Showdown Bandit and Bendy 2 Predict a Strong 2019 for Kindly Beast

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Thanks to the multitude of let’s play personalities and the theory-inspiring nature in some of the most popular games, indie horror is a driving genre. Titles like Five Nights at Freddy’s and Hello Neighbor really struck a chord with younger players, quickly creating an empire of merchandise and lots of smaller games that steadily push the story forward. Bendy and the Ink Machine was released in episodes and ended up being a memorable experience that plays with the strangeness of the earliest days of animation. Now with another game set in the Bendy universe on the way and a brand new title called Showdown Bandit, it looks like 2019 will see Kindly Beast keep up the momentum.

So far, there has only been a single trailer for either title with not a whole lot of information being shared. I believe this is how these games really thrive from a marketing standpoint; sparse trailers and teaser images build up speculation, especially if developers can hide a few details along the way. This is often coupled with surprise releases and sometimes updates to keep players looking for bits of lore and secrets.

Thanks to YouTube, I know most of the Bendy and the Ink Machine narrative without ever really playing much of the game. It’s a horror title I’ve been meaning to play but I just get sidetracked by other games in the genre.

It’s pretty obvious that the next game, Bendy and the Dark Revival, carries the distinct art style of the first game with maybe more fantastical abilities at the player’s disposal. It looks like whoever we get to play as in Dark Revival is taking on the sinister properties of the ink in a part-monster struggle with humanity. I only hope that Dark Revival doesn’t fall into the trappings of trying to emulate other games too much, as this definitely carries a Bioshock vibe.

On the flip side, we have what seems to be a game about marionettes, which are another deep-rooted fear of mine next to rats and dolls. There’s mention of being wary of puppet masters above and guarding one's strings in the trailer for Showdown Bandit, all of which seems creepy as hell. Judging on the camera angles, I’m hoping that this turns out to be a VR title where the player looks down on the characters as a puppeteer. I’ve recently played through Trover Saves the Universe (full review on Marooners’ Rock) and I watched my wife go through Moss on PSVR and both handled that angle of play wonderfully.

A horror game in that perspective definitely has potential.

I think that Kindly Beast is an indie group to be excited about. From the success of Bendy and the Ink Machine, they seem to be expanding their team and there’s a lot of charm to their visual style that has that air of timelessness that I always seek out in gaming. Personality just oozes out of their games.

Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of Showdown Bandit and Bendy and the Dark Revival soon.

More information can be found on the official Kindly Beast website.