SURVIVAL AND EXPLORATION GAMES OF 2018
TBA (currently Early Access) | Phoenix Labs | Link
If you’re looking for a more accessible, less grindy Monster Hunter, Dauntless might be for you, featuring a bunch of “behemoths” sporting ethereal spikes, giant wings, or flame-spewing orifices, among other pleasantries. Our preview detailed some of its free-to-play shortcomings, but you have the chance to join its closed beta to get an idea for yourself.
Spring | Ten Chambers Collective | Link | Shooter
GTFO drops 4-player teams of scavengers into dilapidated, claustrophobic sci-fi tunnels that are, unfortunately, full of horrible mutant monstrosities that look a little like Dead Space’s nightmarish Necromorphs. There’s more than a hint of Aliens about it, with the dim lighting and the long stretches of silence punctuated by waves of grotesque creatures. Ten Chambers includes ex-Overkill developers, so expect to see a bit of Payday’s influence, too.
2018 | Aurora44 | Link
As a wanderer in search of a permanent home, the bleak open world of Ashen looks pretty uninviting. You’ll need to seek out other players and NPCs, encourage them to support your settlement with their own skills, and all while avoiding the murderous beasts that wait in the dark.
Praey for the Gods
TBA | No Matter Studios | Link | Action Adventure
Awkwardly named Praey for the Gods (blame a trademark dispute with Bethesda) looks a lot like a Shadow of the Colossus we’ll be able to play on PC. It’s a game about climbing up gargantuan deities and then killing them in the hopes of ending an eternal winter. There’s a bit of Breath of the Wild-esque mountain climbing and gliding thrown in for good measure, too.
2019 | Altered Matter | Link
Etherborn is an exploration platformer that messes with the laws of physics to create a non-Euclidian world of strange paths and staircases, like an M. C. Escher lithograph, but brightly-coloured and serene. The incredible environment completely dwarfs the player character, who can traverse the peculiar realm with greater ease than you’d expect, largely thanks to gravity that’s always relative.
TBD | Mobius|Link | Adventure
Explore a handcrafted open-world solar system with one big hitch: the sun will explode 20 minutes after you start. Luckily, time rewinds when the supernova happens, and the things you learn as you explore can be utilized in your next life.