Fresh new games from independent developers that you’ll definitely want to take notice of.
No longer just the world’s biggest fighting game tournament, Evo has become a hotspot to show off new software to the fighting game community, and this year had one of the hottest lineups to date. The Indie Showcase is now a recurring feature, bringing players and indie developers in touch with each other. For those who were unable to attend Evo this year — or attendees that might have missed some of these titles — Justin Woodward of The MIX reached out to us to break down a selection of the promising titles that were on display. From Woodward:
At previous Evos, the Evo Indie Showcase has been a hotbed of exciting indie titles geared towards the fighting game community, and the booth’s space at Evo 2017 was no different. Presented by The MIX, the booth offered fans the chance to get hands on time with dozens of awesome games, some of them presented to the public for the very first time ever. Here are some of the major highlights from the Evo Indie Showcase, with descriptions pulled from the booth’s website!
Bounty Battle: Presented to the public for the first time at the event, Bounty Battle is a no-holds barred brawler that lets players face off against a cadre of their favorite characters from a wide assortment of beloved indie games!
Absolver: Absolver is an online multiplayer combat game where players are placed behind the mask of a Prospect under control of the Guides, the new rulers of the fallen Adal Empire, who will determine your worth in joining their elite corps of Absolvers. [Absolver is currently available to pre-order on the PlayStation Store, as well as for PC on GOG.com. – Editor]
Coffence: Coffence is a fast-paced hybrid between fighting games and twin-stick shooters for up to four players. Players must wield their cup into battle in an attempt to empty their opponent’s coffee while protecting theirs in various locations ranging from an office building to a pirate ship. Coffee is literally your health bar and every hit you take ejects it up in the air for anyone to claim, creating dramatic reversals and tense stand-offs. Coffee is more than your health though: it’s also your source of power. Sacrifice a sip of your precious beverage to tap into the infinite power of caffeine to unleash a powerful secret technique known as the COFFEE BREAK.
Punch Planet: Punch Planet is a competitive sci-fi 2D fighter with a rich and immersive story, spanning a universe of exotic planets, advanced cities, and alien races. Developed by 3 longtime competitors in the fighting game community, Punch Planet is a fighting game with a solid foundation of competitive mechanics while also introducing a new depth of story, humor, and design. [Look back at our coverage of Punch Planet news here. – Editor]
Nidhogg 2: Return of the wurm! The next installment of the epic award-winning dueling tug-of-war is coming! Destroy your opponents with all new moves and weapons across ten different arenas. Enjoy new monstrous visuals by artist Toby Dixon and bangin’ beats from Daedelus, Mux Mool, Doseone, and more! [Nidhogg 2 is set to release on PC and PlayStation 4 on August 15, 2017! – Editor]
Mystic Melee: A great evil is threatening the galaxy, and only four arcane wizards can stop it. Master imaginative spells in this fast-paced physics platformer. Take your skills to the arena for fierce multiplayer battles.
All in all, the Evo Indie Showcase was a hit, and offering up a great deal of exciting indie games of which that fans couldn’t get enough. Bounty Battle, one of the games on display at the event, is set to begin its crowdfunding campaign on Fig.co this week. For more details on all the great games at this year’s Evo Indie Showcase, check out the official website.
There were lots of other games in the Indie Showcase this year, too; check out The MIX to learn about them. Keep an eye on Shoryuken for upcoming hands-on impressions of some of these titles, and more!
Source: Justin Woodward, via The MIX