Today, 505 Games held its very first digital showcase at which the studio revealed a few new games on its slate for the next year or so. We got an in-depth look at three major upcoming 505 releases, so here's a rundown of everything announced at the 505 Games spring showcase today.
505 Games Digital Showcase: Among the Trolls
The first game announced at today's showcase was Among the Trolls, a game that should slake your thirst if you're sad about the recent Sons of the Forest delay. Among the Trolls is a first-person survival game that takes place in the Finnish wilderness and stars a Finnish-American who travels back to their home country to reconnect with their grandparents. As they do, they enter into a world of folklore in which they'll need to make regular sacrifices to the forces in the forest in order to get by.
As well as the traditional survival elements of gathering sustenance and building structures, you'll also have to balance three unique attributes: Gain Sisu (Grit), Väki (Magic) and Lykky (Luck). These attributes will intertwine with one another and will matter greatly in your dealings with the Folk, the creatures that inhabit the forest. Developer Forbidden says this will be a non-traditional survival experience inspired by artisanal crafting and Finnish history. It's coming to Steam Early Access sometime in the future, and you can wishlist it right now.
505 Games Digital Showcase: Stray Blade
From German developer Point Blank Games comes the next game in 505's showcase, Stray Blade. It's an action RPG that takes place in the Valley of Acrea. You play an anthropologist who's come to the Valley in order to study ancient ruins, but you get more than you bargained for when you're immediately killed upon accidentally releasing a 1000-year spell over the place. It's up to you and your companion wolf Boji to master the powers of the Acrean Metals in order to bring balance and peace back to the land. If you're a fan of Kena: Bridge of Spirits, you might like this one, although there's no word yet on whether you'll be able to take adorable photos of Boji.
Point Blank is promising a "hyper-responsive" combat system in which Boji will play an integral part. He'll choose his own moments to help you, and the help he provides could turn the tide of battle. You'll also be able to use and master a variety of weapons, which will expand your skill tree and also help you to explore the world around you. Stray Blade will be available in 2023, but you can add it to your Steam wishlist right now if you're interested. You can also register for the game's beta if you want to check it out early.
505 Games Digital Showcase: Miasma Chronicles
The final game announced during the 505 Games digital showcase today was Miasma Chronicles, the next project from Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden developer The Bearded Ladies. Miasma Chronicles takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland ravaged by a force known only as the Miasma. You play as Elvis, a young man who journeys across the wasteland with his robotic guardian to find his mother. Elvis is able to control the Miasma, and as you travel, you'll learn the truth behind this all-consuming force.
Like Mutant Year Zero and The Bearded Ladies' previous game Corruption 2029, Miasma Chronicles will be a tactical strategy game, although we don't have too many details about the gameplay just yet. The Bearded Ladies are promising "realtime exploration gameplay" crossed with turn-based RPG combat, as well as the ability to upgrade your abilities and weapons. This one's due out in 2023, but (you guessed it) it's available to wishlist on Steam right now as well.
That's basically all from the first ever 505 Games showcase. There was also a small segment showing off Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising and its connection to upcoming extremely successful Kickstarted Suikoden spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. Developer Rabbit and Bear is remaining pretty tight-lipped about what we can expect from Hundred Heroes, though, so we're going to have to wait a little longer for more info about that. Still, these are three pretty solid-looking games. We'll bring you more on them as soon as we get it.