One we completely missed from Gamescom is Shing!, a new beat 'em up from developer Mass Creation releasing next year and it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.
Curiously, it appeared recently in my Steam searching with a SteamOS/Linux icon but the store page only has Windows system requirements. When going to message the developer, I checked the Steam forum and as expected someone asked about Linux support. The reply from the developer was a very clear "Yes - Shing will be available on Linux.".
They're saying it's so good, they've called it a "beat-em-up 2.0". With Shing! Mass Creation say they're mixing in classic arcade-style gameplay with modern graphics and an innovative control scheme. This is not going to be a button basher, instead you use the right stick of a gamepad to directly control your weapon. It sounds good on paper but does it look good? Sure does! Take a look at their recent gameplay reveal:
Some of the combos and special moves you appear to be able to do look awesome, certainly looks like a lot of fun. Switching between characters too looks slick, along with the vibrant graphics this is absolutely one to stick right into your wishlist.
- Play solo or with friends: 4 player local and online co-op
- Experience immersive and intuitive controls: right analog stick controls your weapon giving you instant access to extensive moveset
- Enjoy gameplay that never gets old: master the multilayered combat, overcome clever enemies and face epic bosses
- Experiment with freestyle combat system: mix and match combos, switch characters on the fly and turn enemy abilities against them
You can follow it on Steam. It will be available sometime in "Q1 2020", so we have a good few months to wait on it yet.
Update: They sent word to GamingOnLinux on Twitter to say that Linux system requirements are now up.