Hello and welcome back to another of our handy Indie News Roundups. It’s your one-stop shop for the indie stories that may have crept past you in the last seven days. And with Rezzed round the corner, Nintendo planning some stuff, and The Witness making a priceless comeback, here’s what you need to know from this week.
Beyond Blue, Close to the Sun, and more will be available at Rezzed 2019
Well, convention season is in full-swing it seems. We had GDC last week, PAX East is getting underway today, and next week sees indie-focused Rezzed setting up shop in Shorditch, with quite the lineup of games as well.
During the three-day convention, you’ll get the first hands-on opportunity with E-Line Media and BBC’s Beyond Blue. We’ve covered bits and pieces of the game already but it’ll be the first real glimpse we have of what the Beyond Blue’s gameplay and story will be about.
We’ll also see the likes of BioShock-esque Close to the Sun make an appearance. The first-person horror adventure is something we’ve spoken quite a bit about and we’ll be covering the game post-Rezzed, so be sure to keep an eye out for more on this curious little title in the coming weeks.
Cadence of Hyrule is the Zelda game being developed by an indie team
The Switch has quickly become a console that’s forged new partnerships between Nintendo and a slew of indie developers, and those ties look set to become even stronger because Nintendo is handing over one of its most iconic franchises in Zelda, to indie developer Brace Yourself Games, to make a new Zelda-esque dungeon crawler in Cadence of Hyrule.
If it’s the first time you’ve heard of the Canadian developer, it’s best-known for its previous dungeon crawler, Crypt of the NecroDancer. Cadence of Hyrule will bring back pretty much everything players saw in Crypt of the NecroDancer, with Hyrule being introduced as a new land to explore while Link and Princess Zelda arrive as new, playable characters, joining the cast of NecroDancer.
We don’t have much else to go on with Cadence of Hyrule just yet but it’s certainly shaping up to be a game that’s worth keeping an eye on ahead of its surprisingly close release date, being earmarked to arrive this Spring.
And finally… The Witness is still free on PS Plus and will be free on Epic Games Store soon
Mind-boggling puzzle game The Witness has enjoyed a bit of a revival in recent weeks, having been included with March’s free PS Plus games. But that new lease of life might last just a little longer after Epic Games announced that the puzzler would be the next free title available on the digital store.
You’ll be able to pick up the infuriating puzzle for free from April 4 to April 18, though it’ll be a game that’s going to take a hell of a lot longer to see through to the end.
It’s worth mentioning that PS4 players can still grab the game for free if you have PS Plus, with The Witness included as a free game up until April 2.