Submit-human martial arts, Paper Mario with bugs, hacking and slashing by means of Celtic fantasy and dogfights towards gigantic anime sky-fortresses, oh my! We’re every week and alter from E3, however that’s the place all of the big-budget safe-bet video games are going. For those who’re after one thing a bit extra on the market, BitSummit 2019: 7 Spirits is the place you need to be wanting. Opening tomorrow in Kyoto, Japan, it’s an eastern-focused however worldwide showcase of unbiased, bizarre and experimental video games, working by means of the weekend. Beneath, just a few I’m conserving a detailed eye on, with trailers. As for the remainder, take a look at the official occasion web page.
Cyborg, developed by Goshow Inc
This one seems to be a bit tough, however it’s solely early in manufacturing and the idea has me intrigued, reminding me a bit of video games like Rengoku on the PSP. Described as a rogue-lite combating recreation, you management a cyborg with a very destructible, modular physique – very Battle Angel Alita. Completely different physique elements offer you completely different stats and strikes, and each assault offers locational injury, and the battles go away metallic physique elements and concrete rubble scattered throughout. There have been just a few makes an attempt to mix combating video games and RPGs prior to now, however no one’s actually pulled it off earlier than. I’m hopeful that Goshow – usually a small work-for-hire workforce making their first unbiased recreation in ages – can pull it off with this one. See its exhibitor web page right here and official website right here.
Helvetii by Staff KwaKwa, revealed by Dangen Leisure
An formidable Vanillaware-inspired platform hack n’ slasher, taking up Celtic and Gaulish fantasy. Developed by small Swiss outfit Staff KwaKwa, it clearly has loads going for it art-wise. Huge detailed sprites with a superb variety of animation frames, and squashing, stretching and blurring results to fill within the gaps. There’ll be three playable characters – a warchief, a druid and a fox in human kind (as you do) – and gamers will get to tussle with creatures of fantasy. Apparently, the Tatzelwurm and King Oberon proven above are comparatively current innovations, just a few hundred years previous every. See extra on the sport’s exhibitor’s web page, official web page right here, and Steam retailer web page.
Wing Of Darkness, developed by Manufacturing Exabilities
I’ve had an eye fixed on this one ever since builders Manufacturing Exabilities ran a trailer at Japanese media pageant Comiket. An over-the-top aerial shooter that jogs my memory equally of Ace Fight and previous PlayStation shooter Omega Enhance. Energy-armoured pilots (who’re, after all, younger girls) tackle monumental enemy forces, together with complete fleets of flying battleships bristling with gun turrets. It seems gamers have plenty of agility, nearer to a six-degrees-of-freedom shooter than a flight sim. I’m nonetheless not completely positive if gamers have full freedom of navigation or whether or not it’s semi-on-rails, however there’s some good photographs of orbiting large ships and whittling them down within the trailer. See some extra screenshots and particulars on its exhibitor web page and official website.
Bug Fables by Moonsprout Video games, revealed by Dangen Leisure
One other from Dangen’s quickly-expanding steady. Your eyes don’t deceive you – that’s unmistakably Paper Mario, solely with bugs as an alternative of plumbers. I would grumble, had been it not for the truth that the Paper Mario sequence appears to be on hiatus now, and has by no means come even near the PC, both. For those who’ve by no means performed one they’re shiny, bouncy, light-weight JRPGs with real-time strikes throughout fight. Faucet a button to attain a positive essential hit, or faucet a course to dodge an assault to scale back injury. If they’ll seize the humour of the sequence in addition to the fight, this might be a superb’un. It has a web page right here on Tumblr, a playable demo right here on Itch and a Steam retailer web page right here.
Additionally attributable to be exhibiting at BitSummit, however not at the moment listed on the occasion web page is Anno: Mutationem. Nothing do do with the Ubisoft city-builder sequence, however a Chinese language cyberpunk motion recreation primarily based on the open-license SCP Basis tales. Presently solely confirmed as in growth for PS4, I’ve nonetheless acquired my fingers crossed for a PC launch. You possibly can see a trailer right here, that includes the laser-sword wielding protagonist throwing down with SCP-682, a seemingly immortal, regenerating lizard-beast. Even when it by no means makes it to PC, I’m rooting for this. It’s wanting pretty.
In fact, that is only a handful of the video games being proven at BitSummit. See the official occasion web page right here for extra to dig into – do share any of curiosity under. For those who’re fortunate sufficient to be in Kyoto, swing by the Brigador Killers sales space (G-29, apparently) and say hey, would you?