It wasn’t all Final Fantasy VII and MediEvil at Sony’s second State of Play yesterday, they also managed to lift the lid on a couple of curious and cute independent titles that are to be coming to the platform.
The first title, Riverbond, is a voxel-graphics four-player battle royale game and looks like one that’ll liven up a lot of games nights in future. Not only are the environments destructible, Riverbond features a number of cheeky cameos from the likes of Shovel Knight, the Kid from Bastion and Rez from Psychonauts. It looks like solid fun and harkens back to a simpler time for multiplayer gaming.
Set in a distant future and clearly inspired by nature documentaries, Away: The Survival Series, places you in the cute little paws of a sugar glider who has to scrap and fight to survive not only the harsh planet threatened by natural disaster, but you might also survive the circle of life and find a way to escape predators that are searching for their next feed. It’s a beautiful, colourful game and though the message it’s trying to get across might be bleak, it’s a conversation being had worldwide and is necessary, to say the least.
Those who don’t care for politics in their gaming can always just focus on the pretty colours.