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Hello and welcome to yet another of our Indie News Roundups. It’s that time of the week when we hoover up the stories that sneaked past you this week and dump them in a tidy article for you to read. We’ve got updates on games, DLC trailers, and a rumour that I just won’t shut up about so get yourself a beverage, get a seat, and get caught up.
Sable’s palette of dank purples and pulsing reds will arrive in 2020
Sable was announced way back at E3 2017, showing off a game packed to the rafters with style in its worlds and design. It was being touted for a release sometime this year but developer Shedworks has explained that the game will now need a bit of extra time, pushing back Sable’s release to 2020.
Sable’s designer, Gregorios Kythreotis, said that it “was always going to be tight getting the game out in 2019,” and that the initial 2019 release window was an “extremely rough estimate.” Since that 2017 announcement, Sable’s team has grown considerably, with Meh Jayanth – who worked on Horizon Zero Dawn – has joined the project to work on Sable’s narrative. She’s joined by a slew of other new hires that are working across the entirety of the game, and Kythreotis said that the “value of having a team of creative and passionate people will be reflected in the outcome.”
Shedworks hasn’t given a specific date for Sable’s release in 2020 but we’ll keep you updated as and when we have more news.
Rumour: Cadence of Hyrule – Crypt of the NecroDancer’s release date was spotted
Earlier this week we reported that the curious Zelda meets Crypt of the Necro Dancer crossover, Cadence of Hyrule, may have had its release date hiding in plain sight. Twitter user Wario64 shared a picture of the game’s source code on Nintendo’s website, which initially read May 30, we checked the page ourselves and found similar messaging. Yesterday (May 29), another Twitter user, Nibel, posted a picture which showed the Cadence of Hyrule release date had been moved to June 20, Nintendo has since blocked the page’s source code from being seen so we aren’t able to confirm that release date change.
You can read our full, updated story here.
Draugen takes you on a meandering adventure through the Fjords
Developer Red Thread Games has released its Nordic detective-esque game, Draugen, this week. The game has you trotting through 1920’s Norway as you, Edward Charles Harden, and your companion Lissie, go hunting for your lost sister.
That mystery feeds into the dominant gameplay of Draugen, taking you on a clue collecting hunt around the Nordic wilds. The environment is something that’s been a focal point of the game’s early reception, with The Indie Game Website calling it “a delightful setting to escape to for several hours,” while Gamespot said that the game’s uneven story “does not eclipse the fascinating characters, gripping story, and breathtaking town of Graavik.”
You can try out the fjord-noir mystery that is Draugen right now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Slender: The Arrival is heading to the Switch
Brilliant news this, well, it is if you like getting scared shitless on your way to work or while you and your friends are taking a break from a basketball game (that’s right, Nintendo, I haven#’t forgotten about that Switch ad!) 2013’s spook-em-up, Slender: The Arrival, is heading to the Switch on June 20.
It’s a straight port of the original game, so it doesn’t look as if there will be any extra scares involved with the Switch version. Still, it’s another chance to play through the game if you’ve managed to avoid it for six years.
And finally… Moonlighter’s Between Dimensions DLC has a new trailer
Moonlighter’s upcoming Between Dimensions DLC has got a nifty new teaser trailer but nothing is really given away and we don’t have a release date more specific than “this summer,” have a watch though.
The trailer plays out as a nature documentary of indie games, with Moonlighter’s previous updates underlining just how much post-launch game it’s receieved. Between Dimensions looks set to build on that gorge of gameplay, intoducing new monsters, gear, “trick weapons,” and a new dungeon to try out.