KEY POINTS

  • E3 2021 showcased a number of indie games alongside big developer and publisher reveals 
  • The indie games were showcased as part of the Guerrilla Collective
  • Games from a wide selection of genres were shown during the convention

While the teasers, announcements and presentations of big publishers often steal the show at every E3 convention, there are always some games made by smaller developers that can immediately grab the attention of gamers. This year’s E3 hosts a number of wonderfully artistic and charming indie games that some attendees may have overlooked.

E3 2021 featured the Guerrilla Collective, a digital festival of sorts that’s dedicated to putting lesser-known developers and publishers in the spotlight. This year, they showed off over 70 new games across a plethora of genres, from action-adventure to horror and everything in between.

Here are some of the most interesting indie games to look forward to this year.

“Aragami 2”

Aragami 2” is a third-person stealth game from Barcelona-based developer Lince Works. Players will once again play the role of an undead assassin imbued with the ability to manipulate shadows, tasked with repelling invaders and protecting the remnants of the local population.

The original game was very well received; “Aragami” was praised for its satisfying open-ended stealth gameplay and the sequel is set to provide more of the same.

“My Lovely Wife”

This game by Game Changer Studio and Toge Productions mixes alchemy, management and dating simulators into a harrowing story of a man who will do anything to get his wife back. “My Lovely Wife” is a dark, gothic game about grief, acceptance and questionable ethics.

“Chernobylite”

After a couple of years in Steam Early Access, “Chernobylite” is finally ready for release as a complete experience. This game mixes sci-fi with survival-horror set within the Chernobyl NPP Zone of Alienation, or simply called “The Zone.”

“Chernobylite” borrows ideas from games like “Metro 2033,” “STALKER” and the “Fallout” series to create a unique experience that blends elements of action shooters with tactical depth, ominous mysteries and its fair share of spooky moments.

“Source Of Madness”

Source Of Madness” is a 2D action roguelite set in a world overrun by monsters. The theme and art style are heavily-inspired by the literary works of H.P. Lovecraft, featuring gothic architecture and many maddening creatures.

Players will take the role of an Acolyte trained in the arts of magic and close-quarters combat as they try to uncover the secrets behind the Tower of Madness.

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