Every Major Upcoming Aussie Indie Game You Should Keep An Eye On – Kotaku Australia

Australias video game industry has a great track record, with many recent titles showcasing just how talented and passionate our developers really are. Moving Outwas a major hit in 2020 and other titles likeWindboundandNecrobaristamade a massive impact on the scene. Some titles missed release dates due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that hasnt stopped the excitement for Australian games.

From zen experiences like Unpackingto gorgeous, style-soaked romps like Dead Static Drive,theres plenty of reasons to look forward to local Aussie releases in 2021 and 2022. Even if we have to wait an age, theres somany great-looking games on the menu.

Heres every big Aussie project you should watch out for in 2021, 2022 and beyond.

Innchantedis a gorgeous cooking simulator inspired by Indigenous Australian culture and it was recently picked up for publishing by Asmodee Digital, a phenomenal achievement for a small Melbourne studio.

DragonBear Studios are currently hard at work on this excellent-looking co-op experience mixing magic with Overcooked, and we should be able to get our sweaty hands on it shortly.

The game does not have a release date, but you can follow along with new updates on Steam.

Unpacking is a beautiful, pixel-art style puzzle game from Brisbane studio Witch Beam. It features zen, Tetris-like mechanics as players unpack boxes to decorate rooms and is absolutely stunning. As you unpack various boxes, youll uncover a subtle narrative about each room and the life of the person who lives in it, making it more than just a point-and-click. The intricacy of the game design here is spectacular, and every pixel is stunning.

Unpackingis due for a 2021 release, and you can wishlist the game on Steam here.

Lens Islandis an upcoming adventure-simulation game featuring farming, fishing, decorating anddungeon crawling. Its the whole package in one andit looks totally gorgeous. Whatever itch you have to scratch, its likely this game will deliver it in spaces.

Go hunting! Create your perfect home! Defeat monsters! You can do it all inLens Island.

The game is currently set for an October 2021 release and you can wishlist it on Steam here.

Dead Static Driveis a post-apocalyptic RPG road story featuring creepy monsters, existential cosmic dread and a ton of style. The upcoming adventure is published and developed by Reuben Games, a Melbourne-based studio which frequents PAX conventions (and has a very funny presence on Twitter) so you may have seen the game before. Its been in the works for several years, but that hasnt stopped the hype for it.

With an eye-catching art style and intriguing premise, this is one indie to watch. Theres no current release date, but you can wishlist it on Steam here.

Theres nothing better than swinging through a dark abyss, and Brisbane studio Team WIBY understands that better than most.

If youre in the mood for a fast-paced, dungeon-crawling adventure you might like to (literally) jump into the wild, dark caverns of Phantom Abyss, published by our pals at Devolver Digital. Since it arrived on Steam, its become a top seller and theres definitely a reason for its popularity.

Phantom Abyss has just begun its early access period, and theres plans to add to the game over the next year.

The Dungeon Experienceis a weird action adventure developed byParadigmcreator Jacob Janerka and developer Simon Boxer. It aims to turn the RPG genre on its head with Janerkas signature weird humour and shenanigans.

Paradigm was a delight when it released in 2017 and The Dungeon Experience is shaping up to be no different. Check out the synopsis below:

Visit The Dungeon Experience! A thrilling world of high fantasy run by me, a level 1 mud-crab turned entrepreneur. Put your real world responsibilities on hold with a first-person guided adventure! Or work for us, were hiring! Also we fixed that weird smell as of 23/10/2020*

The Dungeon Experiences planned release date is currently When the four moons of Xogris align and the Messiah Khidrius returns but you can still wishlist it on Steam.

Hollow Knight: Silksongis the sequel to the award-winningHollow Knight and might be one of Australiasmostanticipated indie games.

Developed by Adelaide studio Team Cherry, this is a standalone adventure set in the intricate world of Hallownest and follows new protagonist Princess-Protector Hornet as she defends her forest lands from a variety of deadly foes. Hollow Knightwas one of 2017s best games, and it deserves a worthy sequel.

Wewillhave to wait for it, but its sure to be worth it.

Hollow Knight: Silksong does not currently have a confirmed release date. You can wishlist it on Steam here.

