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An atmospheric first-person horror adventure, Scorn is set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry. It is designed around the idea of “being thrown into the world,” as the player is isolated and lost inside a dream-like setting, allowing them to explore different interconnected regions in a non-linear fashion. Every location contains its own theme, puzzles, and characters that are integral in creating a cohesive world. Players will quickly learn that even the unsettling environment is a character itself.
She Dreams Elsewhere
This is a surreal adventure RPG about dreams and the extent to which they mirror reality. You play as Thalia, an anxiety-ridden, comatose woman on a journey to confront the nightmares preventing her from awakening, while also finding out how exactly this mess happened in the first place. Combining a deeply personal narrative with a thematic focus on emotions, mental health, and self-identity, She Dreams Elsewhere features a surreal, visually striking world brimming with a mystery that begs you to explore its every detail.
Inspired by the classic snowboarding game Amped, Shredders puts you on top of the coolest slopes, freeride spots, and snowparks aiming to recreate the sheer joy of riding down a mountain. Shredders will deliver high-end graphics, next-gen physics, and a perfect blend of fun and realism, all in a social context. While the game’s developers say Shredders has “multiplayer baked into its core,” you can also carve your way down the mountain by yourself if you prefer. See you on the slopes!
Song of Iron
Song of Iron is a moody and provoking action-adventure. A dive into a dark Nordic world full of mystery and danger. Your journey will take you far across the land of myths toward the home of the gods. Fight your way through man, monster, and nature itself in this gritty adventure where combat is intense, visceral, and dangerous. Use a bow, ax, and shield to fight back but take care: Weapons can be lost, arrows will run out, and shields will be broken. With the blood of your ancestors and valor regained along the way, you can fight on!
The tunic is an action-adventure game about a small fox in a big world, who must explore the countryside, fight monsters, and discover secrets. Crafted to evoke feelings of classic action-adventure games, Tunic will challenge the player with unique items, skillful combat techniques, and arcane mysteries as our hero forges their way through an intriguing new world.
Billed as an interactive thriller, Twelve Minutes will blend the genres of film and games by featuring an ensemble cast of extraordinary actors (including James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe) that are perfect for bringing the game’s nuanced and complex characters into the world. A romantic evening with your wife turns into a violent invasion, as a man breaks into your home, accuses your wife of murder, and beats you to death… only for you to wake up and find yourself stuck in the same twelve-minute time loop, doomed to relive the same terror again and again.
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy
Unexplored 2 is an action RPG that aims to capture the same sense of adventure and wonder as a tabletop RPG. Explore beautiful landscapes and discover hidden marvels. Encounter magical creatures and dangerous foes. Make brave choices and put your faith in good fortune. Featuring a unique legacy system, advanced procedural generation technology, and rich, generative storytelling, Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy is an adventure like no other.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide
From the developers of the best-selling and award-winning franchise Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide and Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a visceral 4-player co-op action game set in the hive city of Tertium. Fight together with your friends against hordes of enemies in this new Warhammer 40K experience. Built on the legacy of Vermintide 2’s highly-praised melee combat, Darktide introduces deep and balanced gunplay to the mix. Master the balance between ranged and melee combat as you fight through a slew of enemies, feeling the impact of each swing of your chainsword or blazing gunfire from your lasgun.
Way to the Woods
A Deer and Fawn must embark on a journey through an abandoned world of the unknown to get home. A third-person adventure game solo developed by Anthony Tan, featuring music from Aivi & Surasshu, composers for the show Steven Universe. Unravel the mystery of Cat Town, evade a hounding pack of wolves, and find your light to explore a world filled with the relics of the old gods: humanity.
The Wild at Heart
Take command of a magical swarm of curious creatures in this story-rich, action-adventure game about childhood escapism. Battle precarious wildlife and supernatural foes, construct and craft new pathways, and discover the secrets of a unique and sequestered world rich with centuries full of lore. Woods, caves, coastline, ancient shrines… The Deep Woods is full of puzzles to be solved and secrets waiting to be uncovered.