Ten years ago I helped co-found Day of the Devs alongside my good friends at Double Fine and iam8bit. The goal was to create a game festival that puts developers first, highlighting the most unique, creative and artistic indie games we could find around the world. It’s a celebration of what games can be and the creators behind them.
Since then, we’ve helped promote over 500 titles through our free public event in San Francisco as well as our digital showcases, including last year’s standouts such as Death’s Door, Toem, and Axiom Verge 2. oday we’re back with our latest set of games for Day of the Devs: Summer Game Fest Edition. It’s another amazing range of games in all shapes and sizes. Here’s a look at some of the highlights coming to PlayStation.
This whimsical game is both an open world and a flight simulator – and you play it like a fly! You receive a bucket list that you can complete before you die. But a fly’s life is short – and the list goes on! Go ahead, learn an instrument, get rich, read a book, go on tour, find yourself, get drunk, laugh or enter the world of art! And if you don’t feel like pursuing your life goals, hang in there, clean your wings and watch TV. Make the most of the time you have! Because we are all going to die.
– Michael Frei & Raphael Munoz, Playables
Release date: 2023 | Developer: Playable | PS4, PS5
Immerse yourself in a relaxing, minimalist and colorful adventure of exploration. Run with Naiad on a mysterious river and interact with its fauna and flora to discover little secrets. Enjoy a healthy experience with a dreamy and original visual style. Learn to swim like a duck, dive like a fish, scurry like a frog, and meet other adorable friends like butterflies, bunnies, turtles, snakes, and crocodiles!. Help them find their way and avoid obstacles. A 16-episode journey that will take you through beautiful and strange places like a deep forest, a dark cave, a cheerful stream, a calm lake, and more…until you reach the sea.
A very personal and unique game lovingly created by a solo developer.
– Elwin, HiWarp
Release date: October 1, 2022 | Developer: HiWarp | PS4, PS5
It can be hard to talk about a game filled with secrets to uncover without spoiling some of the surprise. Animal Well is, on its surface, a puzzle-platform exploration game, but this description belies the deeper mysteries within. Some puzzles will be simple. Others a little harder to find. And yet others may not even seem like puzzles at first glance, or may require a community of players to solve them.
– Billy Basso, Solo Developer, Shared Memory
Release date: Late 2022 or early 2023 | Editor: Shared memory | PS5
Congratulations! You have been accepted into Escape Academy, an educational institution dedicated to the art of escape. As a promising new student at the Academy, you will train under our fiery faculty to become the ultimate Escapist. Start your lesson in single player mode Where bring a friend! Escape Academy is fully playable in two-player co-op, local split-screen, or online. Between lessons, be sure to explore the Escape Academy campus and meet the colorful cast of characters, each expert in the art of escape, and some with secrets yet to be uncovered… Have you what it takes to complete a series of feverishly crafted challenges that are surprising, delicious and quite often deadly? There’s only one way to find out! Play over a dozen handcrafted escape rooms created by the real life escape room designers at Coin Crew Games when semester begins on July 14 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
– Wyatt Bushnell, co-founder, Coin Crew Games
Release date: July 14, 2022 | Editor: iam8bit | PS4, PS5