News Mash-Up - Week # 22


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Top News Items

    • Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest 2022 was a two-hour video presentation which featured 33 games. Almost half the videos were for games with a 2022 release date. Six games had a space theme to them, some games were promoting DLC for titles already in market . Eleven games were sequels or games from an existing franchise, numerous indies got showcased and there were six JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Games) which will have a limited Western market appeal. Geoff Keighley announced next year’s Summer Game Fest will also host a physical event. The ESA restated on social media that E3 2033 will return as a physical event, making for two US-based physical conferences during the summer of 2023.

    • In a 90-minute video Microsoft showcased 33 games at the Xbox and Bethesda Game Showcase. Almost all games will be available on GamePass and all games revealed will be released in the next 12 months. Eighteen games are expected to release this year. Over eight games were existing releases but with extra DLC and nine games were coming from Xbox Game Studios and four games announced were from Bethesda. In a surprise announcement, games from PC developer Riot Games, such as League of Legends and Valorant, will be added to GamePass.

    • GamePass will extend its cloud-based gaming platform to include games outside its ecosystem. The new feature is expected to launch later this year. From 30th June you'll be able to play Game Pass Ultimate cloud-based games on Samsung smart TVs. This will be done via an app.

    • Microsoft revealed “Project Moorcroft”, the ability to play indie demos on Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft has said it will pay indie publishers/studios for their demos.

    • The June PlayStation State of Play was a 30-minute video which showcased 14 games. Six games had a 2022 release, four had a 2023 release, and the rest undisclosed. PSVR2 got centre billing with 5 games announced: Resident Evil 4 Remake, Resident Evil Village, The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, No Man Sky and Horizon VR: Call of the Mountain. Apart from the PSVR2 games, no game was a PS5 exclusive, all were available for the PS4.

    • Spider-Man Remastered will release on the PC on 12th August.

    • Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) has bought 8.1% of the shares in the Swedish publisher the Embracer Group. The investment is worth just over $1 billion and it will make PIF the second largest shareholder of the publisher. PIF already owns the SNK Corporation (famed retro Japanese games).

    • Activision Blizzard has officially recognized the union, Gamers Workers Alliance, set up by QA staff at Raven Software.

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New games

Week commencing Monday 6 June 2022

Date Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
6 June Lost Ruins NS, PS4, XBO Metroidvania, action Altari Games Dangen Entertainment
8 June Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords NS Role-playing Obsidian Entertainment LucasArts
  The Cycle: Frontier Win First-person shooter Yager Development Yager Development
9 June Even If Tempest NS Visual novel Voltage Voltage
  Orcs Must Die! 3 PS5 Tower defense Robot Entertainment Robot Entertainment
  Tour de France 22 Win, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Sports Cyanide Nacon
10 June Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles NS Fighting CyberConnect2 Sega
  Freshly Frosted Win, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Puzzle The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
  Mario Strikers: Battle League NS Sports Next Level Games Nintendo
  Metal Max Xeno Reborn Win, NS, PS4 Role-playing 24Frame, Cattle Call, Kadokawa Games PQube
  The Quarry Win, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Survival horror Supermassive Games 2K Games
  Symphony of War: The Nephilim Saga Win Role-playing Dancing Dragon Games Freedom Games