January 2024 Indie Game Release Dates to Know

A screenshot from Palworld showing a Palmon holding a large gatling gun.
Palworld features crazy gameplay like this.

A new month is upon us and with it comes new game releases. We’ve already covered the big titles releasing in January 2024, now its time to look at the indie games slated for release this week. There are a wide range of indie titles to be aware of coming out this month, with a good mix of genres on offer. Let’s take a closer look at the major January 2024 Indie Game release dates you should know below.

Close to the Sun (Xbox Game Pass) – January 3

While not a new release, Close to the Sun is making its way to Xbox’s Game Pass this month on January 3. This first-person adventure title came out back in 2019. In it players take on the role of Rose Archer who boards the Tesla’s Helios, a utopia for scientific research in search of clues regarding the disappearance of her sister.

The game, when it released, garnered mixed reviews around the 5.5/10 mark. If you already have game pass it is included with the service, making it a cost effective way to snag an indie title you might have missed.

Momodora: Moonlit Farewell (PC) – January 11

The Momodora series welcomes a new installment, Momodora: Moonlit Farewell, on January 11. Players reprise the role of Momo, the High Priestess of Koho village. Momo embarks on an adventure to save her village from demon hordes summoned by a malevolent bellringer.

Bombservice has confirmed this is a concluding story following the events of Momodora 3. Knowledge of the story is not necessary, as the developers emphasize that players without prior experience of the games can easily pick up and play this stylish action-adventure platformer.

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank (PC, Xbox, Switch) – January 18

Back in 2021, Snoozy Kazoo released a fun little indie game called Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion. This cheeky RPG followed the adventures of Turnip Boy as he attempted to commit tax evasion. Now a couple years later the titular character is back in Turnip Boy Robs a Bank.

In Turnip Boy Robs a Bank, the sequel shakes things up with a top-down roguelike experience. Each run tasks you with entering a bank and stealing as much money as possible. Successful runs earn you cash, enabling the purchase of upgrades and tools from the dark web. These, in turn, help you delve deeper into the bank where more money awaits.

This title is slated to come to Xbox Game Pass day one, so keep that in mind if you want to play it on Xbox.

Enshrouded (Early Access) – January 24

Enshrouded stands out as the most significant indie game of the month, gaining widespread attention with its demo being the most played and the title accumulating the most wishlists during the Steam Next Fest in October.

This co-op survival action RPG supports up to 16 players, offering a vast world to explore, bases to build, enemies and bosses to combat, and resources to gather.

When it does release on January 24, Enshrouded be entering Steam Early Access on PC.

Palworld (Early Access) – January 19

Update: Palworld now has an official release date. Pocketpair revealed that the game is coming out on January 19th on PC and Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Alongside the release date the studio also revealed that the game would be a day one arrival on Game Pass.

After talking about the biggest indie game of January it’s only right we talk about the strangest. Palworld, the Pokemon with guns game from Pocketpair is slated to enter early access sometime in January.

While this game has often appeared as vaporware, occasionally popping up on social media, it has quietly undergone a surprising amount of development. The game will feature guns but also base building, monster hunting and catching, multiplayer, and boss fights.

While no release date has been given for January, the studio will be giving more details about the upcoming game’s release date on X.

Other Indie Games Releasing in January 2024

  • Portal Revolution (Portal Mod) – January 5
  • Radiance (PC) – January 11
  • Cult of the Lamb Sins of the Flesh – January 16
  • Atlas Wept (PC) – January 17
  • Arclands (PC) – January 19
  • Howl (PS5, Xbox Series X|S) – January 23
  • Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC) – January 30

What indie games coming out this month interest you? Anything you will be picking up from the ones listed above? Let me know in the comments below.



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