Indie of the Year

Back for an 8th time, welcome to the 2017 Indie of the Year Awards, a celebration of the years finest indie games chosen by you and us. For the next 4 weeks it is up to you to vote for your favorite indie games so that they may make the top 100 which will be announced on the 11th of December.

Last year we saw plenty of hard work pay off for RimWorld who won the players choice after exploding in popularity here and on Steam. It wasn't alone with SUPERHOT smashing its way into second place and Stardew Valley taking out third. If you want to see the full players choice and editor's choice from 2016, look no further.

A lot has changed since 2016 with Steam closing down greenlight and opening the floodgates for more indie games than ever before. With no outlet to vote on greenlight anymore, we expect you to smash the vote button for your favorite indies here (and if your favorite game isn't listed encourage the team to add it). There have been some huge releases this year, so show your support, make hard working game developers feel our love and soon we will announce the 2017 Indie of the Year. Good luck everyone!

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Following on from 20 days of votes, it’s time to present the Best Upcoming Indie Games of 2017, as decided by you!

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Welcome to the Players Choice: Best Upcoming Indies of 2017. The following games have been voted on my IndieDB’s community from the Top 100 upcoming nominees, and represent the games those voters are most excited for in the next year and beyond.

Honourable Mentions

Before we present the winners, the following games polled strongly and deserve our attention for either narrowly missing out, or they have previously placed in a best upcoming countdown and are ineligible to place again. We’d like to take a moment to give them an honourable mention as we look forward to their continuing development and full release.


Furwind is a light-hearted platformer with a very classic aproach, a colorful pixel art and a gameplay for everyone. The game takes place in a magical world inhabited by intelligent animals. A great evil has been awaken by a dark cult and they are threatening to destroy the balance of nature. Our hero is Furwind, a little fox, he is the chosen to restore balance to the world. He will learn powers and abilities to help him in his quest.

If you are one of those who love naval games and sim, this will be right up your alley. A realistic trade simulation whaling company game set in the 17th-18th century. Do task`s and control a fully explorable AAA ship, commit to trading, hunting, crafting and much more. Delegate crew orders like scrubbing deck, repairs, upgrades, crafting and so on. Carve whale art for selling when you make port or just to show of to other players online. Trade whale oil and other goods for the best price at port. Earn money for upgrades, new ships, new crew member specialists like doctors. Expand your business.

Raji: An Ancient Epic is a video game set in ancient India. Chaos unfolds as demons invade to conquer the human realm with ambitions to overthrow the mighty gods themselves. Amidst this chaos, a girl is chosen, her destiny to face the demon lord Mahabalasura. The demon lord plans to sacrifice Raji's very own younger brother, which will complete a ritual granting him relentless powers. Blessed by the gods, Raji set's on her journey to rescue her younger brother, and to face the treacherous Mahabalasura. An adventure awaits.

Infinity: Battlescape is a multiplayer space sim spanning a single true to scale star system filled with dozens of planets and moons. Hundreds of players spanning up to 3 powerful corporations of the Starfold Confederacy will fight to win control of the system. The primary goal will be to capture or destroy your enemies infrastructure through a combination of the orbital bombardment capabilities of capital ships and small spacecraft including bombers, interceptors, and corvettes.

Pine is an action adventure simulation game. Set on the island of Albamare, where Humans never reached the top of the food chain, an intricate ecology reacts, evolves and adapts to you specifically. It's up to Hue to find a new home for a near-extinct leftover tribe. Inspired by the adventures of Link in the Zelda-series, the intriguing nemesis system of Shadow of Mordor, Fable's choice-dependent progression and the dance-like combat of Bloodborne, Pine brings you an ever-evolving world that provides each player with a truly unique journey.

Congratulations to every winner in the Player’s Choice: Best Upcoming Indies of 2017! Further congratulations are in order for every indie game that was nominated and participated in voting. With the Best Upcoming Indies announced, the final Indie of the Year results will go live on December 28.

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Oh man...
Didn't make it this year...
But hey, there's always next year!

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where can I find the whole list and how each game ranked?

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This would be so great, Please!

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Congratulations everyone!

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Awesome, congrats to all winners!

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I would like to see the full list with every game and its rank from top-100 list.

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Congratz guys!!! A lot of hard work went into all these games and it's awesome when the community recognizes that fact! ^^

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I don't think Bannerlord counts as an "upcoming" game.
That would require it to have a release date.

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