(Pocket-lint) – Summer Game Fest 2022 is upon us. It kicked off with an opening livestream, while publishers have also hosted their own showcases.
Here’s everything you need to know about it, including the games announced so far.
What is Summer Game Fest?
Born from the pandemic and global lockdowns, Summer Game Fest started in 2020 to fill the void left by a cancelled E3.
It ran from May to August and featured publisher announcements, in-game events and an opening livestream that crammed in bundles of game info and trailers.
This year it runs for a shorter period but again replaces a cancelled E3 event.
The main part of Summer Game Fest began with a live kickoff show on Thursday 9 June (which you can re-watch at the top of this page).
Other publisher events will take place over the following weeks and tie into the gaming festival.
Summer Game Fest 2022: How to keep track
Summer Game Fest is online-only with a number of key events taking place throughout June. Several events have already taken place, but here’s what’s still to come.
Xbox Games Showcase Extended – 14 June
An additional 90 minute event is planned for a couple of days after the main Xbox and Bethesda Showcase. It’ll feature even more new trailers and deeper dives into some of the games announced during the first stream.
- US west coast: 10am PT
- US east coast: 1pm ET
- UK: 6pm BST
- Europe: 7pm CEST
You should be able to watch it here.
There are several other streams and events from indie developers and publishers, so keep your eye out for more.
What was announced during the Summer Game Fest kickoff show?
You can re-watch the Summer Game Fest opening stream at the top of this page, but here’s are our highlights of the trailers shown during the event.
Street Fighter 6
Further to Capcom’s official unveiling in its own showcase event, Summer Game Fest debuted this gameplay trailer featuring Guile.
Aliens: Dark Descent
Focus Entertainment is bringing us this top-down, squad-based shooter in 2023. It’ll be available across pretty much every platform.
The Callisto Protocol
The Callisto Protocol is a sci-fi survival horror game from some of the creators of the original Dead Space. It could even out Dead Space the forthcoming Dead Space remake.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Gameplay footage from the campaign mode. ‘Nuff said.
It’s been three decades since the original Flashback, now we have a sequel inbound.
Witchfire is a rogue-lite first-person shooter that’ll be available in early access pretty soon.
Like The Callisto Project, Fort Solis looks to be heavily inspired by Dead Space.
Another sci-fi horror game set on an abandoned base, but this time in first-person rather than third.
The latest expansion fo the Gears-alike Outriders expands the level base for charcaters and adds new campaign missions for co-op play.
A live-action trailer for Fall Guys going completely free across platforms is always welcome in our books.
Developed by Frost Giant Studios, which includes some of the team behind Starcraft and Warcraft, Stormgate is an RTS with huge potential.
A heavily-stylised adventure tale, Highwater mixes exploration with turn-based combat.
American Arcadia combines 2.5D platform action with first-person puzzling. It’s coming to PC and console “soon”.
Goat Simulator 3
GS3 is so cool it’s skipping an entire sequel – yep, there is no Goat Simulator 2.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns
The biggest news from the Midnight Suns team is that Spider-Man will be voiced by the same actor behind the PlayStation exclusive.
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
New gameplay footage, hurrah!
We don’t have long for Neon White to release – its coming to PC and Nintendo Switch on 16 June.
Midnight Fight Express
Coming from Humble Games, Midnight Fight Express is an isometric action game that will be available in August.
Honkai: Star Rail
You might not have heard of the game before, but it’s developer is HoYoverse – the studio behind Genshin Impact.
Zenless Zone Zero
HoYoverse is also making this game.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
It’s almost time to get our hands on the eager-anticipated arcade beat-em-up sequel. It’s coming 16 June.
The PC strategy game is now coming to consoles too.
One Piece Odyssey
A new One Piece JRPG is on the way from Bandai Namco.
Soul Hackers 2
Atlus’ sequel is now available to pre-order both physically and digitally.
Metal: Hellsinger doesn’t just have a hardcore metal soundtrack, you can time your kills to its beats to get even more intense gameplay in this interesting FPS.
This first-person, open world survival game is from ex-BioWare exec, Aaryn Flynn. It’s looking very promising so far.
With the character creation being a major highlight of the forthcoming Saints Row reboot, Volition has released a demo featuring just that – the ability to create your boss before it even comes out.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Fatshark’s latest Warhammer game is coming this September.
Layers of Fears
Blooper Team returns to its Layers of Fear series with the first outing made entirely in Unreal Engine 5.
In the latest Gotham Knights trailer we get to see former Robin Nightwing in action.
The Last of Us Part 1 Remake
Although it had leaked earlier that day, the trailer for the PS5 remake of The Last of Us (renamed to include Part 1) is nothing short of spectacular.
Who are the publishers and developers taking part in Summer Game Fest?
The following partners have signed on to take part in the Summer Game Fest this year.
- Bandai Namco
- Blooper Team
- Coffee Stain
- Deep Silver
- Digital Extremes
- Electronic Arts
- Epic Games
- Focus Entertainment
- Frost Giant Studios
- Humble Games
- Level Infinite
- Raw Fury
- Samsung Gaming Hub
- Skybound Games
- Studio MDHR
- Square Enix
- Tribeca Festival
- Warner Bros. Games
Writing by Rik Henderson.