Best Upcoming Indie Games 2022 (And Beyond)

There are a lot of hidden indie game gems out there! Here is a list of all the best upcoming indie games that we are looking forward to.

The best upcoming indie games of 2022 and beyond are looking bigger and bolder than any of the previous years.

Additionally, PC gaming continues to be the preferred method for discovering hidden gems before they explode in popularity.

In this list, we’ll highlight the most highly-anticipated indie releases along with some lesser-known titles that may not be on your radar just yet.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite upcoming indie games!

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If you’ve ever wanted to take a trip through a dark fantasy reimagining of the Old Wild West, then Weird West is the game for you.

In it, players take on the role of unconventional lawmen and gunslingers making their mark on the unforgiving frontier teeming with fantastical creatures.

Each journey is unique and evolves depending on the player’s actions and choices, allowing you to carve out your own legends and align with different factions.

There are sure to be some brutal choices and even harsher consequences that arise from interacting with Weird West’s immersive sim world.

Fans of the cult frisbee-meets-tennis sports phenomenon will get to experience intense disc-throwing bouts when Windjammers 2 releases later this year.

The sequel will introduce new features along with updated visuals inspired by the original arcade cabinet art.

The benefits of this new look become obvious once you see the game in motion, with characters performing flashy animations that see them launching into the air, charging up powerful throws, and celebrating between sets.

Windjammers 2 is being produced by French developer DotEmu, who also worked on the 2017 port of the original game for current-gen consoles.

For those unfamiliar, The Forest is an ambitious survival horror game that focuses on crafting and combat with surprisingly intelligent enemy AI.

Like many survival games, the story is fairly nonlinear but there was always enough to chew on for players interested in learning about the game’s creatures and setting.

For the sequel, developer Endnight Games looks to be expanding the universe with new characters and events revolving around yet another mysterious island.

In addition to better graphics and more fluid combat, Sons of the Forest will be a more team-focused endeavor than the original, which added online multiplayer post-launch.

Card Shark is an upcoming indie game that blends action-adventure storytelling with strategy card mechanics.

In it, you play as a hustler looking to cheat their way to the top of French society during the 18th century.

You’ll start out in local card parlors where you’ll get a crash course in fleecing opponents using different card techniques until eventually moving on to more high-stakes games among royalty.

As things progress, you’ll have to be careful not to get caught cheating or risk losing your life.

Little Devil Inside is a visually striking action RPG with survival elements and a distinct cartoony art style that adds a surreal quality to the game’s overall appearance.

It’s made by South Korean developer Neostream, who kickstarted the game back in 2015 and interestingly enough, originally planned to release it for the short-lived Nintendo Wii-U.

In it, you play as a brave adventure on a quest to save the world by killing off powerful arch-demons.

The game features a semi-open world filled with side activities to explore when you need a break from the main path.

Taking a look at the teaser trailer for Stray, it’s clear indie developer BlueTwelve found the perfect match in publisher Annapurna Interactive.

Stray casts you as an adorable feline living in a cyberpunk-inspired city where humans appear to have been replaced by robots.

The cat can be seen wearing a glowing backpack, suggesting it serves some bigger purpose in the game’s story.

Of all the random indie game genres that get announced, a futuristic cat simulator is definitely at the top of our list.

Tchia is an upcoming open-world adventure game in which you play as a young girl exploring a physics-driven sandbox.

The game offers tropical locations to discover, characters to get to know, and hidden surprises around every corner.

Additionally, Tchia has a special ability that lets her magically transform into 30+ different animals as well as 100+ objects.

This is reflected in both the story and gameplay, with Tchia using her powers to help her friends, explore the island, and escape danger.

Ready or Not is an upcoming first-person shooter that emphasizes realism and a tactical approach to gameplay.

You play as Judge, the commander of an elite SWAT unit responsible for de-escalating intense situations by any means necessary. 

Scenarios are highly detailed and require you to carefully examine location layouts, mission briefing details, and coordinate with additional teams and negotiators to determine the best plan of action.

Developer Void Interactive has consulted with police teams across the globe to come up with an accurate set of engagement rules based on the real-world challenges encountered out in the field.

Indie game studio Monomi Park is currently working on a sequel to the bright and bubbly farming sim Slime Rancher.

Continuing with the adventures of Beatrix LeBeau, Slime Rancher 2 sees you venturing to Rainbow Island, a new world brimming with ancient mysteries and exotic wildlife.

Armed with an arsenal of slime-wrangling tools, you’ll collect and breed an assortment of unique slime creatures with distinct traits and personalities.

Once you get a hang of the game’s plort-based economy, you’ll be able to flip resources for Newbucks and spend them on ranch upgrades and new gadgets.

If you’re a fan of fast-paced action games like we are, then you should definitely consider wishlisting Shady Knight ahead of its release.

The hack n’ slash first-person platformer sees you climbing massive, enemy-filled towers as you clear out each floor using an arsenal of medieval weapons.

