2018 saw the release of stand-outs like Celeste, Return of the Obra Dinn, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, and Into the Breach. Now in 2019, we’re looking forward to playing an even larger-selection of diverse and interesting games, many of which started out as passion projects.
So here we’ve highlighted some of the best upcoming indie games for 2019 and beyond. We’ll be updating this list in the future, so make sure to check back.
RAD (PC, Switch, Xbox One, PS4) – Aug 20, 2019
RAD comes from well-known indie developer and publisher Double Fine Productions, best known for creating Broken Age and Psychonauts. The game is a 3D action rogue-like set in a twice-irradiated, post-apocalyptic world inspired by 80s pop culture.
You play as a teenager looking to take on any challenge the wasteland has to offer and explore a variety of mutated environments brimming with exotic and deadly creatures. Defeating enemies rewards you with different mutations that affect gameplay, including a pair of wings that allow you to glide and a detachable boomerang arm that can be used as a projectile.
Moving Out (PC) – TBA, 2019
Moving Out is an action sim with an emphasis on co-operative play; the game is self-published by developer SMG Studio, who’s past work includes Death Squared, another co-op focused game with puzzle mechanics.
As a Furniture Arrangement Relocation Technician (F.A.R.T.), it’s up to you and your friends to expertly transport furniture across hazardous environments and safely load them onto a moving truck. The game gives off serious Overcooked vibes and we’re hoping it’s just as chaotic and fun to play.
Ooblets (PC, Xbox One) – TBA, 2019
Ooblets is an upcoming life sim inspired by games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing and Pokémon. You play as a customizable human character that’s in charge of maintaining a farm. Aside from tending to crops, you frequently spend your days collecting and interacting with Ooblets, adorable small creatures that come in all shapes and sizes.
Together, you and your Ooblets will go on new adventures where you’ll battle other trainers, have dance parties, and explore different islands. The game was previously set to be published under the Double Fine Presents label but is now being self-published by developer duo Glumberland with help from Popagenda.
Untitled Goose Game (PC, Switch) – TBA, 2019
Untitled Goose Game is a continuation of developer House House’s love for quirky gameplay and minimalist, low-poly art. The upcoming stealth game has you controlling a maniacal goose who loves causing trouble at the expense of humans.
You’ll be exploring sandbox-style environments packed with puzzles to solve and interesting knick-knacks to steal. Each level provides you with a checklist for objectives to complete in each area, with the main goal being to cause as much mayhem and distress for the humans as you can without getting caught.
Afterparty (PC) – TBA, 2019
Afterparty is an adventure game developed and published by Night School Studio, who debuted in 2016 with Oxenfree, the supernatural adventure game that let players affect the story through branching dialogue. The studio’s next project looks to further explore the supernatural and has you controlling two friends, Milo and Lola, who have recently died and find themselves trapped in the underworld for all eternity.
In order to return to the land of the living, you’ll have to defeat Satan in a drinking competition by completing a series of intoxicating challenges and visiting multiple bars across Hell’s many islands. Most excitingly, players will have the option to flirt with Satan.
Atomic Heart (PC, Xbox One, PS4) – TBA, 2019
Atomic Heart is a first-person shooter produced and self-published by Russian developer Mundfish. The game takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution. You assume control of a Soviet KGB officer who’s been tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.
The game features an expansive open-world that consists of several regions with different biomes and multi-layered structures to explore. Combat is primarily focused on melee weapons, with firearms and ammo encounters being very limited.
Carrion (PC) – TBA, 2020
Carrion is a reverse horror game that puts the player in control of a deadly amorphous creature that appears to have broken free inside of a military bunker. It appears to follow a Metroidvania format, with the creature being able to reach new areas as it consumes more humans and grows more powerful.
While we’ve seen other games like Evolve and Dead by Daylight swap roles and put a player in control of an evil monster, Carrion seems to be offering a much more immersive horror fantasy. The game is being produced by Phobia Game Studio and published by Devolver Digital.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PC, PS4) – TBA, 2020
Fall Guys adds a unique twist to the Battle Royale formula by dropping up to 100 players in challenging game-show style obstacle courses designed to test players’ platforming abilities. The game comes from Mediatonic, whose credits include Hatoful Boyfriend, and is published by Devolver Digital.
You control adorable little guys who can be customized with different accessories to make yourself stand out from the competition. As matches progress and the number of remaining contestants gets lower and lower, you’ll notice that challenges start to ramp up, introducing more obstacles designed to throw you off.
Hollow Knight: Silksong (PC, Switch) – TBA
Silksong was initially conceived as DLC for Hollow Knight but proved to be too ambitious, prompting developer Team Cherry to keep expanding on the project and release it as a standalone title. While the game plans on retaining many of the Metroidvania elements from the original, expect to see them introduced and used in slightly different ways.
You play as Hornet, a bug-like creature who first appeared in Hollow Knight and uses a needle as her main weapon. At the start of the game, Hornet is captured and taken to a haunted kingdom where in order to escape, she’ll have to travel upwards, an inversion of the first game. Team Cherry has reportedly designed 150 new creatures for Silksong and has already shown off some of the new abilities Hornet can use.
Rawmen (PC) – TBA
Rawmen looks to answer the question, “What if Splatoon replaced inklings with naked men who love to cook?” The game is still very early in-development; however developer ANIMAL appears to have an interesting concept on their hands.
Matches see you controlling a customizable chef and battling against other players using kitchen equipment such as pots, pans, ladles, etc. You’ll also have control over what dishes your character uses in battle and can even run around slapping enemies with a fish.
Whether its PC or console, AAA or Indie, New-York born and raised Justin has a natural curiosity to seek out hidden gems and share them with other gamers. He also maintains his own YouTube channel in addition to writing and managing the social media profiles for GamingScan.