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So before I begin, I’d like to apologize, as I messed up. Because I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t notice that Summer Game-Fest’s first showcase was Sony’s “State of Play” showcase. It's just since last year's June State of Play was after E3, I thought Sony wasn't showcasing at Summer Game-Fest and I was wrong. Sorry about that. Meaning this was Summer Game-Fest Day 1, and the blog I wrote for Summer Game-Fest’s main showcase was “Day 2.”
Having said that, this showcase was better than I expected, and truth be told I wasn’t expecting much. Because it had a lot of games people were looking forward to, and some new titles to get excited for like EterNights and Stray. But enough rambling, let’s get into the assessment.
So we start things off with Resident Evil 4 Remake. With the same trailer Capcom showed off. I’m now regretting not covering this showcase first. As shown in the Capcom Showcase, RE4 Remake will be available on March 24th 2023.
Next was Resident Evil Village Gold Edition for PlayStation VR2. Playing through Resident Evil Village’s story through VR, is a massive nope from me, but I’m sure fans will love it.
After that was The Walking Dead Saints and Sinner Chapter 2:Retribution. Given the first person gameplay and the ability to craft makeshift weapons I thought it was Dead Island 2. But after seeing that it’s a Walking Dead spin off is kinda disappointing. But I’m sure fans of the first Saints and Sinners chapter are excited. It’ll be coming some time in 2022 for PS5 and Playstation VR 2.
After that was a trailer for No Man’s Sky, which I’m surprised is getting a re-release after the reception it got after launch. Maybe they’ll do better this time. Especially when it’s coming to PlayStation VR2.
Next was Horizon Call of The Mountain, which takes the Horizon game mechanics and puts them in an FPS play style. And if I understand the narration in the trailer right, you play as a prisoner working off a debt to someone. To achieve this you have to go on an expedition in the mountains, and find out why the machines are attacking people. Horizon Call of The Mountain will be available on PlayStation V2 with its date “To Be Announced.”
There was also a few updates for Horizon Forbidden West made available for PS4 and PS5 on June 2, the day of the PlayStation showcase. These updates included performance mode with improved visual fidelity. Transom that allow you to change in-game outfits. You can redistribute skill points on the skills you’ve acquired, Ultra hard difficulty, new game+, and new weapons and trophies.
After that was Spiderman Remastered, which is coming to PC August 12th 2022.
Next was Stray, a game where you wonder around and try to survive a cyberpunk city as a stray cat. Stray dropped July 19th for PS4 and PS5, meaning it’s available now. And from what I’ve seen a lot of people like it.
After that was Callisto Protocol, and seeing this here gave me mixed feelings because on one hand all that was shown in this showcase was a trailer detailing the story of a man investigating a space station filled with zombies. And this trailer has a mix of cutscenes and gameplay. So I can’t complain about not knowing the gameplay looks like from this trailer. Plus in watching the Summer Game-Fest showcase first, I already knew what the gameplay looked like, so seeing this trailer by itself ain’t the slightest bit disappointing. And with the gameplay reminiscent of Dead Space, I’m sure many will like it. The Callisto Protocol will be available on December 2nd 2022 for PS4 and PS5.
Next was RollerDrome, a cell-shaded third person shooter, where you compete in a rollerblading bloodsport. Kill your opponents before they kill you, seems simple enough. RollerDrome will be available August 16th 2022 for PS 4 and PS5.
Then there was EterNights. A dating action game where you try to make most out of life during the apocalypse. Date a girl on minute, and fight a monster the next. Sounds like fun. EterNights will be available in early 2023 for PS4 and PS5. Meaning I’mma need to keep my eye out on the specifics as that date draws near.
After that was Street Fighter 6. This trailer showed off gameplay, the roster thus far consisting of Chun-Li, Ryu, Luke, and Jamie. What I overlooked from the trailer featured in Capcom’s conference was a mention of Fighting Ground and Battle Hub. What those are, we’ll have to wait and see. Street Fighter 6 as I’ve mentioned already will be coming to PS4 and PS5 in 2023.
After that was Tunic which released on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S March 16th 2022. An action adventure game where you play as a little fox kit(a fox puppy/cub) on a big adventure. And apparently it did well enough to get a Playstation port. Tunic drops on PS4 and PS5 September 27th 2022.
Next was Season:”A letter to the Future,” and the trailer implies as much. You’ve got a guy traveling on a bicycle and taking pictures of everything he sees. Almost like he intends to create a time capsule. Season:”A Letter to the Future” will be available Autumn 2022 for PS4 and PS5.
And lastly was Final Fantasy XVI, and seems like another story of heroes to save their world from a great evil. The combat gameplay looks hard to discern as I can’t tell if it’s turn based or free-form action. Though the plot and setting feels more reminiscent of Final Fantasy 1-6 as opposed to the anime-esque plots I’m used to of 7-13. They also showed the summons Phoenix, Titan, Garuda, Bamuh, Shiva, Odin, Bahamut, and Ifrit. Final Fantasy XVI will drop Summer 2023.
In conclusion, this was a decent showcase, as there was some games many wanted to see like RE4 Remake, Street Fighter 6, and a game I was hoping to see showcased, Final Fantasy XVI. I wish there was elaborations on what were getting after each trailer to get a better idea on what each game was about. I’m glad I didn’t skip this conference, but since it was the first Summer Game Fest showcase, I wish I had covered this first as opposed to the third to last conference I’m covering.