INDIE Live Expo (ILE) Winter 2022 is running soon in Japan (December 3 and 4), and there’s already an expansive list of titles being revealed during the two days. From indie studio names you should already be well-familiarised with, to others that are just hitting the markets for the first time and will be trying to make a name for themselves during the event, they are all looking to share with world the innovative gaming projects they’ve been working on.
One of the titles that caught our attention is the currently untitled JRPG title by Fahrenheit 213, an all-new indie studio founded by Yosuke Shiokawa, known for his efforts in Fate/Grand Order and Kingdom Hearts in particular.
We’ll know more about that particular game on the second day of the show. The first day will be dedicated to previously launched and early access titles, focusing specifically on updates, and ILE’s patented rapid-fire INDIE Waves segment, showcasing many of the over 200 games. Day two will consist of unreleased, all-new titles, like the aforementioned upcoming Fahrenheit 213 release, as well as a summation of the 10 separate categories of the INDIE Live Expo Awards.
While we are very keen on seeing what Shiokawa’s project in particular will look like, there are some other cracking titles on the agenda. These include Mindhack, a visual novel title by VODKAdemo that attempts to merge hacking, criminal rehabilitation, and flowers, Rakuen, the pixelated journey of a hospitalised boy and his mother’s fantasy exploration of his favourite storybook, developed by Laura Shigihara, and BOKURA and The 13th month, two independent titles published by Kodansha Games.
It might not be E3, Gamescom or even TGS, but the size and scale of ILE means it should not be one you overlook. You can expect folks from the likes of NISA and Aksys to also pay close attention to what’s going on at this event, because they will need to sign more games for publishing in the new year, and this might be your first chance to get a look at some of them.