It’s that point of the 12 months: The Recreation Awards, a 3 hour-long occasion the place the awards take backstage to trailers and divulges. This 12 months’s present was a busy one, with information overlaying every part from Star Wars and The Expanse to Halo and Amongst Us. We even received a brand new Alan Wake. Additionally, Sting was there.
Should you weren’t capable of catch the present reside, listed below are all the largest bulletins you missed.
Epic’s newest demo for Unreal Engine 5 isn’t only a fairly cinematic, however slightly an interactive function you’ll be able to obtain free of charge proper now on a PlayStation 5. Even higher, it’s an opportunity to discover the cyberpunk world of The Matrix forward of the fourth film’s launch later this month — which we just so happened to get a fresh look at tonight, as properly. For much more, you’ll want to take a look at our interview with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
One of many largest surprises was that Alan Wake is getting a sequel. We don’t know a lot about it, however inventive director Sam Lake says the collection shall be shifting in a survival horror route.
Silent Hill creator returns with Slitterhead
Bokeh Recreation Studio, a group led by Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama, teased an especially creepy new recreation with the equally creepy title Slitterhead. It’s so creepy I can’t embed the trailer — test it out here.
Elden Ring nonetheless appears unbelievable
We’ve already seen loads of Elden Ring — and even played a little bit of it — however that doesn’t imply we don’t wish to maintain watching trailers. The most recent is extra centered on story than gameplay, and makes the watch for the sport’s February launch that a lot tougher.
It’s been a very long time since Rocksteady — the studio best-known for the Arkham collection of Batman video games — revealed that it was working on a Suicide Squad title, however we received a recent have a look at Kill the Justice League due to a brand new trailer. The sport is predicted to launch in 2022, making it Rocksteady’s first new recreation in almost seven years.
In different DC information, Monolith Productions — the group behind Center-earth: Shadow of Mordor — is making a Surprise Lady recreation. It’ll be a third-person motion recreation with that can make use of Mordor’s famed “nemesis system.” No phrase but on launch date or platforms.
The previously PlayStation-exclusive remake of traditional Remaining Fantasy VII is now coming to PCs — and it’s coming quickly. The port shall be out on December sixteenth, and it’ll be the improved Intergrade model that beforehand graced the PS5.
Quantic Dream, the studio behind the, let’s say, questionable game Detroit: Become Human, is now making a title based mostly within the Star Wars universe. It’s referred to as Eclipse, is ready through the Excessive Republic period, and is described as “an intricately branching action-adventure recreation that may be skilled in some ways, and places the destinies of a number of playable characters in your arms.” No phrase on a launch window or platforms but.
Whereas everyone seems to be hooked on Halo Infinite, there’s one other massive addition to the Halo universe coming as properly. On the Recreation Awards we received our first actual have a look at the live-action Halo TV present that’s coming to Paramount Plus early subsequent 12 months.
You’ll be able to already play social deduction hit Amongst Us on a wide array of platforms, however its subsequent launch presents one thing completely different: digital actuality. The brand new model is being developed by VR studio Schell Video games (I Count on You to Die) and can shift the expertise from a cute 2D recreation to a first-person, 3D expertise. No phrase on a launch date, nevertheless it’s coming to Meta Quest, PlayStation VR, and Steam VR headsets.
In a shock announcement, Google teased a brand new instrument that can make it potential to play Android video games from Google Play on a PC. We don’t have many particulars but, nevertheless it’s anticipated to be obtainable in 2022.
A double dose of Sonic
Along with the surprise reveal of a brand new “open zone” recreation referred to as Sonic Frontiers, the newest try and make a great 3D Sonic The Hedgehog, we additionally received a glimpse at the sequel to the live-action Sonic movie from 2020 — together with the primary look (and hear) of Idris Elba as Knuckles.
The world of Dune is ready to increase with Spice Wars, a real-time technique recreation from developer Shiro Video games that’s slated to launch in early entry on PC in 2022.
A protracted, uncomfortable trailer for Hellblade 2
The sequel to Hellblade — a terrifying game about madness — appears larger in nearly each manner, from the world you’ll be working by means of to the creepy monsters you’ll tackle. In brief, it appears terrifying, however you may get a great really feel for the expertise with this prolonged new trailer.
It’s been a very long time since we’ve heard from Studio MDHR about The Scrumptious Final Course, a giant enlargement coming to run-and-gun platformer Cuphead. Now we not solely have a recent look, however a launch date: the DLC shall be obtainable on June thirtieth, 2022 on all platforms that Cuphead is on.
One other chill League of Legends album
This summer time Riot launched an extremely chill album stuffed with copyright-free music designed particularly for streamers. Now it’s launched its second, based mostly on League character Diana, which options 43 tracks composed by 25 completely different artists. It’s obtainable to stream now on companies like Spotify and Apple Music.
Years after its preliminary launch, the genre-defining battle royale PUBG is lastly going free to play. The change places the sport on even footing with contemporaries like Fortnite and Apex Legends (together with the cellular spinoffs PUBG Cell and PUBG: New State) and will go a good distance in direction of preserving the sport’s aggressive scene alive for the following few years.
Dramatic Labs, a brand new studio made up of veterans from ill-fated adventure game developer Telltale, is utilizing that very same choose-your-own-adventure format for an upcoming Star trek recreation. It’s referred to as Resurgence, and the studio says it tells an all-new story set not lengthy after the occasions of The Subsequent Technology. It’s as a result of launch subsequent spring on Xbox, PlayStation, and the Epic Video games Retailer.
…and Telltale is making an Expanse recreation
In the meantime, the revived model of Telltale can be engaged on a sci-fi title, with a brand new collection based mostly on The Expanse. It’s billed as a prequel to the Amazon Prime collection, and is being co-developed by Life is Unusual studio Deck 9.
Thirsty Suitors has sturdy Scott Pilgrim vibes
The most recent launch from Falcon Age developer Outerloop Games is known as Thirsty Suitors, and it’s described as “a story action-adventure recreation that grapples with themes of complicated household dynamics, navigating troublesome relationships, and discovering one’s true self.” It additionally has some sturdy Scott Pilgrim vibes with fights in opposition to exes, together with some Tony Hawk-model skateboarding. The Annapurna-published recreation is listed as “coming quickly” for PC.
Launch dates for Tunic, CrossfireX, and Misplaced Ark
Nestled amongst the entire trailers and divulges have been a number of newly introduced launch dates. The lovable Zelda-like Tunic is popping out on March sixteenth for the Xbox and PC — and we additionally received an enthralling new trailer to go together with the date. CrossfireX, the upcoming Xbox shooter that’s a collaboration between Smilegate and Remedy, will debut on February eighth. (Whereas Smilegate developed the multiplayer portion, Treatment dealt with the single-player marketing campaign.) In the meantime, Misplaced Ark, an MMO printed by Amazon, shall be obtainable on February eleventh on Steam.