Summer Game Fest 2022 kicked off a short week of conferences and events that revealed new titles to video game fans worldwide. This year’s event mainly focused on previously announced games but still managed to sneak in a surprise or two. A lot was announced during the show, so here are eight things you might’ve missed at Summer Game Fest.
You can watch the entire presentation above.
Saints Row: Boss Factory
Like many of the announcements from the event, the Saints Row: Boss Factory was leaked beforehand. Fans of Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row 4 will remember how both of those games had demos that let you create your character before launch so that you could jump right into the game. Boss Factory is basically the modern version of that concept for the upcoming reboot of the series. Not only does it feature the game’s robust character creator, but it also features a sneak peek at the clothing and music you can expect to see and hear when the game launches. It is now available to download on PSN, Xbox Live and the Epic Games Store. Saints Row: Boss Factory will be released on August 23.
In 2017, Witchfire was announced at the Game Awards. About five years later, it returned to the public eye with a new gameplay trailer. The game is a first-person shooter from the folks who worked on Bulletstorm and Painkiller. It takes place in a fantasy world filled with witches and magic and is described on the Epic Games Store as “a roguelite for people who hate roguelites.” The game will launch later this year during Early Access on the Epic Games Store.
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Stormgate is from former Starcraft 2 developers. It is a free-to-play, real-time strategy (RTS) developed with Unreal Engine 5. The game’s description on Steam mentions that there will be “hundreds of units in epic, large-scale wars across a variety of maps and tilesets” along with an “ever-evolving story through thrilling campaign missions where science fiction and fantasy collide.” These campaign missions can be played with up to three other players. A 1v1 multiplayer mode will also be available. The game will launch in 2023, starting with a beta.
Goat Simulator 3
The funniest announcement from the show had to be Goat Simulator 3. The reveal trailer parodied the one from Dead Island, and it fooled many people because it has been years since Dead Island has made an appearance. Another funny thing about the reveal is the game’s title. There is no Goat Simulator 2, meaning this is the second game. This sequel will feature co-op, allowing four players to wreck goat mayhem in an open-world sandbox and some mini games. The game is set to feature more secrets than the first and more item interactions as well. You can play Goat Simulator 3 this Fall on PC via the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Campaign Demo
Most Call of Duty fans are obsessed with the game’s multiplayer, but the campaign is still a core part of the Call of Duty experience. Those who watched Summer Game Fest were treated to a gameplay demo of a mission from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. The mission featured the main characters on a ship, engaging in a shootout with hostiles. During the mission, the shipping crates on the boat begin moving side to side, which significantly affects how the player shoots and moves through combat. The mission did a great job showing the game’s improved graphics but didn’t offer any multiplayer. That will come at another time. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC on October 28.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns Adds Spider-Man and Venom
Marvel’s Midnight Suns was first shown last summer. It was shown to be an RTS set in the Marvel universe, featuring cards as a part of the combat. This summer, it returned with a new trailer showing Spider-Man and Venom. Spider-Man will be one of the playable characters in the game, as players team up with other Marvel heroes, like Iron Man, Blade and Ghost Rider, to stop Lillith — the mother of demons — from destroying the world. Players will control the Hunter; an original character created just for the game, who is also customizable. Venom and The Hulk will be two of the many Marvel characters who have been corrupted by Lillith. It will launch on October 7 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC. A Nintendo Switch version will come later.
Last of Us Remake and Multiplayer Spin-Off
A remake of The Last of Us has been rumored for about a year. At Summer Game Fest, it was finally confirmed. The remake is set to utilize the full power of the PS5 to create a new Last of Us experience. It will have new combat features, visual upgrades and enemy AI —similar to the one found in Last of Us: Part 2. It sounds like the remake will play just like The Last of Us: Part 2, which would be an excellent idea since that game’s gameplay was top-notch. It will be available on September 2 for PS5 and PC.
In addition to the remake, Naughty Dog confirmed the long-rumored existence Last of Us multiplayer spin-off. Part 2 was set to have multiplayer until it grew so large that it became its own game. There is no release date or information yet, but it will take place in San Francisco and feature a new cast of characters.
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