Recap: Devolver Direct (Summer Game Fest 2023 Edition)

The weirdest showcase around returns.

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A promo image for the Devolver Direct. It has the heading "The return of Volvy!" and a weird mole-like creature with one hand saying "I'm back gamers!"

Devolver Digital is back and weirder than ever. This Direct’s story revolves around a (fake) mascot named Volvy, and it’s 2.0 evolution that makes up games as people suggests them. It’s honestly so bizarre, you just have to see it. I’ll be covering each of the four featured games, as well as linking to individual trailers and the full showcase. (If you’re interested, you can read my recap of last year’s Devolver Direct here.)

Featured games

Wizard with a Gun

Wizard with a Gun is an online co-op sandbox survival game that kind of reminds me of Don’t Starve. It’s set in a magical wilderness filled with dangerous creatures and arcane mysteries. Carefully design weapons, bullets, and home furnishings while trying not to burn it all to the ground as your magic escalates beyond your control. Wizard with a Gun will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series.

The Talos Principle II

There’s going to be a sequel to iconic game The Talos Principle. Players are born into a new world where biological humanity is extinct but human culture lives on through robots. Get swept up in a mind-bending puzzle adventure involving a structure holding enormous powers, the nature of the cosmos, and the purpose of civilization. Solve a wide array of puzzles with varying difficulty levels. The game can be completed without solving every puzzle, or push yourself to complete it all. The Talos Principle II will be released for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series later this year.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps is just freaking weird and I love that about it. Nate is 35, unemployed, and living at home. One day he’s transported to a new world (well, for him) where he discovers that he can, in fact, place one foot in front of the other and walk. Nate will try to find meaning in his wasted life. He’ll explore one step at a time, as players control each leg separately. The game was described as a walking simulator, but it really seems like more of a falling simulator at times. Baby Steps will be released in 2024 for PC and PlayStation 5.

Human Fall Flat 2

That’s right, two out of four games here were sequels. A bit of a bummer, no? Anyway, this is the sequel to Human Fall Flat, a loved game about everyone’s favourite physics-based human friends. It’s bigger. It’s better. It’s clumsier than ever before! The puzzle platformer features new levels, new toys, new devices, new gameplay interactions, new mechanics customizable characters, and wild physics-based fun.

The full 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).

    • They really are. Devolver puts on a bit of theatre and a show, and we learn about their upcoming games. It’s a win for all!

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