As usual, while gaming focuses its eyes on star-studded stages and waits for the latest and greatest names in gaming to make their returns with “world premieres” and “hype” exclusive announcements, Devolver Digital once again used their time to take a knife to the industry’s current trends, using their typical irreverent, hyper-active humour to ridicule and cut down the biggest news stories of the year.
Between NFTs, industry consolidation, and toxic work cultures the rebellious gaming publisher had its work cut out for them, but as ever they took all that in stride and amped up an overloaded fever dream of mania, complete with a malfunctioning mecha Suda51, a time bending singularity mashing together every gaming property and studio, and a Predator nuke to finish. Devolver Digital set their crosshairs firmly on the recent acquisition mania of the gaming industry (of which Microsoft have firmly kicked off with its $70 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard), taking it to its extreme until the ecosystem of the gaming world is forced to collapse in on itself.
Oh and of course they had some excellent looking games to show off amongst all the chaos. Here’s what you can look forward to in the future from Devolver Digital~!
Cult of the Lamb | Massive Monster | August 2022 | PC, Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox S/X, XB1
With Cult of the Lamb, start your own cult in a land of false prophets, venturing out into diverse and mysterious regions to build a loyal community of woodland worshippers and spread your Word to become the one true cult. Coming to PC, Switch, PlayStation & Xbox on Aug. 11.
The art style of this top-down adventure title says cutesy, but the reality is anything but as things descend into bloodied anarchy. Collect resources, gain loyal followers, and rid the world of false prophets in brutal sacrifices to become the lone cult god yourself.
Anger Foot | Free Lives | 2023 | PC
A game whose title really says it all. Anger Foot is a lightning-fast hard bass blast of kicking doors and kicking ass. Crash through the caffeine-fuelled fever dream of Shit City, putting the boot to a menacing menagerie of merciless gangsters. If you took Doom with Hotline Miami and amped the whole thing up with cocaine you’d come somewhere close to Anger Foot, as this game sees you go frantically through room to room blasting and barging your foes in maniacal style.
Unleash the world’s deadliest feet on a colourful cast of anthropomorphic enemies. Clearing out slums, sewers, and skyscrapers as you grab new weapons, unlock new sneakers, and upgrade your powers in absurd and wonderful ways. Kick and shoot your way to the exit as you leave behind a smouldering trail of shattered doors, broken bones, and crumpled energy drinks.
We recommend grabbing some antihistamines to keep up with the frantic motion of this one when it comes in 2023!
Skate Story | Sam Eng | 2023 | PC
In Skate Story you are a demon in the Underworld, made out of glass and pain. The Devil has given you a skateboard with a simple deal: Skate to the Moon and swallow it — and you shall be freed. A simple, perfectly normal bargain of course.
Ollie, kickflip, and grind your way through the ash and smoke of the Underworld as you take on a seemingly impossible quest. Skate fast to destroy demons and save other tortured souls on your journey from fragile beginner to hardened skater.
Glass and pain is exactly how you can describe the art style of Skate Story too, as the jagged polygonal style of your character and your enemies is a perfect juxtaposition to the gloomy moonlit skate parks you explore and fight through.
Skate away to the moon in 2023!
The Plucky Squire | All Possible Futures | 2023 | PC, Switch, PS5, Xbox S/X
The Plucky Squire follows the magical adventures of Jot and his friends—storybook characters who discover a three-dimensional world outside the pages of their book. When the malevolent Humgrump realizes he’s the villain of the book—destined to lose his battle against the forces of good for all eternity—he kicks the heroic Jot out of its pages and changes the story forever.
Jump between 2D and 3D worlds in this charming action-adventure—solving puzzles, boxing badgers, flying with a jetpack, and enjoying many more delightful and surprising mini challenges as you become the hero of a living storybook.
The colourful art book animation style of The Plucky Squire has plenty to love, with the whole game framed through the pages of a children’s book. Parents, ditch the books and just get your kids hooked on this beautiful game instead next year for PC, Switch, PS5 or Xbox Series X|S.