Game News 10 Summer Game Fest indies that are overshadowing the greats
Starfield, Diablo 4, Street Fighter 6… Many behemoths shone this non-E3 2022. But there are also a slew of indies that sometimes stole the show.
The Plucky Squire
If we had to elect a king of the indie reveals of the Summer Game Fest, it would probably be The Plucky Squire. Everywhere on the networks, the game with the good tunes of Toy Story seems to have been unanimous. Presented during the Devolver conference, the adventure takes us on a first-person view into young Sam’s room. On his table, a book tells in pictures the crazy adventures of Jot, a fearless squire, fight bumbling goblins, build bridges by moving words, and defeat colossi with their bare hands. And then, by an unfortunate leap, he finds himself outside the book. The characters in the book will now have to “jump between 2D and 3D realms to save their friends“. A chaos launched by the malevolent Humgrump who discovered that he was the villain of the book, destined to lose his battle against the forces of good for eternity. The game is signed All Possible Futures, a young team formed in 2019 by two veterans of the gaming industry who have already worked on the main series Pokémon or The Swords of DItto. The release of The Plucky Squire is set for the year 2023 on Xbox Series, PC, PS5 and Nintendo Switch.
On the field of FMV games, there is a reference that we do not fail to quote with a vengeance: it is Sam Barlow. After the success of Her Story and one Telling Lies with a prestigious cast, the creator presented his third title extensively at the Tribeca festival. immortality is an experience during which we will have to investigate the disappearance of Marissa Marcel, an actress who has appeared in three different films. This time, there is no longer any question of typing keywords in a search bar to extract clips from it as the old Barlow games offered. It will rather be a question of clicking on faces or other points of interest present in scenes shot to bring up new images. Recall that on the writing, Barlow will count on the help of Allan Scott (Don’t Look Now, The Queen’s Game), Amelia Gray (Mr. Robot, Maniac) and Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart, Lost Highway ). IMMORTALITY will be released on July 26 on PC, Xbox Series and Game Pass.
Cult of the Lamb
In the Devolver catalog, Cult of the Lamb is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games. Already shown on many occasions, it has provided itself with a release date during the showcase of the indie publisher. Dungeon-crawler oriented roguelite, the title offers you to embody a lamb saved from a sacrifice who decides to set up his own sect in order to pay a debt. It is therefore necessary to explore the world, convert a whole bunch of creatures and develop his camp. On JV, we’ve already tried the demo and it seems quite conclusive in general terms: “If we had a good time playing this little demo, it’s still hard to visualize where the developers at Massive Monster want to take us with their hybrid gameplay. As for the rest, the game really has a pleasant touch that can be enjoyed without difficulty and even leaves a good taste of coming back to it.”. Cult of the Lamb is now expected on Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series and PC on August 11 for €22.99 or €27.98
Since we’re talking about Devolver, let’s finally mention skate story, which is, as its name suggests, a skateboarding game offered by Sam Eng. The players here are glass demons who evolve in the Underground and seek to reach the Moon to swallow it. An atypical program for a title of its kind which will be fleshed out with all sorts of kickflips, grinds and other ollies. It will also be about destroying the other demons that stand in your way, all over a dreamlike soundtrack offered by Blood Cultures, an American experimental pop group from New Jersey. Skate Story will be released on PC in 2023.
