February 2022 is almost here and there are some absolutely huge games releasing throughout the month. While many of us are excited to finally play games like Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, and others there are some games from smaller independent teams coming out as well that shouldn’t be ignored.
I’ve gathered up seven different independent games below that are releasing next month that you should have your eye on. They include a martial arts brawler, a retro game inspired by the likes of Castlevania, a new psychological horror game, and more.
Sifu – Developer: Sloclap – Release Date: February 8
Sifu is the next game from developer Sloclap who last brought us Absolver. It’s a martial arts brawler where your character ages everytime they die. Get too old and it’s game over for you. Sifu has been one of the coolest looking games around since it was announced and it will be out on February 8 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC.
OlliOlli World – Developer: Roll7 – Release Date: February 8
Another game rolling out towards the start of the month is OlliOlli World from developer Roll7. It’s the next game in their skateboarding franchise and this one is much more ambitious. While the first two games were a bit basic this one provides a story and dials up the graphic style from pixel art to hand drawn. If you call yourself a fan of skateboarding then don’t miss this one when it flips onto PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on February 8.
Martha is Dead – Developer: LKA – Release Date: February 24
Looking for a new horror game to settle into? Martha is Dead from developer LKA and Wired Productions should be on your radar. It’s a first-person psychological thriller set in 1944 Italy where you’ll be exploring a stunning recreation of the Italian countryside as you seek out clues for who killed the main character’s sister Martha. Look for it on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and PC on February 24.
Infernax – Developer: Berzerk Studio – Release Date: February 14
This Valentine’s Day you’ll be able to get your hands on Infernax, a new 2D side-scroller that will likely remind you of games like Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. The above trailer was all I needed to see to get excited about it. Slay some demons when it launches on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on February 14.
Unbound: Worlds Apart – Developer: Alien Pixel Studios – Release Date: February 9
Unbound: Worlds Apart is a challenging Metroidvania game that has released already on Nintendo Switch and PC. If you’re a PlayStation or Xbox player though next month will be your first chance to play it. You’ll play as Soli, a mage who can open portals and control properties of each world such as time manipulation, inverse gravity and more. Look for it on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, and Xbox One on February 9.
Sol Cresta – Developer: PlatinumGames – Release Date: February 22
Developer PlatinumGames is finally delivering the final chapter of the “Cresta Saga” next month with their new game Sol Cresta. It’s an all-new shooting game that continues what Moon Cresta (1980) and Terra Cresta (1985) started. You’ll be able to use a free-form docking system to align three different ships to unleash different types of attacks. Look for it on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 22.
Rise of the Third Power – Developer: Stegosoft Games – Release Date: February 10
Rise of the Third Power is the next game from two-person indie team Stegosoft Games who brought us Ara Fell. It’s a 16-bit love letter to the glory days of RPGS where you’ll control a party of up to eight unique characters. Each one has a background story, ambitions, and personalities that you’ll learn about over the 35+ hour long story quest. Look for it on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 10.