Blind Forest, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture and Rocket League being just a few of the years big success stories. But what about 2016?, there are a ton of great independent games to look forward to in 2016, below are five Indie Games we think you should look out for next year.
BitUp – BitUp is a Side scrolling, exploration Hack-N’-Slash game set in a Cubist-Impressionist world. Bit’s world like many before it is built entirely with pixels. Players will be tasked with killing various enemies before collecting their colourful essence as well as using the pixels to build new gear, manipulate the environment and even open up secret pathways.
BitUp will launch for the PlayStation 4 in 2016.
Everspace – Everspace developers, ROCKFISH Games took to KickStarter to raise the funding for Everspace, a single player 3D space shooter with a non-linear storytelling from the creators of the critically acclaimed “Galaxy on Fire” series. Everspace raised €420,252 of it’s €250,000 goal. While the goal of the game itself might sound easy, with players tasked with reaching a destination, with every new attempt players will face all new challenges as the route to their destination and the obstacles they must overcome vary each time.
Everspace Key Features will include;
- PC platform with additional platforms as stretch goals (these goals were not met)
- Singleplayer Rogue-like gameplay with persistent progression
- AAA-style visuals & sound and rock solid controls
- Captivating non-linear storytelling that perfectly fits the nature of a rogue-like
- In-depth upgrade and damage system
- 1st and 3rd person action focus (no sim)
With a 2016 release already scheduled for the PC and Mac, there is still a possibility of a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release in the future.
Orphan – Backed with $36,000, Orphan is all set for a 2016 release. Developed by Windy Hill Studio, Orphan is a classically styled 2D action platformer where a young boy is a survivor of an overnight alien invasion.
Players will sneak across the countryside through open fields and dense forests, over dangerous mountains and through lush valleys, ducking behind rocks and trees all while being pursued by an army of machines designed to destroy all life. However the machines have their weaknesses and they carry powerful weapons that may be able to be used against them. Orphan draws inspiration from the classic 2D games of gaming’s golden era. Orphan focuses on immersive gameplay, visuals and atmosphere and channels classics like Another World, Blackthorne and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysey, with a touch of Journey to Silius.
As Orphan reached a $36,000 goal it will release on the PlayStation 4 as well as the PC, Mac, Linux and Steam in 2016.
Prey For The Gods – Prey for the Gods is a brutal journey set across a desolate frozen island, where the only chance of survival is to destroy the very gods you believe in. Players take the role of a lone hero sent to the edge of a dying world to discover the mystery behind a never-ending winter. Arriving with only the clothes on your back, the hero must survive the colossal dangers that he encounters. To restore balance and reclaim the land from the brink, players will be faced with questions that not even a God knows the answer to.
Prey For The Gods is scheduled for a 2016 release on the PC and Mac.
The Witness – The Witness is a 3D puzzle video game designed by Jonathan Blow and his development team, Thekla, Inc. Inspired by Myst, The Witness has the player explore an open world island filled with a number of natural and man-made structures.
Players progress throughout The Witness by solving a variety of puzzles which are based on interactions with mazes presented on panels scattered around the island, though the rules and outcomes of solving the individual mazes are part of the puzzles that the player will have to come to learn themselves through both visual clues around the island and through audio logs that the player can find. With the aim to include as little instruction as possible, wanting to have players come to understand the rules of these puzzles for themselves and coming to moments of realization while exploring the island. The final game will have about 650 total puzzles to be solved, though the player is not required to solve them all to finish the game.
The Witness is set for release on January 26, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, and for iOS a later date.
What Indie Games are you looking forward to in 2016, let us know in the comment section below.