Here’s Everything Shown During PlayStation’s Latest Indie Showcase

Here's Everything Shown During PlayStation's Latest Indie Showcase

As it often does, Sony dropped a handful of updates about indie games coming to PlayStation platforms as part of a PlayStation Indies showcase. These are periodic drip feeds posted to the PlayStation Blog to give some spotlight to smaller games that might be just off your radar. Though, given the notoriety of a few of these, I’m surprised they weren’t just given their own announcement. But I suppose these showcases do draw some more eyes than just your standard PlayStation Blog post. So if you missed them as they went live, here’s a recap:

Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars, the gorgeous, sprite-based RPG is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2023. The “retro-inspired” game was announced for consoles, but it seems that developer Sabotage Studio is getting more specific. There’s some smooth as hell sprite work and animation in this new trailer. Like, it’s one thing to see a retro RPG in screenshots and it just kind of overlook it, but seeing Sea of Stars in motion? Might be a game changer, for me.

SCHiM

SCHiM was one of the games shown off at the Day of the Devs showcase last month, and developer Ewoud van der Werf and publisher Extra Nice have confirmed the platformer is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The game is about jumping through an environment by landing on shadows, and Fanbyte Features Editor wrote about how it captures childlike wonder in the process of letting you jump from one patch of darkness to another. SCHiM will launch on PlayStation next year.

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Cult of the Lamb

If you’re paying attention to indie games, you’re probably no stranger to Cult of the Lamb. The PlayStation Blog post on the game doesn’t really offer much new information, but focuses on the cult management game’s, er, cult management. You’re indoctrinating these other animals, but you’ve also got to take care of them in the process. That includes feeding them, cleaning up their poop, and assigning other members of your cult to do those jobs for you when you don’t want to do any of that. Cult of the Lamb is coming to PS4 and PS5 on August 11.

Signalis

Signalis, the survival game by Rose-Engine that has an art style evocative of PlayStation 1 era games, finally has a release date. With a PS4 launch scheduled for October 27, the game will be coming out just in time for you to have something spooky to play on Halloween. Signalis stars Elster, who wakes up from stasis on a crash-landed spaceship, and ventures into a mining facility on the planet and must deal with all the creepy crawlies that inhabit it.

The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition

Now that developer Q-Games reacquired the rights to The Tomorrow Children, the once lost game is going back online. And now the Phoenix Edition of the game will be released on September 6. The announcement comes with a new trailer that gets those who didn’t play the game before the plug was pulled up to speed. While The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition will launch on PS4, the game will have PS5 technical enhancements, though the PlayStation Blog stopped short of specifying what those were.

Cursed to Golf

Cursed to Golf, the side-scrolling golf/puzzle game by Chuhai Labs, is coming to PS4 and PS5 when it launches on August 18. With PlayStation on the list, the amalgamation of golf, puzzle solving, and roguelike elements is coming to just about everywhere now, with Switch, PC, Xbox One and Series X/S versions all set to launch next month.

Inscryption

Inscryption was one of 2021’s biggest surprises, and those of us at Fanbyte who played the deck-building roguelike were big fans. And today, developer Daniel Mullins has announced it’s coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Notably, the PlayStation version will make use of the DualShock 4 and DualSense’s speaker and lights to allow your Stoat card companion to speak through the controller, and for the atmospheric lighting to come through the lightbar. As a person who plays console games primarily on his PS5, I’m always happy to see multiplatform devs take advantage of the DualSense’s bells and whistles. It’s a small thing, but I dig it. However, there’s no date or window for Inscryption on PlayStation just yet.