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20 More Upcoming Indie/AA Games

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Here’s a link to the first post with the first 20 games.

The comments in the linked post above also contain more upcoming indie/AA recommendations, some with links to the Steam page. In particular, I want to highlight comments made by three users who all listed 5+ games with links to each game’s respective Steam page: /u/RespawnTT’s list, /u/Venomousx’s list, and /u/dust-‘s list.

Introduction

With so many games releasing nowadays, I think it's easy for the good ones to get lost in the shuffle. I'm going to list another 20 highly anticipated Indie/AA games. I'm sure there's many great ones I'll probably miss (like I said, there's so many it's hard to keep track sometimes), so please let me know what other ones I should look out for. I’m going to order them by release date. If the game does not have a tangible release date, I’ll place it in the list based on what I think is more likely to come out first, based on marketing material and release date delays.

1. Taxi Chaos

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  • Steam Page: None

  • Release Date: February 23, 2021

  • Genre: Crazy Taxi-like Arcade Racer

  • Multiplayer: Unknown

  • Description: Crazy Taxi hasn’t had a new console entry since 2002 (however there were two for handhelds in the mid to late 2000s and two for mobile phones in the 2010s). Taxi Chaos mirrors the formula of picking up customers and dropping them off in a race against the clock. Sega, the developer behind 1999’s original Crazy Taxi, gave developer Team6 Studios their blessing and are actually set to publish the game in Japan and other Asian regions.

2. Bravely Default II

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  • Release Date: February 26, 2021

  • Genre: Turn-Based RPG

  • Multiplayer: None

  • Description: Not to be confused with Bravely Second, Bravely Default II is taking the Final Fantasy approach and stars an all new story and cast of characters. A demo for the game was released in March 2020 and was generally well received, though noted to be pretty difficult. The game is being developed by Claytechworks and published by Square Enix in Japan and Nintendo in the rest of the world.

3. Rangok Skies

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  • Release Date: March 1, 2021

  • Genre: Shoot ‘em Up

  • Multiplayer: 2 Player Local Co-op

  • Description: This is a vertical SHMUP with four different characters, online leaderboards, and large enemy encounters. Characters will have their own unique ships, weapons, bombs, and story endings. A demo for the game was introduced back in September, and the developer has rolled out steady updates detailing the development of the game.

4. Garlic

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  • Release Date: March 31, 2021

  • Genre: 2D Precision Platformer

  • Multiplayer: None Announced

  • Description: Garlic tells a less than romantic tale of an onion boy climbing the Sacred Tower to seduce the Cyber Goddess. This is a “1 bit platformer” with a monochrome aesthetic and an emphasis on one screen levels with lots of wall jumping and strange but catchy tunes to accompany the action.

5. Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion

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  • Release Date: Q2 2021

  • Genre: Zelda-like Top Down Action Adventure

  • Multiplayer: None Announced

  • Description: After being evicted from his home, Turnip Boy sets out on a quest to topple a corrupt vegetable government. You’ll explore dungeons, solve puzzles, fight enemies and bosses, and find treasure along the way.

6. Knight Squad 2

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  • Release Date: Early 2021

  • Genre: Arena Fighter

  • Multiplayer: 8 Player Competitive Local & Online Multiplayer

  • Description: The original Knight Squad first released in 2014. It was an arena fighter that took heavy inspiration from Bomberman, with eight player battles and a ton of different game modes. Knight Squad 2 will introduce even more game modes, better graphics, and more customization options.

7. Hell Pie

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  • Steam Page: (https://store.steampowered.com/app/889910/Hell_Pie/

  • Release Date: Early 2021

  • Genre: 3D Collectathon Platformer

  • Multiplayer: None Announced

  • Description: Hell Pie reminds me of Conker’s Bad Fur Day with its cutesy aesthetic contrasted with adult humor and lewd scenes. Hell Pie follows a demon named Nate through both open and linear levels, tethered to a plump angel called Nugget, who can be used as a weapon, a grappling hook, and a guide.

8. Iron Meat

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  • Release Date: “This Winter”

  • Genre: Run & Gun

  • Multiplayer: Local Co-op

  • Description: Iron Meat is a retro inspired grindhouse game made by one guy, Ivan Suvorov. There is a demo on Steam with two of the levels currently, with eight total announced for the full release, and three difficulty settings to choose between.

9. There Is No Light

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  • Release Date: August 2021

  • Genre: Souls-like Action RPG

  • Multiplayer: None

  • Description: The game looks as bleak as the title suggests, with gorgeous pixel art and great enemy design. Big, epic bosses seem to have prominent presence here judging from the trailer, and combat animations look slick and smooth.

