Aug. 13, 2021

There's an indie game for EVERYONE! - GWS#045


What at time to be an indie game fan! In what seems like a coordinated effort from Microsoft and Nintendo, they each presented over 15 indie games coming to their respective platforms which will be released between the day of the announcements until 2022. Sony isn't out of the news, as reports suggest they are taking things with their upcoming VR experience up a notch and potentially a premium PS Plus subscription plan with access to Crunchyroll content.

 

ID@Xbox Showcase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4Ss5a6p698

  • Hosts of ID@Xbox Showcase

    • Meghan Camarena (Strawburry17plays)
      • A youtuber and twitch streamer
      • Plays Minecraft, Roblox, GTA V and Stardew Valley
    • Steve Sailor (BlindGamerSteve)
      • He is Blind and plays games
      • He has a condition that makes his vision blurry - so not completely blind
      • Twitch Streamer and overall cool guy
      • Recently played Ghost of Tsushima and Sea of Thieves
      • Advocate for providing accessibility to gamers
  • Aeon Drive

    • Frantic 2D sidescroller platformer action game based in Neo Barcelona
    • Similar to Shinobi and Castlevania with a speedrunning twist
    • Game is built from the ground up for speedrunning
    • All levels have a 30-second timer, but time can be added if you want to take more time to finish a level
    • Character has a dagger that allows her to teleport
    • Local and online campaign co-op up to 3 friends and PVP modes
    • Coming to Xbox Series and One Fall 2021
    • Demo available right now to try
  • The Vale - Shadow of the Crown

    • Audio only adventure game with a blind princess as the protagonist
    • Dave Evans is the Director of The Vale and worked with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to make this game. The blind community served as consultants and testers.
    • Implements good use of a 180-degrees 3D audio landscape to audibly present a level of intimacy between characters, exploration and story telling, and combat system
    • Combat is a combination of timing and pattern recognition
    • The blind community requested a very hard game mode, as they were disappointed in the past for games in the past that lacked any challenge.
    • Demo is out on Steam, coming August 19th
  • Lab Rat

    • Puzzle solving top down game that has an AI called S.A.R.A
    • Satirical science fiction puzzle game
    • Coming 2022
    • F: Has an AI similar to GlaDos from Portal
  • RPGTIME: The Legend of Wright

    • Pencil drawn adventure game.
    • Game takes place on an notebook on a desk, the pages flip to progress to different areas
    • Very creative and goes through different styles from pencil drawn to pop up story book. Even to cardboard
    • Coming Winter 2021
  • The Big Con

    • cross country 90's adventure
    • Flashy 90s graphics
    • Teenage girl doing petty crimes to save her mom's video store from loan sharks
    • dialogue by many famous voice actors including Troy Baker
    • Alley the main protagonist is voiced by Erica Ishii
      • She did voices in Apex Legends and Destiny 2
    • Dave Fennoy - is playing Rad Ghost
      • He worked on The walking dead and batman
    • Available for preorder now, coming August 31 on Xbox Series and One
  • Pupperazzi

    • Cute game about taking photos of dogs
    • Many breeds of dogs that are also in different outfits and some even skateboard
    • You can even pet the dogs!
    • Coming soon on Xbox Game Pass
  • Creator of Stardew Valley interview

    • ConcernedApe aka Eric Barone
    • He was inspired by Harvest Moon and thought it would be a niche game when he released it
    • Took him a couple of years to get used to the fact the game would be popular
    • He wanted to capture the opposite feeling of most rpgs where they have you leaving your home. This was a game were your adventure was at home
    • "All Humans has a call to nature, I think that is why this game resonated with people" - Eric Barone
    • He is still working on the game. Update 1.5 just came out. added a lot more to end game stuff
    • Breaking News - Stardew Valley is coming to Game Pass sometime before the end of 2021
  • 6 Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass Day 1:

    • Aragami 2 - Sept 17th
    • Evil Genius 2 _ Winter 2021
    • Library of Ruina - Out now
    • Pupparazzi - No release date
    • The Artful Escape - Sept 9th
    • Stardew Valley - Fall 2021
  • Full Games Announcement List (18 Games)

