GDC 2019 | ID@Xbox Party

ID@Xbox Party was a special mixer hosted by Microsoft that allowed indie developers to showcase their upcoming titles. Members of the media got to check out some ambitious titles that offered a verity of experiences.

Each studio present had their own station setup with the developers and PR staff ready to answer any questions. Here is a look at some of the games I got to demo during the showcase.

CrossCode is a retro inspired JRPG that follows in the foot steps of iconic titles like Chrono Trigger. Already a hit on the PC, the console version is now in the works and I got the chance to experience it. This was the full game and I got to play it from the start.

Devil’s Hunt is action adventure that is based on the novel Equilibrium by Paweł Leśniak. Players take on the role of Desmond as he travels between hell and the human world. The demo presented had me battle demons at certain points while exploring the world. A game to look out for if you’re a fan of Devil May Cry or Spawn.

The first thing that got me to notice VOID Bastard was how much it has been designed to look like a comic book. This roguelike survival shooter that draws inspiration from System Shock 2 while also having a sense of humor. Players take on the role of a prisoner who has been set free by the space prisons AI and is tasked with finding supplies on other ships that are encountered.

Silver Chains is a first person horror survival that has players explore a haunted mansion while trying to uncover its secrets. In the demo presented, I had to find a way to escape the mansion but everything changes when I encounter a demon.

Dead Static Drive is open world title that could be only described as Grand Theft Auto meets the Cthulhu lore. Players must survive a community that is being invaded by all kinds of outer world monsters. In the demo presented; players must do a series of tasks while avoiding the monsters. Overall; it felt like I was once again playing Body Harvest for the Nintendo 64.

It should be noted that most of the titles presented will also be available on the PC and other consoles. Besides a good selection of upcoming titles, there was also plenty of good food to enjoy during the event.

This special report is part of 8Bit/Digi‘s coverage of the Game Developers Conference 2019. If you attended the event, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Disclaimer: GDC provided me with press credentials for the week.

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Author: Stan Rezaee

Stan Rezaee is the founder and Editor of 8Bit/Digi. He is a journalist and gamer from the Bay Area who has been writing about the medium for over five years.

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