As the year comes to a close, it’s a perfect time to look back on some of the amazing games that you have been making with Unreal Engine. Recently, IndieDB announced it’s top 100 Indies of 2017 and there were plenty of Unreal titles in the mix!
We’ve compiled a list of those titles to recognize our amazing Indie community while giving you a new game to play now or save on your radar for the future. A big congratulations to all of the teams who made it into the top 100! Read on to find out more about each title:
>observer_ | Bloober Team SA | Released: PC, PS4 & Xbox One
What would you do if your fears were hacked? >observer_ is a cyberpunk horror game from Bloober Team, the creators of Layers of Fear. Discover a dark cyberpunk world beset by plagues, war and squalor. Play as the new front line of neural police as you hack into the jagged minds of the insane.
A Hat in Time is a 3D, Collect-a-Thon, Platformer being developed by Gears for Breakfast, an up and coming indie team consisting of various members from across the globe! Inspired by classic games like Mario Sunshine and Psychonauts, we hope to bring back the magic of a lost genre that was adored by gamers! You play as Hat Kid, a time traveller who is collecting the “Time Pieces” around the universe to stop the mischievous Mustache Girl who seeks to use them for evil purposes!
Blades of Orterra | Disqualified | Upcoming
A castle of 100 Kingdoms stacked one on top of the other, awaiting for those brave enough to ascend them— Orterra is filled with adventure. Progress through the floors of Orterra, reach the top of the castle, and discover the secrets hidden within each Kingdom.
Empires of the Undergrowth | Slug Disco Studios | Early Access: PC, Mac & Linux
Empires of the Undergrowth is an ant colony management game, in a fast-paced real-time strategy style. The player excavates their nest underground, constructing tunnels and chambers to store food and raise brood. On the surface, the ants claim territory, gather resources, overwhelm fearsome arachnids and clash with other colonies. Nest design, army size, composition and attack timing are key to securing victory.
Foxhole | Clapfoot | Early Access: PC
Foxhole is a massively multiplayer game where you will work with hundreds of players to shape the outcome of a persistent online war. Players ARE the content in this sandbox war game. Every individual soldier is a player that contributes to the war effort through logistics, base building, reconnaissance, combat, and more.
Global War: Generals | Global World War Group | Upcoming
Formally, the game refers to the classic RTS. It has such compulsory actions as the collection of resources, the construction of a base, the accumulation of an army before an attack, the provision of electricity, defense, etc.
Goblins of Elderstone | Lost Goblin | Upcoming
Goblins of Elderstone brings a unique chaotic twist to the city building genre. It is more than just a city builder – it is a Goblin Tribe Simulator! In Goblins of Elderstone you will nurture your tiny clan as it grows to become a dominating tribe, standing against the other races and even the gods. Rule over your chaotic goblins King or Queen and raid dungeons and villages to keep feeding your ever growing tribe.
Hello Neighbor | Dynamic Pixels | Released: PC & Xbox One
Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game about sneaking into your neighbor's house to figure out what horrible secrets he's hiding in the basement. You play against an advanced AI that learns from your every move. Really enjoying climbing through that backyard window? Expect a bear trap there. Sneaking through the front door? There'll be cameras there soon. Trying to escape? The Neighbor will find a shortcut and catch you.
Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale | Define Human Studios | Upcoming
Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale is an online, competitive, first-person shooter with a focus on intense, last-man-standing gameplay.
Outlast 2 | Red Barrels | Released: PC, PS4 & Xbox One
Outlast 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed survival horror game Outlast. Set in the same universe as the first game, but with different characters and a different setting, Outlast 2 is a twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its dark secrets.
Past Cure | Phantom 8 Studio | Upcoming
Past Cure tells the story of Ian, a tormented man desperate to rediscover his lost identity. A highly cinematic experience, Past Cure offers an enigmatic plot as the story twists between dreams and reality leaving you guessing throughout. Dark dream sequences intertwine with a gritty but realistic world, and gameplay threads between stealth, action, survival and puzzle. The characters that Ian encounters will have a notable impact on both gameplay and your surroundings.