    • Lightyear Frontier
    • The Wandering Village
    • Lab Rat
    • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
    • OlliOlli World
    • Inked: A Tale of Love
    • Sam & Max Save the World Remastered
    • Aeon Drive
    • The Big Con
    • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown
    • Aragami 2
    • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
    • Pupparazzi
    • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
    • Stardew Valley
    • Library of Ruina
    • Spacelines From the Far Out
    • The Artful Escape
  • Lightyear Frontier

    • by Framebreak
    • looks like a mech farming/survival kind of game like Stardew Valley
    • Features crafting, resource management and base building
    • 4 player coop and solo
    • Released on Xbox and PC in 2022 in early access
  • The Wandering Village

    • City builder with a twist - Takes place on top of a huge creature.
    • You mange your city and mange the relationship with this creature
    • F: Reminds me on XC2. It is a dinosaur with a village on its back. RTS with cute 2d stylish graphics.
  • OlliOlli World

    • Action platformer skating with cartoon-inspired style and chill soundtrack
    • Introduced character customization
    • You can now choose the style of skating you like
    • 4k@120 and Smart Delivery
    • Coming winter 2021 to Series and One

    F: Third in the series?

  • Inked - Aug 27th release date

    • Hand drawn visuals, ballpoint pen style
    • Japanese inspired
    • Isometric adventure puzzle game
    • The Artist hand is part of the game and is intertwined in the love story
    • Coming August 27th
  • Sam and Max Save the World Remastered

    • Old school point and click game
    • Available same day on Xbox One.
  • Aragami 2

    • Game by Lince Works
    • Third person stealth ninja action game
    • Coming September 17th on Xbox Series and One and on Game Pass day one
  • Pathfinder - Wrath of the Righteous

    • Classic CRPG - Computer Role Playing Game (EG Dragon Age Origins, Pillars of Eternity and Divinity Original Sin)
    • Coming March 1st 2022 on Xbox One and on Game Pass day one
  • Evil Genius 2

    • World building simulator were you play as a villain and must build and manage your lair to fend off the forces of justice
    • Elements of booby traps in the lair
    • Coming end of 2021 on Xbox Game Pass
  • The artful escape - release Sept 9th 2021

    • Game about a teenage guitar prodigy becoming a folk music legend
    • Featuring the voice of Michal Johnston, caroline headey, jason schwartzman, mark strong and carl weathers
    • Its a musical side scroller that the world interacts with your music as you carry your guitars and traverse the multiverse
  • Library of Ruina - Available now on Xbox Game pass

    • "Library Battle Simulation"
    • You battle against other librarians using cards and dice to gain more books for your library
  • Spacelines From the Far Out - End of 2021

    • Demo is out now
    • Procedurally Gen Co-Op Adventure
    • Intergalactic Travel Company Simulator

Nintendo Indie World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDclD1QMmYM

https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2021/08/round_up_all_the_games_from_nintendos_indie_world_showcase_-_august_2021

