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10 Highlights From The Summer Game Fest

Although Not-E3 season began last week with presentations such as Sony State of Play, the summer festivities didn’t truly begin until the Summer Game Fest Kick-off Event on June 9. Live-streamed at 2 p.m. EDT at thegameawards Twitch and YouTube channels and at select IMAX theaters, the event focused on announcing upcoming video games.

When E3 was canceled in 2020, Geoff Keighley, a Canadian video game journalist who also hosts The Game Awards, created Summer Game Fest in its absence. With E3 once again canceled, the Summer Game Fest filled the void with huge announcements about the coolest upcoming titles.


New Trailer For American Arcadia

A screenshot from the Summer Games Fest trailer for the upcoming game American Arcadia

Created by Out of the Blue Games, who had previously developed the 2020 adventure game Call of the Sea, American Arcadia is an upcoming puzzle platformer that mixes The Truman Show with Playdead’s Inside. All of the residents within the retro-futuristic city Arcadia are unknowingly being broadcast in a reality show where a person’s approval ratings dictate whether they live or die. As one resident and his assistant, the player must uncover the truth and escape the city.

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While the release date hasn’t been announced, this live stream did reveal a new trailer with more gameplay. Other indie game announcements include the dystopian strategy game Highwater, which is releasing in December, and The Delicious Last Course DLC for Cuphead, which is scheduled to release on June 30.

New Nightwing Trailer For Gotham Knights

Nightwing in the Gotham Knights trailer

One of the most anticipated upcoming RPGs is Gotham Knightswhich is scheduled to release on Oct. 25. In this action RPG, players take on the role of either Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Red Hood (Jason Todd), or Robin (Tim Drake) as they try to solve Batman’s mysterious death, stop the Court of Owls, and restore a declining Gotham City.

During this Summer Game Fest, a character trailer for Nightwing was released that showcased some of his gameplay, weapons, and possible skins. Besides DC, Marvel also appeared during this showcase with a trailer for the upcoming tactical RPG Marvel’s Midnight Suns, which is planned to release on Oct. 7.

Nightingale Reinvents The Survival Genre

A promotional image for the upcoming game Nightingale

While there are plenty of fantastic survival games, the first-person fantasy game Nightingale, which is scheduled to release at the end of the year, is introducing some new ideas to the genre. After the collapse of the arcane portal network, the player is stranded within the Fae realms. To return to the human city of Nightingale, the player must become a skilled Realmwalker who can successfully navigate across the labyrinth of transdimensional portals.

In single-player or multiplayer playthroughs, players must manage basic necessities, craft items, and fight magical creatures. At this conference, a new trailer was released that showed that players will need to craft magical cards that can activate the portals.

Flashback 2 Brings Back The Cult-Classic

The title drop in the Summer Game Fest trailer of Flashback 2

After 30 years, the 1992 cult-classic action-adventure Flashback is finally receiving another installment titled Flashback 2. Originally created by the now-defunct French developer Delphine Software International, who also developed the historic and terrifying platformer Another World, Flashback was known for its fluid rotoscoped animation, and it had a 1995 sequel titled Fade to Black.

In this entry, the returning protagonist Conrad B. Hart is once again fighting against the shapeshifting aliens known as Morphs, and he must also rescue his friend Ian. During this live stream, the short teaser trailer revealed that the game will be released in Winter 2022. Besides this, the conference also had another teaser trailer for retro fans: Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium which is releasing on July 22 and will contain 32 classic games.

One Piece Odyssey Is A JRPG Fans Have Been Waiting For

A screenshot of the cast in the Summer Game Fest trailer for the upcoming game One Piece Odyssey

Scheduled to release in 2022, One Piece Odyssey is an upcoming JRPG that is based on the popular ongoing manga and anime series One Piece. Created by ILCA (who also developed Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl) for the franchise’s 25th anniversary, the game will have its own unique storyline that features Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates getting stranded on an island.

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Summer Game Fest presented a new trailer that featured some gameplay and characters. Along with this title, other anime-like announcements included a short trailer for the new Devil Summoner installment Soul Hackers 2, which will release on Aug. 26, and two new games, Honkai: Star Rail and Zenless Zone Zero, from the creators of Genshin Impact.

New Gameplay Footage For Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

A screenshot from the beginning of the Dark Water Level Gameplay Trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Developed as a sequel to the 2019 reboot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the upcoming FPS Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II will be the nineteenth entry in the Call of Duty franchise and is planned to be released on Oct. 28. In this presentation, a new trailer was released that showed almost 10 minutes of gameplay from a new level called “Dark Water,” which takes place on a large cargo ship.

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Other FPS titles shown during the live stream included the anime-esque Neon White, which releases on June 16, the rhythm game Metal: Hellsinger, which releases on Sept. 15, and the dark fantasy game Witchfire, which releases in Early Access at the end of the year.

Guile Returns In Street Fighter 6

Guile Street Fighter 6 Cover

After delivering an extended trailer during the Sony State of Play, the upcoming 2023 game Street Fighter 6 continues to hype up fans with new previews. During Summer Game Fest, Capcom released a character teaser that revealed that fan-favorite fighter Guile would be on the roster.

Since his introduction in Street Fighter II, Guile has often been considered one of the best characters in the franchise. This new trailer showed exhilarating gameplay of him annihilating both Ryu and Luke, which proved to both old and new fans that he’s still one of the top fighters.

Goat Simulator 3 (No There Wasn’t A Second One)

A screenshot from the end of the Summer Game Fest trailer for Goat Simulator 3

Years after the original Goat Simulator was released in 2014, Summer Game Fest announced that the series is finally continuing with the sequel Goat Simulator 3, which is scheduled to release in Fall 2022. Despite what the title suggests, there hasn’t been a Goat Simulator 2.

Parodying the Dead Island 2 trailer, the teaser showed that this sequel will be even more chaotic than the original because now the game can have up to four players playing together. Taking place in a new location, San Angora, players will be able to explore the new area, customize their goat, uncover more secrets, and even reach an ending.

The Franchise Returns With Aliens: Dark Descent

A screenshot from the upcoming game Aliens: Dark Descent

Summer Game Fest announced that a new game in the Alien franchise titled Aliens: Dark Descent is planned for release in 2023. In this isometric real-time strategy game, players will lead a squad of soldiers during a Xenomorph outbreak on Moon Lethe. As players customize and develop their crew, they’ll have to be careful as they face old and new enemies because of permadeath.

Along with this new Alien game, other science fiction horror games announced during this conference included the third-person thriller Fort Solis and the long-awaited Routine, which both don’t have release dates yet. Outside of science fiction, another sequel to Layers of Fear titled Layers of Fears is releasing at the start of 2023.

Extended Trailer For The Callisto Protocol

A screenshot from the gameplay trailer for The Callisto Protocol shown at the Summer Game Fest

Referred to by Keighley as the “Schofield cut,” this year’s Summer Game Fest presented an extended trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming science-fiction survival horror title The Callisto Protocol, which is scheduled to release on Dec. 2. The game follows a young man named Jacob Lee who must escape a prison colony on Jupiter’s moon, Callisto, because of a sudden alien invasion.

This new trailer showed off some of the gruesome gameplay that truly demonstrated how dangerous the Black Iron prison colony can be. With this game being developed by Glen Schofield, who is the co-creator of the Dead Space series, it’s not surprising that the atmosphere and gameplay look extremely similar.

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