The Game Awards this year came and went and aside from a little stage time theft, was actually impressive show. Well done, Keighly, while we used to joke about it being a trailer-rama this time around we got a lot of juicy information that would have many of us cheering for at least a handful of these announcements. Check them out below!
Dead Cells – Return to Castlevania
Because Symphony of the Night will never truly die, Dead Cells has picked up a collaboration project and matching the rougelike 2D action of Dead Cells with the dungeon crawling themes of the old classic Castlevania just seems like a match that makes too much sense to pass up on. We’re looking forward to seeing it Q1 of 2023.
Yes, we loved Hades, and what looks like a prequel is well on its way. I’ve sank 200-ish hours into this game myself, and I’m excited to hear that we’ll be getting more. It looks like similar to the first game, this will be releasing in Early Access first.
Ken Levine, the creative director for Bioshock, Bioshock Infinite, and System Shock 2, is the leading name on this single player title where you are aboard a doomed ship, and you must pick your alliances and enemies as you lead the character Judas to maybe an escape from it all.
Baoynetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
After an absolute banger of a title, Bayonetta 3, Platinum games decides to hit the rewind button. Not to release a collection, but to give us the story of Cereza, who she was, how she met her first demon Cheshire, and how she came to be Bayonetta. Already giving us a release date of March 17, 2023.
Maddy Makes Games, the ones behind the celebrated Celeste, is trying their hands at a Metroidvania styled game. Earthblade shows the detailed and charming pixelated art that the studio is known for, and so apart from this trailer all we know is that it’s coming sometime 2024.
Death Stranding 2
Logistics delivery social simulator master and movie connoisseur Kojima is back, and his bringing the gang with him. Death Stranding 2 so far is just this trailer and we’ll have fans and other discerning eyes combing over the trailer for details and crafting their theories for the next few weeks, probably. However, Kojima has expressly said that he’d like to stop predicting the future.
Immortals of Aveum
EA Originals have been getting a pretty good reputation since Star Wars Fallen Order. This game hasn’t really shown us much other than it’s a magic shooter, we’ll have to wait and see what it’s really going to be about later on.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
I’d have to say I was pleasantly surprised by their Star Wars Soulslike, and this appears to be a huge expansion towards older Jedi games. It gave us so many tidbits that titillated my interest, like dual wielding sabers or having alternate saber forms, new ways of using the force, combatting bosses with companions. It feels like they went back to older Star Wars games and look for really cool things to add, Jedi Knight Academy immediately comes to mind. I am excited to try this out.
Baldurs Gate 3
Grand RPGs based from tabletop seems to be on the rise as of late, and Baldurs Gate is getting ready to put up their new installment to the plate. We’ll be seeing them throw their dice into the ring August 2023.
Horizon Forbidden West – Burning Shores
Horizon Forbidden West is showing off its first expansion. It looks great as visit to a more lush, tropical land. Where I hope you’re fine with dealing with abnormally large spiders.
Amazon and Bandai Namco are partnering up to have their own spin on the anime-style F2P MMO. In this trailer we see what looks like an open world with some boss fights handled within arenas. But looking into the currently playable Japanese version it looks like it has a lot more in store. We’ll be hearing about a Closed Beta Q2 2023 where it would release in the latter half of the year.
I’ve never actually heard of Remnant, but the sequel looks like something close to Doom but unique enough to stand on its own. Excited for this one.
Transformers is coming at us with what looks like a cooperative horde shooter. Most likely upto 4 players, and we may be playing with Bumblebee at our side.
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden
From a rather long intro cutscene we can see that we have a ghost hunter who is out to protect the living from ghosts and specters. Red mac Raith goes on a quest to liberate his partner and lover Antea from her fate of being trapped as a spirit herself.
It’s brief, but we finally got a glimpse of what Harada’s new Tekken will look like. Going back to the familial grudges of the Mishimas and the return of the Kazamas to the scene. And well, the jackest you’ll ever see Jack with his 8th version looking more and more machine than man every iteration.
Crash Team Rumble
I would hazard a guess that this is going to be carrying something close to the Pokemon Unite formula, considering the need to collect wumpa fruits and what looks like a buzzer beater at the very end. How they plan to synthesize that with the platforming, kart racing, format we know Crash Bandicoot for, is what I’m wondering about.
Crime Boss: Rockay City
505 Games just revealed their take on a heist shooter through the form of an FPS. Introducing us to a world that feels like a 3D version of Hotline Miami. No real hints on this being a multiplayer title despite the genre being very much like that. Hopefully we learn more details later.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Despite one of the rockiest launches I’ve ever witnessed, CD Projekt Red has soldiered on to make Cyberpunk 2077 people would praise. And it looks like they’ve finally gotten there thanks to the halo effect it got from Edgerunners as well as the tireless effort their developers put into making the game work better. Now it confidently brandishes its DLC, Phantom Liberty, introducing Idris Elba as Solomon Reed, beckoning us to a world of espionage and survival.
Armored Core: Fires of Rubicon
The rumors were true! Armored Core is coming back! It already has a steam page! It already has a website! And it looks like they’re going to be taking all the lessons they’ve learned from developing the Souls series. It’s coming almost everywhere except the Nintendo Switch this 2023.
Final Fantasy 16
This is probably the news most of us were really looking out for, with some dream-team level lineup for the lead developers. Their latest trailer reinforces how good they are at their craft, but the most important piece of info has finally been shown. And it’s the release date of June 22, 2023. I hope we can all have a PS5 by then.