Polish sci-fi thriller, The Invincible is the work of the Starward Industries studio, made up of a dozen veterans of The Witcher 3, Dying Light and Cyberpunk 2077. The game is inspired by the eponymous novel published in 1964 by Stanisław Lem. You will play the role of a scientist in charge of a crucial rescue mission. The objective: to find the missing members of a crew on Regis III, a “distant planet with an atompunk aesthetic reminiscent of the days of the space race”, in a world where the digital revolution has not taken place and where the Cold War never ended. We are told here about “philosophical adventure, pure science fiction and atompunk taking place in a retro-futuristic aesthetic”. After a new postponement, The Invincible is only expected in 2023 on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Disappeared from the radar for ten years, Routine made a frankly unexpected reappearance during the Geoff Keighley show. In line with SF horror games, the title does a lot of talking for its immersive sound design produced by Mick Gordon, who is none other than the man behind the compositions of Killer Instinct (2013), Wolfenstein: The New Order , Doom (the one from 2016, and Eternal) and Prey (2017). Headed by the editor Raw Fury to whom we owe in particular Sable and NORCO, the developers of Lunar Software offer an adventure planted in an abandoned lunar base. The player indeed encounters particularly hostile robots. Equipped with a tool to assist cosmonauts, he will have to interact with computer systems to progress. Routine is scheduled for an unknown date on PC, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It will be available in the Game Pass.
Already shown several times, American Arcadia is the brand new game from the Call of the Sea studio. And its concept will quickly make you think of The Truman Show: The game offers you a trip to Arcadia, a seemingly utopian and futuristic city with a very seventies atmosphere. But the American dream also has serious flaws that will undermine our protagonist. The entire city is one gigantic reality show, filming its inhabitants 24/7, making it one of the most watched shows in the world. Faced with this deception, Trevor decides to get out of his banal life to extricate himself from this gigantic joke. The authorities then set off in pursuit. The RAW Fury editor handling the project has yet to announce a release date but has already confirmed a PC version.
Nine Years of Shadows
In the tunnel of games presented by Guerrilla Collective, Nine Years of Shadows did not go unnoticed. In this Metroidvania, the world has been shrouded in darkness for nine years now. You play as a heroine determined to find the source of chaos and restore color to the world. Armed with her halberd, Europa will discover the vestiges of ancient civilizations and will have to defeat the many enemies on her way. She will also be able to take possession of the powers of Poseidon, Gaia and Helios to solve puzzles. Nine Years of Shadows is slated for release this year on PC and Switch.
synergy is a survival city-builder developed by the French from Leikir Studio and published by Goblinz Publishing. The player’s objective will naturally be to develop his city and deal with natural disasters that occur there. Here, humans live on a hostile planet and must learn to survive in extreme conditions. You will therefore have to be very pragmatic in the management of resources to maintain the morale and health of your inhabitants. Another important point is to maintain good harmony with the fauna and flora. We will have to be patient before we can approach the experience which should not be available on PC before 2023.
Planet of Lana
Already well known now, Planet of Lana showed gameplay during Summer Game Fest. This indie production from Wishfully is a side-scrolling platform game with a strong focus on reflection and contemplation. During a dreamlike journey, the player will be accompanied by Miu, a pet capable of supporting you throughout this adventure. Planet of Lana is due out this year on Xbox and PC.
About the Summer Game Fest
What is Summer Game Fest?
No E3 this year, but we can still count on another world-class event: the Summer Game Fest, a big show dedicated to announcements of video games to come this year or the following years. It was in 2020 that journalist and host Geoff Keighley launched this now unmissable festival for the first time. Last year, the show featured stunning images from Elden Ring; so inevitably, the third iteration raises high expectations.
When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?
The Summer Game Fest is this Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The show will once again be followed by a Day of the Devs session devoted to the independent scene.
How to follow the Summer Game Fest 2022?
On JV, we will react live to announcements from the LeStream channel alongside Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée in particular. The program will also be directly visible as a teaser on JV’s homepage. And for those who prefer reading, you will of course find our news throughout the conference. A written summary will also be available
What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?
Among the games not to miss, there is in particular the heir to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us its first gameplay images. For its part Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 presents us with its first level. Also on the program: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from Aaryn Flynn’s studio (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, the JRPG One Piece Odyssey, the free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley further announced: “We have a few new game announcements for this show and hopefully a few surprises if all goes well. But it’s definitely a show that mostly focuses on things that are foretold.”