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Indie Games to Watch in 2020: Shooters

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My last two articles have both focused on some of the indie and middleware RPGs coming out this year. Today, I’ll be highlighting some of the most promising shooters set to release in 2020.

Be they first or third person, competitive multiplayer or single player, hopefully you will find a few games that catch your attention in the list below.

Here are 17 shooters to watch out for in 2020:


Hellbound
Publisher: Nimble Giant Entertainment
Developer: Sailbot Studios
Platform: Windows PC

Hellbound

Hellbound is an old school FPS made with modern technology. Heavily inspired by shooters from the ’90s, the game is all about blasting your way through hordes of demons with an arsenal of high caliber weaponry.

Hellbound doesn’t currently have a release date. You can find our preview of the game here.

 

Prodeus
Publisher: Bounding Box Software
Developer: Mike and Jason
Platforms: Windows PC, Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Another ’90s-inspired FPS coming this year is Prodeus. The game is rendered with modern 3D technology, but includes a filter that replicates CRT monitors to really hammer home the retro aesthetic. Prodeus will also release with an editor and full mod support.

Prodeus doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

XIII – Remake
Publisher: Microids
Developer: PlayMagic
Platforms: Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

XIII - Remake

Remember XIII, the beautifully cel-shaded FPS by Ubisoft from 2003? Well, some developers managed to acquire the rights to the IP and are currently working on a remake. This remake seeks to expose the game to a new generation, with updated graphics and sound assets.

XIII – Remake doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Trepang2
Developer: Trepang Studios
Platform: Windows PC

Trepang2

Trepang2 is shaping up to be this generation’s F.E.A.R. After being broken out of a top secret black site by a mysterious organization, you are sent on a mission that will determine the fate of the world. Luckily, you have been enhanced with strange combat abilities, allowing you to slow down time, turn invisible, and deliver bone-shattering punches and kicks.

Trepang2 doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Ready Or Not
Developer: VOID Interactive
Platform: Windows PC

Ready Or Not

If you prefer a slower and more tactical approach to your shooters, then you’ll probably want to check out Ready Or Not. You play as a SWAT operator in an unstable American city overrun with crime and corruption. The game was made with the assistance of real SWAT operators to ensure that the experience is as authentic as possible.

Ready Or Not launches Q4 2020.

 

’83
Developer: Antimatter Games
Platform: Windows PC

Speaking of tactical shooters, ’83 is the next game from the developers of Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. The game is set in an alternate 1983, where war has broken out in Europe between NATO, and the Soviet Union. Like the Rising Storm franchise, ’83 will focus on authenticity, with combined arms maps that support upwards of 80 players.

’83 doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

IGI: Origins
Publisher: Toadman Interactive
Developer: Antimatter Games
Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Antimatter Games is also working on IGI: Origins, a prequel and reboot of the Project I.G.I. series from the early 2000s. The game is set in the early 1980s, and follows Regent. An MI6 field operative tasked with infiltrating Soviet facilities to uncover valuable information. Use stealth, advanced gadgets, and suppressed guns to sneak your way past enemies and complete your objectives.

IGI: Origins doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Receiver 2
Developer: Wolfire Games
Platforms: Windows PC, Linux, Mac

Receiver 2 is the follow-up to Wolfire’s unique shooter from 2013. Like the original, Receiver 2‘s main gimmick is that it realistically simulates all the moving parts inside a gun, and allows you to interact with their many features. Safeties, slides, springs, and stovepipe jams are all modeled and work as they would in the real world.

Receiver 2 is targeting an early 2020 release date.

 

Hot Brass
Publisher: Fellow Traveller
Developer: Walk with Kings
Platform: Windows PC

Hot Brass is a top-down tactical shooter with an abstract art style. The game is focused on co-op, and tasks up to four players with raiding criminal hideouts as a team of SWAT operators. The game isn’t focused on just gunning down everyone in sight however, as players will need to deescalate situations, and make arrests as well.

Hot Brass doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Zombie Army 4: Dead War
Developer: Rebellion
Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Zombie Army 4: Dead War is the next installment in Rebellion’s Sniper Elite spin-off. Up to four players must once again team up to fight Hitler’s hordes of Nazi zombies, and save humanity from annihilation. The game will also include a revamped version of Sniper Elite‘s signature bullet cam, and expanded character and weapon customization.

Zombie Army 4: Dead War will be launching on February 4th, 2020.

 

Death Carnival
Developer: Furyion Games
Platforms: Windows PC, Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Death Carnival

Continuing our theme of co-op games, Death Carnival is a top-down shooter focused on massively over-the-top weapons and action. In the far future, the Death Carnival is the number one spectator sport across the galaxy.

Up to eight players can try their luck in the death arenas, as they take on hordes of cybernetically enhanced enemies. The game also supports competitive modes, and includes Twitch and MixPlay integration, so streamers can interact with their audience.

Death Carnival doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

The Red Solstice 2: Survivors
Developer: Ironward
Platform: Windows PC

The Red Solstice 2: Survivors

The Red Solstice 2: Survivors is the follow-up to Ironward’s hit top-down co-op shooter from 2015. Its been 117 years since Earth fell to an alien invasion. Up to eight players can squad up, and take on missions to push back the alien hordes to save the last remnants of humanity. The game features tense, top-down shooting combined with a strategic layer where players plan out their missions.

The Red Solstice 2: Survivors doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Jet Lancer
Publisher: Armor Games Studios
Developers: Vladimir Fedyushkin, Nicolai Danielsen
Platform: Windows PC

Jet Lancer

Jet Lancer is a 2D dogfighting game where you play as a mercenary jet fighter pilot in the far future. Customize your fighter jet with a wide range of powerful guns and missiles to take down hordes of enemy fighters, rival ace pilots, and massive boss fights.

Jet Lancer doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Redout: Space Assault
Developer: 34BigThings
Platform: Windows PC

Redout: Space Assault

Redout: Space Assault is a space combat game set in the same universe as the antigravity racer, Redout. Combining the breakneck speeds of the original, Space Assult has customizable starfighters, and space battles against enemy fleets.

Redout: Space Assault doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Comanche
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: NUKKLEAR
Platform: Windows PC

Comanche

Comanche is a competitive, team-based vehicular combat game set in the near future. As the name implies, Comanche is focused on helicopter combat in RAH-66 stealth gunships, but there’s also modes where players control customizable combat drones.

Comanche doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Quantum League
Developer: Nimble Giant Games
Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Quantum League

Quantum League is a competitive multiplayer FPS where your teammates are clones of yourself. The game’s arenas are littered with time loops, allowing players to create past and future time distortions of themselves to confuse their opponent. The game is based around 1v1 matches, but also has a 2v2 team mode.

Quantum League doesn’t currently have a release date.

 

Atomic Heart
Developer: Mundfish
Platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Atomic Heart

Finally, we come to Atomic Heart, an FPS set in an alternate timeline version of the Soviet Union. You are a Soviet agent sent to a secretive research facility after it went radio silent. Upon reaching the facility, you quickly learn that something is dangerously wrong, and must unravel the mysteries of what happened.

Atomic Heart doesn’t currently have a release date.


That’s all for out article about some of the most interesting shooters coming out in 2020. Next time, I’ll be highlighting some of the roguelites coming this year.

Until then, which games on this list caught your attention? Which other games are you excited about this year? Tell us more in the comments below!

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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.