Your character can build momentum by sliding and wall-running as well as tear apart enemies with slam attacks, powerful kicks, and a good old sword throw to the enemy’s head.

Shady Knight’s emphasis on verticality and open-ended combat looks like the perfect recipe for engaging and varied gameplay.

Although spiders are already pretty freaky as is, SpiderHeck ups the ante by giving them laser swords and locking them in deathtrap platforming levels together.

The end result is an action-packed physics-based brawler where four players battle to be the last arachnid standing while dodging attacks and environmental hazards.

Of course, since these are spiders we’re talking about, players can also web-swing around each level in order to gain the upper hand or avoid falling to their death.

It’s an exciting blend of sword combat and parkour movement that’s sure to produce plenty of laughter and ridiculous moments among friends.

Blood Bowl has never shied away from doing its own thing, blending turn-based strategy, Warhammer lore, and American football into a neat little package.

While among the more niche titles coming to Xbox, Blood Bowl 3 includes a number of improvements and new features that fans of the series will appreciate.

For one, gameplay adheres to the official rules of the latest edition of the board game, complete with new skills and redesigned passing mechanics.

There’s also a new competitive PVP mode that offers new league management tools and a solo campaign open to all 12 included races, with room for customization.

Solo indie developer Jacob Dzwinel and Humble Games have partnered to release Midnight Fight Express, a blend of old-school brawlers and fast-paced modern fighters.

The game boasts a challenging combat system inspired by Dark Souls that relies on using fists, feet, knives, guns, and more to mow through waves of enemies.

Players can mix light and heavy melee attacks in addition to blocking, countering, throwing, dodging, and triggering powerful finishing moves and environmental kills.

Most impressive is Midnight Fight’s sleek character animations, which use motion-captured data for an added sense of realism.

Jack Move is a pixel art JRPG that draws inspiration from the classic Mega Man Battle Network games while telling an original cyberpunk story.

In it, you take on the role of Noa, a rogue hacker who finds herself thrust into a world of murder, kidnapping, and twisted research after her father mysteriously disappears.

Combat is turn-based and provides countless opportunities to devise unique strategies by customizing Noa’s Cyber Deck mid-battle.

This allows her to switch roles and adjust her mix of offense, defense, and buffs in combination with hardware upgrades that increase stats and unlock new abilities.

Initially announced as a 2018 release, Atomic Heart has had one of the more interesting development stories, with rumors suggesting it may not even be the same game anymore.

Categorized as a “first-person shooter with RPG elements,” the game is well into the process of development at studio Mundfish, a Russian-based indie game studio.  

Evoking memories of sci-fi staples like BioShock and Fallout, Atomic Heart takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution.

Players assume control of a Soviet KGB officer tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

Empyrean, the studio behind House Flipper, has revealed their next simulation game will focus less on redecorating homes while upping the blood factor.

Body of Evidence sees you becoming a “cleaner” for the mob, a specialist in the field of promptly getting rid of dead bodies using all tools at your disposal.

This includes using a lockpick to access locations, hiding corpses in lockers and closets, and cleaning surfaces until all traces of blood have been removed.

With the growing number of weird simulation games out there, it was only a matter of time until we would reach this point.

Mineko’s Night Market is an adorable adventure game inspired by Animal Crossing that features vibrant environments and more cats than one could ever dream of.

You play as a curious girl getting used to her new home on a Japanese-inspired island at the base of Mount Fugu.

With an emphasis on the story and exploration, the game sees you trying to unravel the island’s many mysteries, including a mythological Sun Cat God named “Abe.”

Gameplay revolves around completing daily tasks such as crafting items, breeding cats, and maintaining a shop.

Fans of relaxing adventure games have a lot to look forward to in 2021, with narrative-driven experiences like Dordogne from French indie developer Un Je Ne Sais Quoi.

In it, you play as a 32-year-old woman named Mimi who starts reliving her childhood memories while visiting her grandmother’s old home in southwest France.

Swapping back and forth between the present and the past, Mimi will explore the rooms of her grandmother’s home while also guiding her 10-year-old self through puzzles that affect the present.

Along the way, players will have the chance to collect unique photos, sounds, objects, and words to fill up Mimi’s journal and document her fondest memories from summers in Dordogne.

Well-received farming sim RPG My Time At Portia is getting a sequel sometime in 2021-early 2022, based on developer/publisher Pathea Games’ recent announcement.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the studio initially planned to launch in Steam Early Access in 2021, though issues with the game certification process have resulted in its delay.

My Time At Sandrock follows a similar formula to the first game, only with a new Western setting and an expanded storyline with hundreds of side-quests and new characters.

The sequel will also feature a revamped combat system, new crafting resources, crops, tools, and workshop items.

Sporting a similar retro-inspired art style to that of Undertale, She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal RPG about dreams and their connection to reality.

In it, you play as Thalia, a comatose woman suffering from anxiety as she sets out to confront her demons and awaken once and for all.

