Summer Game Fest 2023 roundup – everything you missed from the show

Summer Game Fest 2023 roundup – everything you missed from the show
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The Summer Game Fest for 2023 is in the books, with a bunch of announcements, reveals and trailers coming live from Los Angeles. For the first show in several years with a live crowd, it had something of a mixed response – but if you missed it and what to know what went down, you’re in the right place.

Here we’ll round up all the big announcements from the show along with their trailers – along with links to the stories in which we covered them, where appropriate. Let’s break down everything then from the two hour show (and a couple of things that happened afterwards.)

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Coming right out of the gate with a pleasant surprise, we got the reveal of and first look at a brand new 2D Prince of Persia game. Entitled The Lost Crown, it’s set to arrive in early January, and already looks to set to be more worth looking forward to at this point than the forever-delayed Sands of Time Remake.

Mortal Kombat 1

Ed Boon joined Geoff on stage to show the first gameplay of Mortal Kombat 1 – bloody fatalities and all. There was a good chunk of gameplay, with a lot of focus on the new Kameo system that will see some classic nods to the series’ past.

Path of Exile 2

In case you weren’t getting enough action RPG goodness in your veins at the moment with Diablo 4, along comes the first gameplay trailer of Path of Exile 2. The promise of a beta launch date to be announced next month left the teaser on a tantalising note.

Exoprimal x Street Fighter 6 crossover

Capcom continues its love of a good crossover (as previously seen several times in Monster Hunter Rise) with a Street Fighter 6 and Exoprimal crossover. A number of cosmetics themed around the upcoming dinosaur shooter will turn up on the streets of Metro City this Fall.

Dead by Daylight Nicolas Cage

It wouldn’t be a Geoff Keighley show without a movie star cameo, but thankfully this was much better than Al Pacino’s awkward appearance at the Game Awards back in December. See, Nicolas Cage is actually coming to Dead by Daylight later this year – so he was here to reveal the July release date of this unexpected-but-genius collaboration.

The Witcher Season 3

We got a new trailer for Henry Cavill’s last season as Geralt in the upcoming third season of The Witcher on Netflix. Introduced by the cast itself, the trailer looks like we’re in for more of the brooding action we’ve come to know and love when the season drops in two parts this Summer.

Witchfire

Fancy hunting down powerful witches with a range of magic and weapons? Good thing then that Witchfire is on the way to let you do just that. Expect this one to arrive in early access this September.

Remnant 2

The sequel to sleeper hit Remnant From the Ashes promises a whole host of terrifying creatures to take on in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world. You won’t be going at it alone, however, as this trailer reveals some brand new co-op gameplay alongside Remnant 2 release date.

Sonic Superstars

Continuing the trend of classic characters making 2D comebacks, we got word of Sonic Superstars, a brand new 2D Sonic game coming later this year. It’s got a whiff of New Super Mario Bros to it – which is by no means a bad thing – given you’ll be able to run through new levels with up to three other friends as Sonic’s pals.

Honkai Star Rail

A double whammy for Honkai Star Rail players, as they got their first look at a new character coming to the latest game from the Genshin Impact developers. The second half of this one-two punch was the confirmation of the game’s release window for PlayStation 5, they’ll be joining those already playing on PC by Q3, 2023.

Lies of P

A release date and a demo for Pinocchio-inspired Soulslike was next on the agenda for the show – with the game set to release in September along with three days of early access for those who opt for the game’s deluxe edition. Can’t wait that long? Well – the Lies of P demo is available right now.

Sand Land

A game based on the manga – this action RPG has something of a Mad Max vibe to it as you traverse a land suffering an extreme water shortage. If you’re not familiar with the series, you almost definitely will have heard of creator Akira Toriyama’s other work – Dragon Ball.

Throne and Liberty

This free to play MMORPG has had something of a mixed response on YouTube so far. Undeterred, Amazon and NC Soft will be bringing the game to PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC soon – and they’re after players for upcoming tech tests right now.

Black Desert Online Land of the Morning Light

The popular MMO is getting a new expansion for 2023 – and it’s arriving next week. It’ll include a new fearsome boss by the name of Imoogi, although they won’t be coming along until a little later after this expansion’s release.

Crash Team Rumble

A trailer for Crash Team Rumble introduced us to a couple of new characters coming to the orange marsupial’s latest game including Dingodile and Catbat. Unsurprisingly, the live service game will also get plenty of seasonal content, with Season 1 set to kick off from the game’s June 20 launch until September 12.

Alan Wake 2

Remedy’s Sam Lake was on hand to introduce a brief clip of gameplay footage from Alan Wake 2, with the survival horror showing off things from the point of view of new character Saga Anderson. It wasn’t a great deal in length more than we saw of the game during the PlayStation Showcase, but October is looking no less exciting (and stacked) because of it.

Warhammer 40K Space Marine 2

A new trailer for Warhammer 40K Space Marine 2 revealed that there’ll be a co-op campaign this time around, with you and up to two other friends set to cause some bloody chaos against the Tyrannids when the long awaited sequel arrives this Winter.

