Summer Game Fest 2022 kicked off a week-long celebration of all things gaming with a massive showcase on 9-10 June 2022. We got glimpses at already-announced games, some fresh looks, and plenty of anticipation. The 2022 and 2023 gaming calendar is looking more exciting by the day, and this showcase added another dose of optimism for the future.
Here’s everything announced during Summer Game Fest 2022, and all the trailers you should catch up on if you’re looking forward to the next generation of gaming.
This article has been updated since its original publication.
Capcom’s Street Fighter 6 kicked off the show with a fresh character reveal – Guile, who still rocks the biggest and baddest hair in the game. In this series entry, Guile wears an ultra tight jean jumpsuit that’s a little bit Brock Lesnar, and a little bit ‘street chic’.
In the trailer, he kicked Ryu’s ass with a series of high-powered punching and kicking moves, all while combing back his hair and flashing his giant arms.
Good on you, Guile.
Street Fighter 6 is coming in 2023.
The second trailer came from Focus Interactive and 20th Century Fox. It kicked off with a military-style interview in a dark, shadowy room that hinted at a terrifying incident on some kind of station. The action began with a team of soldiers walking through an ominous station – and finding a Xenomorph.
That’s right, it’s another Alien adaptation, just as spooky as every adaptation that’s come before.
Aliens: Dark Descent arrives in 2023.
The Aliens footage at Summer Game Fest transitioned neatly into a new trailer for The Callisto Protocol, a spooky romp through a space station plagued by hybrid alien-human experiments. In addition to showing off new, gory footage, this trailer also seemed to reveal the game’s antagonist is played by veteran Star Wars voice actor, Sam Witwer.
‘Welcome to your new home,’ Witwer declares in the chilling, final line.
This trailer was followed up by debut gameplay footage showing off more of the game’s creepy atmosphere, and the ability of the protagonist to view recent history through a holograph-like lens. As expected, there were also plenty of guns and melee weapons in this footage – the game’s protagonist is seen beating up a fleshy monster and fighting for their freedom.
Later, they’re also seen getting caught in a rather gory death trap.
The Callisto Protocol launches on 2 December 2022.
A new trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 hyped up the reveal of the game, as well as the importance of the ‘next chapter’ in Call of Duty history. This flashy live action presentation then transitioned into a gameplay trailer for the upcoming sequel.
When we join our military crew, we find them travelling across the ocean in a small boat, and entering an oil rig filled with enemies. It’s actually a nice change from The Callisto Protocol and Aliens to have stealth-based gameplay without the creepy jump scares.
While this trailer appeared to be cinematic at first, it represents actual gameplay, showing off how far Call of Duty (and gaming) has come over the last decade.
The closed corridor gameplay footage was followed by an open plane skirmish on the top of the oil rig, with explosives and gunfire being traded in frantic, cover-based action. It all looks very flash, and features plenty of realistic gore and splatter.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Summer Game Fest trailer concluded with an action reel, and the game’s release date: 28 October 2022.
The next trailer teased a classic PC franchise coming back after over 30 years – it’s Flashback 2.
The next game in the series arrives Summer 2022 (Southern Hemisphere).
Witchfire got a brand new trailer
Sandwiched between Flashback 2 and Fort Solis was a new trailer for upcoming first person game, Witchfire.
It looks delightful, and very medieval.
Fort Solis is a new horror game starring Troy Baker as a medical officer seemingly stuck in yet another creepy space station. It’s described as a ‘tight thriller’ inspired by Dead Space, much like The Callisto Protocol.
Exploration and discovery will be key to gameplay, and narrative is also described as a major focus.
It did not get a firm release date at Summer Game Fest.
The next Summer Game Fest trailer was for a game composed by Mick Gordon, known for his work on DOOM and Wolfenstein. It’s another first person shooter that appears to be set in another abandoned station of some kind. Rather than aliens, this one features creepy robots.
It’s called Routine, and it’s coming from Lunar Software and Raw Fury.
