Six notable new indies to keep your summer gaming going strong.
It’s August and things are really heating up—and we don’t just mean outdoors. There’s a tidal wave of new indie titles coming to PS4, PS5, and PS VR this month*, covering a wide variety of genres and playstyles. Here you’ll find wacky sports action, death-defying stunts, alien words, and even a terrifying “vacation” to a secluded cabin… all without the risk of sunburn. Take a look at some of this month’s indie highlights to plan your next adventure.
It’s time to cause some combat carnage on a gargantuan scale. Passion Republic Games is debuting Gigabash, an all-new multiplayer arena brawler for PS4 and PS5. Humanity has screwed up big-time by uncovering ancient forbidden technology that’s caused massive monsters to pop up across the globe. They’re looking to brawl and party in the only way they know: by causing massive destruction. Fight as a giant mech or monster with up to three other players. Utilize quick movement and unique skills to prove your might, repurpose buildings, landmarks, and infrastructure as your personal beatdown tools, then use your amassed Giga Energy to morph into the ultimate S-Class monster. Come August 5, no city is safe.
Release Date: August 5, 2022 | Publisher: Passion Republic Games | PS4, PS5
Cult of the Lamb
When a helpless little lamb finds itself saved from doom by a mysterious stranger named “The One Who Waits,” they are awakened to a newfound religious zeal for their savior. Now, they must build their own flock of devoted followers. This dark and humorous action/adventure/strategy game from Massive Monster sees your cult-leading sheep traversing the world in search of potential converts. As you spread your gospel, you’ll need to deal with numerous threats, both environmental and from rival religious leaders. Gather your followers, build houses of faith, perform sermons and rituals, and show no mercy to the false prophets who sully the hearts of minds of the populace. Find your calling when Cult of The Lamb comes to PS4 and PS5 on August 11.
Release Date: August 11, 2022 | Publisher: Devolver Digital | PS4, PS5
Skate… or die! The developers at Roll7 follow up their hit skating adventure OlliOlli World with a darker take on the world of rollersports. In a retro-dystopian future, the world’s population needs distractions from the social and political strife around them, so they turn to 2030’s hottest sport: Rollerdrome. Slide into the skates of would-be Rollerdrome superstar Kara Hassan and prepare to test your wits, guns, and style. Learn how to impress the cheering crowds with tricks while evading heavily-armed foes and returning fire with your own personal arsenal, and use PS5 features like 3D Audio and haptic feedback to enhance your combat prowess. Prepare to enter the arena on PS4 and PS5 on August 16.
Release Date: August 16, 2022 | Publisher: Private Division | PS4, PS5
Cursed to Golf
When Dante Alighieri wrote his afterlife-examining masterpiece The Divine Comedy, he accidentally left out the part in Purgatory where one must atone through golfing. Thankfully(?), in Chuhai Labs’ Cursed to Golf on PS4 and PS5, you can take your very own 18-hole tour of Golf Purgatory… without having to die in real life. Charmingly creepy 2D pixel visuals guide you through the challenge of procedurally generated hellish holes packed with all kinds of bizarre hazards. Use Ace Cards from the ghostly golf shop Eterni-tee to supernaturally supercharge your swings and make friends with the souls of Legendary Caddies. Get ready to tee off in the hereafter on August 18.
Release Date: August 18, 2022 | Publisher: Thunderful Games | PS4, PS5
I Was a Teenage Exocolonist
We all know that being a teenager is tough, but living out your most awkward years on another planet entirely? That’s hard mode for sure! I Was A Teenage Exocolonist from developer Northway Games is a genre-bending hybrid of RPG, strategy, visual novel, and deck-building card game set in a far-flung sci-fi future. On this beautifully illustrated alien world of Vertumna, you’ll attempt to navigate all of the highs and lows of your teen years. And you’ll do so through a unique collectible card-based system. Your card choices influence making friends, learning life skills, getting jobs, and even falling in love for the first time. How will the decisions you make affect your colony? Can you survive? With 29 endings and 800 unique story events, even death doesn’t mean game over. A strange time-loop has you reliving your life with your memories intact. Can you save those you love while navigating the perils of youth? Find out when I Was A Teenage Exocolonist releases August 25.
Release Date: August 25, 2022 | Publisher: Finji | PS4, PS5
A wise man once said to “trust in the heart of the cards.” This is extremely good advice for Inscryption, the latest from Daniel Mullins Games, because your life is held hostage within a bizarre card-game world. Trapped in a cabin with no idea who you are or how you got there, you find yourself at the whims of Leshy, a mysterious being who offers you salvation through playing his card game. With the aid of a handful of friendly card-beasts, you’ll need to build decks to conquer this dark game and find a way to escape. Unique features like controller-speaker sound and mood lighting enhance the horror, and PS5 players get additional haptic feedback for more… intense moments. Fall into deck-building darkness on August 30.
Release Date: August 30, 2022 | Publisher: Devolver Digital | PS5
*Game content and release timing subject to change without notice. Based on U.S. release timing.