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Indie Games to Watch in 2019: Shooters Part 2

As I said last in the previous Indie Games to Watch in 2019 preview, I couldn’t fit all the interesting indie and AA shooters coming this year in a single article, so here’s the second half of my list.

If you don’t like shooters then don’t worry, next time we’ll be checking out adventure games coming this year.

Here’s 17 more shooters to watch out for in 2019:

PlanetSide: Arena
Developer: Daybreak Game Company
Platforms: Windows PC

Daybreak Game Company announced rather recently that they are working on a spin-off to their MMOFPS PlanetSide 2, called PlanetSide: Arena. This spin-off forgoes the open continents of the previous games in favor of gigantic arenas focusing on combined arms warfare. There will also be a rotating set of alternate game modes, including Battle Royale for up to 500 players. Arena will launch on January 29th.

Aquanox: Deep Descent
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Digital Arrow
Platforms: Windows PC, PS4, Xbox One

The classic underwater 6DOF shooter franchise Aquanox is back with Deep Descent, a prequel to the original game. Humanity has moved to the deepest oceans to flee from the man-made devastation of the Earth’s surface. Pilot highly maneuverable, customizable submarines in this game of underwater warfare. Deep Descent is targeting a Q1 2019 release date.

Developer: Descendent Studios, Little Orbit
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Aquanox isn’t the only classic 6DOF series getting rebooted in 2019. Descent is also back, and ready to offer 20 ships, 4 classes, and both a single player campaign and competitive multiplayer. No release date has been established yet.

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Croteam
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One

Speaking of beloved franchises, Serious Sam has a new game on the way too. Details are still fairly scarce beyond Croteam assuring us that Serious Sam 4 going to play and feel like the Serious Sam we all know and love, and we don’t even know if the game will actually release this year, but as a fan of the franchise I can only hope we get to play it soon.

Generation Zero
Developer: Avalanche Studios
Platforms: Windows PC, PS4

Another upcoming game that may or may not come out this year is Generation Zero, a new IP by the developers of the Just Cause franchise. Generation Zero is set in a post-apocalyptic Sweden, in an alternate 1980s where the world has been invaded by mysterious robotic war machines. The game is focused on co-op, and will require coordination to methodically destroy specific parts of the larger enemies.

Developer: 10 Chambers Collective
Platforms: Windows PC

Speaking of co-op focused games, GTFO is set to release this Spring. This squad-based horror FPS involves a team of players navigating confined, underground facilities that have been overwhelmed by hordes of zombie-like monsters. The game is being made by some ex-Payday developers, so that should give you a good idea of what to expect from GTFO.

Developer: Ebb Software
Platforms: Windows PC

Scorn is an atmospheric survival horror shooter set in an H. R. Giger-esque bio-organic world. Even the weapons have a disgusting, organic design to them. Scorn will be split into two parts, and hopefully the first episode will finally release sometime this year.

Developer: Falkenbrew
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac, Linux

Devader is a ’90s-inspired twin-stick arcade shooter with some tower defense elements. Defend the last remnants of civilization from waves of alien invaders with a mix of bullets and defensive turrets. The game is set to release in March.

The Red Solstice 2: Survivors
Developers: Ironward
Platforms: Windows PC

The war against the alien STROL virus continues in the latest installment of the Red Solstice franchise. Up to 8 players can team up to complete missions and fend off waves of mutated aliens with heavy weaponry, traps, and strategic assets like artillery support and tactical nukes. The Red Solstice 2: Survivors doesn’t currently have a release date.

God’s Trigger
Publisher: Techland Publishing
Developer: One More Level
Platforms: Windows PC, PS4, Xbox One

God’s Trigger is a top-down co-op shooter where an angel and a devil have to team up to stop the apocalypse. The game features fast combat with a mix of bullets, blades, and super powers, where players and enemies alike can be killed with one hit. God’s Trigger is set to release in March.

Developer: Monothetic LLC
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac, Xbox One

Beacon is a top-down roguelite shooter where you explore a procedurally generated alien world after your ship crashes on its surface. When you inevitably die, you can generate genetically enhanced clones using the DNA you extract from aliens in your previous run. There is no set release date yet.

Jet Lancer
Publisher: Armor Games Studios
Developer: Vladimir Fedyushkin, Nicolai Danielsen
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac

Jet Lancer is a 2D aerial combat game that was announced not too long ago. You are a mercenary pilot at the controls of a highly advanced fighter jet hunting down enemy ace pilots and massive bosses that include tanks, mechs, and airships. The game doesn’t have a firm release date yet.

Publisher: Bound Box Software Inc.
Developer: Mike and Jason
Platforms: Windows PC

Old school-inspired shooters are very popular right now, and Prodeus is a new game entering the genre. This sci-fi demonic murder simulator features some nicely rendered ’90s-style FPS graphics, but unfortunately there is no set release date yet.

Genesis Alpha One
Publisher: Team17 Digital
Developer: Radiation Blue
Platforms: Windows PC, PS4, Xbox One

Genesis Alpha One is a mix of sci-fi roguelite FPS and colony management sim. You play as a pioneer trying to find a new home for humanity. Upgrade and manage the starship Genesis on your expedition through uncharted space. The game will be releasing on January 29th.

Dead End Job
Developer: Ant Workshop Ltd
Platforms: Windows PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

In Dead End Job, you play as one of the overworked and underpaid employees of Ghoul-B-Gone, a ghost pest control service. Exorcise the undead in this twin-stick shooter with visuals and crude humor inspired by the works of John Kricfalusi. Dead End Job doesn’t have a set release date yet.

Redout: Space Assault
Developer: 34BigThings srl
Platforms: Windows PC

The Redout series heads to deep space with Redout: Space Assault. Set in the same universe as the hit anti-gravity racer, Space Assault focuses on intense, high-speed space dogfights in both a single player campaign and competitive online multiplayer. The game is set to release in Q1 2019.

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
Developer: Double Damage Games
Platforms: Windows PC, PS4, Switch

Finally, we come to Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, a prequel to Rebel Galaxy, Double Damage’s open galaxy space combat game from 2015. Outlaw has swapped the original’s old third-person combat system for a cockpit view, and the game seems to focus more on smaller, faster dogfights between nimble fighter craft. The developers are targeting a Q1 2019 release date.

That’s all for my double dose of articles highlighting some of the shooters coming out this year. Next time, I’ll be showing off some of the adventure games coming in 2019. Until then, which of these games are you interested in?

Frank Streva


Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.