ICYMI - Indie Game News and Releases (August 7, 2020)

In case you missed it, here's a roundup of indie game news, releases, and announcements from the last two weeks, July 23 to August 7!
August 7, 2020 2:24 PM by Morgan Shaver

Typically, I publish one article on IndieObscura’s website per week, but lately I’ve found myself a little out of balance, so I’m going to try something new.

With this ICYMI (in case you missed it) article, you’ll find news, announcements, and indie game releases that dropped over the last two weeks.

Specifically, I’ll be starting from July 23 and recapping everything up until today, August 7. I’m going to try and condense everything as best I can as I know there’s a lot to go over.

With that out of the way, here’s everything you might’ve missed in the indie game realm from July 23 to August 7!

Header Image: Into A Dream from developer Filipe F. Thomaz.

ICYMI - Indie Game News and Releases (August 7, 2020)

The release date for Chapter 1 of Tell Me Why was announced during the Xbox Showcase on July 23.
The release date for Chapter 1 of Tell Me Why was announced during the Xbox Showcase on July 23.
© Dontnod Entertainment

Indie Game News and Announcements

Tell Me Why: During the Xbox Showcase on July 23, a new trailer for Tell Me Why from developer Dontnod Entertainment was shown. In addition to getting a better feel for the game’s story, we learned that Chapter 1 of Tell Me Why will be available on August 27 for Xbox One and PC. You can pre-order Chapter 1 right now for $29.99 (USD).

Psychonauts 2: Another trailer shown during the Xbox Showcase on July 23 was for Psychonauts 2 from Double Fine. The show segment featured the vocal stylings of Jack Black, while the trailer served up new gameplay footage of Psychonauts 2. A release date has yet to be announced.

The Gunk: We saw a brand new Xbox exclusive during the July 23 livestream called The Gunk. Developed by Image & Form Games, The Gunk is a third-person action/adventure survival game where you explore a dangerous alien planet. The Gunk is scheduled to release sometime in 2021.

The Medium: A new trailer shown during Xbox’s latest showcase helps put a spotlight on why you should keep an eye on The Medium from Bloober Team. In the trailer, you can see the game’s unique dual-reality gameplay where you can see what Marianne sees in the world of the living and the world of the dead at the same time. It’s extremely impressive, and makes us even more excited to play The Medium when it releases later this year.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: It’s true, developer GSC Game World is bringing the world of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to Xbox One. In S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 you’ll explore the Zone, a post-apocalyptic open world set in the shadow of Chernobyl. The game is set to release in 2021 for Xbox Series X and PC, and will be available via Xbox Game Pass the day it’s released.

As Dusk Falls: Revealed during the Xbox Showcase, As Dusk Falls is the debut title from developer INTERIOR/NIGHT that follows two families who cross paths in the Arizona desert in 1999. As Dusk Falls will incorporate unique, rotoscoping visuals and will release on Xbox Series X and PC in the future. A release window has yet to be provided.

Earthlock 2: On the heels of 2016’s Earthlock comes a sequel, Earthlock 2. Developed by Snowcastle Games, Earthlock 2 will continue the series and let players explore the planet of Umbra in an open-world RPG style which differs from the first game’s focus on turn-based combat. Earthlock 2 is projected to release in 2022.

Cuphead: A few announcements for Cuphead came out recently. First, the game got a surprise launch on PS4 on July 28. Second, iam8bit announced they’re doing a CD set for Cuphead which includes 12 variant tracks and two brand new tracks. You can pre-order the CD set for $39.99 (USD) on iam8bit’s website. Shipping of the CD set is estimated to begin in Q4 2020.

Cloud Gardens: A new indie game from developer Noio, maker of Kingdom: New Lands, was announced. The game is called Cloud Gardens and is described as a “chill game about using plants to overgrow abandoned wasteland dioramas.” Cloud Gardens will release on Steam sometime later this year, be sure to add it to your Steam wishlist!

Spiritfarer: A new trailer for Spiritfarer was released. In addition to the beautiful trailer, developer Thunder Lotus announced that Spiritfarer will release on Google Stadia and the Epic Games Store in addition to previously confirmed platforms including Xbox One, PS4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and GOG. Spiritfarer is scheduled to release in 2020, an exact release date has yet to be announced.