Raji: An Ancient Epic | Nodding Heads Games | Upcoming
Raji: An Ancient Epic is a video game set in ancient India. Chaos unfolds as demons invade to conquer the human realm with ambitions to overthrow the mighty gods themselves. Amidst this chaos, a girl is chosen, her destiny to face the demon lord Mahabalasura. The demon lord plans to sacrifice Raji's very own younger brother, which will complete a ritual granting him relentless powers. Blessed by the gods, Raji sets on her journey to rescue her younger brother, and to face the treacherous Mahabalasura. An adventure awaits.
Remothered: Tormented Fathers | Storming Games | Early Access
Remothered: Tormented Fathers is a survival horror game with a touching story that rich in unpredictable plot-twists. Psychology plays a huge role within the game: heroes and enemies are atypical and the line between good and evil is blurred. The development of the game is similar to that of a film narration, where the player perfectly identifies himself with the character. The soundtrack, composed by Nobuko Toda (Final Fantasy, Halo, Metal Gear Solid) and Luca Balboni, enhances the terrifying atmosphere of the game.
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder | ACE Team | Released: PC, PS4 & Xbox One
The greatest “giant rocks rolling through historical/artistic ages” tower defense game is back with Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder. Just like the title says, Bigger and Boulder cranks up the surrealism and gameplay with to be, well… BIGGER AND BOULDER. With an emphasis on the chaotic new 2-vs-2 multiplayer, new time periods, and improved graphics, physics, and destructibility powered by Unreal Engine 4, players will need to be ready for some intense rocking and rolling.
Squad | Offworld Industries | Early Access: PC
Squad is a 50 vs 50 multiplayer first-person shooter that aims to capture combat realism through communication and teamplay, emphasizing both strong squad cohesion mechanics as well as larger scale coordination, tactics and planning.
STARDROP | joure | Early Access: Windows & Linux
STARDROP is a narrative driven sci-fi first person adventure and exploration game set in the future. You play as Aryn Vance who is accompanied by her close friend, John Kindley. They are salvage and rescue operatives seeking out old derelict spacecraft that are lost in time, or to provide assistance to those in need of help. Explore old derelict spaceships in the main game while being able to visit a range of other various locations across the universe through a number of side missions.
Starfall Tactics | Snowforged Entertainment | Upcoming
Starfall tactics is a free to play, real-time wargame that mixes tactical combat with in-depth spaceship customization.
SUMOCRATS | The Architects Republic (ARKREP) | Upcoming
In a distant future, giant corporations fight for supremacy through broadcasted tournament followed by billions of people. Players compete across the universe in abandoned places converted into improvised sports fields.
The Archotek Project | The Archotek Project | Early Access: PC, Mac & Linux
The Archotek Project is a dinosaur simulator and sandbox game. Play as the dinosaur or manage your own ecosystem and create unique environments and scenarios, by influencing the genetics of your animals and therefore their look, behavior and interactions with their surroundings. Archotek focuses on single-player experience, but also gives you the chance to play with your friends in co-op mode or with new people on dedicated servers.
Trepang2 | wilsonC | Upcoming
You are hunted by a group of elite black ops soldiers. Use your superhuman abilities to survive. Become invisible and ambush your enemies. Activate slow motion to dodge bullets and perform impossibly badass combat maneuvers.
Twin Soul | White Noise Team | Upcoming
Twin Soul is a coop-puzzle horror video game that takes place in a distant and desolate town somewhere in Eastern Europe. Here two players have to join together and face frightful creatures and solve twisted puzzles to survive. The game raises a variety of social problems, the expression of which can be found in the appearance of monsters, the environment and the characters themselves.
Big congrats to all of the great independent projects that made it onto the list! Be sure to keep your work with Unreal Engine on our radar by using the #UE4 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram when sharing news, screenshots and videos.