Ten Games To Get Excited About From Summer Games Fest 2022

Summer Games Fest has come and gone, and we’ve had a few hit and misses. Overall, I think this needs to be condensed into a few days, rather than stretched over a few weeks. However, we still had a few announcements to be excited about. Today I am going to check out ten games to be excited about from Summer Games Fest 2022.

Metal Hellsinger

Originally set to launch in 2021, Metal: Hellsinger is a rhythm FPS in which you blast your way through Hell to the headbanging vocals of artists such as Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Tatiana Shmayluk (Jinjer), and Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity). Now developer The Outsiders and publisher Funcom have decided to move the release to 2022 in order to meet the high expectations for the game.

First announced in June 2020, Metal: Hellsinger immediately caught the imagination of gamers and pundits. It features an immersive and innovative way of incorporating music in games, through the use of layered tracks. Each level has its own song, and every song is divided into multiple layers. Your performance impacts how many layers of the song will be played at a time, starting with atmospheric background music, and ending with powerful metal anthems.

Cocoon

Cocoon is the brand new offering from Playdead, the studio behind Limbo and Inside. It’s a top-down puzzle adventure, set to come out next year. Cocoon is a unique take on the puzzle adventure genre, where each world exists within an orb that you can carry on your back. Wrap your head around the core mechanic of leaping between worlds—and combine, manipulate, and rearrange them to solve intricate puzzles.

Interact with alien environments and biomechanical devices left behind by an ancient civilization. Journey through unique and diverse biomes, from industrial structures to massive organic caverns, and discover how they are connected to one another. Each orb has an ability that can be unlocked, thereby turning the orb into a unique tool for you to utilize within other worlds. Use these abilities to uncover hidden pathways and objects, fire projectiles to trigger switches, and more. Mighty guardians protect every world, and you must face them in fierce battles. Each fight is unique and requires you to master new and satisfying mechanics.

WrestleQuest

In WrestleQuest, players assume the role of young wrestling hopeful, on his quest to become one of the all-time greats while he powerbombs, slams, and suplexes his way to the top. Inspired by icons like the legendary “Macho Man” Randy Savage, our hero must immerse himself in the world of professional wrestling, which will not only test his athleticism but his will and conscience too.

Starfield

The conference came to a close with an appearance from Todd Howard, and a much-anticipated update on space RPG, Starfield. In an extended reveal, Bethesda showcased chunks of gameplay, explorable areas, as well as robust character creation, skill trees and crafting systems. Starfield doesn’t have a solid launch date just yet following a delay, but it’s expected sometime in 2023.

Wolong: Fallen Dynasty

Team Ninja is currently working on Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, a new action title set to release early 2023.

Wo Long is a Soulslike set in China’s Three Kingdoms period and is a collaboration between Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo, famous for its Dynasty Warriors series.

The game began development following Team Ninja’s Nioh, so shares much of its Soulslike DNA.

“Making it a challenging game was something we had decided from the beginning,” said producer Fumihiko Yasuda. “With all the legendary heroes of the Three Kingdoms period, it can come across as somewhat campy, but in reality it was a time of war and devastation. It was a dark period in which people were constantly fighting, which is a great match for a Soulslike game. Being set in China, Wo Long is more massive in scale compared to our previous games set in Japan, which allowed us to show a more severe and dark world.

“The same can be said for the difficulty. There’s no doubt this will be an extremely challenging and demanding game, but we’ve come up with new ways to approach that difficulty. In that regard, players can look forward to a type of satisfaction that wasn’t present in earlier Team Ninja titles.”

Following the huge success of Elden Ring, as well as other Soulslike games this year such as Tunic and Sifu, means high difficulty isn’t enough for a game to stand out and catch attention. It needs to balance difficulty and fairness, while also bringing unique elements.

Street Fighter 6

Announced earlier this year, Capcom showed off the first gameplay for Street Fighter 6, which is slated to arrive in 2023.

Simpler controls will let you improve your offense and defense. With good timing you can unleash attacks with flashy visuals, allowing you to experience the thrill of the fight even more.

The engine that powers the Drive System is available as soon as the round begins, allowing you to fight to your liking. If you spend your entire Drive Gauge, you’ll enter a burnout state with big disadvantages, but it also replenishes automatically, making meter management a key to the fight. Understanding the system in-depth, including when to be conservative and when to gamble, allows for deep, high-level battles.

Street Fighter 6 offers a new control mode to play without the need to remember difficult command inputs, allowing players to enjoy the flow of battle. Players who are delving into the world of Street Fighter for the first time, or those who haven’t touched a fighting game in years, can jump right into the fray. Of course, the traditional control type of the series is still available for players who enjoy it.

Witchfire

Originally announced in 2017, Witchfire received a new trailer and a release window. The dark fantasy first-person shooter is developed by The Astronauts, the Polish indie behind The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and will be in Early Access exclusively on the Epic Games Store this Q4.

Cassette Beasts

Collect awesome monster forms to use during turn-based battles in this indie open-world RPG. Combine any two monster forms using Cassette Beasts’ Fusion System to create unique and powerful new ones! Welcome to New Wirral, a remote island inhabited by creatures you’ve only dreamed of, nightmares you hopefully haven’t, and a cast of brave folks who use cassette tapes to transform for battle. To find a way home you’ll need to explore every inch of the island, and record monsters to tape to gain their abilities!

Final Fantasy 16

Square Enix showed of fresh footage of the next mainline entry its flagship Final Fantasy series, which has been given a launch window of Summer 2023.

The Plucky Squire

Storybook characters discover a three-dimensional world outside the pages of their book and must jump between 2D & 3D realms to save their friends in this charming action-adventure. The Plucky Squire is set to launch in 2023. It tells the tale of storybook characters that come to life outside of their own pages, made by All Possible Futures.