Unwrapping the biggest announcements from Summer Game Fest 2022

Summer Game Fest has rolled around for 2022, providing many of the high profile gaming announcements we have come to expect with E3. With E3’s unfortunate cancellation this year, Summer Game Fest bears a hefty amount of weight on its shoulders. So we thought we would dive right in and wrap up this morning’s most significant announcements.

The Last of Us is being remade from the ground up for both PlayStation 5 and PC

A long-running rumour is now a reality. Now titled The Last of Us: Part 1, the original game will be receiving a major graphical facelift, heading to both the PlayStation 5 and PC. While I think the original holds up graphically, there’s no doubting that this looks gorgeous. It’s also right around the corner, launching on the 2nd of September this year on PlayStation 5, with a PC version set to release at a later date.

As of right now, you can begin creating your character for the upcoming Saints Row

You read that right. Fans of the series can now get a head start in creating the character for this year’s Saints Row reboot. We’ve already seen just how crazy this Saints Row is allowing you to be, and we can’t wait to see the results. It’s called Saints Row: Boss Factory, and it’s available on all major platforms right now.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had some fresh gameplay footage to show off

After an impressive world reveal trailer only a couple of days ago, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is back at it again with some more gampleay footage. What feels like a riff on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s mission aboard a shipping container freighter, is tense, cinematic and as usual, action-packed. We can’t wait to check this one out when it releases on all major platforms on the 28th of October, 2022.

The Callisto Protocol is as terrifying as we had imagined

Very similar to the footage shown off druing PlayStation’s June State of Play stream, The Callisto Protocol brings the Dead Space vibes to a new and brutal third-person survival horror. We can’t wait. The Callisto Protocol will release on all major platforms on the 2nd of December, 2022.

Aliens: Dark Descent aims to pull us back into the Aliens universe

Someone spilled some XCOM into my Aliens game. Positioned as a tactical squad-based experience, Aliens: Dark Descent retains much fo the film’s authenicity in terms of tone. While we didn’t get a great look at gameplay, the Aliens universe is something we’re always keen to get back into. It’s also releasing on all major platforms sometime in 2023.

Guile returns to the franchise in Street Fighter 6

Was this ever really in doubt? Either way, we’re just happy to see the Guile and his iconic flat-top hairstyle return to the franchise in Street Fighter 6. The franchise itself will return to all major platforms sometime in 2023.

Witchfire returns with a new gamplay trailer

After its reveal almost 4 years ago, Witchfire has finally made an appreacnce with some fresh, fast-paced, Doom-esque action. While the game is set to release in early access form soon, we can only guess that the full release is still some time away.

30 years later, Flashback is getting a sequel

Revealed via a slightly confusing trailer, Flashback 2 is set to revive an age-old fab favourite, with more side-scrolling action. It will release later this year on all major platforms.

Action-Thriller Fort Solis revealed

While the trailer didn’t give away too much, Fort Solis seems intense to say the least. Starring Troy Baker, you’ll navigate what seems to be a space station that seems to be under attack. The indie title has not yet been given a release date but will launch on PC via Steam.

Yet another space horror, Routine, is hinting that we should leave space alone

If today’s announcements have shown us anything, it’s that we should be very careful of space exploration. This first-person horror title sees you exploring an abandoned lunar base. Routine will be launching on both PC and Xbox platforms and will be available on Game Pass.

Frost Giant Studios releasing a new RTS, titled Stormgate

From a team of developers who had previously worked at Blizzard, this RTS showed off a largely cinematic trailer that promises a team of mech suits taking on a wave of demon-like creatures. Count us in. Stormgate will be launching a beta sometime in 2023.

There’s more than meets the eye in American Arcadia

Fans of The Truman Show can rejoice as this indie title sees you trying to escape a picture-perfect city. With no release date yet announced, American Arcadia will launch on all major platforms.

Highwater provides a message about climate change

This indie title will focus on the negative effects of climate change and release sometime in 2022.

Goat Simulator is getting another sequel

In case you felt the need for more goat-inspired insanity, Goat Simulator 3 is sure to please. The fact that it also rips off the trailer for Dead Island 2 is downright hilarious. It will launch on all major platforms sometime in late 2022.

Midnight Suns showcases Spider-Man and Venom in a new trailer

Spider-Man and Venom will be joining the battle in Midnight Suns, the XCOM inspired tactical role-playing game from developer Firaxis Games. It will launch on all major platforms on the 7th of October, 2022.

New Cuphead DLC is right around the corner

More Cuphead is never a bad thing. Its newest DLC, The Delicious Last Course, will launch on the 30th of June, 2022.

Neon White provides a last-minute gameplay trailer 

Revealed at Nintendo Direct, this fact-paced action FPS sees you taking on the role of an assassin sent to take out the worst Hell has to offer. Neon White launches on both Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam on the 16th of June, 2022.

Honkai Starrail is a new tactical RPG from the makers of Genshin Impact

This free-to-play 3D RPG is nothing short of visually striking if a little confusing. However, we love Genshin Impact, so are willing to give this the benefit of the doubt. Honkai Starrail has not yet been given a release date at the time of writing.

Play as Casey Jones in TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge

In case the four turtles weren’t enough, you’ll get to take on the Foot Clan as hockey stick-wielding Casey Jones. TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge will also introduce 6-player online and local multiplayer and launch on all major platforms on the 16th of June, 2022.

Luffy returns in One Piece Odyssey

The Straw Hat Pirates are all set to return in this JRPG adventure that looks admittedly as gorgeous as it does promising. One Piece Odyssey will launch on all major platforms sometime in 2022.

Rock to the beat with Metal Hellsinger

This rhythm-based action title features System of a Down’s own Serj Tankian, as he belts out a brutal metal soundtrack. Metal Hellsinger’s demo is available now, with a release on all major platforms set for the 15th of September, 2022.

Nightingale released a brand new gameplay trailer

An interesting Victorian-era setting paired with open-world survival mechanics makes for a strange blend, but we’re definitely keen to see more. With no release date yet announced, those interested can sign up for updates on Nightingale’s website.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a follow-up to Vermintide

While I’m not a fan of the Warhammer franchise, I personally enjoyed the Vermintide games. Darktide removes the rates and places you in the midst of zombie-like creatures as you shoot and hack your way through the hordes. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will launch on PC and Xbox platforms on the 13th of September, 2022.

We got another look at Layers of Fears

The horror is all too strong this Summer Game Fest. Layers of Fears will be built using Unreal Engine 5, and it shows. It will launch on next-generation consoles early in 2023.

A new Gotham Knights trailer showcased even more of Nightwing

What seems to be the first of a dedicated look at each of the playable characters in Gotham Knights, sees Nightwing show off his moves and nifty glider in an all-new trailer. Gotham Knights will launch on next-generation consoles on the 25th of October, 2022.

The upcoming Last of Us multiplayer experience got some fresh concept art

Neil Drukmann himself took the time to showcase some gorgeous concept art of the previously announced and standalone Last of Us multiplayer experience. Featuring a new cast of characters and set in a new city, it seems as though the game is still some time away.

Matthew Arcari

Matthew Arcari is the games and technology editor at The AU Review. You can find him on Twitter at @sirchunkee, or at the Dagobah System, chilling with Luke and Yoda.