We are currently experiencing a period of relative calm between major game releases, presenting an ideal opportunity to shift our attention towards smaller titles that often receive less attention. Microsoft’s recent summer ID@Xbox Livestream took full advantage of this opportunity by showcasing a variety of exciting indie games that will be available on Xbox One and Series X/S in the upcoming months and years.
The recent 10th annual ID@Xbox Showcase, presented by IGN, served as a pleasant reminder of numerous intriguing games that are either in the development stage or already available on PC and soon to be released on Xbox and other gaming consoles. While we were unable to catch a glimpse of Silksong, the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved Metroidvania game Hollow Knight, despite its continued popularity dominating discussions in Xbox livestream chats, we eagerly await its arrival, even after its official delay.
However, we were pleasantly surprised with the unexpected announcement of a remastered version of Karateka, the debut game from Prince of Persia designer Jordan Mechner. Additionally, we received the exciting news that the Axiom Verge 2 will be available on Xbox starting on July 11. Furthermore, gamers can enjoy the opportunity to try out several new indie games for free during the ongoing Demo Fest, which will continue until July 17. As for the remaining highlights of the event, we witnessed world premieres, new gameplay trailers, and release dates for nine other captivating games.
Everspace 2 – August 15
Everspace 2 is an immersive space shooter game with RPG and loot mechanics. Customize your starfighter and explore the vastness of space, reminiscent of Star Fox mixed with Diablo. This highly acclaimed title is now coming to Game Pass and PlayStation 5, offering players a chance to experience its captivating gameplay and stunning visuals. Traverse the cosmos, encounter breathtaking celestial bodies, and engage in fast-paced combat. Collect loot and upgrades to fine-tune your ship’s capabilities, creating a unique playstyle. Everspace 2 combines action, exploration, and a deep narrative, ensuring an unforgettable gaming experience for fans of space shooters and RPGs alike. Don’t miss out on this interstellar adventure! With its upcoming release on Game Pass and PlayStation 5, even more, players can immerse themselves in this captivating experience.
Worldless – Fall 2023
Worldless is an enchanting adventure game set to release in the fall of 2023. It invites players into a captivating journey that transcends both the physical and astral planes within a shapeless world. The game introduces turn-based combat mechanics that add strategic depth to the gameplay. However, the true allure lies in its “mind-bending” narrative, promising to take players on a thought-provoking and immersive storytelling experience. While some may approach it with scepticism, the overall atmosphere of Worldless exudes a sense of tranquillity and allure, drawing players into its serene and captivating universe.
Mythforce – September 12
MythForce is an exciting four-player co-op roguelike adventure game that captures the nostalgic spirit of Saturday morning cartoons. Combining elements from classics like Gauntlet, it offers a unique twist with a first-person perspective. Drawing inspiration from beloved titles such as Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, MythForce promises an immersive and thrilling gameplay experience. Prepare to face challenging dungeons, conquer fearsome enemies, and unravel the mysteries of a fantastical world. With its blend of cooperative gameplay and roguelike elements, MythForce offers endless replayability and thrilling moments of camaraderie.
Solace State – Summer 2023
Solace State is an intriguing hacker visual novel that delves into the depths of a corporate biotech conspiracy. As players immerse themselves in this captivating narrative, they assume the role of Chloe, a courageous protagonist who dares to challenge political oppression and confronts the shadows of past romantic connections. The game offers a unique blend of thrilling cybernetic intrigue and emotionally charged storytelling. Prepare to navigate a web of secrets, make impactful choices, and utilize your hacking skills to unravel the sinister plot that threatens the very fabric of society. Solace State promises an immersive experience where personal relationships and high-stakes conspiracies intertwine, allowing players to embark on a thought-provoking journey that explores themes of power, resistance, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Scarlet Deer Inn – TBD
Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of embroidery-core with Scarlet Deer Inn. This delightful game took the internet by storm earlier this year and promises a truly captivating experience. Prepare to be amazed by the hand-painted backgrounds, which draw inspiration from the enchanting artistry found in Studio Ghibli movies, Slavic folklore, and medieval Europe. As you embark on your journey, you’ll traverse through monster-filled dungeons, encountering thrilling challenges along the way. What sets Scarlet Deer Inn apart is its attention to detail, allowing players to delve into optional character backstories, adding depth and richness to the overall experience. Get ready to be transported to a world brimming with magic, adventure, and stunning visuals. Scarlet Deer Inn is an absolute treat for those seeking a unique and delightful gaming experience.
Roman Sands Re: Build – Winter
Prepare yourself for the latest surreal thriller from the acclaimed studio behind Paratopic. In Roman Sands, you will take on the role of a manager responsible for a decaying zoological research facility, all while being haunted by a mysterious voice transmitted through the radio. The game’s flashy presentation bears a resemblance to the striking visuals of Neon White, while the sleek user interface adds to its allure. From what can be seen in the trailer, Roman Sands promises a stylish and immersive experience that captivates the senses. If the final game can deliver even half the level of style and intrigue showcased in the trailer, it has the potential to offer a truly remarkable and enthralling gaming experience.
Birth – July 28
Step into a world of eerie wonder with Birth, an exceptional action-adventure puzzle game that explores the art of constructing creatures using old bones and spare organs. This quiet and macabre point-and-click experience offers a unique and contemplative journey, delving into themes of comfort and loneliness. Released on Steam earlier this year, Birth has emerged as one of 2023’s most unexpected and outstanding cosy games. In Birth, players are invited to embrace the solitude as they navigate through captivating puzzles and unravel the secrets hidden within the darkness. With each creation meticulously crafted from remnants of the past, the game takes players on a thought-provoking meditation on life and existence.
Dreamers – September 1
Dreamers stood out as the most intriguing game from the ID@Xbox Showcase. Set in a captivating 3D world, it follows the adventures of a young boy, a girl, and their trusty robot. Together, they embark on a journey filled with side quests, vehicle upgrades, and puzzle-solving. From snowy roads to serene beaches, the game offers diverse and visually stunning landscapes. Immerse yourself in this enchanting universe as you accompany the protagonists on their extraordinary adventures. Dreamers promise a mesmerizing experience that combines charming characters, captivating quests, and the allure of vehicle upgrades.
Hellboy Web of Wyrd – TBD
Imagine if a Dark Horse Hellboy comic came to life as a thrilling roguelite brawler. That’s precisely what Hellboy Web of Wyrd offers, and the latest trailer provides a tantalizing glimpse of its action-packed gameplay. While a release date is yet to be announced, the game showcases cinematic and over-the-shoulder combat. Timed dodges, powerful punches, and gun blasts gradually chip away at formidable adversaries. Hellboy Web of Wyrd features the final video game performance of the talented late actor, Lance Reddick. Prepare to step into the shoes of the iconic Big Red and experience a visually striking and adrenaline-fueled adventure.