Team17 has always done an excellent job at promoting and producing indie titles. At E3 2018 we were able to spend some time with two of its notable titles, My Time at Portia and PLANET ALPHA, as well as three other impressive titles in their lineup. My Time at Portia is developed by Pathea Games and is currently in early access on Steam. This 3D sandbox RPG takes place in a beautiful post-apocalyptic world and is inspired by games such as Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing. As for PLANET ALPHA, this is an atmospheric side-scrolling platformer that is stunning in terms of the combination of its visual fidelity and music. We dived into both of these to take a look.
My Time at Portia focuses on building your workshop. Your character inherits a workshop and will be required to gather resources from different areas to build this up. The world looks and feels like Breath of the Wild, as it’s artistic, vibrant and animated. You will build relationships with other people in the town and each person has their own story. Its lighthearted appeal makes the term post-apocalyptic obsolete.
Navigating the world in our short time with My Time at Portia was upbeat. Players will fish and mine for ruins while battling enemies and crafting weapons. Everything from growing crops and raising animals is all done in a beautiful loving way. You will level up your character with a variety of skills as you take down the monsters that are beneath the world. The game is truly an open sandbox as there is always something to do. Players can even play rock-paper-scissors with other citizens. My Time at Portia will launch fully on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC later this year.
Developer Planet Alpha ApS has a beautiful game on the way. The world that it has created for PLANET ALPHA is vibrant and diverse. There are many backdrops in PLANET ALPHA as the game is more about the world and the experience than it is combat or anything like that. This platformer will combine fast thinking, creative puzzles and stealth mechanics. The game will make you think to traverse to other areas while not only trying to survive its world, but enjoying it at the same time. The music in PLANET ALPHA completes the experience of living in this atmosphere that the game created. Lush vegetation and overall life can be seen while structures crumble as you run to traverse through the world. What stands out besides the world is the story. The story of PLANET ALPHA is uncovered the more that you play. You don’t go in having any idea of the premise, rather you discover throughout your journey why you’re here and what’s going on.
In addition to the lush environment and the story progression, the mechanic for your character is based around time. PLANET ALPHA is affected by the solar cycle. The player can manipulate time so certain aspects can be completed by transitioning the planet from day to night. All of this created an experience that we did not want to get up from at E3 2018. PLANET ALPHA will launch in Q3 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Team17 also showcased some other titles at E3 2018. Genesis: Alpha One, developed by Radiation Blue, will combine different gaming genres that include rogue-lite, FPS and ship-building. Players will explore a randomly generated universe and will search for resources all while being confronted by alien infestations while cloning new crew members. This will launch on September 4 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Reinkout Games is currently developing a puzzler known as Mugsters. Players must outrun and out-maneuver enemies by experimenting with different sandbox levels, vehicles, enrivonmental traps and explosives. This will also release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC later this year.
Lastly, the sequel to Ghost Town Games largely popular Overcooked will be coming too all systems on August 7. Overcooked 2 is the cooperative cooking game for 1-4 players that involve serving meals and keeping fires out across a variety of challenging kitchens. Overcooked 2 will include online multiplayer for the first time so you can share some kitchen mayhem with other people in the world.