Highlights: Annapurna Interactive Showcase 2023

Mazes, photography, weird posture, and healing.

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Annapurna Interactive’s annual showcase is always something to look forward to. It publishes (and is now starting to develop) the most interesting games. Some are adorable, some are whacky, and some are heartfelt, but they’re generally pretty solid titles. It’s a bummer, Annapurna seems to be phasing out Nintendo Switch in favour of current-gen consoles, despite also launching all games on last-gen consoles as well. If you’re interested, check out last year’s showcase here; there are multiple games mentioned that were shown off last year, too.

Game highlights

Lorelai and the Laser Eyes

Take a journey into a nightmarish surreality in Lorelai and the Laser Eyes. Imagine an old baroque manor somewhere in central Europe. A woman (you) wanders, searching for answers. What does the international auteur want? Who killed the aristocratic artist? Who is the vegabond illusionist? Watch carefully. Observe. Numbers. Patterns. Puzzles. Are they a simple treasure hunt, or part of a macabre games? Developed by Simogo, Lorelai and the Laser Eyes will be released for PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch in 2023.

Lushfoil Photography Sim

Move over, Pokémon Snap! Okay, really, Lushfoil Photography Sim isn’t even comparible. For one, it’s got realistic graphics. It’s also not a rail shooter at heart. Players will experience detailed, true-to-life recreations of diverse locations around the world, trekking and exploring each environment to captures stunning landscapes with the full-featured in-game camera (I’m talking manual/auto focus, flash, exposure, contrast, white balance, aperture, burst shot, and more). Each environment is filled with objectives to reward the player. Dive deeper into the locations to find unlockable cameras. Developed by Matt Newell (shoutout Australia!), Lushfoil Photography Sim will be released for PC, “console.”

To a T

To a T is Keita Takahashi’s second game with Annapurna Interactive, the first being Wattam. Play as a teenager with a unique posture just trying to live a normal life in their small coastal town. Explore with the help of Teen’s loyal (and very cute) dog and loving mother. Go to school and contend with bullies to uncover a new ability granted by their extraordinary posture. The story unfolds over multiple days, or episodes. There are minigames sich as trying to reach for objects, trying to eat, or petting a dog. Developed by uvula (I hate its logo so much, it’s illegible), To a T will be released for Pc, Xbox Series, and Xbox One.

Thirsty Suitors

“Battle your exes. Disappoint your parents. Find yourself.” Can Jala learn to love herself and heal the wounds of her past? Thirsy suitors is a story-driven adventure that unfolds through turn-based battles, skateboarding, and cooking. It’s all about culture, relationships, family pressure, and self-expression. Jala will need to handle her demanding parents, reconcile with her exes, and mend broken friendships all in time for her sister’s wedding. Developed by Outerloop Games, Thirsty Suitors will be released for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One on November 2.

Full list of featured games

  • Lorelai and the Laser Eyes (launching for PC, Nintendo Switch)
  • Cocoon (launching September 29 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, Xbox One)
  • Lushfoil Photography Sim (launching for PC, “console”)
  • To a T (launching for PC, Xbox Series, Xbox One)
  • Flock (PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One)
  • Ghost Bike (launching in 2024 for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One)
  • We Kill Monsters (launching for PC)
  • Mundaun (now available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series; updated versions available for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One)
  • Bounty Star: The Morose Tale of Graveyard Clem (launching in 2024 for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One)
  • Stray (launching on August 10 for Xbox Series, Xbox One; available now for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)
  • Thirsty Suitors (launching November 2 for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, Xbox One)
  • Storyteller (launching on September 26 for mobile devices via Netflix; available now for PC/Mac, Nintendo Switch)
  • Blade Runner 2033: Labyrinth (launching for PC, “console”)

Watch the showcase

Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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