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When it comes to indie games, recent E3s haven’t disappointed. Every year, Sony, Microsoft and other publishers have devoted increasing amounts of time and effort into their indie catalogs. With that being said, there are some prominent indie titles that stand out above the rest – titles that gamers can’t wait to get their hands on.

Here are seven awesome indie games that we want to see more of at E3:

1. Cuphead

Developer: Sudio MDHR
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Planned Release: 2016

Ever since its reveal during Microsoft’s 2014 E3 press conference, gamers have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on Cuphead. I mean, can you blame them? With its hand-drawn, 1930’s cartoon-inspired visuals and epic-looking boss battles, Cuphead is shaping up to be an indie gem for Microsoft. Furthermore, it features local co-op, so you can enjoy the run-and-gun-action with a buddy.

All we need now is a release date. Hopes are high that we’ll get just that during Microsoft’s E3 press conference on June 13th.

2. Below

Developer: Capybara Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PC
Planned Release: Summer 2016

One of the great things about being an independent developer is that you can really flex your creative muscles. Capy Games is doing just that by going in an entirely new direction following its last game, Super Time Force.

Originally planned for release in 2014, Below is a rogue-like adventure game where you explore procedurally generated dungeons. Don’t expect to go in and conquer everything you face on the first try, however, because Below will challenge players in both combat and survival each and every time you go down into a dungeon. It’s essentially Dark Souls meets Zelda in a rogue-like experience - one that won’t hold the hands of players, but rather trust them to discover and learn from the world around them. For example, it’s up to the player to figure out what they'll do to stop the character’s bleeding wound, or how to best use the environment to your advantage in combat.

A new trailer at the IGF Awards in March revealed that this timed Xbox One exclusive will be releasing sometime this summer.

3. Inside

Developer: Inside
Platforms: Xbox One
Planned Release: TBD

With the exception of a delay, not much has been said about the timed Xbox One exclusive Inside since its reveal trailer at E3 2014. From the makers of Limbo, Inside is a side-scrolling platformer that has been under development for over five years. What we know so far includes that it features a young boy who makes his way through somber environments.

Despite not much else being known about the game, the anticipation is high for Playdead’s next title, as Limbo is widely considered one of the great indie games of all time. Gamers will most assuredly have their eyes on Microsoft’s E3 press conference with the hope that more information – especially a release date – will be revealed.

4. Rime

Developer: Tequila Works
Platforms: PS4
Planned Release: TBD

Rime is another game that has gone quiet since its exciting reveal. Originally planned to be a PS4 exclusive, the adventure game was revealed at Sony’s 2013 Gamescom press conference. It wowed gamers with its gorgeous, colorful art-style, which detailed a vibrant world full of beauty and wonder. Back in March, we finally received an update on Rime. As detailed by PlayStation Lifestyle, the rights to Rime were reacquired by developer Tequila Works from Sony.

What Tequila Works does with Rime remains to be seen, as it can go in many different directions from here – both in terms of publishing and whether or not they decide to eventually release the game on other consoles.

Hopefully we learn more about Rime at E3 and be able to explore this gorgeous world sooner rather than later.

5. WiLD

Developer: Wild Sheep Studios
Developer: PS4
Planned Release: TBD

Continuing with the trend of games that have gone quiet, WiLD is yet another exciting indie title announced in 2014 that hasn’t shown us much else since. Under development by Wild Sheep Studios – which is headed by Rayman creator Michel Ancel – WiLD is an adventure game that will see players use their instincts and intuition to thrive in an incredibly hostile prehistoric environment. Speaking with, Ancel explains: “Our concept is based on experiencing new situations each time you play.”

Fingers-crossed that we’ll see more of this PS4 exclusive at Sony’s press conference on June 13th.

6. Abzû

Developer: Giant Squid
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Planned Release: 2016

Headed by the award-winning artist behind Journey, Matt Nava, Abzû is the first game from developer Giant Squid. This third-person adventure game sees you descend into the depths of the ocean, where ancient secrets await to be discovered. Much like Journey did to gamers in 2012, simply just watching gameplay of Abzû puts you into a mixed state of wonder, reflection and peace as your character effortlessly flows through the environment. Talking with, Nava says that Abzû is aiming to provide “A more respectful and personal interaction with animals.”

With fluid controls and beautifully realized ocean environments, Abzû is poised to deliver a serene gaming experience.

7. Yooka-Laylee

Developer: Playtonic Games
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC
Planned Release: October 2016

Those longing for the days of 3D platforming mascots rejoiced when Playtonic Games officially announced Yooka-Laylee in 2015. The game is being deemed a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, which is no surprise given that Playtonic Games is made up of many former Rare employees. It will see a green chameleon (Yooka) and a wisecracking bat (Laylee) team up to find collectibles and platform their way through a vibrantly colored open-world.

Furthermore, Yooka-Laylee hit its Kickstarter funding goal of £175,000 in just 38 minutes, ultimately finishing its funding campaign with a whopping £2.1 million. Yes, the hype is VERY real for this one folks.

Are there any other indie games that you’re looking forward to seeing at E3? Let me know in the comments below!


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