From rebirths of classic franchises to brand new puzzling concepts, 2023 is set to be an incredible year for indie games. If you’ve somehow missed these upcoming titles, be sure to add them to your wishlist before they launch this year.
The trailer for Viewfinder showcases mind-boggling visuals of players reshaping the game world simply by placing photographs in the world and stepping into them. Shifts in perspective bring new locations into existence, which players can explore to uncover mysteries and solve puzzles. It’s as impressive technically as it is visually, with one notable moment from the trailer showing an image of a building being turned on its side and used as a ramp to another platform. The hype around this kind of creative puzzle solving is real, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.
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Hollow Knight: Silksong
The first half of 2023 will finally see the release of the eagerly awaited sequel to Hollow Knight, one of the most popular Metroidvania games of all time. With the new protagonist, Hornet, players will venture into a new land ruled by silk and song, with stunning 2D environments from mossy green forests to the shining citadel. Alongside themes and visuals familiar to fans of the first game, Hollow Knight: Silksong boasts over 150 new foes to battle on your journey
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Forever Skies is an exciting new take on the base building genre coming in 2023. Set in a post-apocalyptic future beset by ecological ruin, your task is to build, maintain and improve your airship and discover what caused the downfall of Planet Earth. Using futuristic machinery you craft yourself, you’ll explore an almost unrecognizable world, encountering creatures and plants that were left to evolve following humanity’s departure.
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Starship Troopers: Extermination
2023 will see an exciting new addition to the world of Starship Troopers. Up to 12 players can join forces in the Deep Space Vanguard to take on the vicious alien bug species in large scale, classic sci-fi battles. Players can choose one of three playable classes, and expand their arsenal of weapons, improve their equipment, and add perks to their class to gain an edge in the intense combat. You won’t want to take on too much alone, however, as teamwork is key to defeating the enemy bugs. The game launches in Early Access later this year.
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Set in a post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, Broken Roads is a narrative driven RPG that puts tough choices in front of players. The player’s actions will determine where they fall on the moral compass divided between Utilitarian, Humanist, Machiavellian, and Nihilist, leading to different narrative branches and conversation options. The story and interactions run deep in this game, which also features a strategic turn-based combat system. Be sure to think before you act.
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Bomb Rush Cyberfunk
Set to release in Summer 2023, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is the exciting spiritual successor to 2000’s Jet Set Radio. With an incredible, unique art style and fluid movement, the game is set to be the perfect feel-good summer title to kick back and shred with. Whether on skateboard, BMX, or skates, all players have a boostpack to reach insane spots with their can of spray paint. But get ready to make a quick getaway — the cops won’t take too kindly to your sick art.
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Manor Lords is a technically impressive city builder strategy game that looks set to dominate the genre in 2023, with a gridless system that gives players the freedom to create unique worlds. Players will create districts, farmlands, and industrial areas, making strategic choices based on available resources, land fertility, and factors such as deforestation. It wouldn’t be a true medieval lord simulation without some territorial squabbling, so trained troops are vital to defend your land or invade another’s. Manor Lords also features a diplomacy system in which persuasive methods replace the sword in swaying the decisions of other lords.
It wouldn’t be a true to life medieval lord simulation without some battling over territory. Players must train their troops to be ready for intense fights to either defend the lord’s land or invade and claim another’s. Swords and shields aren’t the only way to settle these issues, however, as Manor Lords also features a diplomacy system in which players can use tactful persuasion and threats of invasion to sway the decisions of other lords. Get ready to command your people and create a prosperous kingdom when Manor Lords launches later this year.
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