Stardew Valley: Fangamer and developer ConcernedApe unveiled a brand new physical edition set for Stardew Valley. You can purchase the Standard version, or grab the Collector’s Edition which includes a 14-page Junimo comic from Chihiro Sakaida, an 18-page full-color illustrated instruction manual, and more.

You can pre-order Stardew Valley’s physical edition set right now on Fangamer, prices vary depending on the version you buy and the platform you choose (Nintendo Switch, PC). Note that it won’t ship until November 6.

© Fangamer, ConcernedApe

Tormented Souls: Horror fans should keep an eye on the newly announced Tormented Souls from developers Dual Effect and Abstract Digital. The game was inspired by Resident Evil and Alone in the Dark and features “a fresh twist on the perspective adventure.” Tormented Souls is projected to release in 2021 for PS4 and PC.

Wargroove: Developer Chucklefish released a free DLC expansion for Wargroove called Double Trouble on PS4 and confirmed the launch of cross-platform play between PS4 and other platforms.

Mortal Shell: A release date for Mortal Shell from developer Cold Symmetry was announced. On August 18, Mortal Shell will release on the Epic Games Store, PS4, and PC. You can pre-purchase Mortal Shell right now for $29.99 (USD). You can also check out footage from the Mortal Shell beta on IndieObscura’s YouTube channel.

Serious Sam 4: Originally scheduled to release in August, developer Croteam released a short trailer updating fans on the new release date, September 24.

Braid: A special Anniversary Edition of Braid was announced during Sony’s most recent State of Play and will be available on PS4 in 2021. It’ll feature updated, improved visuals and hours of developer commentary.

Bugsnax: A new gameplay trailer for Bugsnax from developer Young Horses was revealed during Sony’s State of Play and it’s… quite odd. In a good way. The trailer adds clarity to the game’s story, and shows off a flying pizza butterfly.

Spelunky 2: It’s official, a release date for Spelunky 2 was announced. According to creator Derek Yu, Spelunky 2 will release on PS4 on September 15 while a PC version will be made available on Steam after the PS4 release.

Temtem: Not only will Temtem be available on current gen platforms, but it was recently confirmed that Temtem will also be releasing to PS5 in 2021!

The Pedestrian: Skookum Arts is bringing their creative indie title The Pedestrian to PS4 in January 2021!

Hitman: PSVR support is being added to Hitman 3, as well as Hitman 1 and Hitman 2. Hitman 3 releases in January 2021.

Hood: Outlaws and Legends: Focus Home Interactive has a new game in the works called Hood: Outlaws and Legends. The game was announced during Sony’s State of Play and features exciting multiplayer heists. The game is scheduled to release in 2021 for PS4 and PS5.

The Pathless: A new gameplay walkthrough for The Pathless from developer Giant Squid was shown during Sony’s State of Play. The game looks absolutely amazing, and we love the creative ways in which it incorporates archery. The Pathless is currently expected to release sometime later this year.

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© 3-Fold Games

Before I Forget: This was prior to July 23, but the beautiful indie game from developer 3-Fold Games, Before I Forget, released to Itch.io and Steam on July 16 and is a must-play. 3-Fold Games teamed up with Alzheimer’s Research UK to raise awareness about dementia and it’s absolutely wonderful to see the impact that indie games can have.

Roki: We want to congratulate the team at Polygon Treehouse on the success of Roki. It’s so wonderful to see the game get rave reviews and high praise. To anyone who hasn’t played Roki yet, be sure to check it out!

Into A Dream: Likewise, we want to congratulate Filipe F. Thomaz on the release of his stunning indie, Into A Dream. The game deals with depression in a creative way, and can help those who may not have depression understand and empathize with those that do. It’s a powerful game, if you haven’t played it yet, we highly recommend it!

The Kind Chamomille: We fell in love with The Kind Chamomille when we caught sight of gameplay footage on Twitter. The Kind Chamomille recently launched a Kickstarter campaign which was 100% funded in 36 hours! It has new stretch goals, the first one being at $5,200 which will add fishing and collectibles. Check out the game’s Kickstarter!

Other updates include checking out the IndieObscura YouTube channel, we’ve been uploading gameplay videos and clips from IOX-2 on a regular basis.

Above, you'll see one of our latest uploads, an interview with Decoy Games Co-Founder Ahmed Abdullah. In it, you can learn a little more about Swimsanity which recently released on August 6!

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