ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at
Resident RPG nerd and SoulsBorne fanatic. Can be spotted by their floofy hair.
Marcus O'Shea

2017 is already shaping up to be an excellent year for games. With the releases of Resident Evil 7, Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn there's been a ton of astounding AAA flying out the door. But it's not just the big dogs who've got exciting stuff in store.

The Best Upcoming Indie Games For 2017 And Beyond

We're amassing the coolest and most exciting titles coming up this year and beyond. From RPGS to break-neck action games. From the depths of to the cutest worlds around. There's something for everyone coming from indie developers in 2017 and beyond.

1. 'Prey For The Gods'

  • Developer: No Matter Studios
  • Publisher: No Matter Studios
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
  • Release Date: December 2017

Prey for the Gods is a fascinating-looking upcoming title that feels like a spiritual successor to Shadow of the Colossus crossed with a brutal survival simulator. You play as a lone hero, sent to the edge of the world to discover the secret behind a curse that's left the planet in unending winter.

To save the world, you'll have to craft and survive in the harsh, snow-filled environment, and take on the massive gods that roam the land. Like Shadow of the Colossus, these enemies are so huge that you'll need to climb them just to do some damage, and many of them won't take too kindly to that at all.

2. 'Perception'

  • Developer: Deep End Games
  • Publisher: Deep End Games
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Release Date: TBA

Perception is a terrifying new game brought to you by a team of former BioShock and Dead Space developers. In it, you play as a blind woman named Cassie Thompson, who is investigating a strange and mysterious house that haunts her dreams.

To get around the mansion, you'll have to use an echolocation-style sound system to 'see' your surroundings. Cassie can use her walking stick to tap the ground, revealing the location of objects around her, or simply navigate by environmental noises when they're available. Cassie isn't alone in the house however, and you may have to choose between being able to see what's in the room, and having what's in the room realize where you are.

3. 'Pyre'

  • Developer: Supergiant Games
  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC
  • Release Date: TBA 2017

Pyre is a team-based from the makers of Bastion and Transistor. You control a band of outcasts and exiles, who must travel across a hellish purgatory to earn their freedom. Combat is fast-paced and strategic, with tons of tactical choices and a unique sport/combat feel that's half Rocket League and half MOBA. Between 'rites' (the game's name for combat), the player must make tactical choices about how their companions spend their downtime, juggling their energy levels and training to keep them fresh but well-practiced for battle.

4. 'Cuphead'

[Credit: Studio MDHR]
[Credit: Studio MDHR]
  • Developer: Studio MDHR
  • Publisher: Studio MDHR
  • Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
  • Release Date: TBA 2017

Cuphead is the long-awaited side-scrolling shooter that combines mad-cap golden age cartoon aesthetics with Metal Slug-style fast-paced bullet dodging action.

The game has been in development since 2015 and has garnered a massive following of excited fans. The biggest selling point is of course the amazing hand drawn '30s style graphics, but the developers are promising some awesome retro run-and-gun action as well.

5. 'Ooblets'

[Credit: Double Fine]
[Credit: Double Fine]
  • Developer: Glumberland
  • Publisher: Double Fine
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
  • Release Date: 2018

Ooblets may be the most adorable upcoming game around. This cute indie RPG/Sim combines a dash of Pokemon with a smattering of Stardew Valley, to create a wonderful blend of farming and monster-training fun.

Much like Stardew Valley, players will take on the role of a customizable newcomer who's come to a rural town to start their own farm. You'll live out your daily routine, plant crops, water, weed and raise them, and buy and sell items at the market. The kick is that these aren't any ordinary fruit and veg, instead, you're raising Ooblets, adorable monsters that can be trained and battled against other creatures as you explore the world. Sounds like everything I've ever wanted in a game!

6. 'Katana Zero'

  • Developer: Askiisoft
  • Publisher: Adult Swim Games
  • Platforms: Microsoft Windows
  • Release Date: 2017

Katana Zero is a game of pure action and timing, a fast-paced instant death action game where a single mistake can spell your end, but a perfect run will feel like the coolest accomplishment you've achieved in your life.

Aside from the pulse-pounding action, Katana Zero also boasts a gorgeous neo-noir pixel aesthetic and one of the coolest synthwave soundtracks I've heard since It Follows came out.

7. 'Chasm'

  • Developer: Discord Games
  • Publisher: Discord Games
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
  • Release Date: 2017

Chasm takes its inspiration from classic exploration based adventure games like Metroid and Castlevania, then adds a dash of rogue-like to the mix. You play as Daltyn, a young soldier sent to investigate a mining town's collapse, who finds himself embroiled in a curse that has silenced the town.

The game features six gigantic dungeons, each assembled from procedurally generated content, so every playthrough is a new experience. To save the town, you'll have to use every trick in your Castlevania-inspired arsenal to navigate obstacles, defeat enemies and overcome massive bosses.

8. 'Eitr'

  • Developer: Eneme Entertainment
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
  • Release Date: 2017

Eitr is a game that feels like Diablo and Dark Souls met in a bar one night and had a beautiful love child. This isometric action RPG features the deliberate, challenging combat of Dark Souls, combined with a randomized loot system and gorgeous sprite-based graphics.

Several high profile Souls fan YouTubers have already been given a sneak peek, and so far the buzz is very good. It's a great fusion of old school isometric ARPG gameplay with the Souls formula. If it arrives later this year, it'll be perfectly timed to feed our addictions when the Nioh and Ringed City shine wears off.

9. 'Absolver'

  • Developer: Sloclap
  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems
  • Release Date: 2017

From the publishers that brought out Hotline Miami comes an absolutely gorgeous indie title by first time French developer Sloclap. Set in an east-asian inspired fantasy empire, Absolver is all about fluid melee action inspired by classic kung-fu films.

Players take on the role of a Prospect, a masked warrior sworn to uphold stability in the Adai empire on behalf of the Absolvers. Game-wise, this mostly means you play a masked martial arts badass who can delve into ancient ruins and dungeons to take on enemies, or engage in fluid, real-time hand-to-hand combat against other players in one of the many arenas in the world.

10. 'Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice'

  • Developer: Ninja Theory
  • Publisher: Ninja Theory
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
  • Release Date: 2017

Don't be fooled by the oddly generic-action-game-sounding name, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is shaping up to be one of the most unique and polished indie titles in 2017. Players take on the role of the titular Senua, a traumatized tribal warrior who must struggle with her own hallucinations and delusions, as she delves into the depths of hell to rescue the soul of her dead love. Ninja Theory are claiming that this is going to be a AAA-quality title, and in terms of animation, story and voice acting, they're definitely up there.

Not only does the story look fascinating, but the combat in the game looks incredible as well. Even in the early stages, the fight mechanics look fluid and precise, with paramount importance put on positioning and dodging as you face off against much larger and more powerful humanoid opponents. If the progress keeps up, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice may be shaping up to be one of the best titles of the year.

What indie titles are you looking forward to this year? Any you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments!


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