A lot of talented Belgian developers are currently working on amazing games that are all set to be released in 2017. Some might slip to a later date, maybe even next year. Unfortunately, that’s how it tends to go with indie development due to the many uncertainties and challenges. Nonetheless these games all look like they will be more than worth the wait!
Antigraviator (Team Cybernetic Walrus)
Team Cybernetic Walrus are four DAE students slaving away on Antigraviator, a head-to-head racing game that looks like the love child of Mario Kart and WipeOut. Taking place on a futuristic looking race track, players can either outrace their opponents or use a variety of power-ups to slow the other ship down. The current version of the game was made in 12 weeks, but the team has plans to expand on that with more vehicles, tracks, and traps.
Described as a Bomberman inspired spaghetti western action game with roguelike elements, Bombslinger has you blowing up members of your former gang to avenge your murdered wife. Levels and items are procedurally generated so each time you play, the game feels different and unique.
Release: 2017 (TBC)
Brukel (Bob De Schutter)
Brukel is a dark narrative game that aims to present war from the perspective of an innocent bystander whose life is torn apart by the conflict. Armed with nothing but a smartphone camera, players enter the historical Brukel farmhouse in order to learn about its history. Unfortunately, they won’t always like the memories they uncover.
Release: 2017 (TBC)
Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios)
The sequel to Larian’s 2014 critical and commercial hit Divinity: Original Sin is nearly upon us. Original Sin 2 aims to be a bigger and better RPG than its predecessor, which means Larian has got its work cut out for them. However, after releasing on Steam Early Access in September 2016, the game has received almost nothing but praise, so we could very well be looking at one of the best Belgian games ever created.
Drifty (Rocket Vulture)
Drifty is a casual arcade style mobile game where you drift uncontrollably through various environments. Unlock a plethora of cars, wheels and attributes and drift your way to the top of the leaderboards.
Release: Q1 2017
Domiverse (Haunted Tie)
Play as a karate master starfish, as a space slug, or a prince sausage firing big lazers! Choose one of the 8+ heroes, each with unique skills and try to win the Domiverse Tournament. Dive into the wacky world of Domiverse where each hit kills. Take on your friends in a furious battle to become the King of the universe.
Release: Spring 2017
Flotsam (Pajama Llama Games)
In Flotsam you manage a small group of drifters that try to survive in a world without land. Your drifters will have to salvage floating or sunken flotsam for resources to build all kinds of constructions. They’ll also have to find inventive ways to get fresh, drinkable water and food. Other challenges include harsh weather and the constant threat of hungry sea animals.
Release: 2017 – 2018 (TBC)
Healer’s Quest (Rablo Games)
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the healer of a really crappy adventure party? Healer’s Quest has got you covered! In this humorous role playing game, your main goal is to keep a band of suicidal allies alive while they scour dangerous dungeons for epic loot. It’s almost as hard as developing a video game on your own, which is exactly what solo developer Pablo Coma is doing.
Liftoff (LuGus Studios)
Liftoff translates the rush of first-person view drone racing to the digital world. To guarantee a high level of realism in both the flying and drone models LuGus Studios developed the game in collaboration with drone manufacturers ImmersionRC and Fat Shark.
Major Hyperdrift League (Orbital Shark)
In Major Hyperdrift League, pilots from all over the world compete in dangerous, high speed races. Skilled riders will rake in the big money, which they can use to pimp their ship. Or they can try and put their winnings on the line in a bet to win even more in-game money, without even lifting a finger. Or ruthlessly crashing an opponent in the dust…
Release: 2017 (TBC)
On a Roll (On a Roll Studio)
On a roll is an extreme inline skating sports sim characterised by a unique visual style and intuitive double analog controls. Gamers have a vast open world at their disposal where they can put their skills to the test and let their imagination roam free.
Panoptic (Team Panoptes)
Panoptic is an asymmetrical local multiplayer VR game, between an HTC Vive player and a regular PC player. The Vive player controls the powerful Overseer, while the PC player controls the Challenger, a tiny citizen rebelling against the Overseer’s oppressive reign.
Revolve (Rusty Bolt)
Revolve, the debut game of Steven Delrue’s (ex-Guerrilla Games) studio Rusty Bolt, is a trigger-active side scroller set in a desolate science fiction world. Players will have to rely on gravity, momentum and lightning fast reflexes to help maneuver their drone through the various dangerous environments. As your final goal is to finally reunite with a companion, it seems fitting the game will be releasing on Valentine’s Day.
sU and the Quest for meaning (Guillaume Bouckaert)
A hardcore platformer where the score is a puzzle? That may sound arty for the sake of sounding arty, but in the case of sU it’s ringing true. The endless platforming gameplay, with ever changing landscapes and environments, is both challenging and addictive. As you progress through its world, you will be tasked with solving its numerous puzzles and mysteries.
The Man Came Around (Pipette Inc.)
It’s easy to get distracted by the gorgeous black and white visuals of The Man Came Around, but the game has a lot more going for it than just looks. Pipette Inc. aims to tell a political fable where you’ll be able to control five different characters that will be presented with excruciating moral dilemmas. Will you try to save everyone of the group, or make a sacrifice for the greater good?
Release: 2017 (TBC)
Winter (Happy Volcano)
Winter is a narrative driven exploration game for pc and mobile platforms that will be out early 2017. The game tells the story of a young girl that only has one second left to live. She finds herself stuck in a peculiar world with everyone else who died in the same second. They are all given the choice of life or death, but not everyone is willing to make that choice.
Yes, that’s a lot of great games to look forward to! While not all projects are certain of a 2017 release date, the variation and ambition on offer shows that the Belgian games industry is going places.
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