The Rock put in a major appearance at Summer Game Fest
Yes, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson put in a video appearance at Summer Game Fest, beaming in live to talk about his appreciation for gaming, his role in Fortnite, and his upcoming appearance as DC’s Black Adam.
He did not wear a shirt.
Outriders: Worldslayer is coming 30 June 2022
After a hype reel for Black Adam, a trailer for Outriders: Worldslayer kicked off, introducing ground-pounding action, glowing sci-fi guns, cover-based combat and a raging beast. It looks very Destiny, actually – although there’s hope this next chapter will carve out its own identity.
The ‘big bad’ for this update appears to be a red-headed woman with some spooky vines at her command.
It launches on 30 June 2022.
This was followed by a hype reel for upcoming titles on Nintendo Switch – Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Splatoon 3, Monster Hunter Rise: Breakbreak, and Fall Guys – available 21 June 2022.
The next ‘World Premiere’ trailer was for Stormgate, a glowing sci-fi game featuring a woman exploring an alien planet with a robot companion by her side. She accidentally kicks off a magnetic chain reaction on the planet, which causes rocks to form into a strange, ancient shield. Unfortunately, this also attracts a winged alien that attacks her, with a mech suit coming to her aid and blowing the beast to smithereens.
It’s described as an RTS game – with no NFTs (something that shouldn’t need to be clarified). This game is from the former Starcraft lead developers, so expect plenty of classic fantasy/sci-fi action.
Stormgate will have a beta in 2023.
Highwater premiered at Summer Game Fest
Highwater is a new indie game from demagog studio and Rogue Games that charts the end of the world. In it, you play as a character who traverses a Waterworld-like apocalypse on a yellow inflatable boat.
It’s described as an adventure-strategy game, and it arrives in 2022.
American Arcadia is a story about a man whose life is televised
American Arcadia is a game that appears heavily inspired by The Truman Show, where people live in an ‘idyllic’ metropolis where the entire world is under surveillance.
You play as a man who choses to escape this world, taking on a daring quest to find a better life.
It’s coming to PC and consoles in future.
Coffee Stain presented a brand new trailer for Goat Simulator 3 at Summer Game Fest. It kicked off with an energetic run across a boardwalk, and featured a pack of goats causing absolute, laser-filled chaos – as is right and good.
That’s right, it’s Goat Simulator 3 – and it’s coming in Spring 2022 (Southern Hemisphere).
Marvel’s Midnight Suns got a fresh trailer that confirmed characters like Venom, Hulk, Spider-Man and more are joining the game.
You can read more about the upcoming title, arriving on 7 October 2022, here.
This was followed by a new trailer for Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, launching on 30 June 2022.
Neon White got a trailer and release date
Neon White, the first person demon adventure with plenty of tower-jumping action, speed running, and gunning, got a flashy new trailer that confirmed the game’s release date.
It’s out for Nintendo Switch and Windows PC on 16 June 2022.
A brilliant trailer for Midnight Fight Express showed off isometric adventure-exploration gameplay with a heavy focus on combat – you can beat people up, mash them into sinks, or face them in gun-fu battles.
It’s out 23 August 2022, and will be part of Steam Next Fest.
The Duviri Paradox is coming to Warframe
The Duviri Paradox is a new chapter coming to online game Warframe. This trailer kicked off with a man travelling on a steed through a wild alien landscape – and appearances from strange, metallic androids.
A fresh look at this chapter is coming on 16 June – although a release date was not confirmed.
Honkai: Star Rail and Zenless Zone Zero are new games from miHoYo
Honkai: Star Rail is a new anime-style game set in the ‘HoYoverse’ by developer miHoYo. It features a number of gorgeous cast members, all rendered in that delightful cel-shaded art style seen in Genshin Impact.
It was not given a release date, but it’s likely people will be happy to wait for this one – it looks like a blast.
Zenless Zone Zero (also from miHoYo) was spotlighted directly after this. According to Summer Game Fest host Geoff Keighley, it combines the Genshin Impact style with even more flashiness.
