All The Indie Game News From The Game Awards 2021

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By Chris Penwell on December 10th, 2021


The Game Awards delivers a ton of indie gaming news every year, and 2021’s festivities are no different. We’ve broken down every indie game announcement below quickly and concisely.


The adorable Legend of Zelda-style game was given a new trailer at The Game Awards, and after years and years of waiting, we’ve finally have a release date for Tunic. It will be coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC (via Steam) on March 16, 2022. We can’t wait to go on an adventure with the game’s cute little fox protagonist.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Developed by the same team as the Friday The 13th video game, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be delivering a lot of gore to its victims. No dedicated platforms have been announced as of yet, but we do know that Sumo Digital Nottingham will be assisting Gun Media with the game’s development. In addition, it will be based on the 1974 movie of the same name.

The Expanse: The TellTale Series

TellTale Games is back. The Wolf Among Us fans might be grizzly with the lack of the game’s presence during the show, but the sci-fi title has some promise. The visuals are a marked improvement from prior TellTale games. It is also receiving development help from Life is Strange: True Colors developer Deck13 Interactive and Alcon Interactive. The next issue of Game Informer will have more details on the project. XO Camina Drummer will also be the main protagonist of the game; she’s featured in the Amazon series The Expanse and the game will dive further into her character.

Chivalry 2: House aberfell

Screenshot via TornBannerStudios YouTube

A new expansion for the popular medieval arena game Chivalry 2 will be releasing early 2022. There is also a free weekend happening between December 9 and December 12 on all of its available platforms.

Thirsty suitors

Indie developer Outerloop Games is bringing Thirsty Suitors, a game that blends skateboarding, fighting, and cooking into one experience. You as Jala have to deal with demanding parents as you try to fix your relationships before you head to your sister’s wedding. Similar to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, you’ll also be fighting your exes in, what Outerloop Games calls, “cinematic, turn-based battle sequences.” Sounds cool to us. Add Annapurna Interactive into the mix as the publisher, and we’re confident Thirsty Suitors will be high on our most anticipated lists.

Have a Nice Death

Sad that Hollow Knight: Silksong never showed up at The Game Awards 2021? Well, Have A Nice Death seems to be a great substitute. With a hand-drawn cartoonish gothic art style, Have a Nice Death is a 2D action roguelite that will test your abilities as Death himself. It is scheduled to release as an Early Access game in March 2022.

Planet of Lana gets incredible composer

Indie platformer Planet of Lana has the amazing composer of The Last Guardian Takeshi Furukawa to write the score for the game. It will be released in 2022.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits wins Indie Game of the Year

Image via Ember Labs

The beautiful PlayStation platformer hit Kena: Bridge of Spirits was awarded Indie Game of the Year against the likes of Inscryption, Death’s Door, Loop Hero, and 12 Minutes. It also won Best Debut Indie Game.


Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama has created his own studio and is now debuting a new horror title called Slitherhead. The trailer is fittingly creepy, and we know the game will be complemented by the music of Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, The Medium, Killer Is Dead). No release date has been given.


Another day, another survival crafting game. However, this one may be different. Nightingale has impressive graphics and is from a new Edmonton-based studio called Inflexion Games, started by Aaryn Flynn of BioWare fame. It also has a unique Victorian fantasy setting. It’s expected to release in 2022 with alphas and betas planned throughout the year.


Formed by ex-Playdead CEO and founder Dino Patti and Chris Olsen, Jumpship is developing a new sci-fi exploration game. In an apocalyptic world against an alien race, you play a character trying to get his family back together again in a “vivid rural landscape,” says the Steam listing. It’s scheduled to release sometime in 2022.

Cuphead: The Delicious last course finally gets a release date

Announced alongside a jazzy number on stage, Cuphead’s cleverly named Delicious Last Course DLC will be released on June 30, 2022 for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC simultaneously. It’s about time, Studio MDHR! A third character, new bosses, and a new island were shown off during the trailer.

Tchia will charm us in Spring 2022

The stunning adventure across a tropical landscape Tchia will be coming out sometime within Spring 2022. This game lets you take control of any animal or even an object in the game. Similar to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can climb mountains, glide across the water with a boat, and glide among the beautiful environment.

Metal Hellsinger reveals artists attached to project

Rhythm shooter Metal Hellsinger has revealed its full list of singers that are a part of the game’s soundtrack (via Twinfinite). They include:

  • Randy Blythe from Lamb of God
  • James Dorton from Black Crown Initiate
  • Matt Heafy from Trivium
  • Dennis Lyxzén from Refused and INVSN
  • Tatiana Shmailyuk from Jinjer
  • Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity
  • Björn Strid from Soilwork
  • Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy

This unique music game will be released sometime in 2022 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5.

Star Trek: Resurgence

Ex-TellTale Games developers are living long and prosper as Star Trek: Resurgence will be engaging players in Spring 2022. It seems to follow the same narrative structure of past TellTale Games with an original story that takes place after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation. You’ll be playing the First Officer Jara Rydek and Engineering Crewperson Carter Diaz of the U.S.S. Resolute, and your choices will impact the fate of the crew and the galaxy. It will be on PC (via the Epic Games Store), PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

GTFO leaves early access

OMG. Sci-fi co-op shooter GTFO has finally left early access after two years of development on the project. You can currently buy it at 25% off on Steam. This horror title has been rated highly by Steam reviewers, leaving a Very Positive score from 21,079 players. It might be worth checking out. Otherwise, you might have FOMO. YOLO, right?

Synced: Off-Planet coming 2022

Co-op multiplayer shooter SYNCED: Off-Planet has you fighting mechs in a post-apocalyptic world. With sick-looking tech called Nanos, you can take out foes with ease. Each of them provides different abilities to offer on the battlefield. For example, one player provides a large shield in the gameplay trailer.

What was your favorite indie announcement from the show? Let us know in the comments below!

The British “Canadian” Chris Penwell has been a video game journalist since 2013 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from MacEwan University. He loves to play JRPGs and games with a narrative.


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