Annapurna Interactive Showcase 2022 took a slightly different approach to the video game publisher’s summer showcase format. Instead of a firehose of trailers, whizzing reels, and gameplay videos, Annapurna slowed it down a bit, doing all of the above while also taking the time to showcase the folks making some of the best indie games in the business.
Here are the highlights from this year’s show.
Thirsty suitors from Outerloop Games features a skateboard-loving South Asian woman named Jala, who, after leaving a trail of broken hearts, must now duel the owners of those hearts as she tries and fails to live up to her parents’ expectations. We get our first in-depth glimpse of gameplay, highlighting all the ways Jala will fight, cook, and paint herself into self-love. Thirsty suitors launching on Game Pass, Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch in 2023.
Hindsight from Prunes solo developer Joel McDonald is coming soon. This mysterious narrative game is evocative Went home and has players examine the life of a woman through her memories and how the story of those memories changes when looking at things from a different perspective. Hindsight launches August 4 on Nintendo Switch, Steam and iOS.
Cardboard Computer, the three-person Chicago-based development team, took a moment to talk about how the team met, its creative process, and how it managed to create the narrative masterpiece Kentucky Route Zero. The team also shared that it is working on a new game that is meant to be livelier, more fun and faster than KRZ.
Bounty Star combines the peace of farming and base building with mean mech battles. The first year title of Dinogod (which has the most bitchin’ tagline I’ve seen from a developer in a while), Bounty Starcoming soon to Xbox, Game Pass, PlayStation and Steam.
Yarn Owl’s—a two-man team spread across Texas and Georgia—starts with Fabian Willis’ father giving him a copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past shortly before he died. When Willis finally beats the game as he gets older, he decides he wants to recreate that experience for others. After teaching himself the tools of game development, he teams up with Chris Hofmann and together the two work to create their first game inspired by A link to the past. It’s just amazing to see regular people with little to no formal video gamer experience making a game. Yarn Owl’s story is inspiring, and it’s nice that Annapurna Interactive chose to highlight it.
Mobius Digital, producer of Outer Wildlands, has an announcement to make. Yes, Outer Wildlands is still coming to Switch, but due to technical difficulties up to and including a self-admitted misunderstanding of the Gregorian calendar, it’s not coming yet. However, the team announced that the game would receive a free next-gen update for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 on September 15.
The Pathless, Maquette, Solar Ash
Outer Wildlands isn’t the only game getting some cross-platform love. The wayless, originally a PlayStation 5 exclusive, is coming to Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Architecture puzzle Maquette coming to Game Pass and Nintendo Switch. And finally, the smooth but uninteresting Solar Ash also goes cross-platform, coming to Steam on December 6th.
What Remains of Edith Finch
What Remains of Edith Finch is a narrative experience that sticks in you like a splinter and never leaves. Having played the game when it was released in 2017, I believe it is one of the best games I have played in the last decade. If you missed it WROEF, good news, it’s getting a 4K 60FPS port for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 available now and free for anyone with Xbox One or PS4 versions. Play it – you owe it to yourself.
Third Shift is a two-person Germany-based developer working on their first game, Forever since. It tells the story of Alfred, an elderly photographer whose #vanlife makes his way across the United States. No release date or platforms yet, but keep the lens covers off.
Herd is a new game from I am dead creator Richard Hogg in collaboration with Hollow Ponds. It is a cooperative multiplayer game that allows players to fly around, gliding through colorful, alien landscapes on exceptionally cute bird-like creatures that players must catch and collect as Pokémon. Herd will soon be available on Xbox, Game Pass, PlayStation and Steam.
Colorful search game Hohokum, originally available on PlayStation 3 and 4 and Vita, is finally coming to PC. Described by The Vergeis Andrew Webster as a “record you can play,” Hohokum is available today on Steam.
Keita Takahashi, best known for creating Katamari Damacy, have a new game coming soon called The moron. That’s it, that’s the announcement. *humming in Katamari Damacy*
Shortly after the success of If found, Dreamfeel is working on its next title. Based in Ireland, the developers at Dreamfeel shared insights into their creative philosophy and showed that making games sometimes doesn’t mean being chained to a computer 24/7, but coming together, creating, experiencing and collaborating on art. The developers shared some information about the new game, which seems to follow Annapurna’s recent trend of “putting a cat in it.”
The Lost Wild
To close the showcase, UK-based Great Ape Games showed off a teaser of its first game. The Lost Wild – a name dangerously close to running afoul of Michael Crichton’s lawyers – is a survival horror game that pits you against a world run by dinosaurs. Players explore a lush forest populated by all manner of terrifying lizards with nothing but your wits and a mysterious voice to guide them. It gives Resident Evil but with dinosaurs instead of the zombies and since Capcom won’t release another one Dino crisisthis will have to do. The Lost Wild will launch on Steam with consoles to be announced later.