It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for another Screenshot Survey. Every week, we take a look at a few cool new games in the works by game developers tweeting with #ScreenshotSaturday. For even more games you might be interested in, check out the Screenshot Saturday hashtag on Twitter.
This week, we have a mostly medieval selection of games including two duel-style games, a potion-crafting fantasy adventure, and a comic book shooter come to life.
One of my favorite things about our game is the visual variety we've introduced to the maps. What do you all think? #WIP #gamedev #indiedev #screenshotsaturday #UE4 #madeinunreal pic.twitter.com/QimMd3fCBR— Griefhelm⚔️ Wishlist on Steam (@griefhelm) April 11, 2020
I got medieval on my mind since I've been playing Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord seemingly nonstop (by the way, check out our preview). After looking at this Tweet for Griefhelm, I'm already entranced and ready for some awesome dueling action. I appreciate the "visual variety," showcased here, but my favorite is the macabre, dark scene with the people hanging from the trees as some warriors duke it out. The Crusades-like duel in the church is another standout. I hope that this is just the tip of the iceberg for sweet duel locations.
Griefhelm is an upcoming medieval style dueling game by Johnny Dale Lonack and Thornet Publishing. This is a "stance-based" game, meaning that you can attack in a certain direction and the defender will have to react appropriately to counter the move and unleash their own attacks. It also features online battles, so if you ever wanted to duel someone to the death, Griefhelm can help you do just that later this year.
Clans of Reign
This week we spent some time on improving hit feedback and fixed some issues with the ragdoll system. :) #ScreenshotSaturday#gamedev #indiedev #unrealengine #UE4 #AlphaAccess #madewithunreal #gaming #indiegame #prototyping pic.twitter.com/kmbOXNYHBa— Clans of Reign (@corthegame) April 11, 2020
Let's shift perspectives a bit with Clans of Reign. From the side-scrolling dueling of Griefhelm we now see the top-down perspective of this gladiatorial, fantasy arena brawler. In the context of this Tweet, I have to say that the rag-doll physics never fail to be amusing. It's always satisfying to see the limbs of your fallen foe sprawl all over the place as they fall comically to the ground.
Clans of Reign is an upcoming melee brawler by REIGEN GAMES. Like Griefhelm above, it's a multiplayer title where you can fight online against other human players or with them in a cooperative mode. There's also different classes to choose from and equipment of various kinds to utilize, so can personalize your character to the way you see fit. I love that freedom of choice! Clans of Reign will release later this year on Steam Early Access.
Guns. The cause of, and solution to, all video game problems.— LIBERATED (@LiberatedGame) April 11, 2020
Liberated are coming -> https://t.co/tgAOHJbd4j#Liberated #ScreenshotSaturday #MadeWithUnity #IndieGameDev #GameDev pic.twitter.com/EnW8ieeYVc
That's enough swords for now. Take a look at these guns. Liberated's aesthetic is one used far too little in games. It's not cell-shaded graphics, it just goes full-on comic book. The "bangs" and the "aarghs" are lighting up this dark game is a nice way to emphasize the chaos of a firefight.
Liberated is an upcoming cyberpunk title. As you can see, it's a side-scrolling shooter, but it features puzzles and platforming in addition to the frantic firefights you see in the Tweet above. According to Liberated's Steam page, you can play as multiple characters throughout the story who hold different viewpoints involving the plot. Liberated launches later this year.
The Serpent Rogue
Scavenging through the wastelands in a search of powerful ingredients for your potions can lead to some unforeseen surprises.— The Serpent Rogue (@TheSerpentRogue) April 11, 2020
The heart of stone can take a literal meaning here.#MadeWithUnity #gamedev #ScreenshotSaturday #indiegamedev #indiegame pic.twitter.com/q7LXM4hnjh
I couldn't stay away from the medieval, middle age aesthetic for very long. I mean, come on, look. This Tweet features a creepy guy in a plague doctor mask, there's a spooky forest and ruins where people are turned to stone, and then there's this battle with Medusa! The cartoonish style of the graphics doesn't make the encounter any less horrifying. Let's hope our protagonist doesn't get turned to stone.
Right now, there doesn't seem to be a great deal of information out there for The Serpent Rogue. We know that it's open world, you can craft potions (you are a doctor, after all) and other items, and there are plenty of nasty monsters like Medusa here. While The Serpent Rogue's release seems far off, it does look to be coming along quite well.
Interested in any of these games? What's your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!