Project Zomboid official artwork without the logo

[Update #2]: Project Zomboid devs have now outlined everything they're hoping to add with Update 42.

[Update]: Project Zomboid devs are working on adding highly realistic fire and fire spreading mechanics.

While it's still under heavy development, Project Zomboid's Update 42 is already looking mighty impressive. Not only will it bring with it the first iteration of the long-requested NPC system, but it'll also greatly extend the world map by adding a bunch of new cities and locations to explore, and even bring in a new light propagation system to make wandering through the apocalyptic wasteland a much moodier affair.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as the Project Zomboid team has just revealed that Update 42 will also expand the world vertically! Buildings will no longer be limited to 8 floors as each chunk will extend up to 32 levels, which also allows for underground areas like basements, bunkers and military labs to lie hidden beneath the surface.

Vampire Survivors official artwork with the logo

[Update #2]: Vampire Survivors' Legacy of the Moonspell expansion has now arrived with a massive new map, 8 characters and 13 weapons.

[Update]: Vampire Survivors has now been unleashed from Early Access alongside a sizable content update.

In the single year it has spent in Early Access, the Vampire Survivors team has released an absurd amount of content updates that have brought in everything from new characters to new enemies, maps, weapons, gameplay mechanics, and ever-more elaborate secrets. This epic journey will be reaching another major milestone on October 20th, as that's Vampire Survivors will be officially launching from Steam Early Access!

Naturally, it'll do so alongside a chunky content update. The exact details have not been revealed just yet, though you can expect to see "a little something for everyone" in terms of new toys, as well as a bunch of new achievements and balance tweaks to mess around with. It's also worth mentioning that all of your save files will remain intact, so don't worry about having to collect all of the many, many items all over again.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits official artwork for the adorable action-adventure

After spending about a year exclusively available on the Epic Games Store, the PC version of the adorable action-adventure Kena: Bridge of Spirits has now made its way over to Steam as well. It has not done so empty-handed, however, as the Steam version brings with it a sizable (and free) Anniversary Update.

The definite highlight is the New Game+ mode that lets you restart the game with all of your previously earned abilities and upgrades in order to square off against new combat encounters, extra challenges and new enemies. You can also expect to see new trials to overcome, new outfits to accessorize with, a photo mode to share your style with everyone, as well as Charmstones that can be equipped to provide a variety of positive and negative effects in order to help you further customize your playstyle.

Terraria adorable artwork for the final Labor of Love update

[Update]: The Terraria team is working on a Dead Cells crossover, new content and cross-platform multiplayer

After quite a few teasers and previews, Terraria's final (and this time seemingly for real) update has now arrived. True to its name, the Labor of Love update brings with it a variety of quality-of-life improvements based on player feedback, a couple of pieces of new content to mess around with, and naturally, a plethora of fanservice and cross-over items to celebrate Terraria and the impact it's had on gaming as a whole.

Expect to see the ability to switch between three different gear loadouts, a much more functional void bag to help you hoard thousands of items, as well as new world seeds to explore along with fresh improvements to old ones. There's also a cast of friendly town slimes to catch, an amulet that transforms you into a spirit wolf, an assortment of balance changes, and the list goes on for a while.

Bonelab, indie VR sandbox action game, official artwork

[Update]: Bonelab has now arrived, and just as expected, it's as janky as it's fascinating.

Much like its predecessor Boneworks, the upcoming Bonelab is a VR, physics-based action game featuring levels filled with all sorts of doodads for you to mess around with, or even utilize in combat. As you would expect from a 'sequel', Bonelab will bring with it a greatly improved physics system, a larger variety of weapons and toys to chuck at enemies, as well as a brand new batch of arenas, obstacles courses and sandboxes to experiment with.

The most exciting feature by far is the ability to import a custom avatar in order to play through the game looking however you want... with the physical stats and viewpoint to match! As such, you can transform yourself into everything from an extremely small, fast and nimble character to someone so massive and bulky they could probably knock out Executioner Smough from Dark Souls without breaking a sweat.

Satisfactory indie open-world crafting game Update 6 artwork

A fair bit of time has gone by since Satisfactory's Update 5, so it should come as little surprise to hear that the newly unleashed Update 6 is quite the chunky one! It brings with it a massive rework of the Spire Coast biome, a variety of visual enhancements for the Swamp biome, as well as a boom box that can also double as a powerful weapon if you can figure out a way to overcharge it!

You can also expect to see an assortment of ammunition types for your ranged weaponry, including fancy things like homing bullets for the rifle. And if you want to go completely absurd, there's even a mini nuke to play around with. I'm sure that's never going to end in disaster for everyone involved!

Hyper Demon psychedelic indie FPS screenshot of a giant bone worm

If you're in the mood for a shooter that defies any and all expectations, you might want to give the freshly released Hyper Demon a try. It comes to us from the team behind the simplistic yet highly focused Devil Daggers, and much like its predecessor Hyper Demon is all about taking a couple of very simple gameplay mechanics and creating some incredibly tight gameplay around them.

What makes Hyper Demon so bizarre, however, is that it uses spherical projection to give you a massive peripheral vision without shrinking the center of the screen. Combine that with a holographic warning system that lets you know when you're being attacked, and you end up with a game that looks like complete and utter chaos. Yet despite how insane it all looks, it actually makes a surprising amount of sense once you really get into it and embrace the madness.

Shovel Knight Dig roguelite spin-off screenshot of a sleeping dragon

Even though Yacht Club Games are currently hard at work on Mina the Hollower, an 8-bit tribute to action-adventure games of old, you'll be happy to hear that good ol' Shovel Knight has not been forgotten. However, instead of a brand new expansion, Yacht Club Games and Nitrome have partnered up to release a dungeon-digging roguelite spin-off!

The freshly unleashed Shovel Knight Dig brings with it a mixture of hand-crafted areas and randomized elements to help encourage multiple playthroughs, along with a very familiar gameplay formula that's focused around jumping, slashing, and unsurprisingly, digging! What all of this looks like in action, however, that you can check out through the launch trailer. Have a gander:

Core Keeper and Terraria crossover artwork showing King Slime

[Update #2]: Continuing with the whole crossover theme, the Terraria team is now working on Dead Cells inspired content!

[Update]: Terraria's Labor of Love update has now arrived, and with it the crossover update is live on both games.

Terraria has done a few crossovers before, so it should come as little surprise to hear that they have announced a brand new one will be coming with the chunky Labor of Love update on September 28th. The crossover this time around will be with Core Keeper - an exploration focused adventure that shares a lot of the same gameplay ideas as Terraria.

On the Core Keeper side you can expect to see the gelatinous and ginormous King Slime as a brand new boss. Besides having to best the big ol' slime in combat, part of the challenge will also be to figure out how to summon him in the first place. Whatever the process might entail, it'll be well worth it at the end as King Slime will drop some pretty interesting loot "that will make you the envy of your fellow explorers."

Slime Rancher 2, cutesy indie exploration game, official artwork and logo

Much like the original, Slime Rancher 2 is an open world exploration game that will task you with uncovering and raising a whole assortment of cute and colorful slimes. Along the way you'll be able to research ancient technologies, mess around with new types of resources, build new gadgets to help you move around and wrangle bigger and meaner slimes, and naturally, expand your conservatory so you can properly house your growing army.

Since all of this sounds like complete and utter nonsense on paper, allow me to share with you the launch trailer. It should give you a pretty good idea of just what Slime Rancher 2 is trying to do and how adorable the little slimes truly are. Have a gander: