The Game Awards is an event the gaming industry looks forward to. From the game releases to the awards section, the event packs a lot of jam on a winter night. The gaming community widely regards The Game Awards’ evaluation to be the most precise measurement among all the game awards known to us. And, we cannot argue with that. This year, The Game Awards took place on 9th December, and it was filled with numerous announcements. We got another look at the upcoming Hellblade II, Krafton announced that PUBG was going to free-to-play starting January 12, 2022, and more. It Takes Two won the Game of the Year award, and that was well deserved. However, the event also saw the announcement of several brand-new titles, and this article covers them.
Some titles like Elden Ring, Hellblade II, Suicide Squad, A Plague Tale: Requiem, Evil West, etc. were announced before The Game Awards 2021. This title will not include those games. It will only focus on the brand new titles that were just announced at the event.
1. Star Wars: Eclipse (Release Date TBA)
Quantic Dream and Star Wars is a very interesting combination because the previous has no history of developing fast-paced shooters. But they always over-deliver. We can say that if when they fail, they make a title that amazes people. However, we still don’t have a lot of information on this new Star Wars game. It seems like it will be based on life in the High Republic period, 200-300 years before the events of the prequel trilogy series. Other than that, we don’t have the platforms the game will launch on or a release date. Quantic Dream gave us an extremely cinematic trailer, which is much unlike any Star Wars trailers we have seen to date. Just because this game is coming from Quantic Dream means you should keep an eye out for it because they have given us some very interesting stuff over the years. We have a low-key feeling it is going to be a great game, provided by how promising the trailer looks.
2. Alan Wake 2 (2023)
Alan Wake is probably going to be a culmination of several interesting stuff. Remedy has been working in a super-interconnected manner since the original Alan Wake game. Everything from Alan Wake: Quantum Break to Control is set in a connected universe, and we have a feeling that Alan Wake 2 won’t be an exception. It is the first Alan Wake game that is being described as a survival horror game which implies that things have taken a turn for the worst. The trailer gives us a lot of locales to ponder over the long panning shot, and Remedy describes this sequel as a story that will “eat you alive”. While that is a bold claim, this game will be worth the long wait as it is launching in 2023.
3. Wonder Woman (Release Date TBA)
Wonder Woman is a pretty interesting IP to explore because we have no games in this domain yet. This recently announced game is coming from the Shadow of Mordor developers, and the trailer is largely influenced by this series. Their studio head stated that they believe in the power of player-driven storytelling to unite people. While the second part of the statement can be safely ignored, we can assure that they are developing a single-player narrative-focused game with this release. And that puts us in the territory of Shadow of Mordor too.
While Wonder Woman is a strange IP to go all-in with the Shadow of Mordor formula, we still do not have a formula for these games either. It will be interesting how the standards are put up, and how this game turns out whenever it will release.
4. The Expanse: A Telltale Series (Release Date TBA)
The Expanse is a Telltale game based on a TV show of the same name. Although the TV show isn’t a popular pack, it is interesting to see how excited the community is for the character they chose to be the game’s protagonist. The trailer does a good job of capturing the traditional Telltale vibe. It feels like a step-up from the Telltale-wannabe trailer of the Star Trek game from Dramatic Labs. Despite being strictly a Telltale game, the visuals seem to have received a wonderful upgrade, and the trailer looks promising. The game is coming to the current-gen consoles and PC sometime in the future and we don’t have a release date yet.
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Release Date TBA)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a video game adaptation of the original film from 1974. We don’t have a lot of info on this title other than a few visuals and whatever the developers spoke on stage. The game seems promising as the developers stated that not only did they recreate locations and characters but also a whole time and place in Texas. Although we are unsure of what that means because this is likely going to be an asymmetric horror game, which is not quite what was imagined when the original movie was created back in 1974. So we will have to wait and see how authentic this game is about to be. Although it looks cool, we cannot make any judgments just yet because of how little info has been let out to the public. We have no idea of which platforms this game is targeting or when it will be released.
6. Rumble Verse (February 2022)
Rumble Verse is a game that is billing itself as a pro wrestling battle royale, but it looks nothing like that. It is kind of a 3D brawl-type game set in a battle royale. While the game promises the goofiness it showcased, the verticality in traversal is definitely beyond what a pro wrestling match would allow. Players can climb up the sides of the buildings and do parkour. All of this might make the game extremely fun to play but it entirely depends on the execution. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait too long for this game to go into action. It will launch on February 8, 2022, for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, and PC.
7. Arc Raiders (2022)
Arc Raiders is a free-to-play sci-fi co-op shooter dropping at some time in 2022. The trailer looks extremely visually impressive and gives the feel of a PvE-styled horrid and wavy gameplay. There is a wide range of enemies to fight in this game from spider-like walker things to scout-like drones, and it looks pretty interesting. The game is being developed by a completely newly formed studio named Embark Studios which was formed by a former EA chief designer. The trailer focused on a lot of gameplay during the nighttime, and the visuals are on the next level. It feels like the series was heavily influenced by the Gears series and Horizon Zero Dawn, and that is a very interesting pair of inspirations. The game seems interesting, but we will have to find out more as it gets closer to launch next year. It is coming to both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S, and PC.
2022 seems to be a pretty interesting year for video games as most of the developers will start using the full power of the PS5 and the Xbox Series. Most of the games are being released strictly on these platforms, and the last-gen consoles are being left out. This does mean that the visuals will get a significant boost, which is quite the case. We can’t wait for titles like Alan Wake 2 and Star Wars Eclipse. After quite a stagnant year, 2022 might be a great year for video games!