The Best Indie News & Video Games August 23-30, 2020

Indie Round-Up

It’s been another great week for indie games with Gamescom kicking off this past week. Canada’s own Geoff Keighley kicked off the festivities with Opening Night Live on Tuesday, and since then the indie game floodgates have opened as new trailers are released for tons of upcoming titles. Plus, a recent release gets an updated roadmap, a tycoon classic (and a personal favorite) comes to Switch, and more! Let’s check it out!

Ooblets Dev Releases Roadmap

July’s adorable indie-darling Ooblets released its roadmap with details for what the team is aiming for throughout the rest of 2020, as well as when to expect the full launch in early 2021. Players can expect the first major content update this September with the v.04 Nullwhere update. Glumberland is promising a new “visitable region with associated ooblets, new crops, and new recipes” called Nullwhere. Here, the ooblets you’ve already been able to gather will come in uncommon and gleamy versions, with custom movesets in the works as well. As for October, the developer is planning a Halloween event but is currently still cooking up ideas for what exactly that will be. You can check out more of the Ooblets roadmap at the official website, and it looks like the full launch can be expected in mid/late 2021.

Ooblets patch

Game Dev Tycoon Coming to Switch

Developer Greenheart Games has announced they’re bringing their popular PC and mobile title Game Dev Tycoon to Nintendo Switch this October 8th. This announcement is a bit of a surprise as the game originally dropped all the way back in 2012, and Greenheart has been hard at work on their latest title, Tavern Keeper, for quite some time now. Personally speaking, Game Dev Tycoon is one of my favorite games in general, and it offers a lot of insight into the inner workings of how games get made in the real world. Our own Clayton Cyre gave a great rundown of how the game works when the news broke earlier this week. If you haven’t picked it up on Steam or mobile already, I highly recommend checking it out when it hits the Switch.

Children of Morta Supports Humane Society with DLC

Developer Dead Mage has released an animal-centric DLC for Children of Morta, with 100% of the revenue going to Human Society International. The DLC itself comes with a bunch of new animals that will help players in their journey, as well as an animal shelter where you can take care of all the new critters. These furry companions will have their own happiness levels and offer some useful buffs including XP and speed boosts, as well as increased luck, dodge, and critical hit chances. The Paws and Claws DLC is available now on Steam, Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo Switch for only $4.00 USD, and is joined by a free Treasure Pack update as well.

New Little Nightmares 2 Trailer

A year after being announced at Gamescom 2019, Tarsier Studios debuted a new trailer for Little Nightmares 2 complete with a release date of February 11th 2021. The sequel is set to take place right after the events of the original game and will see Six accompanied by a new friend named Mono, a little boy with a paper bag over his head. Also, Mono and Six can hold hands and it is super adorable, which should make traversing through this game’s intimidatingly creepy world that much more bearable. When Little Nightmares II launches this coming February, it’ll be available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, and you can check out a 15-minute gameplay preview from Bandai Namco right here!

12 Minutes Gets Star-Studded Voice Cast

Annapurna Interactive has finally given us an update on 12 Minutes after over a year of radio silence. This update comes in the form of a new trailer revealing that 3 distinctly recognizable voices have joined the project, with James McAvoy voicing the player character, Daisy Ridley voicing the player character’s wife, and Thomas Wake himself, Willem Dafoe joining the project as the narrator. There wasn’t much information provided beyond that (none, actually), but the game is still slated to release later this year for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

What do you think of this week for indie games? Are you looking forward to any of the indie games announced at Gamescom? Will you be picking up Game Dev Tycoon on Switch? As always, let us know what you think in the comments, and be sure to keep it locked to COGconnected for all your gaming news!

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