ID@Xbox Trailer: Indie Games Galore, Including We Happy Few
Microsoft unveiled a trailer showcasing some of the 150+ ID@Xbox titles launching over the next 12 months.
Now that the ID@Xbox program rolled out greats such as Goat Simulator, Magic Duels: Origins, The Escapists, #IDARB and Outlast, it's time for other indie titles to make their mark on the Xbox One. The ID@Xbox initiative originally launched in August 2013, and a ton of indie games have launched since Xbox shipped development kits to over 1,000 small-time studios. Now, the program has over 150 independent games planning to launch over the next year. This Gamescom 2015 montage for the ID@Xbox program featured games like Compulsion's We Happy Few, Ron Gilbert's Thimbleweed Park, Team17's Worms WMD, Inti Creates' Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Ark: Survival Evolved, Sheltered, Train Simulator, Tacoma, Cuphead and many more. Out of this group of titles, I'm eagerly awaiting Tacoma, Cuphead, Thimbleweed Park and Bloodstained, but that's not to diminish the importance of the other titles; I'm just a big fan of Gone Home, retro cartoons, Maniac Mansion and Castlevania.
Speaking of We Happy Few, Compulsion Games launched its own trailer for the title at Gamescom this week. Set in an alternate reality of England in the 1960s, humanity is arbitrarily controlled through drug-induced pacifism. The only time violence arises is towards those who don't conform to living like a Lemming. You play an unfortunate individual trying to escape this life of cheerful denial. You'll need to blend in with the townsfolk, who are programmed to take drastic measures to ensure everyone else conforms. We Happy Few is expected to launch sometime around July 2016.
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