10. Windjammers 2

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  • Release Date: 2021

  • Genre: Indie Sports

  • Multiplayer: 4 Player Competitive Local & Online Multiplayer

  • Description: Windjammers is a fast paced blend between pong and frisbee that originally came out in 1994. An updated version of the game was released for modern consoles with online play, and Windjammers 2 will be a new sequel 27 years after the original release. Players can choose between a multitude of characters with different stats, with a few mini games to boot.

11. Coromon

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  • Release Date: 2021

  • Genre: Pokemon-like Turn-Based RPG

  • Multiplayer: None Announced

  • Description: Coromon dons a similar pixel art aesthetic that defined the fourth and fifth generation Pokemon games. When a Coromon gains experience points, you will be able to distribute the stat points as you see fit. Trainers are customizable, and there are also multiple save slots. There is a demo available on Steam.

12. No Place for Bravery

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  • Release Date: 2021

  • Genre: Top Down Action Adventure

  • Multiplayer: None

  • Description: No Place for Bravery boasts a low fantasy setting with Sekiro-esque combat and stories based on real life. The game follows Thorn, who – with his disabled foster son, Phid – seeks to find answers to his daughter’s disappearance from long ago. There is a demo available on Steam.

13. Bushiden

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  • Release Date: 2021

  • Genre: Metroidvania

  • Multiplayer: None Announced

  • Description: Bushiden has you taking control of a cybernectic ninja in a futuristic world, on a quest to find his sister who has vanished. There are a number of unlockable traversal and combat abilities, as well as purchasable upgrades.

14. Hazel Sky

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  • Release Date: 2021

  • Genre: 3D Narrative Adventure

  • Multiplayer: None

  • Description: This is an adventure following a young engineer on an island in the flying city of Gideon. The game boasts exploration, a heavy story, and the ability to build and repair “incredible flying machines.”

15. Gestalt: Steam & Cinder

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  • Release Date: 2021

  • Genre: Metroidvania/Action RPG

  • Multiplayer: None Announced

  • Description: This is a steampunk side scroller with narrative choices and a fast paced combat system. There are side quests, skills to level up, and secrets to uncover. Originally planned for 2020, the developers regularly post tweets on Twitter to keep fans updated with the project.

16. Jack Move

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  • Release Date: 2021

  • Genre: Turn-Based RPG

  • Multiplayer: None Announced

  • Description: Set in a cyberfunk universe (real word is getting the post removed by the automoderator), Jack Move follows a hacker who seeks to rescue her father from the evil mega corporation, Monomind. The combat system will allow for a number of customizable options both in and out of combat.

17. Tale of Ronin

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  • Release Date: 2021

  • Genre: Turn-Based RPG

  • Multiplayer: None

  • Description: Developer Dead Mage has won me over with both Shadow Blade: Reload and Children of Morta. Their new game, Tale of Ronin, focuses on the “human side of the Samurai,” and will feature a dynamic world to explore and allow for you to make story-based choices that impact the storyline.

18. OddBallers

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  • Release Date: TBD

  • Genre: Indie Sports

  • Multiplayer: 6 Player Local & Online Competitive Multiplayer

  • Description: This is the spiritual successor to Stikbold. It’s a dodgeball game with wacky antics and multiple game modes. Players can do free for all or team based matches, and if it’s anything like Stikbold, it will also have a two player local co-op campaign with a few boss fights.

19. Spark the Electric Jester 3

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  • Release Date: Unannounced

  • Genre: Sonic-like 3D Action Platformer

  • Multiplayer: None Announced

  • Description: Spark 3 will be the second 3D platformer in the Spark series. It’s no mystery where Spark takes its inspiration, but it does it well and mixes action sequences into the mix while removing a lot of the bloat found in most 3D Sonic games. Spark 2 is well regarded by the Sonic community, and the third game looks to up the ante with even more mechanics, like wall running.

20. Samurai Gunn 2

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  • Release Date: TBD

  • Genre: Arena Fighter

  • Multiplayer: 2 Player Local Co-op/4 Player Competitive Local Multiplayer

  • Description: Samurai Gunn 2 is the sequel to the 2013 PC exclusive. The game is designed by Beau Blyth, the co-creator behind Hyper Light Drifter. The game plays similarly to TowerFall, in that you platform around a fixed screen and try to shoot the other players. The sequel will launch exclusively on Switch first, with a release for other platforms in the future. The story mode will allow for up to two players in local co-op, while the competitive mode will allow up to four.

What are some other upcoming indie/AA games you’re looking forward to?

If you’re looking for more indie games to play, see my posts here:

  • Another 10 Overlooked Single Player Indie Games

  • 175+ Local Multiplayer Games from 35+ Different Genres – 3 Separate Lists for each Modern Console

Source: reddit.com

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