Here’s everything that got an airing in Microsoft’s latest Xbox indie showcase •

Here's everything that got an airing in Microsoft's latest Xbox indie showcase •

Those with excess free time and patient determination could very well have rejoiced in Microsoft’s usually languid latest Xbox indie showcase, but for anyone with slightly busier diaries, please enjoy this handy roundup of everything shown, bringing the likes of co-op escape room shenanigans, movie-themed mystery, and rogue golf in purgatory.

Lost Eidolons, which kicked off today’s livestream, is a tactical RPG from developer Ocean Drive Studio that casts players as Eden, a mercenary captain, sending them on an adventure across a war-torn empire. civil war. Expect turn-based combat and an “engrossing cinematic narrative” when it comes to PC and Xbox Series X/S in Q3 of this year.

Lost Eidolons – Trailer.

Then Crusader Kings 3 popped up to remind everyone that the stunning medieval grand strategy game is coming to Xbox Series X/S (and also PS5) on March 29th.

Crusader Kings 3 – Diplomacy gone wrong.

As you probably know by this point, developer Andrew Shouldice’s Zelda-inspired isometric action-adventure tunic is more than a little fabulous. It’s also out today on Xbox and PC – but Microsoft’s indie storefront also announced it’s a launch day addition to Game Pass.

Tunic – Launch Trailer.

We’ve known bits and pieces of its creator Sam Barlow’s Telling Lies and Immortality: An Interactive Movie Trilogy for quite some time now. But thanks to today’s livestream, we now have a first real traileras well as a better understanding of how the movie-inspired “investigative horror” will play out when it arrives this summer on Xbox and PC.

Immortality – Reveal Trailer.

Chinatown Detective Agency has been an intriguing proposition since its initial reveal, combining classic point-and-click adventure with a real-world component that sets it apart from its ilk. Essentially, this hard-hitting cybernoir mystery requires players to step away from the game and conduct a real-world investigation to proceed, perhaps finding the source of a quote or searching for an airport code. We’ll find out how it all comes together this spring.

Chinatown Detective Agency – Meet Amira Darma.

Cursed to Golf is a wonderfully silly mash-up of physics-based, rogue-like dungeon crawler that sees players attempt to navigate the 18 holes of Golf Purgatory, juggling a deck of cards and battling bosses as they go. as you go. It is developed by Chuhai Labs and will be launched “soon”.

Cursed to Golf – Trailer.

Trek to Yomi is a stunningly cinematic action-adventure following the story of a lone samurai, Hiroki, who is sworn to protect his city from danger. “Faced with tragedy and bound to duty,” explains publisher Devolver Digital, “the lone samurai must journey beyond life and death to confront one another and decide his path forward.” He launches some time this “spring”.

Trek to Yomi – Battle Trailer.

Clash: Artifacts of Chaos is a kind of melee-driven martial arts adventure that sees players, in the role of Nickname, strike and fight their way through a surreal fantasy world. Developed by ACE Team, it’s coming to Xbox, PC, and PlayStation in November.

Clash – Artifacts of Chaos – Gameplay Reveal Trailer.

Escape Academy, from Coin Crew Games, looks particularly nifty, turning the escape room craze into a full-fledged first-person adventure as players attempt to complete the room-based escape challenges. on puzzles set by the titular educational establishment – all as a dark plot begins to unfold. Both online and local co-op are supported for those with big friends, and it’s coming to PC, Xbox, and PlayStation (and will be a day-one Game Pass title) later this year.

Escape Academy – Trailer announcement.

Shredders is a snowboarding game from developer FoamPunch that promises a huge and diverse open world for its downhill escapades. It features story mode, online multiplayer and plenty of real-world nods – including authentic branding and pro snowboarder appearances – and launches tomorrow on Xbox, Game Pass and Steam.

Shredders – Release date trailer.

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is a potentially very exciting new reveal, coming from developer A44, who previously created Ashen. It’s an open-world action RPG set in a dark fantasy world where gunpowder was just invented (think Lord of the Rings with guns), which features players as a soldier assisted by a strange magical creature known as Enki. So far, we only have a cinematic trailer for this one, but it will be released sometime this year.

Flintlock: Siege of Dawn – Trailer.

If you love Roblox, developer Splitting Point Studios generated a lot of excitement around its first-person shooter Rolling Thunder, and their segment was followed by a quick procession of trailers for Whalefall – an RPG hybrid. -visual novel that’s currently on Kickstarter – plus a surreal locomotive-themed survival adventure Voidtrain, coming to Xbox later this year.

Whalefall trailer.

We also got a pretty big preview of developer Zelart’s “brutal action-adventure RPG,” There Is No Light. It’s very attractive in a sort of dark pixel art, and it’s released on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC this year.

There is no light – Gameplay trailer.

Next up is WrestleQuest, described as the “world’s first wrestling RPG”. Speaking as someone with very minimal interest in wrestling, it didn’t grab my attention the way it seems to have others online, but if the idea of ​​fights wrestling-themed turn-based, side quests and cameos from a host of real-world wrestlers, including “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Booker T and Andre The Giant storylines, it releases this summer.

WrestleQuest – Trailer.

Floppy Knights is a “turn-based strategy deck-builder” from Garden Story developer Rose City Games. “Take the role of Phoebe, programmer extraordinaire, as she tests her Floppy Knights creations with odd jobs around town,” reads the official blurb. “Engage the collectible creatures ready to rid the crops of goblin invaders, stop a volcano from erupting, and stop the Science Fair from being postponed in turn-based tactical battles.” It will be released on Xbox and PC in the second quarter of this year and will be available on Game Pass.

And finally, to round out today’s Xbox Indie Showcase, there was a quick quadruple of trailers for games that all launched day one on Game Pass. There’s the wondrous open-world investigation adventure Paradise Killer (which is available now), the exuberant top-down adventure Kraken Academy (coming to Xbox March 22), the sci-fi narrative RPG Citizen Sleeper (which will be released later this year and has already piqued the interest of Eurogamer), plus “a cute and spooky adventure” Beacon Pines. And that’s your lot for now. Farewell!

Travel Companion – Day One with Game Pass.

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