Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest today included the annual Dev Day celebration, going virtual this year, with nineteen new indie game trailers, reveals and announcements hosted by Double Fine and iam8bit.
The showcase included brand new trailers and release windows for a number of games that we’ve seen in other showcases, but that haven’t had such a bright spotlight before. And that included games like Axiom Verge 2, Garden Story, Last Stop, Moonglow Bay, Road 96, and Unbeatable. It also included the announcement of an upcoming interactive Annapurna showcase that will take place on July 29.
The following is all that is shown on this year’s Developer Day:
A rhythm game set in the 70s follows a young man named Gabriel, a young man in a difficult situation who must revisit and reclaim his travel memories with his group mates in order to come to terms with his predicament. He does this through a series of rhythm games, connecting to his past through his song memory. Developed by Glee-Cheese Studio and available on PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and iOS in October of this year.
Axiom Verge 2
Axiom Verge 2 got a new trailer and gameplay preview today during Day of the Devs focusing on the new main character Indra and his melee combat abilities. We’ve seen fights, including part of a boss battle, and learned that it’s possible to complete the entire game without fighting a single boss. Axiom Verge 2 is coming to PC and Switch, as well as now on PS4 and PS5 at a later date.
Behind the frame
Behind the Frame is a narrative puzzle game with painting and drawing mechanics, and 360 degree panoramic scenes that look like something out of a Ghibli movie. You play as a painter trying to become a professional artist, but with the desired feel of an animated film. Developed by Silver Lining Studio.
The door of death
You are a crow living in a world spared from death, and your daily job is that of a reaper. A top-down action fighting game where you use melee weapons, arrows, and magic to fight creatures that have lived a long time ago when they should. Developed by Acid Nerve, and slated for release in the summer of this year.
KK Demolition Robots
Demolition Robots KK is a competitive game where you destroy a city of buildings with giant robots, earn money by destroying more buildings and trying to destroy more than your opponents. Developed by Takaaki Ichijo, Cast the Warped Code and will arrive on PC and console later this year.
As a kid in school in Ecuador all you want in the world is school to be over so you can go and play football. It’s 2001, and Ecuador is within reach of qualifying for the World Cup, a feat the team has never accomplished before. It’s a community game based on real experiences and photos from Ecuador. Developed by Julián Cordero and Sebastián Valbuena.
Elec Head is a small puzzle platform game about an electric character that can charge and move platforms just by touching their heads. The platforms will react when Elec Head walks on them with the head attached, but they can also throw their head and walk separately. Developed by NamaTakahashi, coming to itch.io and Steam later this year.
A top-down adventure where you play as a tiny grape named Concord trying to protect and revitalize a struggling community through exploration, crafting, and building, making friends, and solving puzzles. Developed by Pictogram, available on Steam, Epic Games Store and Switch this summer.
Last Stop is set in London and follows three different characters in three different stories, where you can make choices that will shape their interaction with those around them. These three stories will eventually collide as they become more paranormal and sci-fi. From Annapurna Interactive and Variable State, Last Stop releases for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch on July 22, 2021.
In this action-roguelike with Tetris elements, you will be immersed in a procedurally generated floating maze in which you navigate through a series of platforms that you can move in any direction you want. Use the platforms to control crowds and deal with enemies you encounter along the way as you explore the dungeons further. Developed by Straka Studio, available on Xbox and Steam.
Moon moon bay
You play as a novice fisherman trying to improve his craft while restoring a fictional fishing community along the east coast of Canada in the 80s. You can play with or with a friend, explore your town as well as the oceans that surround it while discovering both secrets and new fish. Developed by Bunnyhug, available on EGS, Steam, and Xbox Game Pass this year.
Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals
In a ‘one more thing’ surprise at the end of the showcase, we got a quick look at Oxenfree 2, with a brief segment of the radio playing soft vibrations, coupled with the occasional random letters and numbers appearing in. triangles around the screen – – kind of a puzzle, maybe? We didn’t see anything more in terms of gameplay or story, but it was really fun to listen to. Oxenfree 2 is coming to Switch and PC on an unknown date.
An ancient temple has treasure at the very end, and you want it. But the labyrinth to get there is full of traps and obstacles. Armed with your trusty whip, you’ll race through the temple, dodging dangerous traps and angry temple guards. Unfortunately, if you die, you will never be able to try this particular iteration of the temple again. But if you are successful, unlike the many ghosts that have fallen from the attempts of other players that you see around you, no one else will be able to complete that specific race either. Developed by the WIBY team, Phantom Abyss arrives on Steam Early Access this month.
You are a young man from the dystopian country of Petria, and you want to get out. Armed with little money and without any plans, you make your way to the border via the winding, winding Route 96. You’ll meet plenty of people along the way, some friendly and some not, and your choices in this procedural tale will determine whether you survive and achieve freedom. Developed by DigixArt, available on PC and Switch this year.
A creativity-driven cooking game featuring different ingredients, styles of dishes and taking place in different traditional cuisines. Not only limited to soup, other options such as grilling are available in 100 different dishes. And there is no state of failure – it’s all about experimentation. Developed by Chickon Club, coming August 2021 on Xbox and Steam.
The wandering village
Inspired by Frostpunk and Airborne Kingdom, The Wandering Village is a city builder that takes place on the back of a giant living creature whose travels, health and mood will influence the growth of your village, as will your building choices. from your village will influence the creature. Developed by Stray Fawn Studio, coming to Steam.
TOEM is a small photography game about a person on an expedition to find the legendary and titular TOEM, taking photos along the way both for fun and cataloging, but also to solve puzzles and help characters that they meet along the way. Developed by Something We Made, available on PC this year.
The music is illegal and you are in a band so it is time to commit a crime. With a late ’90s anime vibe, Unbeatable is a rhythm-adventure game about a band trying to find space for their music without being caught by the cops. Developed by D-CELL GAMES, available on PC and Mac.
Vokabulantis is a cooperative stop-motion puzzle platformer inspired by games like Gray, Little Nightmares, Inside and Unravel. These are two friends who fall in love, but cannot say a word to each other, so they are sent to the language world to mend it. Developed by Kong Orange and Wired Fly Animation, slated for release on major platforms in the third quarter of 2024.
You play as a tiny schoolgirl in a Japanese suburban neighborhood at dusk, just trying to get home while a horrible shadow creature stalks you. Walk incorporates puzzle elements and looks a lot like found images mixed in with a messed up No Face from Spirited Away. It is being developed by Kazumi Games and will arrive on Kickstarter later this year.
Day of the Devs took place today during the Summer Game Fest, which precedes E3 2021 this weekend. This year’s E3 features events from Xbox, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Devolver Digital, and more, all of which can be watched and followed through IGN’s Summer of Gaming.
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