A new indie game called Moonglow Bay was announced at today's Xbox Indie Showcase. While it looks to be mostly calm and serene, and perhaps a bit somber, it seems like something more sinister may be hiding behind the game's adorable surface.
On top of other announcements like new titles hitting Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft certainly gave indie games some well-deserved attention with today's Xbox Indie Showcase. The event featured 100 games, with brand new trailers and gameplay for over 25 of them. Some of the other big indie highlights included a Pikmin-like adventure called The Wild at Heart and a puzzle exploration game titled Omno. But alongside these relaxing indie games is Moonglow Bay, set to release sometime this year.
Moonglow Bay is a fishing life-sim, where players will start as an amateur fisher on the Eastern Canadian coastline in the 1980s. After the protagonist and their partner moved to Moonglow Bay, cited as being a "town afraid of fishing" in the trailer, a tragedy strikes the couple and now the player must fulfill their partner's last wish by keeping the fishing business afloat.
Combining an art style similar to Minecraft's 3D pixelation and slice-of-life gameplay, players will get to go fishing and cook their catch of the day, but will also need to run a fishing shop in Moonglow Bay by selling a variety of recipes, and upgrading the store, gear, and fishing boat.
While out in Moonglow Bay, players have the possibility of coming across "epic encounters" and can explore the furthest reaches of the ocean such as frigid glaciers and boiling geysers, the game's description says. And Moonglow Bay itself has its own dark secrets to uncover.
In spring 2020 Xbox revealed the development of indie game The Ascent. The ARPG showed a mix of Diablo-inspired action and cyberpunk aesthetics, immediately capturing Xbox fans' attention. In the year since, however, the biggest news about The Ascent was its unfortunate delay. Now The Ascent is back as part of Friday's ID@Xbox broadcast. The latest trailer showcases The Ascent's most-important feature, which is the ability to play cooperatively.
As with any great ARPG, being able to play with friends so that you can mix and match your character classes and playstyles is very important. The new trailer for The Ascent shows exactly how co-op APRG action works. Players are shown playing as very creative and unique characters, using synergistic abilities to enhance combat for other players, and otherwise just looking like total badasses in a dozen different The Ascent scenarios.
This new trailer for The Ascent also shows a much more polished setting for the ARPG. Earlier footage of The Ascent mostly shared somewhat generic and perhaps algorithmically-created levels. The new trailer features a much more diverse tileset for levels, sections of levels that appear much more authored, and levels that are more alive and inhabited in general. Planet Veles is coming to life.
For the time being, the one detail that interested gamers want remains out of reach. The new trailer for The Ascent does show development is progressing, but a release date is not yet in the cards. As after the delay, The Ascent remains tentatively planned to launch in 2021, but a more specific release date will have to wait until later this year.
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