Summer Game Fest host Geoff Keighley warned fans to lower their expectations for today’s livestream event, which kicks off several days of demos and events. And indeed, the show hasn’t had many big reveals – largely due to one of its biggest announcements, a PlayStation 5 remake of The last of usleaked just before the show.
But the Summer Game Fest managed to unveil a few surprises and new gameplay for the big titles of the year to come. For some reason, a lot of this affected space as well.
If you haven’t seen the show, you can check out the biggest announcements below.
A new Foreigner game is coming next year
extraterrestrial and Foreigner Games, to say the least, vary in quality. And we don’t know much about it Aliens: Dark Descent, a newly announced part of the franchise. (It probably has nothing to do with Frictional Amnesia: The Dark Descent.) Developer Tindalos Interactive describes it as a squad-based action game where you command a group of Colonial Marines against Xenomorphs and a new, unknown enemy. The game is slated for release in 2023 on current and next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as PC.
We’ve already seen a trailer for The Callisto Protocola survival horror game from Striking Distance Studios, whose members worked on the original Empty room. But today’s event gave us a closer look at the gameplay. The project appears to be heavily channeling Dead Spaces Survival horror style, with sticky monsters, a plasma cutter-like weapon, and gruesome death animations for your character. As previously announced, the game will be released on December 2nd.
A new level of 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, featuring a full walkthrough of a level. The video features players boarding a ship to neutralize a missile and survive a storm, emphasizing the game’s water and wind physics.
Classic platformer flashback will get a sequel
flashback helped establish the cinematic platformer genre in 1992, and 30 years after its release it’s getting a sequel. The sequel is being developed by French studio Microids and is expected to be released in winter 2022 for current and next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Steam and Nintendo Switch. That’s all we know! You can watch a teaser above to get a sense of the mood.
The ubiquitous voice actor Troy Baker and Red Dead Redemption 2 Roger Clark lends them their voice Fort Solis, a newly announced game from independent studio Fallen Leaf. baker describes Fort Solis as a “tight thriller” and “Empty room meets Duncan Jones Moon,‘ and it’s apparently a fast-paced narrative game set in a remote mining outpost on Mars. The trailer says it will be released on Steam.
robot horror game routine was delayed by a decade, but it’s back
routine first appeared in 2012 and promised a spooky horror atmosphere on a spaceship populated by dangerous robots. Then year after year it was delayed as a relatively inexperienced team tried to complete it. Now there’s a new trailer detailing that it’s 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 from the star ship and Warcraft real-time strategy series and has just unveiled its first title: a sci-fi plus demons RTS called storm gate. storm gate is intended to “stay true” to the classic RTS formula. But it aims to be more accessible and use a free-to-play model without involving pay-to-win mechanisms or crypto tokens. You can see a short trailer above.
Golf Club: Wasteland The new title from developer Demagog flood is an “adventure-strategy game set in a world devastated by extreme climate change,” according to Keighley. At Game Fest, we got a colorful but melancholy trailer about characters navigating a flooded town called Alphaville, showing bits of the game’s exploration and turn-based combat.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns is out 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 RPG set in the “darker side of the Marvel Universe,” and you can check out some new footage above.
Naughty Dog’s big news has actually leaked ahead of Summer Game Fest: it’s releasing a remake of The Last of Us Part I for PlayStation 5 on September 2nd and a version for PC is in development. But it also teased a new project: a multiplayer-oriented game that aims to be as big as its single-player titles and features a story that’s “very unique” to the game. As Naughty Dog Co-President Neil Druckmann describes above, the project began as a The Last of Us Part II multiplayer mode. Then it was expanded into its own – as yet untitled – game. A piece of concept art suggests it will be set in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco and will feature “a brand new cast of characters.” For now, that’s all we know, and more news is promised for next year.