Gamescoms 2019 is here! And to kickstart it all was Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase, showing off all the upcoming indie games that will be hitting Nintendo Switch within the next year or so. There were a lot of familiar titles and a whole bunch of new ones, so let’s get right into it and not waste any time.
The first game on the list is Risk of Rain 2. This is the sequel to the hit roguelike game, but ups the ante by bringing in a whole new slew of content. Go solo or team up with 3 other friends to go up against randomly generated fights and bosses. Each time you die, you start a new, and no two experiences are the same. Risk of Rain 2 will be available Summer 2019.
Next up is Eastward. Eastward focuses on finding a young girl in a secret underground facility and taking her under your wing. From there, you venture to the world above where things only seem to get stranger with her around, offering more questions than answers. Along your travels with her, you meet a colorful cast of characters who will help or hinder you on your journey east. Eastward will be available in 2020.
Freedom Finger turns the mood by being a big bad, gun filled, and star casted shoot ‘em up game. Where everything and anything can become a gun or weapon for you to use. Each level is music based with all sorts of musicians and bands coming in to keep the energy high and fun going. Crazy fun, crazy wild, and a whole lot of just… crazy! Freedom Finger will be available in Fall of 2019.
Roki returns to the quiet somber tale of befriending animals and going on an adventure through the forest. It follows a young child as they begin to befriend the creatures in the forest, and what seem to be reminiscent of forest gods (based on the size alone). But it’s clear that it won’t be all friendly animal chatter, as in the dark there is something that lurks to come after you. Roki will be available in Winter of 2019.
Want to kill everything in your path and get some cool loot? In Torchlight II, players can do just that. Hack and slash your way through the perilous worlds in the game, and get some loot to keep pushing forward. More fights, more moves, and more loot. Torchlight II comes out on September 3, 2019.
Skater XL returns to the days of the Skate series where players control a skater and make their way through the city any which way they want. Tricks, ride, and spin, this is a simple skating game that allows players to control the tricks however they want to. And, no two tricks will ever look the same. Skater XL arrives in 2020.
Youropa is a strange gravity-defying adventure. That includes paint, a lot of twists and turns, and some pretty nasty threats. Your little character requires to be fully covered in paint to make it through the bizarre gravity-defying world to make it to the end of the level. Solve puzzles, press buttons, and find the right way to get from point A to point B. However, be wary as there are creatures that will come after you to steal some of your paint. The moment that your paint is gone, you no longer can defy gravity and you float aimlessly in the world. Youropa will be available in Winter of 2019.
Bringing in a classic from 2016, the time-bending action adventure with stark contrasting colors, SuperHot is finally making its way to Nintendo Switch. Control time by standing still to map out your next move, and move to speed it up. Intense, bright, and a classic, SuperHot is available today.
Another classic from 2010 gets reimagined and brings back the set-up of the original with Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. This story is a blast from the past as the players are traveled back in time to the events of the first game where they have to protect and defend their castle and home. Keep everything defended in Dungeon Defenders: Awakened when it arrives in February 2020 as a timed console exclusive.
The Touryst has players go on what is seemingly a relaxing vacation, but everything goes wrong fairly quickly. What looks like a vacation simulator turns into a wild treasure hunt when several things show up: mysterious glowing orbs, a tentacle that takes you down below the depths, mysterious machinery that wants to kill you, and wild locations that you didn’t know existed. The Touryst is the wild vacation you’ve dreamed about having that arrives November, 2019.
Why bother swapping only weapons when you can swap entire body parts? Skellboy allows players to get better gear by switching out entire parts of your body instead of just getting a new shield, or a new sword. Make your way through dungeons and fight monsters, and get new body parts (kinda sick) to keep getting stronger and stronger. Skellboy comes out December 3, 2019.
In Earth Night the world has been taken over completely by dragons. Two humans are sent from an aircraft to fly down and stop the Dragonpocolypse from going on any further. Classic 2D side-scrolling adventure, combined with free-falling to get to a surface level of the dragons, dodge and fight your way through to get back down to Earth. Earth Night will be available sometime in 2019.
For the second to last big showcase comes forth another cult classic for top-down shooters. Hotline Miami took the world by storm when it was released in 2012. And since then, it’s been redone for most platforms. And now, Nintendo Switch players don’t have to wait any longer. Combining both the first and the second games, Hotline Miami Collection is currently available for purchase.
And after all was said and done, the final game to be announced coming to Switch, has been a long time favourite of Ori and the Blind Forest. It follows the story of a young orphaned Ori who is set out on the heroic journey of saving their home from a dark force that seeks to destroy. It tells a beautiful story of love, sacrifice, and the hope that everything can be saved. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition will be available on September 27, 2019.
Through all of this, there were many titles that didn’t get a full showcased trailer as the ones aboce. Titles like Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, PHOGS!, Too Close to the Sun, Kine, Northgard and much, much more. For those who missed the livestream of the Nintendo Indie World Showcase, it can be watched here. Gamescom 2019 is only just beginning, and it’s off to a great start.