Every toy from Annapurna Interactive Exhibition 2022 has been revealed

Today saw independent publisher Annapurna Interactive’s second show, highlighting all the new games you can expect from it over the next year and beyond. There have been some new gameplay modes for Thirsty Suitors and Hindsight, as well as a newly revealed game from Wilmot’s Warehouse devs Hollow Ponds. We’ve taken a few glimpses into what the Cardboard Computer and If Found… devs Dreamfeel team at Kentucky Root Zero are working on as well. The latter includes cats.

Don’t worry if you haven’t watched Annapurna’s interactive broadcast today, because we’ve got all the info you need to know right here. Read on!

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Annapurna Interactive’s 2022 show premiered some new indie games like the multiplayer animal collecting game Hollow Ponds Flock and the western mechanical Dinogod fighter Bounty Star.

You can watch the full 30-minute presentation above if you’d like, but we’ve also rounded up the announcements below, and divided the news into three sections: New Games, Developer Announcements, and an additional bits section where you can learn about Annapurna’s platforms interactive vintage games are now available on. Onward!


Bounty Star: The Morose Tale Of Graveyard Clem

Bounty Star is a mech warrior from the fantastically named Dinogod.

What a name. This western-themed mech fighter that infuses John Wayne’s spirit into Virtual On was the first all-new game on the show. Greetings from the devs DinoGod, Bounty Star, erm, the stars of someone I can only assume is an engineer judged by the goggles on their forehead. You’ll have to hack and shoot machines as you build your base in a wasteland, and speak to yourself in a very formal 19th century American language. Seems like a lot of fun. Soundtrack provided by Grammy-nominated musician Brother Dege. Bounty Star is coming in 2023 on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, and Game Pass. Please excuse this outburst.


flock

A flock of Hollow Ponds looks like a sweet animal grazing game.

Go to the UK for a new game from Wilmot’s Warehouse and I Am Dead devs Hollow Ponds. It’s another collaboration with artist Richard Hogg, but it’s nothing like their previous work. Take on the role of a little guy flying on the back of a bird collecting animals behind, while dressing like Windy Miller from Camberwick Green. It’s very cute but I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do with the creatures you’re taking care of. The motto is: Gather your friends. It looks great to me. Coming to Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and – you guessed it – Game Pass. There is no edit window for this person yet.


uvula

I’m not sure what to make of Keita Takahashi’s Uvula from the short humor shown, but it’s pretty sweet.

Named for this drooping part of the soft upper palate of the mouth, this was short and cute, just a joke. It’s the new game from Keita Takahashi, creator of roly-poly pick ’em up Katamari Damacy. The trailer showed a dog licking the face of a convinced sleeping person. No idea when we’ll find out more, but the little we’ve seen so far is pretty sweet.


lost wilderness

Dino survival horror The Lost Wild pits you against giant reptiles that shouldn’t be hanging around anymore.

Coming from British/Australian company Great Ape Games, single-player survival horror The Lost Wild may finally satisfy the longing some of us have had for another dino crisis made with the RE engine. Watch out for Capcom, an indie player who beats you up. You play as a human struggling to survive in a place full of dinosaurs. It’s in first person, and looks just as intimidating as you’d expect. Crawl through the dense jungle, looking around dark human facilities to find things like torches – flashy stuff, not pants, unless your pants are sparkling – to fend off those thunder lizards. I suspect there are some timely tricks at play here. I really do cross my reptilian fingers that The Lost Wild is as good as the trailer. Coming to Steam at an undisclosed future date.


The suitors are thirsty

Thirsty Suitors mix JRPG style combat, skateboarding, and dating.

An update to a game we’ve seen before, but nonetheless, there’s a lot of very welcome news. I would say I resent the thirsty suitors, but, well, sadly, that sounds cheeky. Imagine if Sex Education for Netflix was adapted into a part of the Persona series by Scott Pilgrim, then throw in a dash of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater for good measure. This is a shorthand way of describing this method, but it seemed very distinct from the new gameplay offered today nonetheless. Outerloop Games says it’s all about “fighting ex-boyfriends, frustrating parents, and finding yourself”. Oh, and you can high five dog. Thirsty Suits is a one-day addition to Game Pass, but you can also get it on current and recent PlayStations and Xboxes, as well as the Nintendo Switch. Check it out for yourself now, because there’s a demo on Steam.


Too late

A memory puzzle hindsight follows a woman after her mother’s death.

Following the excitement of Thirsty Suitors, we take another look at Team Hindsight’s thoughtful dive into the memories of a woman after her mother’s death. You will need to use objects as windows to the past and dreams, to reveal the story of a mother and daughter’s life together. The visual style is simply beautiful, blending brightly colored childhood memories with the bleak tones of the present as an adult. I know this will make me scream properly. It’s coming out on August 4th on Steam, Nintendo Switch, and iOS, so we didn’t have to wait long at all.


Developer Ads

cartoon computer

Kentucky Route Zero devs Cardboard Computer is working on a new game that has less static animation than its predecessor.

Cardboard Computer is having a lot of fun with exaggerated animations in their next game.

The Kentucky Route Zero developer trio is working on a new game. We didn’t get to see him in action, unfortunately, but Cardboard Computer’s Jake Elliott, Thomas Kimenzie, and Ben Babbitt say they’ve come straight out of the last episode of Kentucky Route Zero to start their next project. It builds on an idea they’ve had since the inception of KRZ, but the three developers have learned and honed their processes from the game’s long previous creation. Expect everything new to be funnier than the KRZ, and faster-paced.

owl yarn

The two-man Yarn Owl team split their development between the states of Texas and Georgia. Fabian Willis and Chris Hoffman met online and started working together remotely, spending just over a year full time on their current project so far. Fabian takes over the art and Chris directs the programming. It’s heavily inspired by the classic Zelda games, especially A Link To The Past. These two seem like great friends and I’m excited to see what they come up with.

The third transformation

Based in Krefeld, Germany, Kai Brueckers and Fabian Denter aka Third Shift are working on their first game. Like the Yarn Owl, their emblem is also a bird that can rotate its head almost completely. Third Shift turns on the creation of a single-player road trip adventure called Forever Ago, starring an elderly gent in search of redemption called Alfred. No, not Batman’s servant. Forever Ago really wins points because it features photography, which is always a fun thing to do in the game. This looks like a pure van rendered in digital form, so I’m interested to see where the third transformation goes with it.

Dreamville

The Dublin studio Dreamfeel is best known for their interactive memoir turned adult story If Found…, and they’re making a new game with cats in it. From what we could see on the show, it didn’t look like the other cat toy Annapurna published, Stray. Dreamfeel director Laura says they want to make the most of their own experiences as possible in the games they make. Their new game is set in a fictional version of Ireland, and the art design is really cool. Dreamfeel hopes to make a game more polished than If Found… while still maintaining their sense of exploration.

Dreamfeel’s first game If Found … has hand-drawn art. It’s about a devastating diary.

extra bits

Few of the already released games coming to new platforms this year:

Outer Prairie It’s still on track for the Nintendo Switch, but there’s no exact date. It will be available on Xbox Series X/S and PS5 on September 15th.

the passage Heading to Xbox and Nintendo Switch this winter.

Model It will be coming to Game Pass and Nintendo Switch this winter.

solar ash The epic exclusive leaves to land on Steam on December 6th. Winter access to Game Pass.

What’s left of Edith Finch Now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. It’s a free upgrade.

And if a new game from developers Wilmot’s Warehouse wasn’t enough, their whimsical snake has arrived. Rule Since 2014, it has finally jumped from PlayStation exclusives to PC after eight years. It’s available today on Steam.


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