Sony has held another PlayStation Indies day over on the PlayStation Blog, revealing seven new updates for a variety of indie games headed to PS4 and PS5 over the next few months. Curious as to what smaller games are ones to watch out for? Here’s all seven of today’s reveals, all in one place.
Sea of Stars Coming to PS4 and PS5
First up, retro-inspired RPG Sea of Stars has been confirmed for release on PS4 and PS5. Alongside that confirmation, developer Sabotage Studio also offered a closer look at Sea of Stars’ turn-based battle system. Despite its obvious JRPG inspirations, Sea of Stars does not have random encounter battles, and is a ‘pure’ turn-based system, with no time bars. MP regens though fights to allow for regular magic casting, and enemy special abilities can be weakened or even eliminated entirely by breaking ‘locks’ with specific damage types. Party members can also attack together for combos, and characters can be hot swapped in and out of battle to rearrange your team for maximum efficiency.
Schim Will Release on PlayStation Consoles
Developer Extra Nice has announced that its recently-revealed game about a traveling shadow, Schim, will be released on PS4 and PS5. Playing as the shadow creature Schim, you’ll need to explore different Dutch-inspired locations as part of a hunt to find the human whose shadow you live in. Each location is a puzzle, as Schim can only move to other shadows, and so must carefully move from dark spot to dark spot across a map.
Cult of the Lamb Will Launch This August
Cult of the Lamb, a roguelike about anthropomorphic animals who engage in religious zealotry, will be released on PS4 and PS5 on August 11. The game is as cute and as wacky as the title suggests, and the PS Blog post written by developer Massive Monster is dedicated to… poop. Apparently poop management is a key part of the game, as your cult den must be cleaned up to ensure followers do not get sick and die. Thankfully poop can be picked up and used to fertilized crops.
Signalis Coming to PS4 This October
PS1-style retro sci-fi game Signalis will be coming to PS4 on October 27. This ‘psychological sci-fi survival horror’ has visuals similar to the early days of Resident Evil and Silent Hill, with top-down cameras and close-up puzzle segments, as well as a chunky inventory with spinning item models. Playing as Elster, you’ll need to make your way through a seemingly abandoned re-education and mining facility that’s plagued by distorted figures.
The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition Launches This September
Q-Games has announced that The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition will launch on September 6. This re-release of the lost 2016 PS4 game is not just a new way to play an old game, but will also arrive with lots of new features.
Phoenix Edition adds many new islands to the world of The Void, and Monolith structures reveal new paths and secrets across previously existing islands. To travel across these new locations, a grappling hook has been added. Most important of the editions, though, is the fact that The Tomorrow Children has removed all reliance on external servers, and so it can’t be lost like the original version was. This means it can also be played offline with ‘Comrade AI’ to control other characters.
Cursed to Golf Releases In August
A new trailer for Cursed to Golf has revealed that the game is coming to both PS4 and PS5 on August 18. Set in ‘golf purgatory’, you play a recently deceased would-be golf champion who must work their way through an ever-changing 18 hole course in an attempt to resurrect themselves.
Inscryption Announced for PS4 and PS5
The beloved creepy deckbuilder, first released on PC last year, is finally coming to console. Inscryption has been announced for PS4 and PS5, although no release date has been revealed so far. The PlayStation version will make special use of the DualShock/DualSense controller, with RGB lights mimicking the on-screen lighting, and talking card Stoat’s voice being projected out of the controller speaker.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.