It’s that time again. The Game Awards; an industry awards show, now arguably as anticipated for game reveals as the awards themselves.
Every year, there is a raft of new games announced and this year is no exception. For this week’s blog, we’ve got all the key new titles you need to know about.
First up is what’s being described as an interactive demo for Unreal Engine 5, set in the world of The Matrix series to tie in with the upcoming release for the fourth film in the franchise (we also got another new trailer for the film too). The demo is downloadable for free now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S and looks exceedingly pretty.
We were also treated to a surprise out of left-field as the Alan Wake series returns with a sequel, eleven years after the original game. Confirmed for some time in 2023, the announcement was light on info, only saying the series is moving more towards survival horror.
Staying on the horror game theme, the creator behind famed horror games Silent Hill and Bokeh Game Studio are releasing a new, equally terrifying looking game called Slitterhead. No release period has been confirmed as of yet, but it’s definitely one to watch.
It wouldn’t be a modern gaming announcement show without a wealth of new games based on comic book characters. One of the most promising is Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, expected in 2022. Made by Rocksteady, the team behind the critically acclaimed Arkham series, this is their first game in almost seven years and if it’s anything like their previous work, it will be amazing.
Next up on the comic book capers is a Wonder Woman game from the developers that made Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, another critically acclaimed game. No release window for this one, but another game that could be very positive upon release.
In exciting news for PC gamers, the originally PlayStation exclusive Final Fantasy VII remake has been announced for PC on 16th December and is the enhanced Intergrade version that first released only on PS5.
It was a great show for acclaimed studios releasing games based on popular IPs and Quantic Dream are jumping on the Star Wars bandwagon with Eclipse, described as “intricately branching action-adventure that can be experienced in many ways and puts the destinies of multiple playable characters in your hands”. This one didn’t come with a release window or platforms yet.
Moving away from existing movie franchises as games, it was announced that indie hit Among Us is coming to VR, covering Quest, PS VR and Steam VR headsets.
Next up, we saw not one but two bits of information on new Sonic related things. First up was the reveal of the new 3D Sonic Frontier, an “open zone” (see open world) game. We also saw a teaser for the next movie based on the super-fast blue hedgehog.
We also have a real-time strategy game based on the Dune series coming to early access on PC, Cuphead DLC, a Telltale style Star Trek, as well as an actual Telltale game based on an Amazon TV show called The Expanse and the new Thirsty Suitors, described as like Scott Pilgrim meets Tony Hawk skateboarding (weird..).
To finish up, release date were announced for Tunic, a Zelda-like game (March 16th, Xbox and PC), CrossfireX, an upcoming shooter for Xbox (February 8th) and Lost Ark, an Amazon published MMO (February 11th on Steam).
And that’s your lot! What a way to close out 2021, with a long list of new releases to look forward to over the next few years. It’s safe to say that gamers have a lot to look forward to.