I was going to do an upcoming game releases post every two months this year, but, as it turns out, it’s hard to find upcoming indie games. It’s even harder to find release dates that aren’t super vague. So I’ve decided to just make a post for the entire year! Later in the year I’ll probably do another post with games I didn’t discover in time for this one. And of course, since this blog focuses on sci-fi/fantasy, these all have some sort of SFF element to them.
Most of these are available on Steam, which is where I’ll link to because that’s where I get most of my games, but they may be available from other places as well.
Anyway, here are the games I’m excited about and that I think you all should be excited about too!
(Descriptions below are taken from the official descriptions.)
Arcade Spirits by Fiction Factory Games
Arcade Spirits, a romantic visual novel, follows an alternate timeline set in the year 20XX where the 1983 video game crash never occurred. After a turbulent work history, you are granted employment at the Funplex, a popular arcade, home to a host of unique personalities and customers. Where will this new-found employment take you? Who will you meet along the way? Will you find the romance you’re seeking?
This one sounds like it has a kind of 80s cyberpunk feel, and I’m into it. The art looks bright and colorful. And who doesn’t love arcades?
Necrobarista by Route 59
Necrobarista is a cinematic visual novel set in a magical Melbourne cafe where the dead are granted one last night to mingle with the living.
I’m not really sure what to make of this game, it looks quite different from the usual visual novel, but I’m intrigued by the premise of a place where the dead get one last night with the living!
Spellcaster University by Sneaky Yak Studio
In Spellcaster University, you take on the role of the director of a magic university in a heroic fantasy world. Build your school, manage your budget, recruit teachers. Will you make it a high place of black magic, with the best teachers of necromancy and demonology? Or a school in harmony with nature to train druids and shamans? Or why not train adventurous mages, offering them options to learn how to fight and be discreet? But this will require surviving the ruthless attacks of the orc tribes and the controls of the education authorities.
We can’t go to a school for wizards, so the next best thing is running one, right? Management games are a lot of fun, and I think the premise of this one will make it even more so!
Seventh Circle by Rock Candy Games
Seventh Circle is an urban fantasy visual novel.
Congratulations: you’re a mage.
Fresh out of college with a degree in the arcane, you’ve made your childhood dream come true by gaining admittance to the Trillian, a renowned league of arena battle mages, where the brightest young magical talents duke it out every week for money, fame, and bragging rights.
As you tangle with the Trillian’s big personalities–an uptight genius, a hot-headed would-be rival, a handsome haloed jock, and more–you’ll uncover a mystery stretching back decades, and you might just find love while you’re at it.
Urban fantasy is quite possibly my favorite story genre, and getting to be a magic user in a dating sim/visual novel sounds great! Plus the art for this game looks pretty!
Red Embrace: Hollywood by Argent Games
Los Angeles, California, 1996. A young newcomer is turned into a vampire and thrust into the dark underbelly of society, forced to sink or swim. You are that newcomer.
Red Embrace: Hollywood is a unique vampire visual novel that puts you, the player, at the heart of the story.
Choose your appearance, pick your vampire House, and make hundreds of choices that determine not only your future–but the future of Los Angeles.
In the world of RE:H, you can be anything…because you’re already dead.
In case anyone here is new or just dropping in, I’ll let you in on a little not-secret: I LOVE vampires. So I cannot wait for this game! I get to be a vampire! And interact with other vampires! And date vampires! And it seems like the game has a whole interesting vampire society.
As We Know It by Jaime Scribbles Games
When the world gets too hot humanity finds sanctuary underground. After a long waiting list you finally score a spot in the local underground city of Camden, run by Mayor Rick Davidson. You and your mother move in and begin to acclimate to this wonderful new life. As time passes, however, things start to go wrong. Unravel what’s going on, and face some hard choices that will impact your relationships and fate.
Get a job, find romance, and meet the other residents of Camden- your new home.
I love reading about dystopias and post-apocalyptic worlds, so I’m excited for the chance to play one! And I love that you don’t just choose a love interest, you also get to have friends and a career, something you don’t always find in dating sims.
Minotaur by U7 Committee
An adventure game with visual novel-style narrative, Minotaur tells a dark mystery story set in a newly created science fantasy world.
Minotaur tells a story about a group of nine characters (five of which are playable) who find themselves unable to leave their own home. Tensions rise as things start to take turn for the worse and it becomes clear that their unfortunate situation is not an accident, but a trap of elaborate design. Revealing the identity of its creator and understanding their motives is now the matter of life and death.
The story unfolds from perspective of five different characters, and although you can only unlock routes in succession, your actions and choices in each of them have universal effect and lead to one of four different endings.
This looks to be a combo point-and-click puzzle game and visual novel, and that sounds fun! Plus it’s got a cyberpunk feel, the art looks nice, and it’s got full voice acting.
Yaga by Breadcrumbs Interactive
Play as Ivan, a one-handed blacksmith cursed with incredible bad luck.
Ivan is caught between a Tzar giving him impossible tasks, a mysterious witch who wants to manipulate him, and his grandma who wants him to find a wife.
Start your journey in an action RPG where the story and characters react to the way you roleplay your character.
This one looks cute! It’s got Slavic folklore, a pleasing art style, and even disability rep since the character is missing a hand. Sounds like a great combo!
Boyfriend Dungeon by Kitfox Games
For your summer job, you’re tasked with clearing the creatures in “the dunj”. Soon you discover weapons you find transform into cuties… and they’re SINGLE! (What a craaazy coincidence because you also happen to be up for grabs yourself.)
Spend the cash you earn on romantic outings to forge precious moments with your lovers and work together to clear the rampant monster infestations, because after all, a couple that slays together, stays together.
I don’t know if I’ll be playing this one myself as I’m not good with combat, but getting to romance your weapons sounds like so much fun!
Afterparty by Night School Studio
In Afterparty, you play Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to Earth.
Milo and Lola are now dead, thirsty, and roaming the streets of Nowhere, the outermost island of Hell.
What adventures will you stumble through in the underworld? Every step is up to you. Time to go on the best bender ever, uncover the mystery of why you’ve been damned, and drink the big guy under the table.
This game looks like a visual delight and sounds like it’s gonna be a blast! The idea of two best friends having to out-drink Satan at a bunch of bars in Hell is just too amusing to pass up.