Have you ever wanted to skid off-road in a tractor trailer, potentially rolling down snowbanks or smashing into trees and watching your load go tumbling out into a winter wonderland? Well SnowRunner has you covered. An upcoming game in the MudRunner series, it’s set to come to release next year.
Star Renegades’ art style looks even hotter in this new trailer. The role-playing roguelike always had lush pixel graphics, but the developers over at Massive Damage have added a bunch of depth that almost gives the game a Mode 7 look. The game is due out on PC and console next spring.
Medieval strategy RPG series King’s Bounty is back with a new game publisher 1C is calling King’s Bounty II. With a planned release sometime in 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, the new game looks like a soft reboot of the series, which is probably for the best because 2014's King’s Bounty: Dark Side was...not great.
The beautiful blocky destruction game Riverbond is getting ported to Switch later this year. Like so many interesting games that get overshadowed on other platforms, Riverbond’s arcade-y four-player dungeoneering feels perfect for Switch. Plus, it’ll arrive alongside some new DLC world.
Genshin Impact was announced at E3 and now has a gameplay trailer that debuted at ChinaJoy 2019. The open world JRPG has been described as anime Breath of the Wild, which I can totally see, and which I’m totally here for. It’s supposed to come to PS4 sometime next year.
Eliza is a visual novel from Zachtronics, developer of Opus Magnum and EXAPUNKS, coming to Steam August 12. If you’re familiar with Zachtronics’ games, you know they always have a weird twist, and sure enough Eliza revolves around an AI-powerd counseling app and the human forced to be a proxy for it.
The Game Bakers, makers of the boss-rush game Furi, are back with a gameplay trailer for their upcoming project, Haven. It centers on a couple who have escaped to a strange planet together and set out to explore it. Aside from looking gorgeous it’s also giving me major Gravity Rush vibes.
John Wick Hex is a newly announced “fight-choreographed chess brought to life” strategy game inspired by the films and being developed by Thomas Was Alone’s Mike Bithell. It’ll feature voice work by Ian McShane and Lance Reddick and come to consoles and be on PC as an Epic Store exclusive.
CROSSNIQ+ is a tile-matching puzzle game set to come to Switch later this year. It’s got an early 2000s bubblegum aesthetic that really pops and a great soundtrack. As for the puzzle elements and competitive play potential, there’s an earlier build of the game on itch.io you can check out.
Hindsight 20/20 is a cool-looking action adventure game coming to consoles and PC sometime in 2020. Announced by Triple-I Games, an indie studio founded by former BioWare, ArenaNet, and Sucker Punch devs, Hindsight is being pitched as a Zelda-like that incorporates morality-based decision making into the gameplay.
Nanotale is a role-playing game where you battle monsters by typing and it looks to be coming along splendidly. It’s actually a sequel to Epistory, a game with similar mechanics but less polished visuals. The developers at Fishing Cactus say to expect on PC in the second half of the year.
Conan Unconquered is a real-time strategy game being made by Petroglyph, a studio formed by some of the original developers on the Command & Conquer series. It’s also a wave-survival game like They Are Billions, which all sounds great on paper. It’s slated to arrive on PC in the first half of 2019.
Wargaming, creator of World of Tanks, is making a Diablo-style dungeon crawler and put out a new trailer showing gameplay today. It looks very sturdy and has a bunch of loot and flashing lights, but because it’s Wargaming I’m still a little skeptical. On the plus side though, it’s not free-to-play.