The week when E3 was supposed to happen has been and gone without an E3. In its place, we got the Geoff Keighley-run Summer Games Fest. This served as a rather wide umbrella for most of the companies that would’ve had showcases at E3. We’ve rounded up the best trailers and reveals, with a few honourable mentions, so you don’t have to slog through a week’s worth of events.
Sony’s State of Play
Sony’s State of Play took place a little before Summer Games Fest kicked off. This is where we heard about the Spider-Man games coming to PC and something new from one of the Dead Space creators called The Callisto Protocol. There was another trailer of that last one at Sumer Games Fest as well. It’s out 2 December 2022 and PC and PlayStation. A gameplay trailer for Final Fantasy 16 was also present, if you’re a fan of the series, as was the reveal trailer for the Resident Evil 4 Remake and Stray. We’re rather keen on that last one.
Summer Games Fest
Here’s where we got our first proper look at the next Call of Shooty game. It’s the sequel to the reboot of the Modern Warfare series from 2019. We have to say this looks… pretty bland. The troops head to an oil rig, kill everyone and then they head to a cargo ship and kill everyone. In the name of freedom or something. It all seems a bit too familiar. Oh, and this one will be $70.
If you enjoy XCOM you might want to take a look at Marvel’s Midnight Suns. It’s from the same studio as the aforementioned turn-based RPG but in this one you need to make friends with and control Marvel heroes to save the world. It’s out 7 October 2022, on PC and console.
The Last of Us Remastered is getting another remaster. The Last of Us Part 1 will be “built from the ground up” for current-gen consoles and will make its way to PC as well, finally. We also heard a bit more about the multiplayer spin-off game that’s in the pipeline. No word on if or when that one will launch, though.
Microsoft & Bethesda
The headline of Microsoft and Bethesda’s showcase was the extended gameplay trailer for Starfield. The much anticipated new title, Elder Scrolls in Space, is from the company that brought you all the other Elder Scrolls and Fallout games. As nice as it was that we saw 15 minutes of gameplay, the accompanying delay to 2023 left a sour taste in out mouth.
Along with Starfield, we also saw trailers of Forza Motorsport, Diablo IV, Minecraft Legends and Overwatch 2. PvP for the latter will go into early access on 4 October and will be free-to-play. Otherwise… Microsoft’s event consisted of a heck of a lot of DLC. That’s… a little less than exciting.