Yes, Your Grace Snowfall

Kingdom management game Yes, Your Grace is getting a sequel, with Yes, Your Grace Snowfall takes place in an entirely new reality – so expect plenty of new trials and tribulations to deal with as you balance your Kingly duties and make crucial decisions to decide the fate of your Kingdom.

John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando

Co-op zombie shooters are ten-a-penny these days, but John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando certainly wants to stand out from the pack by bringing in the legendary director to put his stamp on the genre. It could be the mash-up of Halloween and Escape from New York we never knew we wanted until now.

Baldur’s Gate 3

Anticipated RPG Baldur’s Gate 3 also got a new trailer at the show, revealing that acting legend (and recent VideoGamer interviewee) Jason Isaacs will join JK Simmons in voicing a role in the game, set to arrive on PlayStation 5 and PC later this year.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

We’re baffled why this wasn’t announced during the game’s awesome gameplay showing at the PlayStation Showcase less than two weeks ago, but no matter. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 now has a release date for its PlayStation 5 release – and it’s this October.

Palworld

A monster collecting adventure RPG coming to early access early next year, Palworld seems to have all the trappings of a modern Pokémon game with one key difference: here, all the monsters have access to guns. We don’t think we’ll be seeing Pikachu pick up an MP5 anytime soon, so this seems intriguing.

The Lord of the Rings Return to Moria

It’s the dwarves’ time to shine in Lord of the Rings Return to Moria, a survival crafting game set in the famous Tolkien universe. Following what can be charitably described as a lukewarm reception to Gollum earlier this year, there’s hope this game will fare a bit better – we’ll find out when it arrives later this year.

Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis

Another Final Fantasy 7 mobile title is on the way, with Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis already taking pre-registrations on iOS/Android. There’d be more FF7 news later, although we’re not talking about the awfully cringey Doordash commercial that’d come right after this.

Banishers Ghosts of New Eden

A gameplay trailer for this supernatural action RPG followed up next, which will see players take on the roles of a pair of ghost hunters – with one of the two becoming one of the ghosts they’re trying to hunt. Banishers Ghosts of New Eden is set to arrive by the end of the year.

Like A Dragon Gaiden The Man Who Erased His Name

Ridiculously long title aside, Yakuza fans been eagerly awaiting the return of long-time series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, last seen in the 6th entry of the series. As the titular Man Who Erased His Name, he’s getting ready to kick some more backside this November.

Under The Waves

Detroit Become Human and Heavy Rain studio Quantic Dream now has an indie label by the name of Spotlight, with Under the Waves being the first offering. Developed by Parallel Studio, expect an undersea adventure game set in an alternative version of the 1970s that broaches the subjects of grief and loss.

Call of Duty MW2 and Warzone Season 4

A new map in the form of Vondel, plenty of bombastic action and a teased crossover with The Boys are among the many additions coming to the next season of Call of Duty – and, curiously, a subtraction as free-to-play offering Warzone loses the 2.0 designation.

Fae Farm

On the complete opposite end of the scale, Fae Farm is a chilled co-op indie farming RPG previously confirmed for Switch. It’s now coming to PC too, and will arrive on September 8.

Marvel Snap

Ben Brode was next on stage to talk about Marvel Snap, with the free-to-play game’s biggest update yet set to add the brand new Conquest game mode next week. It was followed by a skit from voice actor/comedian ProZD, which elicited a chuckle.

Twisted Metal TV series

Next up on stage was another celebrity guest, as Will Arnett introduced a clip from the upcoming Twisted Metal TV show starring his voice as Sweet Tooth (wrestler Samoa Joe plays his physical form) and Anthony Mackie as John Doe. It was funny enough, but it seemed weird that a series about dangerous weaponized vehicles showed off a scene with neither weapons nor vehicles in it.

Lysfangha The Time Shift Warrior

With a name that looks like a cat wrote across somebody’s keyboard, this is another game published by Quantic Dream’s Spotlight label. This one looks promising – reminding us somewhat of Hades but with a unique time bending mechanic that allows you to team up with, well… yourself.

Immortals of Aveum

Another look at the upcoming EA Originals magic-based FPS Immortals of Aveum was next on the docket, with some gameplay from an absolutely eye-popping setpiece. There was a lot going on, but assaulting a colossus looks like it could be a lot of fun when the game arrives next month.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 Wilds

Fortnite’s latest season is already with us by the time you’re reading this, but the SGF gave us our first look at the cinematic trailer for Chapter 4 Season 3, dubbed Fortnite Wilds. What’s new? A jungle biome, ridable raptors and a little known low-key Transformers character known as Optimus Prime.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

The show closed with new look at the upcoming sequel to the well received Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth remains intriguing, thanks in no small part to the huge twist at the end of the last game leaving this follow-up with a lot of room to play. Speaking of a lot of room – they also confirmed FF7 Remake will ship on 2 discs when it arrives in Early 2024.

Shadows of the Damned Remaster

This one wasn’t strictly part of the Summer Game Fest show itself, as it came in during the countdown to the Devolver Digital showcase – but we thought it significant enough to note here. The ridiculously named Garcia Hotspur is back, with Shadows of the Damned getting a lick of paint in this remaster.