Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest today included the annual Day of the Devs celebration, virtual this year, with nineteen new game trailers, reveals, and announcements for indie games curated by Double Fine and iam8bit.
The showcase included brand new trailers and release windows for a number of games we’ve seen in other presentations but which haven’t had quite as bright a spotlight before. And it included games like Axiom Verge 2, Garden Story, Last Stop, Moonglow Bay, Road 96, and Unbeatable. It also included the announcement of an upcoming Annapurna Interactive Showcase taking place on July 29.
The following is everything shown at this year’s Day of the Devs:
A rhythm game set in the 70s follows a young man named Gabriel, a young man in a challenging situation who must revisit and reclaim his memories of traveling with his bandmates in order to come to terms with his predicament. He does this through a series of rhythm games, connecting to his past via his memory of songs. Developed by Glee-Cheese Studio, and coming to PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and iOS in October of this year.
Axiom Verge 2
Axiom Verge 2 got a new trailer and a look at gameplay today during Day of the Devs focusing on the new main character Indra and her melee-focused combat abilities. We saw combat, including part of a boss battle, and learned that it’s possible to complete the entire game without fighting a single boss battle. Axiom Verge 2 is coming to PC and Switch, as well as now PS4 and PS5 at a later date.
Behind the Frame
Behind the Frame is a narrative-driven 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 intended feel of an anime film. Developed by Silver Lining Studio.
You’re a crow living in a world untouched by death, and your day job is as a reaper. A top-down, challenging action combat game where you use melee weapons, arrows, and magic to fight off creatures who have lived long past when they ought to. Developed by Acid Nerve, and planned for release in the summer of this year.
Demolition Robots K.K.
Demolition Robots K.K. is a competitive game where you destroy a city of buildings with giant mechs, earning money by destroying more buildings and trying to destroy more than your opponents. Developed by Takaaki Ichijo, Throw the warped code out, and coming to PC and console later this year.
As a kid in school in Ecuador, all you want in the world is for school to be over so you can go play soccer. 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 game about a community based on real experiences and photos from Ecuador. Developed by Julián Cordero and Sebastián Valbuena.
Elec Head is a little puzzle platformer about an electric character who can charge and move platforms just by touching their head to them. Platforms will respond when Elec Head walks on them with their head attached, but they can also throw their head and walk separately from it. Developed by NamaTakahashi, coming to itch.io and Steam later this year.
A top-down adventure where you play as a little grape named Concord trying to protect and revitalize a struggling community through exploration, crafting and building, making friends, and solving puzzles. Developed by Pictogram, coming to Steam, the 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 how they interact with those around them. Those three stories will ultimately collide as they get increasingly more paranormal and science fictional. 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’ll be dropped into a procedurally generated floating maze that you navigate via a series of platforms that you can move any direction you like. Use the platforms to crowd control and manage the enemies you encounter along the way as you explore the dungeons further. Developed by Straka Studio, coming to Xbox and Steam.
You play as a rookie fisherman trying to get better at their craft while restoring a fictional fishing community along the Eastern Canadian coast in the 80s. You can play along or with a friend, exploring your town as well as the oceans around it while uncovering both secrets as well as new fish. Developed by Bunnyhug, coming to EGS, Steam, and Xbox Game Pass this year.
Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals
In a surprise “one more thing” at the end of the showcase, we got a quick look at Oxenfree 2, with a brief segment of the radio playing some smooth vibes, coupled with occasional random numbers and letters appearing in triangles around the screen — some kind of puzzle, maybe? We didn’t see anything more in the way of gameplay or story, but it sure was nice to listen to. Oxenfree 2 is coming to Switch and PC at an unknown date.
An ancient temple has a treasure at the very end, and you want it. But the maze to get there is full of traps and obstacles. Armed with your trusty whip, you’ll race through the temple, avoiding dangerous pitfalls and angry temple guardians. Unfortunately, if you die, you’ll never be able to try this particular iteration of the temple again. But if you succeed, unlike the numerous fallen phantoms of other players’ attempts you see around you, no one else will be able to complete this specific run either. Developed by Team WIBY, Phantom Abyss is coming to Steam Early Access this month.
You’re a youth from the dystopian country of Petria, and you want out. Armed with little money and no plans, you’re headed for the border via the branching and winding Road 96. You’ll meet numerous people along the way, some friendly and some not, and your choices in this procedural narrative will determine whether you survive and make it to freedom. Developed by DigixArt, coming to PC and Switch this year.
A cooking game focused on creativity, with different ingredients, plating styles, and taking place in different traditional kitchens. Not just limited to soup, other options such as grilling are available across 100 different dishes. And there’s no fail state — it’s all about experimentation. Developed by Chickon Club, coming in August 2021 to Xbox and Steam.
The Wandering Village
Inspired by Frostpunk and Airborne Kingdom, The Wandering Village is a city-builder taking place on the back of a giant, living creature whose travels, health, and mood will influence how your village grows, just as your choices in building your village will influence the creature. Developed by Stray Fawn Studio, coming to Steam.
TOEM is a little photography game about a person on an expedition to find the legendary and titular TOEM, snapping photos along the way both for fun and cataloging, but also to solve puzzles and help out the characters they meet along the way. Developed by Something We Made, coming to PC this year.
Music is illegal, and you’re in a band, so it’s time to do some 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, coming to PC and Mac.
Vokabulantis is a stop-motion, co-op, puzzle platformer inspired by games like Gris, Little Nightmares, Inside, and Unravel. It’s about two friends who fall in love, but can’t get a word out around one another, so they’re sent to the world of language to repair it. Developed by Kong Orange and Wired Fly Animation, planned for release on major platforms in Q3 of 2024.
You play as a little schoolgirl in a suburban Japanese neighborhood at dusk, just trying to return home while a horrifying shadow creature stalks you. Walk incorporates puzzle elements, and looks a lot like found footage mixed with a messed up No Face from Spirited Away. It’s developed by Kazumi Games and coming to Kickstarter later this year.
Day of the Devs took place today during Summer Game Fest, which comes ahead of E3 2021 this weekend. This year’s E3 includes events from Xbox, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Devolver Digital, and more, all of which can be watched and caught up on through IGN’s Summer of Gaming.
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