Windbound screenshot of the main character resting by a bonfire

Much like the Zelda series from which it seems to draw a great deal of inspiration, Windbound is a colorful and charming action-adventure. As you wonder from island to island you'll need to craft tools and weapons in order to both hunt and defend yourself, slowly but surely upgrade your seacraft to help navigate ever-more treacherous waters, and naturally, try to unravel the mystery behind it all.

You can get a pretty good idea of just what this entails through two of the recent trailers. The first one sets up the mystery and atmosphere, while the second one is a developer-guided preview that's all about the gameplay. Have a peek:

P.A.M.E.L.A. official artwork and logo

After spending a fair few years in Steam Early Access, the Bioshock inspired survival horror game P.A.M.E.L.A. has now officially been released. As you might imagine given its inspiration, P.A.M.E.L.A. will have you explore a fallen utopia, face off against hordes of its mutated inhabitants and malfunctioning robots, improve your own body with bio-augments, and naturally, cover in a corner while hoping the nasties go away!

While there is unfortunately no new trailer showcasing what exactly has improved over the years, you can still get a pretty good impression of what sort of atmosphere P.A.M.E.L.A. is going for through one of the original previews. Have a gander:

Haven screenshot of a dialogue in the kitchen

After focusing pretty much entirely on fast-paced combat with Furi, The Game Bakers studio is taking things in a bit of a different direction with the upcoming Haven. Instead of tackling a series of challenging boss fights one after another, Haven will have you control two characters at the same time as they explore the world, fight against an assortment of monsters, and occasionally even argue against each other.

Since this is one of those concepts you really need to see to fully grasp, allow me to share with you one of gameplay trailers. Have a gander, the atmosphere is really lovely:

Raji: An Ancient Epic official screenshot of a giant Kali statue

If you're looking for a bit of a departure from the usual Western or Japanese settings, you might want to check out the upcoming Raji: An Ancient Epic. To put it simply, it is an action-adventure set in ancient India and heavily flavored by Hindu mythology.

As for the actual gameplay, Raji will feature a combination of environmental platforming and puzzle-solving, along with plenty of god-empowered action. Depending on which gods you choose to favor you will be granted a variety of new abilities and weapons, which when combined should be more than enough to even the odds with your demonic foes.

Mortal Shell highly atmospheric screenshot

[Update]: Mortal Shell will be making its way to PC and consoles this August 18th.

The upcoming Mortal Shell is a Dark Souls inspired action RPG with a focus on challenging and strategic combat. As you might imagine given its inspiration, this means that Mortal Shell is all about exploring a massive, broken-down world in search of answers, facing off against an assortment of overly angry bosses, and naturally, dying over and over again until you master each fight.

If that sounds like a lovely time, you might be glad to hear that Mortal Shell has now opened up its beta for everyone to enjoy. Simply head on over to the Epic Games Store, download the beta, and you'll be sprawled on the floor in no time!

Dead Cells Update of Plenty official artwork

In an effort to improve its replayability even further, as well as make things a bit easier for beginners, Dead Cells developers have now released a rather extensive balance update. The definitive highlight is the smoothed out difficulty progression that should make it so new players don't just hit a wall at 2BC (two Boss Cells) and then proceed to die over and over and over again until they quit.

Under the new system, 0BC has been made slightly more challenging in order to teach new players the ropes, while the difficulty curve between 0-5BC has been adjusted to remove any massive spikes in difficulty. So while these changes make things more reasonable and approachable for beginners, veteran players should still find plenty of challenging content to mess around with.

Undermine official artwork and logo

After spending about a year in Steam Early Access, the dungeon-crawling roguelite Undermine is now slowly getting ready for its full release. You can expect to see arrive on August 6th, 2020 for PC (Linux and Mac included), Xbox One, as well as the Game Pass.

Unsurprisingly, version 1.0 will be Undermine's biggest update yet. It'll add the final boss fight with numerous phases and cutscenes, a variety of new dialogue and items, better performance and visual improvements, and perhaps most importantly of all, a new challenge system that lets you customize exactly how hard you want your adventure to be.

Biomutant official artwork without logo

The open-world, post-apocalyptic kung-Fu RPG Biomutant instantly caught my attention when it was first revealed a few years ago. Unfortunately, despite starting off strong with some lengthy trailers, news about Biomutant quickly started slowing down, until eventually there was almost nothing new to even talk about.

Why exactly that was the case, I'm afraid I have no idea, but I am very happy to say that the silence has now been broken as THQ Nordic has released a rather lengthy gameplay preview. Have a gander, it's quite an interesting one:

Cris Tales screenshot of a battle between two wolves

If you're looking to sink your teeth into a bit of an oldschool RPG, you might want to keep an eye on the upcoming Cris Tales. To put it simply, Cris Tales is a rather faithful homage to classic JRPGs like Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VI, all spiced up with some downright lovely hand-drawn visuals.

As you might expect, Cris Tales will have you recruit and befriend a variety of characters as you journey across the map, fight against a whole host of enemies in turn-based combat with plenty of group-based combos, and in a bit of a strange twist, do a little bit of time-traveling in order to ensure your decisions don't accidentally end the whole world!

Rogue Legacy 2 screenshot of a throne riddled with bodies infront

[Update #2]: After a brief delay, Rogue Legacy 2 has now made its way to Steam Early Access!

[Update]: Rogue Legacy 2's Early Access release date has been pushed back to August.

It may have taken seven years, but the sequel to the roguelike action game Rogue Legacy is now nearly upon us. You can expect to see Rogue Legacy 2 hit Steam Early Access this July 23rd and remain there for approximately one year, or at least until all of the planned content has been polished up and ready to launch. If that sounds like a long time, it is worth mentioning that Rogue Legacy 2 is aiming to be twice as large as the original.

When it comes to the actual gameplay, however, things will be fairly similar. In other words, there will be a large and randomly generated world for you to explore with a variety of randomly generated characters, each of which will have something a little bit unique about them. Maybe one character will perceive sound as colors, another will be a staunch pacifist, while your third might just up being the most magnificent hero that has ever lived... all the way until he falls face-first into a spike trap and gets replaced by someone who's just kinda on the fat side!