You thought non-E3 was over? Have! A month after Geoff Keighley called the entire gaming industry to Los Angeles for a week of marketing, Annapurna Interactive, a little late to the party, organized its annual showcase. Today, in 30 minutes, the indie publisher gave a look at what’s in the works for the unusual portfolio. Before you ask, no, there is no news of another sequel Stray. Come on guys just come out. Nevertheless, there is much to write home about. Here’s all the important stuff, organized from awesome to less.
Three kick-ass PlayStation games are coming to Xbox
Since the launch of this console generation, Annapurna Interactive has published three amazing games on PlayStation: The waylessan atmospheric archery action game; Maquette, a recursive puzzle with a heartbreaking narrative; and Solar Asha sci-fi platformer from the people who made Hyper Light Drifter. (All three are also available on PC.) Now, the trio’s console exclusivity deals are falling away:
- The wayless coming to Xbox and Switch this winter, no specific date yet.
- Maquette is hitting Xbox and Switch, and will also be added to Game Pass, Microsoft’s hugely popular games-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 console. 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 Falcon agefinally has a release window. First revealed during 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 dope.
Hohokum developers are making a multiplayer game
Herd 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 have previously worked together on Hohokum, a calm PlayStation game where you control a colorful snake creature and navigate a beautifully colored room without any targets or goals. It probably is coolest game everor at least of the last console generation.
Oh yeah, by the way, Hohokum is now available on Steam.
Hindsight is out next week
The obviously tear-jerking narrative game Hindsight will be released on August 4 for PC, Switch and iOS devices. Last week, a representative for Annapurna Interactive told me that it’s the kind of game that makes 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 port
First person narrative game 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 15 September. No update on news of the incoming Switch port, which 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 a must-play indie gem Kentucky Route Zerois working on a new game, but didn’t share any information about a name, genre, or release date.
Bounty Star is a mech shooter
For me, Annapurna’s portfolio hits far more often than it misses, but that’s because the publisher specializes in premium fare that you rarely see in the AAA space. Bounty Star, a third-person shooter planned 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 piloting a mech and using it to shoot nondescript enemies.
The Lost Wild is a survival horror game about dodging dinosaurs in a jungle at night
Watch the trailer above. Yeah, uh, nooooo! No no no no.