Summer Games Fest 2022 – What Was Announced
Geoff Keighley’s Summer Games Fest has just kicked off, and despite its namesake telling us to keep our expectations in check, we were treated to a couple of interesting announcements.
From some official gameplay of the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, to a first look to the decade delayed robot horror Routine, there was quite a lot to be excited about.
The Last of Us – Part 1 (Remake)
Only just before the show started, news of a PS5 remake of The Last Of Us was leaked. What we now have however, is news that it will be coming to PC, some official PS5 gameplay footage and news of how the game has changed beyond graphical improvements.
Developer Naughty Dog will be building the game from the ground up, with enemy AI based on The Last Of Us – Part 2, more options for combat, 60FPS and more. It’s due for release on September 2nd.
The developer also announced a standalone multiplayer game set in the same universe, with new characters and a story just as big as the previous games. Disappointingly though, we will have to wait until next year to find out more.
Aliens: Dark Descent
The announcement of a new Aliens game is always going to be met with mixed reviews. Previous titles such as Alien: Isolation couldn’t get enough praise, while the more recent Aliens: Fireteam was an absolute flop. The new squad-based action game will see players take charge of a squadron of Colonial Marines against both the classic Xenomorph as well as a new enemy. It’s due for release in 2023.
The Callisto Protocol
Fans of Dead Space are sure to be exited for this one. The Callisto Protocol, much like the previously named title, is a sci-fi survival horror game, and was developed by Striking Distance Studios, which is made up of ex-Dead Space devs. The game also has similar DNA with a similar ‘plasma-cutter’ like weapon and a heath bar built into the playable character. It’s due for release on December 2nd.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
It’s time once again for an annual Call of Duty release. The last few games released such as Call of Duty: Vanguard were met with terrible reviews, despite still being the 2nd most sold game for 2021, only beaten by it’s predecessor Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Despite previous poor reception, hype around Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is rather promising, following up from Activision and Infinity Ward’s 2019 release. It’s due for release on October 28th.
The title of this next one is not a joke, with the new game following up as a sequel to the original 1992 name of the same name – Flashback. Details are scarce on this one, but we do know its coming to current and next-gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles, Nintendo Switch and Steam. Its due for release sometime in Summer this year.
If The Callisto Protocol didn’t excite Dead Space fans enough, then take a look at Fort Solis. The game is being developed by independent studio Fallen Leaf and will borrow the voices of renowned game voice actor Troy Baker and Roger Clark, who voiced Arthur in 2018’s Red Dead Redemption 2. Other than that, we know it’s set on a Martian mining outpost, and has been described as “Dead Space meets Duncan Jones”.
What’s this? Another survival horror title? In all seriousness however, Routine is one of the titles on this list I am most excited about. The game was first teased in 2012 and now, a decade later, we have some incredibly creepy footage of the player walking around an abandoned spaceship full of terrifying humanoid robots. It will be released on PC, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass. Sorry PlayStation owners.
Fans of Warcraft and Starcraft should make their way to the edge of their seat for this one, as former Blizzard employees have come together to develop a brand new RTS called Stormgate. Developers have done their best to “stay true” to the classic RTS formula but will also make it free-to-play and without any pay-to-win mechanics.
Keighley describes Highwater as an “adventure strategy game set in a world ravaged by extreme climate change.” The end of the world looks rather pretty based on the trailer, and will feature fun exploration and turn-based combat.
Midnight Suns was announced last year at Gamescom, but the new tactical role playing game, set to show off the “darker side of the marvel universe” now has a release date of October 7th. Check it out in the trailer below.