The next generation of PlayStation is on the horizon, which means big-name exclusives like Horizon: Forbidden West and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. But today, Sony is also showcasing some indie titles as part of the PlayStation Indies initiative.
Throughout the day, nine games will be shown off. According to the PlayStation Blog post, all nine are coming to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. There will also be a new indie title joining PlayStation Now every month moving forward, with Hello Neighbor set as July's title.
The nine games are being revealed throughout the day, so we'll update below as each one is announced on the PlayStation Blog.
F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch
A PlayStation China Hero Project game, F.I.S.T. features a "dieselpunk" look mixed with various anthropomorphic animals. Mixing 3D graphics with a 2D side-scrolling set-up, F.I.S.T. looks like a stylish action game with some Metroidvania influence for what I can only describe as Watership Down meets Bloodstained. No release date yet, but the blog says there's more to come in the next few months.
A recursive, or nested-within-itself, puzzle game, Maquette looks positively gorgeous. In the video above, you can see how the player can alter one smaller version of the world to change the larger one. It reminds me a little of Superliminal, and the ways that Maquette simulates multiple nested worlds at the same time is really fascinating. I'll definitely be keeping my eye on Maquette.
Where the Heart Is
This is a narrative adventure game, about family and finding home according to the trailer description. Our own Reviews Editor Mike Williams drew comparisons to Kentucky Route Zero, which due to the style and Americana influence, I can definitely see. Does this look like something that will make me cry? Absolutely. You can find some really detailed breakdowns and GIFs of the game on the PlayStation blog.
The next game from Amanita Design, the studio behind Machinarium and Samorost, Creeks is a puzzle adventure game that uses hand-painted visuals and lots of timing-based puzzles. Not just visually, but audibly striking thanks to an original score from Hidden Orchestra, this certainly looks like nothing else around right now.
Coming to the PlayStation 5, Recompile blends machines and cybernetics with the strange. An "exploration-based hacking platformer," the glitchy avatar can jump and fight through the environment, in a visual extravaganza. The PS Blog entry also notes that there are multiple outcomes to Recompile's journey, so it will merit a few playthroughs when it comes to PS5.
This adorable adventure utilizes map squares that can be rotated and shifted at the player's whim. With a great look, a pleasant soundtrack from developer Sun Head's in-house composer Eddie Yu, and a really interesting core mechanic, this charming indie could be one to watch for this fall on PS4.
I've been banging a drum about Haven for a while over here at USgamer, and with good reason. This RPG starring two star-crossed lovers has a pedigree in The Game Bakers, the studio behind the boss-rush action game Furi. This is a much slower approach, featuring two lovers on the run, trying to stay together as they explore alien worlds. It's got fairly seamless co-op if you want to share the experience with a significant other as well.
Coming to PS4 in 2021, Heavenly Bodies is about a physically simulated version of space. Wrangling the limbs of astronauts, you'll have to try and manage as things go south and the realities of the vacuum of space are omnipresent. It'll also be coming to PS5 with DualSense integration, so you can really feel the grip and density of objects through the adaptive triggers.
If you're anything like me, you have particularly fond memories of Worms World Party. The turn-based antics of those lovable worms was the highlight of many LAN parties. Worms Rumble looks a little more fast-paced and action heavy, taking the worm warfare into a real-time frenzy. It's arena-based worm warfare, with 32 players and cross-platform play, coming late 2020 to both PS4 and PS5. I'm wary, but I'll give this a chance, in memory of those wonderful summer nights of worm annihilation.