Welcome back to Screenshot Weekly! Every Tuesday, IGM brings you exclusive early looks at upcoming games in various stages of development. The featured image introducing each game will always be original, and made especially for IGM, so you’ll see them for the first time right here! Without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s screenshots:
After spending the majority of his career working at Cobra Mobile, one-man team Andrew Haining is working on his first title under the banner of his new studio, Ratus Apparatus. Alaska is a first-person immersive simulation. According to Haining, “I aim to make First Person Immersive Sims with a non violent and accessible focus. I take inspiration from Immersive Sims Like Deus Ex and Adventure Games like Blade Runner as well as the authenticity of the open world in Pathologic and the physicality of Penumbra.” We’re all in favor of diversifying content and love games with non-violent approaches and minds toward accessibility here at IGM, so kudos Andrew!
Iubes (I-ntelligent c-UBES) is a multiplayer strategy game that falls somewhere between the RTS and God-game genres. Solo developer Pierre Codrer says he wanted to create an unusual and experimental project as his first indie title. Players are tasked with building cities and soldiers in traditional RTS fashion, but cannot directly control the actions of their units, similar to a God-game. Instead, each Iube has its own AI, and does not need to be micromanaged; meaning they will defend themselves and gather resources without instruction. A large range of adjustable game speeds allows players to go at their own pace. The demo for Iubes is available here.
The Last Federation
Arcen Games are putting together a grand strategy game with a unique twist: Players can choose between action-tactics or text-based combat, depending on their preference. As for the story, I’m a sucker for a great intro, so I’ll let their Features page do the talking: “You are a nameless mercenary, at least on the surface. The last of a murdered race, you have vowed to bring peace by forming a Solar Federation. You have stolen a flagship outfitted with advanced weaponry that your adversaries cannot match… however the opposition outnumbers you trillions to one. You must work from the shadows, manipulating entire planets before anyone catches on to what you are doing.”
That’s it for this week’s Screenshot Weekly. Be sure to come back next week to see more exclusive looks of the latest indie games in development! Let us know in the comments section what upcoming indie games you’d like to see featured in a future installment. As for any indie developers who would like to see their screenshots featured in an upcoming segment, feel free to send an email to IGM at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject Line: “Screenshot Weekly”.