Despite being a narrative-driven experience, the game also features a turn-based battling system that pits you against a host of nightmarish monsters.

Thalia can recruit characters to join her party and strengthen her bond with each using a “Connection” system.

While Silksong will retain many of Hollow Knight’s core Metroidvania elements, it will be using them in slightly different ways.

For one, players will be controlling Hornet, a curious bug-like creature who uses a needle to fight.

At the start of the game, Hornet gets captured and taken to an unknown, haunted kingdom.

Players will have to escape the kingdom by making their way upwards instead of downwards like in the first game, encountering over 150 new creatures along the way.

Due out sometime this year, Manor Lords presents an interesting blend of city-builder and RTS battling set during the Medieval Era.

As cities flourish and populations grow, players will be able to expand their horizons by crafting trade routes, building fortifications, and forming armies to defend against invaders.

However, success won’t come overnight, as settlements require constant upkeep to ensure there are enough resources to keep villagers happy and healthy.

Obstacles such as harsh weather conditions, disease, and famine are all unfortunate realities to keep in mind as you progress in the game.

The critically-acclaimed space-flight simulator Kerbal Space Program will be receiving a sequel at some point in 2022.

This is after having development shifted from studio Star Theory to a new in-house team at Private Division, an indie publisher under Take-Two Interactive.

KSP2 looks to introduce a wealth of content and requested features, including more spacecraft parts, colony building, graphical improvements, online multiplayer, and upgraded modding tools.

If you’re one of the many players who found the original interesting but was ultimately intimidated by its steep learning curve, perhaps give it another shot.

Rawmen looks to answer the question, “What if Splatoon replaced inklings with naked men who love cooking?”

The game is still very early in development; however, developer ANIMAL appears to have an interesting concept on its hands.

Matches see you controlling a customizable chef and battling against other players using kitchen equipment such as pots, pans, ladles, etc.

You’ll also have control over what dishes your character uses in battle and can even run around slapping enemies with a fish.

As much as we love Grounded, there’s enough room for two small-scale survival games that let us live out our fantasies (and nightmares) of being shrunk down and let loose in a sprawling backyard sandbox.

However, to see the best Smalland‘s world has to offer, you’ll have to brave brutal weather conditions and survive run-ins with various enemies including spiders, birds, rats, lizards, and more.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of hidden resources you can use to craft armor, weapons, shelter, and other tools such as mountable bugs.

You can also customize outfits to acquire special resistances and abilities using various workshops at your camp which can be upgraded over time.

Bear and Breakfast is being touted as a laidback management game that tasks you with running a bed and breakfast for tourists.

However, the twist is you’re actually a bear…because why not? Your duties include furnishing rooms, providing entertainment, and keeping your guests’ bellies full.

Each guest has a unique personality that affects their wants and needs and meeting their demands will earn you cash as well as attract new customers.

When you’re not tending to the business, you’re free to explore the Wilderness and its many mysteries.

Endling tells a not-so-uplifting tale about a near-future where the world falls into ruin on account of mankind’s negative impact on ecosystems.

Presented as a 3D side-scroller, the game focuses on the destructive nature of the human race by casting you as the last remaining fox on Earth.

With resources scarce, you’re forced to do whatever it takes to care for your pups while keeping yourself alive in a hostile world teeming with predators and other dangers.

However, your world truly comes crashing down when one of your pups gets taken, forcing you to rely on its scent to track down the kidnapper.

If you like survival games with intricate gameplay systems, Occupy Mars might be right up your alley.

The game sees you exploring the Red Planet in hopes of establishing a colony for future generations to inhabit.

Your job is to build and upgrade your base, research nearby regions, gather resources, grow crops, generate oxygen, and much, much more.

There’s an emphasis on realism and simulation, but not to the point of being unforgiving; that said, expect plenty of deaths early on as you come to grips with life on Mars.

Sidebar Games’ Golf Story was one of the best indie sleeper hits of 2017, telling an uplifting story of a down-on-his-luck golfer who manages to turn his life around by going back to his childhood love of golf.

The studio is back with a sequel, this time expanding its efforts to include a wider variety of sports-based activities and mini-games.

Scheduled to release later this year, Sports Story maintains the 2D presentation of its predecessor while introducing new characters and locations.

This includes a renowned tennis academy where your character will train and a prestigious castle where you’ll get to meet the queen.

Soup Pot made its debut during E3 2021 and is expected to release by the end of the year, giving you ample time to get through many of the other games already mentioned.

It’s a cooking sim that focuses on creativity and capturing the open-ended nature of home cooking by letting you experiment with different ingredients across 100+ unique recipes.

Unlike other cooking sims that want you to follow specific instructions, Soup Pot keeps things pretty loose, allowing you to see your dishes through to the end, even if they turn out looking like a hot mess.

This includes the option to plate dishes how you see fit and snap pics to share with an in-game social media platform where you can grow an audience and get feedback on your latest creations.

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Justin Fernandez

As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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