It’s that point of the yr: The Sport Awards, a 3 hour-long occasion the place the awards take backstage to trailers and divulges. This yr’s present was a busy one, with information overlaying the whole lot from Star Wars and The Expanse to Halo and Amongst Us. We even received a brand new Alan Wake. Additionally, Sting was there.
When you weren’t capable of catch the present reside, listed here are all the largest bulletins you missed.
Epic’s newest demo for Unreal Engine 5 isn’t only a fairly cinematic, however quite an interactive characteristic you possibly can obtain without spending a dime 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, remember to take a look at our interview with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
One of many greatest surprises was that Alan Wake is getting a sequel. We don’t know a lot about it, however artistic director Sam Lake says the sequence can be transferring in a survival horror course.
Silent Hill creator returns with Slitterhead
Bokeh Sport Studio, a crew led by Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama, teased a particularly 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 targeted on story than gameplay, and makes the look ahead to 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 sequence of Batman video games — revealed that it was working on a Suicide Squad title, however we received a contemporary take a look at Kill the Justice League due to a brand new trailer. The sport is anticipated to launch in 2022, making it Rocksteady’s first new recreation in almost seven years.
In different DC information, Monolith Productions — the crew behind Center-earth: Shadow of Mordor — is making a Marvel 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 Closing Fantasy VII is now coming to PCs — and it’s coming quickly. The port can 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 about in the course of 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 palms.” 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 Sport Awards we received our first actual take a look at the live-action Halo TV present that’s coming to Paramount Plus early subsequent yr.
You may already play social deduction hit Amongst Us on a wide range of platforms, however its subsequent launch provides one thing completely different: digital actuality. The brand new model is being developed by VR studio Schell Video games (I Anticipate 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 software that can make it doable to play Android video games from Google Play on a PC. We don’t have many particulars but, nevertheless it’s anticipated to be out there 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 to make a very good 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 about to develop 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 method, from the world you’ll be operating via to the creepy monsters you’ll tackle. Briefly, it appears terrifying, however you may get a very good 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, an enormous growth coming to run-and-gun platformer Cuphead. Now we not solely have a contemporary look, however a launch date: the DLC can be out there 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 filled 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 out there 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 cell spinoffs PUBG Cellular and PUBG: New State) and may go a great distance in direction of protecting 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 Era. It’s on account 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 sequence based mostly on The Expanse. It’s billed as a prequel to the Amazon Prime sequence, 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 advanced household dynamics, navigating troublesome relationships, and discovering one’s true self.” It additionally has some sturdy Scott Pilgrim vibes with fights towards 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 had been a number of newly introduced launch dates. The lovely 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 revealed by Amazon, can be out there on February eleventh on Steam.