E3 2016: Xbox One Indie Games Rundown

In between some of the huge announcements that came out of the Xbox One press event at E3 2016 was the latest from ID@Xbox, the indie games program that is always good for a few surprises. The sizzle reel is wonderful and worth at least a look.

The still-impressive Cuphead made its second straight E3 appearance, with no release date in sight, but the animation is still unlike anything we’ve seen. Suffice to say, we want to play this one badly, especially since the extra time is there to add a bit more meat to its bones. Flinthook and Figment were games that also had unique, old school appearances, showcasing the creativity we’ve come to expect from independent developers.

We were happy to see an update to Outlast, which scared the hell out of us when it first came out. The Kickstarter-originated Deliver Us The Moon made an appearance, while Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, by Deadalic, looks like an interesting isometric action game. Meanwhile, Raiders of the Broken Planet from Castlevania developer MercurySteam was shown just before Koji Igarashi’s Castlevania spiritual successor Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

A few other games shown were Yooka-Laylee, FarSlime Rancher, For the King, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Beacon, and Everspace, and the showcase was bookended by new looks at We Happy Few and Inside, making for a creepy general vibe to that section of the Xbox presser.

We Happy Few is as disturbing as we remembered from previous looks at the game, and you’ll never look at piñatas the same way again. We’ll all get a deeper look at the game once it comes out next month. Meanwhile, Playdead, the developers behind Limbo, are back with the stark looking Inside. The game takes place with no words at all and texture less silhouettes, with puzzles that harken back to the danger you felt while playing Limbo the first time around.

We were definitely impressed by the indie games lineup at Xbox, and look forward to the releases as they roll out throughout the next several months.

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