Return of the Obra Dinn screenshot of a rather comfy room

Return of the Obra Dinn is an adventure and investigation game that will have you wonder across the fabled merchant ship Obra Dinn in order to discover how it ended up drifting into port with damaged sales and no visible crew. In order to accomplish this you will be given brief glimpses into past events and their consequences, and from there you will need to piece together evidence to figure out what exactly happened, why it happened, and what sort of effect it had on the rest of the ship.

Since all of this is accompanied with a truly unique and fetching art style, it would probably be for the best if I just shared with you the most recent trailer. Have a look, it's well worth the two minutes:

Layers of Fear 2 screenshot of a rather spooky hallway

The original Layers of Fear is a first-person psychological horror game with a focus on storytelling and exploration, as is tradition. From what I can recall it had a pretty darn good start with some solid atmosphere and interesting events to back it all up, but as I went further along the jumpscares became more and more predictable and the horror elements kind of faded away. I'd still rate it as a pretty decent horror game, but if you ask me, the studio's next game >observer_ was much more impressive.

It would appear that I am in the minority here, however, as the developers have just recently come out to announce that Layers of Fear 2 is getting a sequel! Not much is known about it so far, but if you'd like a couple of hints points you towards what Layers of Fear 2's story will be like, you'll find the recently posted teaser trailer right below. Have a gander:

RimWorld official artwork and logo up top

In a world where Steam Early Access is most often used as a tool to avoid legitimate criticism, RimWorld stands as a shining example of what it can truly be used for - community interaction, tons of changes, and an endless stream of new content to keep backers occupied. And so, after many years in Early Access, I am very happy to announce that RimWorld has just recently launched in full alongside a nearly perfect (and most certainly well deserved) 97% approval rating on Steam.

For those of you wondering what RimWorld is actually all about, however, it would probably be best to just say that it has been inspired by Dwarf Fortress. That alone should tell you how complex, interwoven, and often times absolutely bloody insane the gameplay can truly get. Thankfully, RimWorld is neither as insurmountable or as unwieldy as Dwarf Fortress, so if you're even remotely interested in experiencing what I can only describe as 'self-writing stories', you should definitely give it a look.

RimWorld official screenshot of a jungle base

RimWorld is one of those games that are heavily inspired by Dwarf Fortress, which should immediately let you know what depths of complexity, creativity, strategy and madness lie within. What you might not expect is that the premise is remarkably simple - all you have to do is keep your small band of survivors alive for long enough to construct a rocket with which they can escape the hellhole of a planet they have found themselves on. What could possibly go wrong?

Unsurprisingly, the answer is pretty much everything. Your characters are probably going to go crazy and start beating the ever-living daylight out of each other because they're constantly cooped up in small houses, frequent bandit raids and bizarre random events will leave many of your favorite characters with significant and long-lasting wounds, while harsh environmental conditions will often force your survivors to resort to some... creative methods in order to find stuff to eat.

Diluvion: Resubmerged screenshot of a gigantic crab in the distance

Diluvion: Resubmerged is a submarine action-exploration game set in a world where a cataclysmic flood has rendered the surface uninhabitable, thus forcing humanity to carve a new live for itself in the depths of the sea. In order to survive you will need to carefully manage your resources, assemble a highly competent crew that will also work well together, plunder the ruins of the old world through a variety of RPG-lite scenarios, and naturally, engage in good ol' fashioned submarine warfare with pirates and sea creatures that lurk in the darkness.

If you're wondering what all of this might look like in actual gameplay, allow me to share with you the recently posted launch trailer. Have a good look, if for no other reason than the excellent visual direction:

Pathfinder: Kingmaker official artwork without logo

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a newly released isometric RPG with a bit of a twist on the classic formula. Instead of simply wondering the land in search of adventure, glory and loot, you will be tasked with establishing your very own kingdom in the unsurprisingly hostile Stolen Lands. To do this you will need to recruit various companions, deal with all of the local threats, establish a trade hub in the middle of nowhere, and naturally, engage in good ol' fashioned politics.

While the recently posted launch trailer doesn't exactly go in-depth on any of these features, it should still give you a decent idea of what to expect. So if you're itching for a new RPG to dive into, have a look at what Pathfinder: Kingmaker brings to the table:

Depth of Extinction screenshot of giant robots firing lasers

Depth of Extinction is a newly released turn-based tactics RPG that's all about exploring an underwater world filled with randomized storylines and missions, as well as engaging in XCOM 2 styled combat should anything ever do something as silly as stand in your way. As far as your loyal soldiers are concerned, you will be able to choose from 10 different classes, each of which come with their own unique skillset which you can then further enhance through a variety of armor and weapons.

It's a rather familiar concept, but if you're curious about how Depth of Extinction manages to translate all of it into gameplay, allow me to share with you the recently posted launch trailer. Have a look, it's a fairly short video: