It’s that time of year when we all gather around Twitch to watch three hours of video game announcements punctuated by some awards. Yes, it’s The Game Awards 2022. As always, this year’s edition of the annual event was packed with big reveals and loads of trailers (there were a few awards too). If you didn’t manage to sit out the whole thing, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. These are the biggest things you may have missed.
Some more Final Fantasy XVI
The trailers in front Final Fantasy XVI keep coming, and the latest – as always – is full of giant monster battles and political intrigue. We even have a good release date: the game will be out on the PS5 on June 22, 2023. But because of all the gore, you have to go to YouTube to watch it.
Armored Core VI is on the way
FromSoftware took a break from accepting awards from Elder ring to make the surprising announcement that Armored Core VI: Burning Rubicon Is in the making. It’s coming to PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam, and while it doesn’t have a specific release date, the studio says it’s coming out next year.
The Mario Bros. movie looks like a toad ally good time
It wasn’t all games. Nintendo and Illumination also showed a short new clip from the Super Mario Bros. movie, especially targeting the always-overlooked Toads. Our previous looks focused on Chris Pratt-voiced Mario and, more recently, Princess Peach.
Horizon Forbidden West gets an extension
The open world of Horizon Forbidden West is about to get even bigger. Sony has announced the game’s first expansion, called “Burning Shores”, which will allow you to explore new locations, including the Hollywood Sign. It’s coming out in April, but only for PS5.
We got a fresh look Cyberpunk 2077‘s first expansion, Phantom Freedom, which will be released next year. None other than Idris Elba will play the leading role.
Diablo IV will be released next June
The long-in-development Diablo IV now has a release date. The dark action RPG is due out on June 6, 2023, and you can check out a brand new trailer to get a taste of what to expect. (Be warned it’s age-restricted, so you’ll have to click through to YouTube to watch.)
Amazon is trying for itself Genshin effect
Amazon has announced its latest publishing deal and is teaming up with Bandai Namco on a title called Blue protocol. It is an MMO with anime style visuals and action RPG gameplay, which is somewhat similar to the hugely popular Genshin effect. The game is coming to the PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC in the second half of 2023, with a closed beta on PC expected early next year.
A Dune survival MMO
Funcom provided a new look at Dune: awaken, a survival MMO set in the iconic sci-fi universe. It sounds loud:
In Dune: awaken you try to survive the countless dangers of Arrakis along with thousands of other players. Discover your role and identity in this harsh environment, on an epic personal journey as you search for water and build storm shelters to control the flow of herbs in the highest reaches of this unforgiving planet.
A new trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
EA first unveiled the sequel to Jedi: fallen order back at Star Wars Celebration, and now we’ve got a new trailer for the sequel that gives us a good look at the gameplay. In fact, it now has a release date, launching on March 17.
Kojima has a new game, and it’s more Death stranding
Death stranding director Hideo Kojima dropped by to show off his next game, which he’s been teasing for a while. It is a sequel: at the moment it is known as DS2, but that’s just a working title. Most importantly, it looks extremely weird.
The classic roguelike Hades gets a sequel. Developer Supergiant Games revealed Hades II at the awards, though there aren’t many details other than that it’s in development. But like its predecessor, it will be available in early access to begin with.
A sweet surprise for Suicide Squad
We took a closer look at Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad game, and it came with a nice surprise: the late Kevin Conroy will play Batman one last time.
Street Fighter 6 gets a release date
We finally know when it looks excellent Street Fighter 6 launches: June 2, 2023. We also have a new trailer that shows a fresh look at a number of different characters in action, including Dee Jay, Manon, Marisa, and JP.
The first release of Ghost Story Games
Ghost Story Games, a studio led by former BioShock creative head Ken Levine, showed off its first game with a short trailer for Judas. We don’t know much more about the single-player shooter, but it’s coming to PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC when it launches.
Hide and seek is coming Among us
The next big update for Among us is a hide and seek mode aptly named “hide n seek”. The best part is that it’s coming very soon: the update will be out on December 9th.
Dead cellsmeet Castlevania
The very Castlevania-like game Dead cells gets a crossover with… Castlevania. The next expansion to the game is called ‘Return to Castlevania’ and will be released early next year.
Return and The last of us come to the PC
The extremely hard atmospheric shooter Return is the latest PlayStation title to make its way to PC. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but the PC version is listed as “coming soon”. It will be participating The Last of Us Part Iwhich will be available on March 3.
Hellboy looks good
A new game starring Hellboy is in the works, and based on the first trailer, it looks like a beat ’em up that really captures Mike Mignola’s art. It is called Hellboy: Web of Wyrdand while it doesn’t have a release date, it’s coming to a number of platforms: Steam, Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.
The first trailer for Earth knife
The team behind the indie classic celeste is back with a new game called Earth knifeplanned for 2024. This is the starting point:
You are Névoa, an enigmatic child of fate who finally returns to Earth, in this exploration action platformer. Earth knife‘s lush pixel art world offers seamless exploration, challenging combat and countless mysteries to unravel. Journey through the remains of a devastated world, encounter inhabitants both friend and foe, and reconstruct Earth’s fractured history.