Latest Greenlight Batch Includes Eldritch, Race the Sun, Hyper Light Drifter

Top-notch indies coming to Valve's platform.

News by Pete Davison, .

The latest batch of games to make it through Steam's Greenlight process includes some familiar faces, including latest Kickstarter success story Hyper Light Drifter.

Hyper Light Drifter is an impressive-looking pixel-art 2D action RPG "in the vein of the best 8-bit and 16-bit classics," according to its creator. It's received a considerable amount of attention from press and social media thanks to its distinctive visuals, well-structured Kickstarter campaign page and the involvement of high-profile creators such as Nick Wozniak (formerly of WayForward) on visuals and Rich "Disasterpeace" Vreeland on music duties. With 8 days to go on its Kickstarter campaign, Hyper Light Drifter is at over $430,000 pledged -- well ahead of its original $27,000 goal, and enough to smash through 15 stretch goals. Its successful Greenlight campaign means it'll be exposed to a wide audience via Steam when it's eventually released in June of next year -- it'll also be available on PS4 and Vita.

Another noteworthy title among the latest batch of games is Eldritch, a Lovecraftian first-person survival horror roguelike that we previewed a short while ago. Eldritch is the work of the Pittman brothers, both of whom used to work in triple-A development but stepped back from that part of the industry in order to better realize their creative visions. Eldritch is very enjoyable, even in its present early state, and is well worth keeping an eye on for those who felt Spelunky might have been more fun from a first-person perspective.

Also worthy of note is Race the Sun, a game whose creator Aaron San Filippo noted a couple of weeks ago that "launching without Steam is asking for trouble" -- a discovery his team had fallen foul of, with poor sales despite positive press. The game itself is an entertaining, frantic racing game with procedurally generated levels, and has been picking up much more in the way of buzz since San Filippo spoke out against the market's reliance on Steam. In fact, shortly before Race the Sun was Greenlit, San Filippo and his studio Flippfly launched the Not On Steam Sale campaign -- an attempt to raise the visibility of a number of quality indie games that were either struggling to make it through Greenlight, or which weren't on Steam at all. There's some great games among that collection -- be sure to check it out.

In total, 32 new games made it through Greenlight in this batch; Valve has helpfully collected them all together here.

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  • Avatar for cscaskie #1 cscaskie 4 years ago
    More successful Greenlight titles is always a welcome site. I'm really excited for Hyper Light Drifter and Eldritch.

    I'm gonna be "that guy" who grumbles about something he didn't get now. It makes me super sad how little love Odallus: The Dark Call is getting on Greenlight. That game making the cut is the news I'm most looking forward to. Every time I hear about a new Greenlight batch, I perk up, but then I see Odallus is missing again, and I get so bummed.
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  • Avatar for charlesphelps35 #2 charlesphelps35 4 years ago
    Odallus has some nice art, but the demo they put out was seriously underwhelming.
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  • Avatar for thelatestmodel #3 thelatestmodel 4 years ago
    I can't wait for Hyper Light Drifter on Vita.
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