Indie Highlights coming to PS4 and PS5 in January 2023 – PlayStation.Blog
Happy 2023, players! 2022 was an amazing year for gaming, and this year is already poised to be another year for the history books. So how about making a New Year’s resolution to expand your gaming horizons? Trying out games from unfamiliar genres or titles made by up-and-coming developers can be an amazing experience. January’s indie highlights are a great place to start. From terrifying twin-stick shooter nightmare worlds to the emotional drama of a fading existence to the primal satisfaction of the car wash, these games will take you to some very interesting places.
Children of Silenttown
Small towns are known for fostering strong communities, where the absence of a single person can be felt by all. But in this hamlet in the middle of the forest there is a lot of disappearances. There are also a lot of night noises hereーthe kind of monstrous roar that will shake your soul from your body. Lucy has lived here all her life, and she is convinced that she is old enough to get to the bottom of why townspeople are disappearing. Her tender, young mind is about to experience a very rude awakening. Developed by Elf Games and Luna2 Studio, Children of Silentown is a loving homage to point-and-click adventure classics of yesteryear with a rural horror theme. Experience charming yet creepy painted graphics and amazing sound design as you use your brain to solve some absolutely diabolical puzzles. And whatever you do, don’t go into the woods.
Release date: 11 January | Publisher: Daedalic entertainment | PS4
A room for the unbound
Ah, the 90s, a time when gorgeous pixel art was all the rage. IA Space for the Unbound takes you to rural Indonesia during the exciting decade and meets a pair of teenage parrots named Atma and Raya… who happen to have supernatural powers. That’s not the only unusual thing happening here, rather a malevolent force lurks in the background that threatens everything. To get to the bottom of the bizarre events, you’ll meet all sorts of colorful townspeople, who use psychic powers to delve into their minds to solve puzzles and conflicts. But even the most extraordinarily gifted high school students still have to battle their own insecurities and self-doubt. Immerse yourself in this gorgeous 2D pixel art adventure from developers Mojiken and Toge, and don’t forget to pet all the cats.
Release date: January 19 | Publisher: Choirs all over the world | PS4, PS5
Rem is a child with typical child problemsーshe hates raw vegetables, she is afraid of big mean dogs, she despises doctor visits, and she can’t get along with her classmates. What is not so typical, however, is Rem’s dream world: a nightmare realm where all her worries and insecurities have trapped her. To awaken herself, she must face her monstrous fears head-on in this fiendishly intense twin-stick arcade shooter. Grotesque mutant eggplants and fiendish demon dogs are just some of the memorably bizarre enemies Rem must blow away to escape. You’ll also use a menagerie of collectible upgrades and gear to help you conquer the most challenging stages. NeverAwake by Neotro Inc is the arcade shooter of your dreams…or should that be nightmare?
Release date: January 26 | Publisher: Phoenix | PS4, PS5
Some people are described as “living on their smartphones,” but Backfirewall from developer Naraven takes that statement very literally. In this quirky first-person adventure, you play as an update assistantーthe creature that lives inside your smartphone and gets things ready when the OS update arrives. The problem is that the latest update being pushed is a brick-and-mortar disaster. the unit. With the help of other anthropomorphic apps living in this self-contained smartphone universe, you’ll explore, hack, reprogram, and exploit the system to keep things stable. And you can also find interesting information about the user.
Release date: 30 January | Publisher: All in! Game | PS4, PS5
It’s the simple things in life that are the most deeply satisfyingーyou know, like taking a powerful water blower and blasting away layers of accumulated dirt and grime to reveal the beauty of a shiny vehicle underneath. PowerWash Simulator by developer FuturLab gives you the experience of large-scale deep cleaning without having to argue with a powerful hose or get wet. As the owner of a cleaning business, you get everything that looks new: cars, houses, play equipment and even a Mars Rover. Team up with a friend for intense yet strangely relaxing co-op scavenging.
Release date: 30 January | Publisher: Square Enix | PS4, PS5
Season: A letter to the future
It’s time to leave home and explore the worldー a bit of a scary proposition since you’ve lived in a quiet village your whole life so far and you’ve never traveled once. When you take control of heroine Estelle and jump on your trusty bike (complete with DualSense controller-enhanced pedal controls and haptic feedback), you understand that everything as you know it will soon come to an end. In this atmospheric, emotional third-person exploration/adventure game from developer Scavenger Studios, you’ll do everything you can to preserve the lives, traditions, words, and memories of those who would soon fade into history. By using notebooks, cameras, and recorders to capture the details of a culture’s daily existence, you will strive to preserve a memory of life as it was for them in the future.
Release date: 31 January | Publisher: Scavenger Studios | PS4, PS5
We were here forever
Well, here you are, stuck in the depths of the dungeon along with another tired custom among the frozen tundra of Antarctica. How did you end up in this miserable place? And what on earth is a castle doing in Antarctica? Who knows, the important thing is that you’re going to need to get out of this freezing hell, and you’re going to need the help of your partner-in-potential-freedom to do it. This spooky first-person puzzle adventure from TMG Studios BV takes you through the gritty halls of Castle Rock as you and another player work together to uncover the fort’s history and secrets, starting with just a pair of microphone-controlled walkie-talkies. Can you escape, or will you both be left as forgotten, frozen corpses?
Release date: 31 January | Publisher: TMG Studios BV | PS4, PS5
Which indie release this month are you most looking forward to?