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Gamescom: Xbox One Adds ‘Goat Simulator,’ ‘SMITE,’ And More To Indie Line-up

The competition to obtain indie games between the Playstation 4 and Xbox One has been one of the more notable new developments with the new console war between Sony and Microsoft. The latter opened its salvo during a 2014 Gamescom media briefing Tuesday by promise of “hundreds of studios” creating indie titles for the Xbox One.

The reveal that existing PC games like Goat Simulator, Space Engineersand SMITE, a third-person MOBA, were getting Xbox One ports were true surprises. MOBA games typically don’t translate to consoles well due to the limitations of a controller. However, SMITE takes an action-based approach versus traditional MOBAs and already supports controllers in the PC version. So, it should translate decently once it’s better optimized for the Xbox One controller.

In fact, developer Hi-Rez Studios made sure everyone know that SMITE is well-suited to the Xbox One.

“SMITE’s high-action gameplay makes it unique among leading MOBAs in that it is incredibly fun and engaging to play on a console controller,” Chief Operating Officer Todd Harris said in a press release on the game’s website. “The Xbox One provides the perfect platform for us to bring the Battleground of the Gods to console gamers around the world.”

Space Engineers is another PC game that should translate decently to the Xbox One controller. It was initially released as part of Steam’s Early Access program last October and it still in the alpha stage.

The Escapists is a cartoon-ish prison-break game from Team17, the same developer behind the Worms franchise.

Superhot is a stylish first-person shooter from developer Blue Brick. Time only moves in the game when the player does, which sets up some interesting puzzle-like encounters.

Ghost of a Tale from SeithCG is an exploration game featuring an adorable little mouse trying to survive in a world full of vicious rats and more.

Below is another stylistic game from Capybara Games that was one of the original ID@Xbox games announced. This rogue-like title should finally be released over the next year.

That’s not the only indie games coming to the Xbox One. The following list is all of the games revealed in the montage trailer at the top of this article, but there are even more on the way.

  • Below (Capybara Games)
  • Blues and Bullets (A Crowd of MOnsters)
  • Cuphead (Studio MHDR)
  • Dungeon of the Endless (Amplitude Studios)
  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 (Halfbrick)
  • Funk of Titans (A Crowd of Monsters)
  • Ghost of a Tale (SeithCG)
  • Goat Simulator (Coffee Stain Studios)
  • Gunscape (Blowfish Studios)
  • #IDARB (Other Ocean)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Knight Squad (Chainawesome Games)
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base)
  • Massive Chalice (Doublefine)
  • No Time to Explain (tinyBuildGames)
  • Plague Inc: Evolved (Ndemic Creations)
  • Pneuma: Breath of Life (Deco Digital)
  • Rivals of Aether (Dan Fornace)
  • SlashDash (Nevernaut games)
  • Smite (Hi-Rez Studios)
  • Space Engineers (Keen Software House)
  • Spectra (Gateway Interactive)
  • SpeedRunners (tinyBuildGames)
  • Superhot (Superhot Team)
  • The Escapists (Team17)
  • Threes! (Sirvo)
  • Volgarr the Viking (Crazy Viking Studios)

What did you think of Microsoft’s line-up of indie games for the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below.

[Image via Microsoft]

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