The discussion about E3 indies on Waypoint Radio recently got me thinking about a few indies that I’ve been following for a while, that I don’t hear people talking much about. Usually it’s because they’re really early in development, and maybe there’s only some art-tests or small vertical slices available to get you excited, and the big question is usually what the actual gameplay is going to be like.
Anyway, in that vein, here’s a few that I’m really interested to hear more about:
Ashen (by Aurora44)
Being from NZ, I get excited when I hear about NZ developers doing interesting things. Ashen was announced for Xbox one (published by MS) at E3 last year, but there hasn’t been much talk of it since. From what I can gather, it has influences from Journey, Dark Souls, and a bit of Shadow of the Colossus. The multiplayer sounds like it could be journey-like, which is pretty interesting.
The Last Night (by Odd Tales)
Super small team working on this, and the first time I’d heard about Raw Fury as a publisher. The art style here is what’s got me interested (as there’s no actual gameplay shown). A version of it made in 6 days won the Cyberpunkjam in 2014, and they’ve been working on making it a full game since then. The work in progress art stuff that Tim posts on twitter is gorgeous.
HK Project (by Koola & Viv)
“The game where you play as a cat in Hong Kong”. This one I’ve seen the most articles written about, but now it sounds like they’ve secured funding and are hiring up a little. I’m expecting this one’s a few years away at minimum. Gameplay wise, it simply says adventure game, but could feature some kind of puzzle platforming by the looks of the tests? Hard to say at this stage I think.
What are some indies that have your attention, but seem to be under the radar at the moment?