The time of summer announcements is coming to an end, so it’s time to remember the best of the best.
The biggest summer events are over, so it’s time to take stock of the interim results. What in the last couple of weeks have developers had time to show, what releases will we be following soon, and what will we be playing in general soon?
Summer shows this year were modest, but significant projects were somehow or other. About them we will talk. Let’s touch only those which were either recently unveiled, or revealed some important details. Games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will not be here.
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1. Resident Evil 4 Remake
Release Date: March 23.
Platforms: PC, PS5, Xbox Series.
Capcom continues to recreate the classic Resident Evil, and it is already time for the fourth part. As with the second and third installments, we are waiting for a completely new game, which is only inspired by the original 2005. The story will be expanded, the gameplay will be modernized, and the atmosphere will be extensively revised.
For example, Leon arrives in a Spanish village so early in the morning that the sun has not yet had time to rise. The first house with the muchachos is in the middle of the woods, and the local villagers themselves look much more intimidating. You can already see from the first shots how much darker the remake will become.
The developers obviously want to make a more realistic game, which is more like a remake of Resident Evil 2. We will know what it will be on March 23, 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series and PC.
2. The Callisto Protocol
Release Date: December 2.
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One.
Glen Schofield’s game from the first trailer attracted attention, but only now we understand what awaits us in December – the new Dead Space. No kidding, the project by the author of “Dead Space” doesn’t try to hide its roots, but rather, on the contrary, focuses on them.
The difference between the two games still exists: The Callisto Protocol is much slower and “weightier”, the opponents faintly resemble necromorphs, and the weapons are much closer to the more familiar “Earth” counterparts. In addition, Scofield is clearly trying to do something interesting with close combat – for this introduced electric baton and dodges.
And about the rest we will learn after we play.
3. Forza Motorsport (2023)
Release date: spring 2023.
Platforms: PC, Xbox Series.
Once Forza Motorsport was conceived as a competitor to Gran Turismo from Sony – hardcore driving simulator with a lot of cars, tracks and nuances of the cars’ physics. By the release of the fifth part the series had become a really popular race, and even the favorite trio from Top Gear and The Grand Tour – Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – were invited to talk about the iconic cars.
Since then, all of a sudden the arcade and fun Forza Horizon with more simple physics, lots of awards and a festive atmosphere has taken the palm of the game. Forza Motorsport was forgotten for the full five years, but the series returns, perhaps, with the most ambitious game in the franchise.
The restart will feature the change of days and nights on all the tracks, racing in the gameplay and realistic system of damages, and the tracks will be recreated with the help of 3D-scanning and photogrammetry. The authors didn’t forget about the physics: the air temperature will affect the behavior of the car, and the mechanics of driving became 48 times more detailed than before.
We are waiting for a worthy competitor Gran Turismo 7, and Microsoft has a good chance to take over the leadership in the long-established genre.
4. The Last of Us: Part 1
Release Date: September 2.
Platforms: PS5 (later on PC).
It is unlikely that many people really wanted to see a remake of the game 9 years ago, but if any hit game deserves this honor, it is The Last of Us. And the reasons here are not entirely obvious.
The first part has a lot of problems with gameplay – there is one-cell stealth and primitive battles. However, in the sequel, these aspects have been extensively refined, making the game incredibly interesting just because of the gameplay. And this is what they plan to introduce in the remake.
It is clear that visually and technically The Last of Us: Part 1 will become almost a sister to The Last of Us: Part 2, but for the integrity of this even not bad. We’re just a few minutes away from the release date.
5. Final Fantasy 16
Release date: Summer 2023.
Platforms: PS5 (later on PC).
The most ambitious and interesting Final Fantasy in memory. The creators of Final Fantasy 14, which now quite rightly draws the audience for World of Warcraft and other modern MMORPGs, took up the creation of a single-player Final Fantasy. Setting that chose a fairly familiar – the Middle Ages with magic.
Events unfold in a world called Valistea. There are six factions that have lived in peace and harmony for many years. Of special significance here are the so-called Mother Crystals – they are towering on the mountains and give the inhabitants a special blessing.
However, by the time the events of Final Fantasy 16 began, a plague began to spread around the crystals – Pestilence. As a result, the situation in the world began to escalate, and all countries were already preparing for a direct confrontation. We play as a prince of one of the kingdoms, who sets out to avenge a tragedy in his family.
Final Fantasy 16 gameplay is most reminiscent of the slasher – and for good reason, because the battles here are the responsibility of one of the key developers of Devil May Cry 5.
6. Dragon’s Dogma 2
Release date: unknown (rumored to be in early 2023).
Platforms: unknown (rumored PS5, Xbox Series and PC).
The long-awaited sequel to the acclaimed role-playing action game, which is remembered for its excellent combat system and the ability to climb large enemies in the spirit of Shadow of the Colossus.
However, the most non-trivial was the system of pawns – these are helpless characters that are fully submissive to the player and are even ready to give their lives for him. In fact, these are the assistants with their own unique skills.
The announcement was a bit comic – in the video for the 10th anniversary of the first part, at the end the developers showed T-shirts with the logo of the sequel, and confirmed that they are working on it. That’s all.
Release date: early 2023.
Platforms: PC and Xbox Series.
It’s Skyrim in space.
But in all seriousness, it’s just a game by Todd Howard and his team at Bethesda Game Studios about space exploration. The handwriting of the developers is recognizable from the first seconds.
Starfield has a huge world with hundreds of solar systems and 1,000 planets to explore – you can land on each of them. In this case, wishing more plot to pass the order of 40 hours. Modest against the backdrop of RPG ambitions.
At the same time Starfield continues the development of ideas from Fallout 4 – here, for example, much more attention is paid to construction. You build your own colony, and then hire people to look after it. Parallel to this you still have to customize your ship – here the team clearly took inspiration from FTL: Faster Than Light.
The saddest thing is probably that, although the player can land literally anywhere on the planet, personally be at the helm of the ship at the moment of takeoff or landing on the planet will not be given. The process is automated.
But in general – you what, it’s a game from the creators of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and Fallout 4. Of course we’re waiting!
Where’s the progress, Todd? The creators of Starfield have yet to answer the big questions
Release date: Fall 2022.
Platforms: PC, Xbox Series, Xbox One.
An unusual adventure detective, the events of which are set in 16th century Bavaria. Through the eyes of the artist Andreas Mahler, we will live through 25 years at a time of great social unrest. Somewhere we will also have to investigate murders, but the player will never know if he did the right thing or not.
All this is accompanied by a very stylish and original visual style, which is inspired by old manuscripts, woodcuts and history itself. The development of the project is headed by none other than John Sawyer – the author of Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, Neverwinter Nights 2 and Alpha Protocol.
9. Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth
Release date: the end of 2023.
Square Enix has finally unveiled a sequel to the Final Fantasy 7 remake, which has been subtitled Rebirth. Nothing about the second part was told, but it was noted that in general, fans are waiting for a trilogy. Work on it is already underway.
10. The Alters
Release date: no.
The creators of This War of Mine and Frostpunk are preparing another game with an unusual concept: This time we, as a simple worker Jan Dolsky, must survive on a distant planet. However, it is practically impossible to do it alone, so we need to find helpers.
The protagonist decides to make alters – alternative versions of himself. And they are not clones, but unique people with their own character, abilities and features.
How it will all be played is completely unclear, but the main point of The Alters is the “instant choices” that each person has to make. Each decision can globally change everything altogether.
That sounds incredibly intriguing, so we’ll wait unconditionally, especially if the team has already proven itself.