Not-E3, fake-E3, “Keigh-3” – in reference to video game presenter Geoff Keighly – whatever you call it, the past few weeks have been filled with game announcements.
This is despite E3, the electronic entertainment expo, which will not take place in 2022. In its absence, many major game companies and publications have held various showcase events to announce the upcoming projects of some of the biggest names in the industry.
To help you stay on top of the news, here are the biggest non-E3 2022 announcements.
Ahead of the Xbox and Bethesda games showcase, a cloud streaming app for select 2022 Samsung smart TVs was announced. While a dedicated streaming dongle is still a long way off, lucky owners of compatible Samsung TVs will soon be able to stream and play next-gen console games without the box. All you need is an Xbox Game Pass subscription and a decent internet connection. Expect to see the Xbox app appear on Samsung TVs from late June.
Final Fantasy VII Remake, second part unveiled
As part of Square Enix Final Fantasy VII Presentation of the 25th anniversary during non-E3, the Japanese company made a massive announcement regarding the series. Square Enix has revealed that the 2020 Final Fantasy VII Remake was the first part of a trilogy, the second part of which launched in our summer of 2023. Titled Final Fantasy VII Revivalpart two also has a brief trailer teasing its direction after part one’s mind-blowing finale.
Also getting the remake treatment is Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VIIoriginally a 2008 PlayStation Portable game. Its remake, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunionwill launch on all major gaming platforms this summer.
The Last of Us is also being remade for PS5 and PC
Announced during the Summer Games Fest 2022 presentation, a remade version of the 2013 PlayStation 3 classic The last of us is coming to PlayStation 5 and PC. Designated as The Last of Us Part Iit follows the success of the 2020s The Last of Us Part II on PlayStation 4, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
The Last of Us Part I features reworked graphics, gameplay, and controls designed to take advantage of newer hardware. The remake also includes content from the prequel Left over which further explores the backstory of the protagonist, Ellie. The Last of Us Part I launch on September 2, 2022.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II gets release date and campaign footage
Not to be confused with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 from 2009, Modern Warfare II is a sequel to the 2019 reboot Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Clear as mud? Alright, let’s continue.
The Summer Games Fest 2022 gave us an in-depth look at Modern Warfare IIthe campaign gameplay of, with all the military action fans expect. Developed by Infinity Ward, the latest installment in the franchise launches October 28 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on Steam and Battle.net. Free Battle Royale Game Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 is also coming later this year.
Devolver Digital continues its virulent satire of the games industry and not E3
For several years, independent publisher Devolver Digital has been attacking various practices standardized by other game companies. Microtransactions, loot boxes, NFTs – Devolver swings hard and never misses. This year, the Devolver Direct presentation poked fun at the recent wave of large-scale corporate acquisitions in the industry.
Between sketches, Devolver showed off several promising games on the way soon. Two games developed in Australia were presented, including Worship of the Lambwhich will launch on August 11, 2022, and The brave squire slated for release in 2023. Both games are impressive and The brave squire features an artist, James Turner, who previously worked on the Pokemon series.
Bethesda space RPG Starfield gets a big gameplay trailer
The Xbox and Bethesda showcase included far too many big games to properly include in a recap article (thanks to Made in Adelaide Hollow Knight: Silksong). Probably the one everyone is talking about is star field. From the folks at Bethesda known for Ancient Scrolls and recent To fall games, their latest RPG looks huge.
With over 1,000 planets to explore freely, you can create and customize your own ship, build bases and embark on a space quest. In star fieldIn the first big gameplay trailer, we saw many features of the genre, including character customization, crafting, and combat. Although originally slated for launch later this year, star field will be released on Xbox and PC in 2023.
Netflix gets its killer gaming app with Poinpy
Even Netflix jumped on the non-E3 bandwagon, announcing several games and gaming-adjacent projects coming to the streaming platform. Published by Devolver Digital, the colorful vertical climbing game poinpy from the developer of Downwell is now available on mobile for Netflix subscribers. It’s excellent and will be joined by other Devolver games Kingdom: Three Kingdoms and nil earth in the future.
Netflix also has many other games and adaptations in the works, including an anime dragon age seriesand an upcoming narrative RPG based on the popular shadow and bone books.
Resident Evil 4 is yet another upcoming remake
Although technically not in the unofficial E3 window, Sony held a PlayStation State of Play presentation a few weeks ago, which announced the Resident Evil 4 remake. It’s slated for a March 24, 2023 launch on PS5, along with PlayStation VR2 content for the game and Resident Evil Village.
Other big announcements included a flashy trailer for Final Fantasy XVIwhich is expected next year in our winter, and Wandera game where you play as an orange tabbywill be released on July 19, 2022 on PS4 and PS5.
More game news and reviews on GadgetGuy