  • Bomb Rush Cyberfunk
    • Graffiti action adventure, where you get to skate, grind, perform tricks, and paint graffiti art to become the one of the best graffiti artists in the city
    • Jetset Radio vibes
    • Timed console exclusive on Switch in 2022
  • TOEM
    • Photo adventure game where you take photos of characters and objects.
    • Very simple and clean monochrome and hand drawn style cartoon design
    • Explore different areas, each one presented as a mini isometric level.
    • Arriving fall 2021
  • Necrobarista: Final Pour
    • Visual novel set in Melbourne with anime-style graphics about the dead having one night to talk to the living.
    • Expanded director's cut of the original game with new story and a studio mode to create your own dialogue and stories
    • Timed console exclusive on announcement day
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
    • Dungeon crawling dating sim
    • Weapons transform to humans
    • Use cash collected from the game to take out your weapons on dates
    • Available on announcement day
  • Axiom Verge 2
    • Prequel to original game
    • Platformer with two interconnected worlds on a mission to discover the origins of the Axiom Verge universe
    • Available on announcement day
  • Metal Slug Tactics
    • Tactical combat mechanics added to the familiar style of the old games
    • Coming to Switch in 2022
  • Eastward
    • Action-adventure RPG with puzzle-solving and dungeon elements and pixel art
    • Set in a near-future society on the brink of collapse, you play as a miner called John who discovers young girl Sam in a secret underground facility
    • Pixel art
    • Coming September 16 2021 as a timed console exclusive, Preorders available same day
  • Loop Hero
    • Card-based RPG where you are the level creator of the game and must craft adventures for the NPC hero so they can complete a loop
    • Completing loops rewards cards which allows you to customize even more
    • Arrives winter 2021
  • FAR: Changing Tides
    • Vehicle puzzle adventure, sequel to FAR: Lone Sails
    • Play as a new character and explore a post-apocalyptic and flooded world in your own ship
    • Coming to Switch early 2022
  • Garden Story
    • Life simulation game
    • Play as the Concord, the youngest grape in The Grove and the new Guardian whose job is to help restore the island
    • Timed console exclusive on announcement day
  • Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon
    • Puzzle adventure and dungeon crawler hybrid with Bejeweled-inspired gameplay
    • Amiibo summons a character to assist you
    • Coming to Switch this holiday
  • ISLANDERS: Console Edition
    • Procedurally generated city builder with minimalistic and colorful approach
    • Keep building until you run out of resources, then start again
    • Available on announcement day
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
    • Very colorful and futuristic looking
    • Single player offline and online modes
    • Multiplayer mode where three players work together to connected one big stage
    • Crossplay support
    • Arriving on Switch October 8
  • ASTRONEER
    • Space exploration
    • Players work together to build custom bases, create vehicles and explore the solar system
    • January 2022
  • Hundred Days
    • Winemaking simulator
    • Coming holiday 2021
  • Slime Rancher: Portable edition
    • First-person life simulator game where you need to construct your ranch and explore the world to collect, raise, feed, and breed slimes.
    • Available on announcement day
  • LumbearJack
    • Adventure puzzle game where you play as Jack the bear who wants to restore the environment by destroying the machinery of industrial giant Evil Works
    • Coming 2022
  • Curious Expedition 2
    • Turn-based narrative roguelike game
    • Go on an expedition into the unknown as you assemble your crew
    • Available on announcement day
  • Gang Beasts
    • Multiplayer party game where you need to be the last man standing
    • Similar style to Fallguys
    • Coming fall 2021

Next-generation PSVR

https://www.ign.com/articles/psvr2-aaa-console-quality-games

  • According to YouTube channel PSVR without Parole, Sony met with potential PSVR 2 developers letting them know that they would like to move away from previous VR experiences and focus on console-quality AAA game experiences.
  • Their plan is to have hybrid games with both a VR version and a standard console version, so that the games can be played using their VR headset as well on a screen like a normal game, similar to the VR mode for Hitman 3.
  • There doesn't seem to be any plans to make the games backward compatible, rather the original PSVR games would be remastered for the new headset.
  • The next VR headset is reportedly internally known as NGVR or Next-Generation VR.
  • The display panel is reported to be using Samsung's 4K OLED panels with a total resolution of 4000x2080 pixels or 2000x2040 pixels for each eye, and a field of view of 100 degrees which is 10 degrees more than the original PSVR.
  • The headset will also feature Flexible Scaling Resolution (FSR), a technique which should be similar to foveated rendering that uses eye-tracking to know what the person is looking at and concentrate processing power on rendering that area while reducing the rendering quality of whatever is in the peripheral vision.
  • To lessen motion sickness while improving immersion, Sony plans to add haptic feedback to the headset.
  • The controllers will also be getting an upgrade with analogue finger detection, which can sense how far away the thumb, index, and middle fingers are.
  • It is believed that Sony is planning to release the new VR headset in the holiday season of 2022

https://blog.playstation.com/2021/03/18/next-gen-vr-on-ps5-the-new-controller/

  • It was revealed in March in the official PlayStation blog that they plan on adding adaptive triggers to the new PSVR controllers, similar to those found on the PS5 controllers which can add tension to triggers and allow for granular control
  • The controllers will also have haptic feedback and finger touch detection, and will be tracked by the VR headset

How Sony's acquisition of Crunchryroll can change PSN Plus

https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/playstation-plus-may-reportedly-add-a-new-premium-tier-including-crunchyroll/

  • Crunchyroll is the biggest anime streaming website that has over 120 million registered users and 5 million paying subscribers in more than 200 countries
  • Sony has announced in December 2020 that they plan to acquire Crunchyroll for $1.175 billion, which was officially complete earlier this week
  • Reports suggest that Sony might offer access to Crunchyroll as part of a premium PlayStation Plus subscription
  • This ties in with the PlayStation Plus Video Pass service which in April began one-year tests in Poland.