PlayStation Indies: Six upcoming games to watch

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PlayStation Indies: Six upcoming games to watch

Shuhei Yoshida highlights six upcoming can't-miss indies coming to PlayStation.

Hello everyone! PS5 has arrived and with it, an amazing slate of launch titles. I’ve been hopping back and forth between games like Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and of course wonderful indie titles like The Pathless and Bugsnax. It’s an embarrassment of riches, an overwhelming feeling that there are way more great games that I can play now on my PS5 than I have time.

I’ve been meeting the delicious denizens of Snaktooth Island in Bugsnax — from Young Horses, the creators of Octodad: Dadliest Catch — and getting lost in the mesmerizing world of Giant Squid’s The Pathless. This month also saw the release of Haven, an exploration of relationships while you discover a mysterious world, playable in co-op. These games are all distinct from one another, but they all carry so much heart. And the PlayStation Indies team has been working with many more brilliant creators to bring a variety of new experiences to PS5.

There are more great indie games coming to PlayStation soon that I’m excited about — let me introduce you to a few of them.

PlayStation Indies: Six upcoming games to watch

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Exploration, action-packed combat, a beautiful world to explore – Kena has it all. But if you’re like me, it’s the Rot that will capture your heart. Collect these adorable, tiny spirits and they will help you manipulate the environment and take down corrupted spirits as you uncover the secrets of the forest.

Kena, the Spirit Guide players control, wields a staff which can magically work as a bow — and it feels fantastic with the DualSense controller’s haptics and adaptive triggers. As you wear down enemies, the Rot will join you, enhancing your abilities and helping you bring life back to your village.

PlayStation Indies: Six upcoming games to watch

Nour: Play With Your Food

What’s your favorite food? In Nour, you can finally indulge in playing with your pancakes, boba, ramen, and more. Go ahead — make a huge mess and don’t worry about cleaning up.

Developer Terrifying Jellyfish wanted to make players hungry with this bright, interactive experiment of a game… and it’s working on me!

This open-ended experience lets you explore the aesthetics of food while a reactive soundtrack sets the mood.

PlayStation Indies: Six upcoming games to watch

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach

No one will judge you for playing this one with the lights on. If you’ve played any of the other Five Nights at Freddy’s games, you’re familiar with the creeping tension that builds up as you explore a pizza restaurant filled with toys, rides, and terrifying animatronic creatures.

Ray tracing technology makes Security Breach shine, drawing you further and further into this restaurant of monstrous robots waiting to jump out at you from the shadows.

PlayStation Indies: Six upcoming games to watch

Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey launched on PlayStation in 1997 with groundbreaking high-end pre-rendered CG, and it was a pioneer in mixing a mature narrative with comedy in video games. With its foundation as a 2D action platformer, the “game speak” mechanic introduced an innovative way to communicate with AI characters in nonviolent ways.

Soulstorm continues the saga as the 2nd chapter of the Oddworld Quintology. Its “2.9D” level design allows players to explore beautiful, expansive 3D worlds in a linear fashion for tried and true 2D action gameplay. With up to 1,300 rescuable followers — more than 20 of which can follow Abe at a time — plus an engaging crafting system, you can approach the game’s puzzles in your own ways.

PlayStation Indies: Six upcoming games to watch


This creature-collecting MMO launched in Early Access on PS5 this month! Explore islands while finding and collecting Temtems, train them to defeat the evil Clan Belsoto, and do it all while trekking across a world packed with other players. Team up to adventure together or battle each other to become the best Temtem tamer.

This vibrant adventure also provides plenty of ways to customize your character as you unlock new cosmetics to let your tamer’s personality shine. I’m excited to jump in and become the ultimate Temtem tamer, and I can’t wait to see how this one evolves on its way to a full release.

PlayStation Indies: Six upcoming games to watch

Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium is an award-winning RPG with a morally questionable protagonist, a mysterious world, and a bizarrely intriguing progression system. I was thrilled when The Final Cut was announced for PlayStation at The Game Awards this month!

While solving a murder mystery as an amnesiac detective, developing your character’s skills in this RPG takes a strange twist as those same skills will try to influence the detective with internal dialogue. It is a dark, compelling journey and we can’t wait for you to play with full voice-acting and other enhancements in March.

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  • I can’t wait to kena and oddworld next year!!

  • Shu!!! Thanks for working so hard to bring great Indies like these to PlayStation!

  • Let’s also not forget Damnview: Built from Nothing. It looks somewhat promising.

  • It’s always great to hear from Shu, isn’t it? Really, REALLY looking forward to Kena. The Pathless and Haven are on my list of titles to play as well.

    And yeah, everyone here needs to play Bugsnax. I mean, you just have to. Bunger.

  • Looking forward to all of these next year. Thanks for bringing them to PlayStation Shu! Hope you can bring Hades over soon too.

  • Kena looks amazing, curious for temtem looks like a Pokémon clone though – style is beautiful though

  • Awesome, looking forward to them all.

  • Kena is still high on my list for next year. Can’t wait to play it on PS5. It’s totally my type of game.

  • say what? Nothing you wrote makes any sense…

  • Kena and Disco Elysium are at the forefront of my anticipated games, Ember Lab has the kindest Twitter presence and I keep hearing good things about DE!

  • Kena is a day one but for me, espey since it will cost less than 60, probably 40. Those graphics look too good. I’ve also read great things about disco and the game awards showed it off well.

