Link, Batman, Nathan Drake and Lara Croft are all scheduled to reprise their roles in 2015’s high-profile games. With few exceptions, the most anticipated video games slated for release this year reveal few surprises.
But the games coming out of Canada‘s development scene show something different. Big budget sequels share the spotlight with independent studios showing off their creativity and pushing the boundaries of the medium.
Here’s a look at some of the most promising video games which are in the works and made in Canada we hope to see released in 2015 (release dates for these games aren’t yet finalized).
Below: Toronto-based independent studio Capy has earned accolades worldwide with their quirky humour, punctuated by last year’s shooter Super Time Force which includes, among other oddities, the ability to play as Sony CEO Shuhei Yoshida blasting enemies with weaponized tweets.
Capy’s next game, Below, takes a slower, more deliberate pace. You play an unnamed warrior exploring a giant, mysterious island with unknown horrors hidden in a randomly generated maze. Composer Jim Guthrie‘s ethereal soundtrack sets the tone for a grown-up, haunted-house take on The Legend of Zelda. (for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One)
The Long Dark: The debut game from Vancouver Island-based Hinterland Studios has already sold more than 250,000 copies and amassed rave reviews – and it isn’t even finished yet.
Made-in-Canada video games to watch for in 2015 – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News