All the announcements at Indie Live Expo 2020, a huge stream celebrating doujin games, featuring messages from Swery, ZUN, Toby Fox and more.
The Indie Live Expo 2020 live stream event was held on June 6, revealing a plethora of info on Doujin games and Japanese indie games. Here’s a list of all the announcements made during the stream.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Launches June 22, 2020, on Steam
From mountains high to valleys low…
From cities big and small…
From beyond the clouds and across the seas…
We have heard your cries.
“GV2 Steam when?”
— Inti Creates (@IntiCreatesEN) June 6, 2020
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 was originally a Nintendo 3DS game launched in 2016. Inti Creates launched the game on PS4 in April 2020. It’s now coming to Steam on June 22, only two weeks from now. Read our review here.
2D Action Game Cogen: Sword of Rewind Announced for 2020 Release on Steam, Switch, PS4
Japanese indie studio Gemdrops announced Cogen: Ootori Kohaku to Toki no Ken. Also known as Cogen: Sword of Rewind, it’s coming in 2020 on PC, PS4, and Switch. Sakuraba is composing the OST. Read our dedicated article for more details.
Record of Lodoss War – Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth- Early Access Stage 2 Coming Late June
Team Ladybug announced on Indie Live Expo 2020 that the second stage of Record of Lodoss War – Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth- will launch in late June. A trailer showing the stage was published as well. Record of Lodoss War – Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth- launched in early access on March 12, 2020. As of now it only has a single stage, so it really is an early access. Stage 2 will include Efreet and Ylk as mid-bosses. The developers promises more content to come soon. You can read much more on this Metroidvania featuring Deedlit from Ryo Mizuno’s Lodoss novels with our past coverage here and here.
Online Multiplayer, Open-world, Survival Action game Craftopia Announced on Steam, with Early Access This July
[How to Join Closed Alpha Test of Craftopia]
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The application period is by 6/12 23:59 pic.twitter.com/yx3rHQkaKo
— Pocketpair – Craftopia (@PocketpairGames) June 6, 2020
Japanese indie devs Pocket Pair revealed its online multiplayer game Craftopia, and announced a Steam Early Access in July. Recruitment for a Closed Alpha Test also began.
Craftopia might look like Story of Seasons in 3D at a first glance, but it actually mixes Survival, Open-World, Crafting, Pokemon, and Online Multiplayer. Craftopia is also an hack ‘n’ slash, as you’ll craft your own equipment and learn skills to fight. You can make buildings and vehicles as well. The game promises a high degree of freedom, allowing you to do a lot of things that would lend you in jail in real life, such as building a giant machine to automatically boil livestock for food, or hunting elephants.
Craftopia looks like tons of fun and is definitely a game I’ll keep an eye on. The official site promises “endless possibilities”. If you can create a whole automated society complete with state racism and cops characters who assassinate innocents with impunity, I’ll buy this in a heartbeat.
Nimbus Infinity Announced on PC via Steam and Consoles (Release Date TBA)
GameTomo and GameCrafterTeam announced Nimbus Infinity, the sequel to high-speed mecha action game Project Nimbus. Nimbus Infinity will feature skill-based combat, diverse battlefields from asteroid belts to deserts, and customizable mecha & weapons. You can read more on the game on its official site. It’s interesting to note Nimbus Infinity was announced for PC via Steam and “consoles”, so perhaps it could come to Xbox Series X and PS5.
Sumire Announced for PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch (Release Date TBA)
GameTomo revealed a brand new narrative-driven game, Sumire no Sora. it’s definitely one of the game that piqued my interest the most during the Indie Live Expo 2020 stream, so I detailed what we know about the game via a dedicated article.
Picontier, Coming to PC and Switch, Gets New Gameplay (Release Date TBA)
— ユウラボ@Skipmore (@skipmore) June 6, 2020
Developed by Skipmore (Fairune, Kamiko) Picontier is a slow-paced garden raising game with cute pixel art. You can also fish and fight monsters. It’s similar to Bokujou Monogatari (Story of Seasons) and its spinoff Rune Factory. They showed around 5 minutes of gameplay on the Indie Live Expo stream. Watch it at the 54:03 timestamp. The game’s developer asked us on Twitter to please wait a bit more till release. They’re also working on another game called Transiruby.
Touhou Fan Game Gensokyo Night Festival on Steam Gets Major Content Update Coming Soon
Tea_Basira announced during Indie Live Expo 2020 that its 2D scrolling action Touhou game, Gensokyo Night Festival, will get a new update soon. Similarly to Deedlit in Wonderland, the game is in early access. The update will add the game’s second stage, which has Utsuho Reiuji aka Okuu as boss, one of my favorite 2hues.
Chinese Parents, Already Available in English, Will Now Launch in Japanese
Chinese Parents is a pretty interesting sounding game. It’s a raising simulation where you live as a Chinese kid born in an average family, from their very early days of life up to the end of high school when they turn 18 years old. You decide how to spend your time, having fun, studying, learning skills, etc. It’s pretty much Princess Maker but with Chinese Parents. I’d definitely like to try it one day.
Children of Morta, Already Available in the West, was Finally Announced for our Japanese Peers on PS4, Switch
Children of Morta is an indie-action RPG available in the West on PS4 and Switch. Developed by Dead Mage, Children of Morta‘s story driven experience will hopefully become a hit in Japan. No release estimate for the Japanese version was announced yet, but hopefully the wait won’t be much longer. You can read our review of Children of Morta here.
The Indie Live Expo 2020 stream is embedded below. You have the English version and the Japanese version. Smaller announcements were also made, like new ports of existing games. Multiple already revealed or released games were featured for exposure too, such as Gnosia and Alter Ego S. If you’re interested,watch the Indie Waves Part 1,2,3 at the 1:15:56, 2:05:45, and 3:24:27 marks. The event also featured messages from popular Japanese developers:
- ZUN (Touhou Project)
- Toby Fox (“UNDERTALE”, “DELTARUNE”)
- SWERY (CEO for White Owls Inc. ) (1:30:58)
- Kazuya Nino (TYPE-MOON studio BB) (3:58:18)
- Shuhei Yoshida(Head of Indies Initiative Sony Interactive Entertainment)
- Jenova Chen(Co-Founder and Creative Director of thatgamecompany)
ZUN appears on stream at the 4:00:24 mark. He waited in the next room for like 6 hours, watching the stream unfold. Toby Fox’s heartwarming message follows soon after.