Savior (previously known as Into the Rift) is an upcoming action-adventure platformer from developer Starsoft Entertainment. Action platformers are all over the industry right now, but it’s hard to remember one with animations this smooth. Just watch the announcement trailer below to see what I’m talking about.
It’s absolutely beautiful in motion. When the player character slides under that massive, hammer-wielding enemy and then jumps on his head to use as a stepping stone to a higher platform it’s just…picture perfect. And the combat looks very rewarding with all of the deft blocks and stylish strikes. Don’t even get me started on the character’s parkour. This is obviously just a quick glance, and we have no idea how the game will feel with a controller in hand, but it’s hard for me to recall getting this instantly excited over a minute long trailer for a new IP.
Savior appears to be taking quite a bit from the Metroid style of open-world exploration. The game’s official website says that you’ll be able to “transform your surroundings”. This is done by repairing old outposts, rescuing villagers, and fixes means of travel. The whole thing sounds pretty epic in scope. Hopefully, the team can handle their ambition. If they can even get close to what they’re planning, this could be special.
Before today, I knew nothing about this title. Now, based on one trailer, I absolutely can’t wait to try it out. It’s not clear when Savior will be out, but it will come to Linux, Mac, and PC upon launch with a console release still TBD. Stay with DualShockers for all your indie news.
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Horace is a long-in-development indie project that tells the story of a robot trying to reunite with their long-lost family. The game is mostly a blend of oddball British humor and platforming; however, the small team has also added a number of extra goodies for players to find. Give the announcement trailer a watch below.
Horace is a two-man development project by Paul Helman and Sean Scaplehorn. You play as a robot named Horace who is on a quest to find his family. You’ll travel the world (and time and space) to find your loved ones and save mankind in the process. For the meat of the game, you’ll engage in challenging 2D platforming looks right out of the 16-bit era.
However, the team doesn’t just stop there. They’re also adding variety in the form of parody versions of classic games. So, at certain points, the game will turn into an FPS or a rhythm action game. It’s an intriguing package that certainly seems worth a look.
Publisher 505 Games is also taking an interesting tactic for the game’s launch on Steam. They are implementing “wishlist milestones”. This means that, if a certain number of people wishlist the game, Horace will have a greater discount during launch week. So, if you and around 200K of your closest friends wishlist the game, then you can pick it up for 75% off at launch. Obviously, it’s unlikely that it gets that far, but it is a cool addition to the pre-release campaign.
Horace is coming to PC on July 18. Stay with DualShockers for news on the latest indies.
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Streets of Rogue has been in development for more than three and a half years. The game is being made by one man named Matt Dabrowski and is published by tinyBuild. It has been incredibly well-received in early access on PC. And today, Dabrowski and tinyBuild announced the release date for the rogue-lite/immersive sim. Watch the short announce trailer below.
Streets of Rogue is described as a mashup between Binding of Issac and the original Deus Ex. The game takes rogue-lite progression and mixes it with “free-form, experimentation-driven, emergent gameplay”. This means that you can play the game however you want. Fancy playing a hyper-intelligent gorilla who frees other gorillas and turns them into his own guerilla army? What about a fast-talker bartender who smooth-talks his way through every situation? This game lets you do that and so much more.
The game also features a completely randomized city for you to play through. This ensures that no two playthroughs will be exactly alike. In addition, SoR has tons and tons of items to customize your loadout. The replayability of this one appears to be absolutely through the roof. And the developer seems committed to continuing to add to the game well after it releases.
SoR also features four-player local and online co-op. The only downside here is that the game does not support cross-play, so if you pick it up on PS4, your friends will need to do the same.
Streets of Rogue is out for Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One on July 12.
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If you’ve always dreamed of sailing an airship from port to port, trading your wares and discovering the world, then developer Coldwind Games has a game for you. Merchant of the Skies is an upcoming sandbox trading game that lets you captain your very own airship. Check out the team’s early access trailer below.
Merchant of the Skies puts the players in the shoe of a sky captain who travels the air gathering, selling, and trading items and resources. The game features light base-building and tycoon elements. As you continue through your journey, you will move from a tiny cloudship to a massive airship to running your own trade company.
At the onset, the game looks to be fairly light in terms of content. This is by design. Cloudwind Games successfully used early access with their first game Lazy Galaxy, implementing player feedback during development. The team believes that this is the best way to capture the correct scope for their project and is continuing the process with Merchant of the Skies.
That said, the team has released a loose roadmap to give everyone an idea of where the game is going. They plan to first introduce game goals and more production chains. They may also add some minigames in the first few updates. After that, they want to add a caravan system which lets players automatically move goods between the different islands. And, with the game’s release, they want to add a campaign mode to make the goals feel bigger and better. Of course, all of this is subject to change depending on player feedback.
Merchant of the Skies is launching in early access on July 30 for PC. Keep it locked here for updates on all the latest indie games.
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