Summer Game Fest 2022: The 6 big surprises of the opening night

Game News Summer Game Fest 2022: The 6 big surprises of the opening night

Among the slew of SF games in space and the leaked announcement of a remake of The Last of Us, there are still games that surprised players when the Summer Game Fest opened on June 9. 2022. Here are the 6 big surprises of the evening.


Disappeared from the radar for ten years, Routine made a completely unexpected reappearance on Geoff Keighley’s show. In the slew of SF horror games, the title caused a sensation for its immersive sound design produced by Mick Gordon, the man behind the compositions of Killer Instinct (2013), Wolfenstein: The New Order, Doom (the one from 2016, and Eternal) and Prey (2017). Headed by the publisher Raw Fury to whom we owe in particular Sable and NORCO, the developers of Lunar Software have indicated that they have taken over the work from scratch to offer us the best possible experience. The adventure is planted in an abandoned lunar base, or almost. The player indeed encounters particularly hostile robots. Equipped with a tool to assist cosmonauts, he will have to interact with computer systems to progress. Routine is scheduled for an unknown date on PC, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It will be available in the Game Pass.

Time Flies

Yet modest in appearance, Time flies seduced more than one to the editorial staff of JV. On highly minimalist sets made of a handful of pixels, the player embodies a fly. Since she has very little time to live, the young heroine will try to accomplish as many goals as possible in an open world. So it’s up to you to satisfy his wishlist which includes the desire to learn a new musical instrument, to become rich, to read a book, to go on tour, to have an alcoholic evening, or to integrate the world of art. . But you can also choose to ignore these surreal goals altogether. Notable detail: the lifespan of the fly is determined by its location at the start of the game: the life expectancy in such a country is expressed by the number of seconds during which the fly lives. Smart! The game is signed Michael Frei (Plug & Play, Kids) and Raphaël Munoz and is planned for the year 2023 on PC, PlayStation consoles and Nintendo Switch.

The Plucky Squire

The Plucky Squire, this is THE surprise of the Devolver evening. On young Sam’s desk is a pink book whose cover illustrates Jot, a squire. The pages turn and the latter moves at high speed, unleashes great sword blows against bumbling goblins, builds bridges by replacing words in their place, explores animated villages and fights a colossus with his bare hands. Then by a somewhat hazardous jump, he finds himself materialized in Sam’s world with all his enemies. We therefore understand that the characters in the books will have to “jump between 2D and 3D realms to save their friends“. The source of this chaos is the malicious Humgrump who discovers to be the villain of the book, destined to lose his battle against the forces of good for eternity. Behind the game we find All Possible Futures, new studio by James Turner, art director of Pokémon Sword / Shield. The release is set for the year 2023 on Xbox Series, PC, PS5 and Nintendo Switch.

Goat Simulator 3

We weren’t expecting her, but she made a sensational return to the show last night: the franchise Goat Simulator returns for a third episode (the second having never been released) still very high in humor. And for its announcement, Coffee Stain Studios is betting on a stunning parody of the cult Dead Island 2 trailer which, let’s remember, made an impression when it was broadcast at E3 2014. Here, the zombies are replaced by equally dangerous goats. The field of accessories for our crazy animals seems widened: fire, electricity, or alien ectoplasm are indeed on the menu. Note that this time, it will be possible to approach the title up to 4 players in coop, either locally or online. Also on the menu: 7 multiplayer mini-games, advanced customization options and a huge new sandbox. Goat Simulator 3 will be released on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S in fall 2022.

Fox and Frog Travelers

Publisher Yokaze and Japanese developer Rias introduced us yesterday to a 3D action-adventure game dubbed Fox and Frog Travelers: The Demon of Adashino Island. A title with a Japanese-inspired atmosphere in which the player will embody Fox, a young girl who evolves on the island of Adashino and begins a journey with Frog. “Something lurks in the shadows, getting closer and closer…“. And then no additional details in terms of objectives. On Twitter, opinions seem in any case unanimous on the visuals: “Fox and Frog Travelers looks amazing“, “Fox and Frog Travelers has PS2 vibes I didn’t know I wanted”. If the game had already shown itself in 2021, many will have finally discovered it only yesterday. On the other hand, it will be necessary to redouble your patience to approach it, the exit being planned only in “a few years”. No further details at this time.

Flashback 2

It was probably one of the licenses whose presence was the most difficult to predict. In August 2021, we already learned with surprise of the existence of Flashback 2, the sequel to a cult game originally released in 1992. We had almost forgotten it since then, but the Summer Game Fest confirmed the progress of the project. It should be noted that Microids is in charge of this brand new game while Paul Cuisse is in charge of the site. He is the creator of the first Flashback, but also of Shaq Fu or Time Commando. In this new episode, players will find Conrad B. Hart, always immersed in the heart of a futuristic universe with a unique artistic direction. The action-platform game will adopt an old-school style in homage to its predecessor. Flashback 2 is expected on PC via Steam, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch for winter 2022.

About the Summer Game Fest

What is Summer Game Fest?

No E3 this year, but we can still count on another world-class event: the Summer Game Fest, a big show dedicated to announcements of video games to come this year or the following years. It was in 2020 that journalist and host Geoff Keighley launched this now unmissable festival for the first time. Last year, the show featured stunning images from Elden Ring; so inevitably, the third iteration raises high expectations.

When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?

The Summer Game Fest is this Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The show will once again be followed by a Day of the Devs session devoted to the independent scene.

How to follow the Summer Game Fest 2022?

On JV, we will react live to announcements from the LeStream channel alongside Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée in particular. The program will also be directly visible as a teaser on JV’s homepage. And for those who prefer reading, you will of course find our news throughout the conference. A written summary will also be available

What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?

Among the games not to miss, there is in particular the heir to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us its first gameplay images. For its part Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 presents us with its first level. Also on the program: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from Aaryn Flynn’s studio (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, the JRPG One Piece Odyssey, the free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley further announced: “We have a few new game announcements for this show and hopefully a few surprises if all holds together. But it’s definitely a show that mostly focuses on things that are foretold.”

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