  • I don’t normally play indie games but kena looks amazing, it’s definitely the only one I will be checking out from this list.

  • شكرا على كل الجهود المبذولة من أجل تقديم أفضل وأرقى أنواع الترفيه شكرا

  • شكرا على كل الجهود المبذولة من أجل تقديم أفضل وأرقى أنواع الترفيه شكرا سوني بلايستيشن

  • Looking forward to Kena, hope it’s not too expensive.

  • Kena looks too good to be true. Didn’t realise it was an indie title because if it was released today it would probably be the best looking game ever made.
    I just hope it’s good.

  • They all look like amazing titles…except i dont understand Nour. That has to be free right? It just looks like a tech demo and nothing else, i dont see a game there at all.

    • Yet Nour is the one that looks so fun, I may give up my PS4 and get a PS5. Hadn’t seen a need to, until now. Love indies that are fun, whimsical, puzzles, or FMV, without lots of combat and violence. Luckily there are games for everyone’s tastes.

  • Why does Temtem look like a Pokemon game if Nintendo actually put effort into their games haha

  • Sackboy is often overlooked. I’m playing Spider-Man and Sackboy with my partner in co-op and it’s such a beautiful, delightful and fun game. Great level design and so much heart. The music is top notch! With every level it just keeps getting better. Can’t recommended it enough.

    • It’s disappointing to see the lack of interest in Sackboy.

      It’s a PlayStation legend with his own highly rated game on both systems, with wonderful next gen features, online and local co op yet ppl aren’t buying it.

      The best co op design I have seen in a while, on point platforming, tremendous soundtrack, and wonderful PS5 features. Buy this game, it’s perfect for children and adults.

  • Kena all the way!

  • Very cool! Thanks! Now get Sony to let me buy a PS5.

  • Kena looks amazing, just my type.

  • I am looking forward to Kena and Security Breach. I heard good things about the Pathless.

  • Really looking forward to disco elysium been waiting so long for it and kena looks decent also hopefully have a ps5 by March

  • I can’t wait to get my hands on a PlayStation 5 🙏🏾😩when are they getting more in 😳

  • This is siiiick, can’t wait to have some new games to dig down on.

  • For the love of Veldin… When is Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart going to be released. It’s the only reason I have a PS5! Can we please have a release date, or a playable demo?

  • We need release date for Kena

  • All these Games Look Great but it would help to have a ps5 to play them on any word as to how soon the next shipment is going out

  • Come on Sony, don’t jerk our chains. This is a timed exclusive meaning it’s extremely likely that Ember Labs are going to make their money off the PS5 version and then milk the cow for even more by porting the game to Microsoft and Nintendo consoles, not sure, as a new studio, if they’re ready to take on Google Stadia just yet.

    Now, we know what’s going on here, Sony are evaluating Ember Labs to see if they’re worth it but, I gotta say it’s a gamble that isn’t going to pay off and Sony’s going to regret it, and I’ll tell you why.

    Even if this game winds up to be a glitchy mess, Sony Pictures Animation Studio have got to be looking at this studio saying: How did we not give these guys a job? The studio as an animation studio alone, as is clearly their forte, is worth the acquisition, Nintendo has got to be drooling over this studio and Microsoft, as usual, wants to pick off the left over carcass that Sony’s been feeding on, Microsoft are always jealous of Sony’s scouting team and relish the fact they can steel an exclusive from Sony whenever possible, it makes Microsoft look good.

    Sony, even if this game tanks, sending in programers to help with gameplay is easy for you, but to see an art and animation team of this Calibur alone, that’s already selling your game and we’ve barely seen gameplay and the masses already want it, heck, I’m waiting for this game to launch to finally get a PS5. Shu, for Sony NOT to acquire Ember Labs is a big mistake, let this studio slip through your fingers because you “want to evaluate their success first” well, sometimes you just gotta roll the dice and take a chance, you don’t wanna pass this up. Ember Labs has PlayStation QUALITY written all over them, just look at that screenshot alone, Microsoft are DYING to have this game and I’m willing to bet, their ears to the ground with fans and if Sony won’t acquire them, Microsoft are going to step in and do it themselves, I don’t say this much but, again, Sony get paperwork ready to pick this guy’s up, I’m totally not kidding.

  • I heard Temtem was going to be free to play when full release happens is that true?

  • I hope Kena: Bridge of Spirits is as good as it looks because I love the trailers. The rest is not so much for me but from the look of it they are solid titles.

  • My #1 most anticipated game for 2021 is Horizon: Forbidden West. BUT it is CLOSELY followed by my #2, Kena: Bridge of Spirits!

    Yes, that’s correct, I’m a little surprised myself. I’m more excited for Kena over Returnal, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Gran Turismo 7, God of War 5, or anything else this year. I’m buying it for PS4 and will most likely buy it again for PS5 if I get the chance.

  • Kena & Disco Elysium

  • Nope ,
    Dying licht 2
    New ff game
    Subnautica below zero
    Back 4 blood
    Horizon 2
    Hogwarts legacy

    New monsterhunter ( more sp )
    Whith 2 npc alies
    Need more sp. build -craft -survive type of games .
    Next sp. gta + big sp expansions

    New elderscrols ore fallout = do not make mi hope to big 4 them.

    Ps5 consolle whiches
    Ssd inside upgrade !!!

  • It’s to bad that Kena: Bridge of Spirits is going to be digital only.

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