Surf Clubis a gorgeous upcoming adventure from Melbournes Olivia Haines looking to recapture the peace and freedom of life at the beach. It rocks a pink-hued vaporwave aesthetic and cute designs, but we dont know much about it yet. Still, the teaser trailer for the game is very exciting and were keen to see more from this solo project.

The games currently undated, but it looks set to be a wholesome, good time whenever it does arrive. You can follow updates via Olivia Haines Twitter page here.

Way to the Woodsis a gorgeous, dream-like adventure developed solo by Anthony Tan and planned for release on PC and consoles at some point in the future. Its a beautiful-looking game inspired by Ghibli classics but we will have to wait for the experience.

Tan provides frequent updates on the game via his website, and theyresuperinteresting to read through even if they make the game feel far away. Solo development is incredibly difficult, and Tan is refreshingly honest about how his progress is going.

Expect to hear more about this game in the near future.

Blueberryis a tale of love, loss and grief following the journey of one woman from birth to death. With a premise like that, you can almost guarantee itll be a tear-jerker, but the premise and style is so intriguing it might just be worth the pain.

This lovely little gem comes from Brisbanes Mellow Games and is set to tackle all those prickly, heart-rending moments we dont often talk about it in life.

The release date forBlueberryis currently TBA, so hold your tears and wishlist it on Steam instead.

Spies & Soldiersis an upcoming strategy game that plays out like a living board game. Youll want to build your armies, traverse the games neat watercolour maps (accented by some sweet art) and conquer all on your path to victory.

Digital board games are on the rise, and this game (developed by two Melbourne-based brothers) looks like a real treat for the genre.

Spies & Soldiersis currently set to march onto Steam in late 2021.

Wayward Strandis a narrative adventure following a teenage journalist as she visits an airborne hospital and discovers the mysteries of its inhabitants. Its developed and published by Melbourne studio Ghost Pattern and features a whimsical, storybook art style thats easy to love.

The narrative here looks absolutely gorgeous, and you justknowthe games going to be a heartbreaker when it finally launches.

Wayward Strandis set for a 2022 release and you can check it out via the games Steam page.

Broken Roadsis a narrative RPG inspired by classic strategy titles like the original Fallout.Weve showcased it on Kotaku Australia many times before, so you may be familiar with its beautiful art style and intriguing premise but if youre not, nows the time to get acquainted.

In the game, players will traverse a desolate Australian landscape and attempt to survive in the harsh wilderness. It features turn-based combat and a unique moral compass system that makes every single decision matter.

Broken Roadsis currently aiming for a late 2021 release date on PC and consoles. You can find out more about the game via Steam.

Conan Chop Chopwas originally revealed as an April Fools joke, but its actually very real.

Developed by Adelaide studio Mighty Kingdom, this game is a funky rouge-lite hacknslasher based on the world of Conan the Barbarian and utilises an adorable stick figure for hot-headed carnage. The fact this game exists at all is a miracle, but were so glad were getting it. Its fun, silly and downright adorable.

Conan Chop Chopis currently scheduled for an early 2021 release. You can wishlist it on Steam here.

Golf Storywas an absolute delight when it released in 2017. It combined a narrative adventure with classic golf gameplay to create a genuinely unique and enjoyable tale.

Sports Storyis set to continue this adventure and bring the franchise to new heights, but like others on this list well have to wait for the privilege. While we know its set to include more activities and more fun this go around, we dont currently know when the game will arrive or much else about it.

You can find out more on the games Nintendo hub.

Beyond the Veilis a dark narrative adventure that explores the history of New Orleans through beautiful art and prose.

Its developed by Melbournes Suns Shadow Studios and utilises text-based mechanics and a narrative-choice system that guides your in-game experience. With a moody atmosphere and a beautiful, colour-heavy art this is one adventure that really pops. The concept and style here are to die for, and its certainly a game that should be on your list.

Beyond the Veil is listed as coming soon, and you can wishlist the game on Steam here.

Australianvideo games really are labours of love.

Our local video games industry is still developing and many studios lack the resources afforded to larger AAA titles around the world. Still, Australia is producing some fantastic games showing off just how passionate and talented our industry is. All of these gems and more deserve your attention over the coming months and years, no matter how long their development cycles turn out to be.

Have we missed any Aussie games youre looking forward to? Are you an Aussie indie dev with a game to share? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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