Space was the location for Summer Game Fest 2022
Summer Game Fest Live dropped new looks at dozens of previously announced titles and first looks at brand new titles, and it quickly became apparent that there seemed to be an unofficial theme for the show: space. .
This was evident in the first 30 minutes of the nearly two-hour live stream, which kicked off with a world premiere preview of a new strategy game set in the Alien movie universe, Aliens: Dark Descent. Host and Summer Game Fest organizer Geoff Keighley then followed up that reveal with a (sort of) new trailer and first gameplay demo for sci-fi horror title The Callisto Protocol. A few reveals later, and we were back in space, this time for new space thriller Fort Solis.
The space theme continued with the announcement of Stormgate, a new sci-fi RTS from former Blizzard developers Frost Giant Studios. It would only be a few revelations later, when it came time for Keighley to discuss Honkai: Star Rail, an open-world space RPG (which itself was preceded by an announcement for the free-to-play sci-fi shooter Warframe), which Keighley himself acknowledged there were more than a few matches in the context of the Final Frontier.
“Yeah, lots of space today,” Keighley said with a laugh as he introduced Honkai: Star Rail.
Xbox also noticed the trend by posting a Twitter poll that asked fans for their thoughts on the most anticipated genre showcased at Summer Game Fest; horror, sci-fi, sci-fi horror, or video games in general.
If you were a fan of the dark hallways of starships, evil robots, giant mechs, and hostile aliens, the Summer Game Fest stream was a dream come true. Although the constant stares at sci-fi heavy titles among the stars gave the stream a low rating, there was certainly plenty to get sci-fi fans excited about. Considering the way things are on Earth, it’s perhaps unsurprising to see so many upcoming games looking to the stars, however dark and terrifying they can sometimes be.
The grim future of Warhammer 40K: Darktide continues to look bright, and The Callisto Protocol’s gory gameplay debut made it clear that it had learned all of Dead Space’s best lessons. The storytelling-focused Fort Solis reveal, which has some serious voice talent like Troy Baker behind the project, also seems to be one to watch, as does the anime-inspired Honkai: Star Rail, based on developer HoYoverse. Genshin Impact’s pedigree is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Even though all of the games mentioned above were technically set in space, Summer Game Fest at least showcased a wide range of game genres in sci-fi environments, ranging from RTS and strategy titles to thrillers and shooters. the first person, which helped set each game apart.
Summer Game Fest is already set to return in the summer of 2023. When it does, hopefully Keighley can offer a little more variety in the range of games shown, regardless of the ongoing appeal of making games set in galaxies far, far away. .
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