Annapurna Interactive Showcase will be a first for the publishers, which will be coming this July 29. The publishers of hit indie games like Outer Wilds, Sayonara Wild Hearts, and What Remains of Edith Finch, will be talking about their upcoming plans and games. But who are behind Annapurna Interactive, and what can we expect from this Showcase?
When is the Showcase?
Annapurna Interactive released a teaser trailer for their Annapurna Interactive Showcase last month. The trailer featured upcoming Annapurna games such as Stray, The Artful Escape, Solar Ash, and Neon White. The trailer invites us: “Join us on July 29th.” It’s coming in a few days, and what can we expect? It teased exclusive gameplay reveals, new game announcements, and a few more surprises.
The Annapurna Interactive Showcase will be live-streamed on Twitch and Youtube at the following start times:
Who are behind the publishing house?
Annapurna Interactive was founded as a division of Annapurna Pictures in December 2016. Annapurna’s television pedigree can be found in the publishers’ artful tastes – with its games always featuring the artistry of developers. Annapurna made its video game publishing debut with Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch, a critically-acclaimed first-person exploration game. A lot of artful games followed: games like Gorogoa, Kentucky Route Zero, and Sayonara Wild Hearts.
Annapurna Interactive would continue publishing artful games, some of which had more widespread mainstream appeal: the wacky casual game Donut County, the action-adventure hunter game The Pathless, and the space exploration timeloop game Outer Wilds.
What to expect from Annapurna Interactive Showcase on July 29?
The success of Annapurna Interactive has given the publishers a great reputation. This resulted in more developers seeking their help in publishing their games. 2021 will see the publisher’s most prolific year to date, with two games released and seven more games slated for release this year. Expect to see updates on these upcoming games, most likely information on their release dates and gameplay updates:
- 12 Minutes (Luis Antonio, August 19 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X)
- The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur for PC, Xbox One, iOS, Xbox Series X)
- Stray (BlueTwelve Studio for PC, PS4, and PS5)
- Solar Ash (Heart Machine for PC, PS4, and PS5)
- Open Roads (Fullbright for PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X)
- Neon White (Ben Esposito for PC and Nintendo Switch)
- Hindsight (Joel McDonald for PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS)
- Skin Deep (Blendo Games for PC)
We can also expect the publishers to give updates on their previously released games. This goes most especially for Outer Wilds, which we saw in the trailer, which might get new content updates.
Finally, the publishers might also use the Showcase to announce their first-party developed games. In October 2020, Annapurna Interactive established their own internal development studio in Los Angeles, California. With the publisher so far only putting out games made by other developers, it’s about time for them to get their hands dirty, too. Given Annapurna’s reputation for artful games, we’re confident on their own studio’s creative direction for their own games. However, it will be the first time Annapurna will be making games, so we hope they hired the right people back in October. We’re looking forward to what they will show us in their first Showcase.