“Starfield”, “Diablo IV”, “Minecraft Legends”… the highlights of the Summer Game Fest

“Starfield”, “Diablo IV”, “Minecraft Legends”… the highlights of the Summer Game Fest

Didn’t follow the Summer Game Fest and its conferences on new video games? The Pixels service of the World took care of watching all the events broadcast online since June 9 to bring you a recap.

This year, it is clear that a majority of the outstanding trailers concerned productions already known – although highly anticipated – while the breathtaking novelties were desired.

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Major announcements

Looking at the trailer for Starfieldhard not to think ” it is Skyrim and Fallout 4, but in space. The next big game from Bethesda, if it represents a bold choice for a studio known to usually stay mainly on its big licenses, seems to remain in the vein of previous productions: a gigantic exploration game in an open world populated by rival factions , with some gunfights (gun fights) which seem a little soft. If the studio has promised a thousand planets to explore, we can however fear in view of the images a lack of aesthetic variety. To be checked next year.

Expected release in 2023 on PC and Xbox.

Since its announcement three years ago and its postponement eight months ago, Diablo IV is seriously desired. The Xbox and Bethesda conference gave a (rather wide) release window for the next Blizzard game: it should arrive in the first half of 2023. In the meantime, fans were able to discover its fifth and final character class, the Necromancer. This fourth part will be held for the first time in an open world and its 150 dungeons can be traversed in a non-linear way.

Expected release in 2023 on PC and Xbox.

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The real surprises

“The end of the world happened on a sunny day”whispers melancholy in our ears the song that punctuates the first images of Highwater. In this dystopia, humanity is threatened by the drastic rise of the oceans. As the elites are about to flee to Mars, we play as a character trying to infiltrate one of these shuttles. Don’t be fooled by its colorful graphics, the fable promises to be gritty. Demagog Studio offers us a survival game that takes place in the same postapocalyptic universe as the dazzling Golf Club: Wastelands and its sequel, The Cub.

Expected release in 2023 on PC.

After This War of Mine and frostpunktwo very successful games which nevertheless do not shine with their colorful and warm aesthetics, the Polish studio 11 Bit unveiled during the PC Gaming Show The Alters. In this rather dark science fiction title, we embody an astronaut on a mission on a distant planet, who must rely on alternative versions of himself (sort of clones) to return home. No element has filtered for the moment on the game itself, not even the release date.

Direction 16th century Bavariae century. Penance pays homage to medieval illuminations. The little that is known about the plot of the new title from Obsidian Entertainment concerns the profession of its main character, who is an illuminator. A murder, puzzles, a fight… The first images of this unclassifiable game suggest that the title will mix narration, reflection and adventures.

Release scheduled for November 2022 on PC and Xbox.

  • “Minecraft Legends”

The Mojang studio intends to try to introduce a dose of strategy into the universe of Minecraft. Unexpected project of the Microsoft conference, this new title should be played online and will allow players to join forces to fight an invasion of Piglins, pigs from the infernal dimension of the Nether.

Released in 2023 on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch.

  • “The Plucky Squire”

There’s a scent of childhood in The Plucky Squire from publisher Devolver Digital: a squire living in a storybook finds himself propelled out of his paper universe and discovers a child’s bedroom. The title skillfully mixes 2D and 3D phases and feels like a mix between Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and gladdening him It Takes Two. It is co-directed by a former artistic director of Pokémon: Sword and Shield and the creator of The Swords of Ditto.

Expected release in 2023 on PC, Xbox Series, PlayStation 5 and Switch.

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Those from whom we were waiting for news

The Devolver Digital conference, which was scheduled after the sluggish and frankly disappointing opening ceremony of the Summer Game Fest, was a breath of fresh air. And the trailer for Cult of the Lamba cartoon game offering a mixture of cult management and fighting in dungeons, was not there for nothing.

Released on August 11 on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation.

A mysterious atmosphere emanates from The Invincible from the Polish studio Starward Industries. Its retro robots and its oppressive story (which takes place on a planet called Régis III) are inspired by a science fiction book by writer Stanislas Lem (Solaris). This retro-futuristic thriller that mixes exploration and survival was presented as an adventure “Firewatch-like” during the PC Gaming Show.

Expected release in 2023 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation.

Expected July 26 on PC, immortality is the new game from Sam Barlow and this sentence says a lot about the game. The creator of Her Storywhich is still trying to resurrect the genre of FMV (for full motion video in English, that is to say using sequences filmed in video games), here offers an investigation centered on three films by a fictional actress, Marissa Marcel. It will then be necessary to examine each detail found according to the scenes to get your hands on other extracts which will make it possible to understand what happened to him, all in a horrific atmosphere.

Released July 26 on PC.

Fans of team-based multiplayer shooter Overwatch (an endangered species), got what they were waiting for more than anything: a release date for Overwatch 2which is less a sequel to the first game than a major overhaul.

Released October 4 on PC and consoles.

It’s hard not to compare, like the rest of the specialized press, American Arcadia to the movie The Truman Show. The game from the Out of the Blue Games studio, which has no release date yet, tells the story of two heroes: the first unknowingly participates in a reality show, the second wants to help him run away and save his life, all in a mix of puzzle, platform and stealth.

Released in 2022 on PC and console.

  • “Hollow Knight: Silksong”

For over a year, fans have been waiting for the Labyrinthine sequel release date to be announced. Hollow Knight at every Nintendo conference. Surprise, it appears at the competitor Xbox… But still without a release date.

And also :

  • Hideo Kojima is preparing a new game, which is not a surprise at all, and has signed a partnership with Microsoft, which does not matter much unless you are a Microsoft shareholder or PlayStation die-hards.
  • There is now a dating sim (dating game/romantic encounters) with Kaijuswhat more ?
  • Let’s not forget VR! The unlikely What The Golf? is going to have a headset sequel called What the Bat?. It will be about doing just about anything and everything with blunt objects.
  • In this month of June 2022, real-time strategy games are experiencing a resurgence in popularity with StormGateillegitimate offspring of StarCraftthe project still nebulous Ara: History Untold, Minecraft Legends Where synergywhich looks just like drawings by Moebius.
  • Oddada is a German (and lovely) musical video game whose the title refers of the Beatles song O-bla-di O-bla-da.

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