Summer Game Fest 2022: all the news and trailers
Summer Game Fest host Geoff Keighley warned fans to temper their expectations for today’s live-streamed event, which kicks off several days of demos and events. And sure enough, the show didn’t have many big reveals — especially since one of its biggest announcements, a PlayStation 5 remake of The last of usleaked right before the show.
But Summer Game Fest did introduce some surprises and new gameplay for the big titles of the coming year. For some reason, a lot of it involved space as well.
If you haven’t seen the show, you can see the biggest announcements below.
a new Aliens game coming next year
Alien and Aliens games, to say the least, to vary in quality† And we don’t know much about Aliens: Dark Descent, a newly announced installment in the franchise. (It is presumably not related to Frictional’s Amnesia: The Dark Descent.) Developer Tindalos Interactive describes it as a squad-based action game where you take command of a group of colonial marines against xenomorphs and a new, unknown enemy. The game is slated for release on current and next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles, plus PC, in 2023.
We’ve already seen a trailer of The Callisto protocola survival horror game created by Striking Distance Studios, whose members worked on the original Empty space† But today’s event gave us a glimpse into the gameplay. The project seems to be channeling heavily Dead Spaces survival horror style, with goopy monsters, a plasma cutter-like weapon and gruesome death animations for your character. As previously announced, the game will be released on December 2.
A new level from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is months away from its October 28 release, and Summer Game Fest sheds a little more light on what we’ll find there, with a full level playthrough. The video shows players boarding a ship to neutralize a missile and survive a storm, highlighting the game’s water and wind physics.
Classic Platformer Flashback will be continued
Flashback helped establish the cinematic platformer genre in 1992, and it’s getting a sequel 30 years after its release. The sequel is being developed by French studio Microids and is apparently coming to current and next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Steam, and Nintendo Switch in the winter of 2022. That’s all we know! You can watch a teaser above to get a sense of the vibe.
Ubiquitous game voice actor Troy Baker and Red Dead Redemption 2s Roger Clark lends their voice to Fortress Solis, a newly announced game from independent studio Fallen Leaf. Baker describes: Fortress Solis as a “tight thriller” and “Empty space meet Duncan Jones’ Moon,and apparently it’s a fast-paced story game set in a remote mining outpost on Mars. The trailer says it will be released on Steam.
Robot horror game Routine got delayed by a decade but it’s back
Routine first appeared all the way back in 2012, promising an eerie horror atmosphere on a spaceship populated by dangerous robots. Then it was pushed back year after year as a relatively inexperienced team tried to complete it. Now it has a new trailer, stating that it will be coming to PC, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass at an unknown date.
Frost Giant Studios was founded by former Blizzard developers, including veterans of the StarCraft and warcraft real-time strategy series, and has just unveiled its first title: a sci-fi plus demons called RTS storm gate† storm gate is supposed to “stay true” to the classic RTS formula. But it aims to be more accessible and use a free-to-play model with no pay-to-win mechanics or crypto tokens. You can see a short trailer above.
Golf Club: Wasteland developer Demagog’s new title high water is an “adventure strategy game set in a world ravaged by extreme climate change,” according to Keighley. At Game Fest, we got a colorful yet melancholy trailer about characters navigating a flooded city called Alphaville, showing off pieces of the game’s exploration and turn-based combat.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns Coming October 7th
Firaxis games’ Marvel’s Midnight Sun was announced at Gamescom last year and now we have an official release date: October 7th. In case you forgot, it’s a tactical role-playing game set in the “dark side of the Marvel Universe” and you can see some new visuals above.
Naughty Dog’s big news even leaked before Summer Game Fest: It’s releasing a remake of The Last of Us Part I for PlayStation 5 on September 2, and a version for PC is in development. But it also teased a new project: a multiplayer-focused game that should be as big as the single-player titles and have a story that’s “very unique” to the game. As Neil Druckmann, co-chair of Naughty Dog, describes above, the project started as a: The Last of Us Part II multiplayer mode. It was then expanded into its own – as yet unnamed – game. A piece of concept art suggests it’s set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, and it features “a brand new cast of characters.” For now, that’s about all we know, with more news promised to come next year.