The Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas saw over 60,000 visitors from all over the globe pass through its doors for RTX Austin 2017.  The convention is run by Austin-based production company RoosterTeeth, who has run the convention since 2011.  As RTX is a constantly growing affair, RoosterTeeth has slowly been bringing games to RTX from the Austin area and nationally.  With a number of titles supporting the indie community, Gamer Assault Weekly stumbled upon a number of games that gamers and content creators alike will definitely enjoy in the coming year.

1. Witchkin

“There is no blood, just dread.”  Developed and published by Coven Games, Witchkin seems to have been birthed from hell itself.  Based on the legend of the “Candy Lady,” you’ll play as a terrified child whose sister was kidnapped and brought to the “Lady’s” sinister home.  Whether you’re on the edge of your seat or hiding behind your chair, you must explore from the basement to the attic, trying to avoid the demonic toys that differ from floor to floor.  Players must come up with strategies, from holding their breath to stifling the sounds coming from music boxes, to try and outrun disfigured dolls and teddy bears that come your way.  Set to haunt your dreams mid-2017, Witchkin is definitely a game you’ll want to play with friends with the demo now available on their website.

2. S.O.Y.F

If you ever wanted to take the phrase “s**tting on your friends” more literally, then we are kind of concerned about your extracurricular activities.  However, it does mean you should play the fun new party game developed by Egonaut Games and published by GAMEPUMP, S.O.Y.F.  Play as adorable ghosts, pugs, and even Kinda Funny‘s Greg Miller as you race against your friends to to keep one of three lives and be the last man standing.  With 2-4 friends, or strangers if you’re feeling confident, there are a number of modes in which you can sh*t on your friends, including a classic mode, a mode that makes your heavier each time your hit, and a one-hit kill mode.   We highly recommend this unique gaming that dumped on Steam this July, and is now available for PC.

3. Pyre

Continuing its tradition of beautiful games with powerful soundtracks, SuperGiant Games summons its newest title Pyre.  Knowledge is freedom in this action RPG, as you lead a band of exiled individuals as their literate leader.  Traveling during the day, you battle other exiles in a top-down soccer-like battle system and attempt to destroy the other team’s orb by forcing it into fire. During the night, you’ll search for supplies, delve into background lore, and improvie the skills of the other exiled on your team through mentor-ship. Composed by Transistor composer Darren Korb and vocals from Ashley Barrett, Pyre is set to be a uniquely challenging experience that draw upon various RPG elements in this fantasy world.  Pyre is set to hit PS4 and PC on July 25th this year.

4. Tonight We Riot

“Liberate, cooperate, retaliate.”  If there was ever a time to resist , now is that time.  Tonight We Riot arrives at the perfect moment of real life political unrest, and provides an alternative where you can bash, beat, and burn your enemies to the ground.  Rip back control from the working class by yourself, or join the revolution with friends both locally or online.  Either way, this eight-bit adventure is sure to strike a chord with fans who understand the frustrations and hopelessness of the daily grind.  Developed by Pixel Pushers Union 512 and published by New Blood Interactive, the action only gets better backed up with beats from Sixixix.  While there is no official release date, chaos will rise sometime in 2017.

5. Next Up Hero

Because of this game’s simple learning curve, I truly believe anyone can pick up Next Up Hero from Digital Continue and Aspyr.  Players are thrown into an environment where any movement short of a breath can aggro a slew of minions and large enemies.  On your first try, you must survive the herd alone, eventually submitting to death at the hands of your enemies.  This is where Next Up Hero‘s community building mechanic kicks in, and you can raise the corpse of your fallen comrade to fight either by your side or in your stead as you run away.  It’s almost like the ringing of a bell in Dark Souls to summon help for difficult quests.  Next Up Hero is a game that aims to build a community willing to push their teammates to succeed, and for teammates willing to help you succeed.  While you have to wait in line for someone to die before entering a new game, you will be able to build upon the successes of previous players and win the game as community.  Next Up Hero is currently early access for Steam, but will available for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2017.

6. Arbiter

Since RWBY:Grimm Eclipse indie developer Jordan Scott has concentrated on Kickstarting his newest endeavor, Arbiter.  In it, you play as the most recent Arbiter in succession, Ashe, and use your guardians, Dove and Raven, to protect humanity by destroying demons that have been released into the world.  In our latest interview with Jordan, we talked about his favorite games and how he wanted to use those experiences to mold Arbiter.  This title will not satisfy the faint of heart, as Arbiter strays away from button mashers and forces the player to execute timed movements against difficult enemies while employing a transformation mechanic that allows them to combat different enemies.  Much like Grimm Eclipse, this title forces you to cooperate with your team, though in this case, it is the two spirits which aid you.  Arbiter is currently set to release for PC, and possibly Linux, December of 2018.

7. Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

Richard “Lord British” Garriott makes his return to fantasy RPGs with Portalarium, Inc’s Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues.  A fully immersive RPG, the game urges players to interact with every aspect of the game possible: from building custom decks and classes to collecting materials to create buildings and entire villages.  While speaking with Richard at RTX, one of the most intriguing aspects of this game is the player’s ability to have either text determined or typed out conversations with other characters.  Richard and his team wanted conversations between players and NPCs to feel almost as natural as conversation between players, guiding them to read character backgrounds and quest stories instead of jumping to the end of the text to proceed with the next mission.  With five episodic stories written by Richard Garriott and Tracy Hickman; Shroud of the Avatar includes offline single-player and selective online player modes.  Names “The Best Crowdfunded Game of 2016” by MMO Games, Shroud of the Avatar is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux.

8. Dusk

I like to think that Dusk is what driving through a supernatural version of the Deep South at night would be like. If you had a full arsenal in your trunk.  With environments that no one would dare go,  players find themselves toe-to-toe with cultists, zombie soldiers, and demonic forces.  Gun down, lacerate, and maim your opponents- sometimes while flying in the air-  in order to make it to the morning in this 90’s-esque first-person shooter from David Szymanski and New Blood Interactive.  With three campaigns along with an endless survival mode,  this church goer’s nightmare will be available for single and multiplayer on PC sometime in 2017.

9. Pit People

In 2008, indie studio The Behemoth’s Castle Crashers rammed into our homes with an overwhelming response.  The unique characters of Dan Paladin drew fans to this untraditional beat-em-up with a somewhat traditional story, where you save the beautiful princess from the big bad.  The Behemoth and spacebear make their returns to Xbox and PC with an even bigger cast of whacked out caricatures in the action RPG Pit People.  Reminiscent of Settlers of Catan, the co-op adventure will allow players to recruit other characters in the game along the way, as well as customize their skins and weapons.  While there is no official release date for the game, the Steam Early Access and Xbox One Game Preview versions were released in January.   

10. BattleSloths 2025

Even if RTX wasn’t RoosterTeeth’s convention, it would be pretty hard to miss a multiplayer game where you are a sloth with a gun.  It’s like they intentionally took the most adorable animal they could think of and upped their natural instinct to eat by 200%.  Invisible Collective and RoosterTeeth Games makes dreams come true in Battlesloths, dropping players in a version of 2025 where sloths reign and there only intent is to “EAT.ALL.PIZZA.”  The only downside is that you have to kill all the players in order to achieve your goal; what a con.  You’ll be wearing many hats inspired by Funhaus, Roosterteeth, and the food you will not be fighting for. Battlesloths was released on June 6th, and is now available on Steam. You can play locally or online through a myriad of levels.