The premiere trailer for this game teased cat-themed characters, and plenty of extremely fashionable, post-apocalyptic outfits. miHoYo has found its niche, and it’s doing it very well indeed.
This game also does not have a release date.
News of the miHoYo titles was swiftly followed by a jazzy look at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a retro-inspired romp available on 15 June 2022.
Super People is a super-powered combat romp
The next trailer was for a game starring a red-headed woman with a gun, fighting alongside a squad of other characters. It also featured vehicles, graffiti, super jumps, and what looks to be team-based combat.
It’s Super People, and it’s coming to beta phase in August 2022.
Following this was a trailer for Cultures of Latin America, a new Humankind DLC pack – as well as an announcement that the game is coming to consoles.
The new trailer for anime adaptation One Piece Odyssey showed off more of the game’s cinematics and locations, as well as how the team ends up getting shipwrecked – essentially, they get caught in a magical lightning storm. The trailer also re-introduced the game’s main cast, as well as all the ‘hidden mysteries’ players will encounter on their journey.
It promised an odyssey ‘beyond the imagination’.
It’s coming in 2022, although no firm release date was given.
Soul Hackers 2 was also shown off
Upcoming Atlus game Soul Hackers 2 was announced earlier in 2022, and it got a shiny trailer during Summer Game Fest. This one showed off otherworldly eyes, and plenty of new characters.
It’s coming 26 August 2022.
This was followed by short trailers for a number of things: the upcoming Metal: Hellsinger (15 September 2022), Capcom Arcade Stadium 2, Super Mario Strikers: Battle League, The Quarry, and the Samsung Gaming Hub.
Nightingale lets you explore procedural realms
Nightingale got another trailer during Summer Game Fest that showed off more of the game’s adventure-exploration gameplay and how crafting works. It appears you’ll need to forage and fight your way through this game to survive, with plenty of strange creatures waiting for you to fall.
Cards will also help you accomplish success in your journey – and may influence your path, actions, and combat skills.
Nightingale does not currently have a release date.
Saints Row is getting a ‘Boss Factory’ demo
The upcoming Saints Row reboot is getting a demo for all consoles – and everyone can jump in from today.
It should give players a taste of the game’s character creation and early gameplay.
This was followed by a new trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, out on 13 September 2022.
Bloober Team introduced Layers of Fear, a spooky new adventure game
Bloober Team’s latest horror game appeared during Summer Game Fest, via a new trailer emphasising the ‘guilt’ of a mysterious artist, as well as the horror of a strange haunted house filled with rats and decay. It’s described as a psychedelic horror adventure – and it looks like an excellently creepy tale.
It’s coming in early 2023.
This was followed by a fresh glimpse at Gotham Knights – coming 25 October 2022.
This trailer focused on Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, who appears to be the flagship hero of the title (sure, there’s three other ‘knights’, but Grayson is the head of the pack).
The Last Of Us is getting a next gen remake for PlayStation 5 and PC. This was actually spoiled earlier in the day, but that shouldn’t dampen the excitement for the ‘definitive version’ of the game. A new trailer showed off greatly improved graphics, and a gorgeous post-apocalyptic world.
It’s arriving on 2 September 2022 for PS5, and on PC at a later date.
Naughty Dog also hyped up a standalone multiplayer game set in the Last Of Us universe at Summer Game Fest. There’s no release date, but we’ll see more of the new title in 2023.
The HBO TV adaptation of the story also got time in the spotlight, with Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann hyping up the quality of the series, and showing off a first look at Pedro Pascal as Joel, and Bella Ramsey as Ellie. Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker also took to the stage to announce they’re part of the show – their roles are still secret, but they’re described as ‘significant’.
This closed out Summer Game Fest on a tantalising high note.
Be sure to check out all of our Summer Game Fest coverage to catch up on the game announcements you might’ve missed out on.
You can also view our wrap-ups for all the news from the Summer Game Fest kickoff showcase, the Devolver Digital showcase, the Xbox and Bethesda showcase, the 2022 PC Gaming Show, and the Capcom Showcase.