Apogee Entertainment has announced its arrival as the return of the ‘original indie game developer’, and has confirmed a title for Switch in the process. Formerly Apogee Software, it made its name backing and publishing IPs and titles such as Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem and Max Payne back in the day, and this revived venture is led by the original founder Scott Miller and executive Terry Nagy.
It’s interesting for veteran gamers to see the company re-emerge, but what about the game? It’s Residual from developer OrangePixel, which is described as “a new breed of survival platformer”. Though it utilises procedurally-generated stages, stick with us, because it looks rather interesting in approach. It’s truly about survival and exploration with combat not being a major factor; it’s due out later this year:
Unpredictable yet accessible, Residual welcomes players to a non-violent survival experience with limitless possibilities and no traditional combat. Jump and descend through colorful, highly detailed pixel art evoking classic 2D platformers. Solve light puzzles to reveal secrets of a long-lost civilization. Select a male, female, or non-binary protagonist. Customize survival parameters like how fast time advances. Race to repair the ship, dig up ancient secrets, or collect data entries on thousands of undiscovered objects and life forms. You’ll also have your snarky and occasionally helpful Personal Disaster Bot (PDB) with you the entire way.
One for the wishlist? Let us know, and if you’re old enough to remember Apogee Software from back in the day let us know what sorts of Indie games you want to see them support.