Creative Europe video game release round-up 2016

This year has seen the release of five games funded through the Creative Europe Video Games development scheme. These games were all supported in their early stages with the grants allowing developers to experiment with gameplay and mechanics as well as with story and character design, and to develop playable prototypes.


Bound is an entrancing 3D platformer from Polish developer Michal Staniszewski. The game transports the player into a beautiful, fantastical world that exists in the mind of a female dancer revisiting the memories of her childhood.

Available exclusively on PlayStation4.

FORCED: Showdown

FORCED: Showdown is a top-down, single-player, bullet-hell brawler developed by Danish indie game developer BetaDwarf. The gameplay mixes rogue-lite aspects with a trading-card game as contestants fight for wealth and glory in an ever-changing galactic game show.

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux on Steam, Humble Bundle and


Furi is an action shoot 'em up video game developed and published by French indie studio The Game Bakers. An ultra-responsive mix of fast-paced sword fighting and dual-stick shooting, players must fight their way free in this frenzied boss-fight game, and discover what’s waiting behind the last gate.

Available for download on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

SteamWorld Heist

Originally released on Nintendo 3DS in 2015, this year saw the space adventure game launch on a number of other different platforms. Swedish studio Image & Form also recieved funding for a second time in 2016, allowing them to develop the follow up game in this series, SteamWorld Quest.

Available now on Nintendo 3DS eShop, Steam, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, Wii U and iOS.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

This is the second and final expansion pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Developed by Poland’s CD Projekt, this critically acclaimed expansion follows protagonist Geralt as he travels to Toussaint in the hope to track down a mysterious beast terrorising the region.

Available now on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and PC via Steam and

Titles to look out for in 2017

Next year promises to be an exciting one, with a number of anticipated titles set for release including:

Looking for support for your next narrative game?

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Image: still from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine.

Francesca Walker