More so than the actual awards, many gamers were looking forward to the Game Awards 2022 for all the announcements. Geoff Keighley’s annual awards show has become yet another venus for publishers to announce whatever big game they’re working on, and this year’s edition did not disappoint.
In the lead-up to the awards, a few leaks had come out teasing gamers with what they could expect. While these did come to pass, there were still enough surprises at the show.
As such, without much further ado, here are some of the biggest Game Awards 2022 announcements.
Street Fighter 6 release date and pre-order bundles
This was leaked yesterday by a PlayStation Store entry that apparently went up earlier than expected. As the leak stated, Capcom’s Street Fighter 6 will launch on June 6, 2023 with three separate pre-order bundles.
What wasn’t in the leak was the first in-game glimpses of characters Deejay, Marisa, Manon and JP, as well as a few new features of the game’s open-world mode, including the ability to fight alongside AI-controlled allies.
Update: Capcom has released a second trailer showing the bonus colors players will receive with the Deluxe and Ultimate editions of the game.
Star Wars: Jedi Survivor confirms March release
Another game that leak prior to the awards was Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, the follow-up to the excellent Star Wars: Fallen Order. The new trailer below not only confirms the leaked release date of March 17, 2023, but it also shows the first gameplay footage of this new Star Wars soulslike.
Tekken 8 gets a new trailer
Much-awaited 3D fighter Tekken 8 received a new trailer at The Game Awards. The trailer hinted at more of the game’s story, while also showing off some of the characters returning in this installment of the King of Iron fist tournament—Kazuya, Jin, Paul, King, Law, Lars, Jack-8 and, in a surprise twist, a seemingly revived Jun Kazama.
Diablo 4 has a release date
Blizzard’s long-awaited fourth game in the stories Diablo franchise now has a release date. Diablo 4 arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles on June 6, 2023.
FromSoftware’s next game is Armore Core VI: Fires of Rubicon
FromSoftware announced their next game, and it’s not a medieval hack-and-slash soulslike RPG. The company is returning to its Armor Core franchise with Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. The new trailer doesn’t show much other than that it’s coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One and XBox Series consoles in 2023.
Final Fantasy XVI is also releasing in June
Yet another game releasing in June of next year is Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XVI. The much-awaited RPG will arrive on June 23, 2026. In addition, the trailer showed of more of the games “Eikons” including how they factor in battle.
Hades II announced
The original Hades was one of the biggest little games of 2020. Now, players can return to the world that Supergiant created in 2023. The new trailer not only shows some gameplay, but it also confirms that dedicated fans would be able to get early access to the game next year.
Judas announced—a new game from Ken Levine
Bioshock creator Ken Levine finally revealed his long-awaited new game. Called Judas, the new game looks to be a single-player, narrative-driven first-person shooter, giving off some “Bioshock in space” vibes.
Death Stranding 2 announced
Arguably one of the biggest Game Awards 2022 announcements is that Hideo Kojima is following up Death Stranding with a sequel. And such has come to pass at the Game Awards where Kojima Productions dropped the trailer for Death Stranding 2—a working title, for now, meaning Kojima Pro may reveal a much more interesting name for it late on.
The Last of Us comes to PC in March 2023
The Last of Us is finally coming to PC. Naughty Dog’s zombie action-adventure game will arrive on Steam on March 3, 2023. Interestingly enough, the port was supposed to arrive earlier, this September in fact. However, Naughty Dog decided to take some extra time to give it a bit more polish.
Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores revealed
Sony dropped the official trailer for Horizon Forbidden West‘s upcoming expansion. Titled Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores, the expansion arrives on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 in April of 2023.
Crash Team Rumble revealed
Activision announced its newest Crash Bandicoot game, Crash Team Rumble at The Game Awards 2022. This new game is a multiplayer team action game hat lets players control a number of characters from the franchise.
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon revealed for Switch
Hot on the heels of Bayonetta 3, which was released last October, Platinum has revealed a new spin-off called Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon. The new game will let players control both a young version of Bayonetta 3‘s Cereza and the demon Cheshire, all while featuring a new, cel-shaded art style. The new game arrives on Switch on March 17, 2023.
Baldur’s Gate 3 gets a release window
Baldur’s Gate 3, the long-awaited third installment in this historic PC RPG franchise, is finally leaving early access. The game will officially be released sometime in August of 2023.
Returnal is coming to PC
The Last of Us isn’t the only formerly PlayStation-exclusive coming to PC. Roguelike Returnal is getting also a PC release. The game will arrive on the platform in early 2023.
New Hellboy video game announced
Mike Mignola comic book creation is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox series consoles with Hellboy: Web of Wyrd. Nothing much is known about the game except that it’s supposed to be a roguelite action game with an original story.
Batman revealed for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Warner Bros. revealed that Batman will be making an appearance in the long-awaited Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League game. The game features the voice of the late Kevin Conroy, making this likely the last game to feature the legendary voice actor in the role of Batman following his passing earlier this year.
Transformers: Reactivate announced
For fans of transforming robots, Splash Damage announced that it’s currently working on Transformers: Reactivate. The game will be an online action game for PC and consoles that will tell a new Transformers story while letting players “fully immerse themselves in the universe like never before.”
Dune Awakening gets a new “pre-alpha” trailer
Announced a few months back, Dune Awakening, the survival MMO based on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel—and the recent Denix Villeneuve film adaptation—received a new trailer at The Game Awards. The trailer states that the game is still in “pre-alpha,” meaning that the game is a long way off, that said, what is shown looks to be already quite impressive
Vampire Survivors is coming to mobile
The hit roguelike shoot ’em up Vampire Survivors is coming to mobile on both iOS and Android devices, for free.
Dead Cells getting Castlevania DLC next year
Speaking of vampires, seminal vampire hunting franchise Castlevania is crossing over into Dead Cells next year. The Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania DLC will arrive sometime in Q1 2023 and will add new enemies (including 3 bosses), 14 weapons, 2 new biomes, a new storyline, and 20 outfits. Oh, and over 50 original and reimagined Castlevania musical tracks.
Of course, there are there was much more that was revealed at the show. Keep locked in to Variable for more on these and other games.
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