Yesterday’s official opening gamescoma 2022 which takes place in Cologne until Sunday, we were showered with a bunch of presentations of new games, from the expected continuations of previously known franchises, to completely new projects that already in the development stage show great potential.
The evening ceremony was led by a Canadian journalist Geoff Keighleyknown to the public as the host of various programs on the topic of video games, including The Game Awards, since its first appearance eight years ago, of which he is also a producer.
In the two-hour program, Keighley presented over thirty games, of which below we provide brief descriptions of the most interesting to us, noting that it is likely that some secret names will follow today and in the coming days, whose developers and publishers wanted to avoid last night’s onslaught, so let’s start without anyone special order.
Return to Monkey Island
For some time we have been hearing about the return of the legendary Guybrush Threepwood in the new chapter of the Monkey Island series, Return to Monkey Island, and it is closer than we could have imagined. Namely, during yesterday’s ceremony, a promotional video announced the release for September 19, which is also a kind of international holiday of talking like a pirate (International Talk Like A Pirate Day).
The game itself is a direct successor to LeChuck’s Revenge, while the modernized, let’s call it that, graphic display found itself the target of many old fans and we are not sure that this decision of the developer is the most correct. Anyway, Return to Monkey Island is less than a month away, and this adventure will be released for Nintendo Switch and PC.
Lies of P
When Carlo Collodi was finishing his Pinocchi, he had no idea that he would become the main hero of the game Lies of P which is anything but a story for children. Namely, the aforementioned character found himself in the city of Krat by chance, and soon witnesses the madness around him that has turned his former acquaintances into terrifying creatures.
The dark environment is completely in line with the combat that is taken from the Souls series, which means that we are in for a painstaking process of trial and error/death, upgrading the main character, as well as related procedural tasks that will change depending on our lies and ultimately affect the very game ending. We will play Lies of P next year on PC, Xbox and Xbox Series X/S, and in addition to the classic edition, it will be available from the day of release through a Game Pass subscription.
Where Winds Meet
One of the more interesting presentations is related to Where Winds Meet, an open-world action RPG that takes us to medieval China. In the promotional video, there is an emphasis on some gameplay elements such as fighting, hunting and exploring beautiful locations, and supposedly the developers will give us a free hand in the decisions that will shape the story and the role of the mysterious fighter we lead.
As befits an RPG, progress brings upgrades to the main character and his fighting skills, and as the authors say, the combat mechanics are far faster and more aggressive than those in similar fighting titles such as Ghost of Tsushima.
New Tales From The Borderlands
Looks like Gearbox didn’t think too much about the name of the spiritual successor to the celebrated Telltale Games’ Tales From The Borderlands, since they called it simply New Tales From The Borderlands.
We are already playing the aforementioned on October 21st practically on all consoles and PC with a completely new story and characters, specifically the scientist Ana, her brother Octavio and the belligerent Fran who will have to work together to find the key to an unlooted shelter that hides wealth and incredible power. Like its predecessor, the most important decisions in this adventure are those that shape the story and the complicated relationships between the characters.
The Callisto Protocol
If you loved Dead Space, and we don’t know anyone who has anything against it, you’ll love The Callisto Protocol which we are playing soon, more precisely on December 2 this year on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC. As in Dead Space, the emphasis is on the atmosphere, which is not surprising considering that the development is led by Glen Schofield, one of the creators of the previously mentioned horror adventure, so the hairs on our necks will rise just looking at the lone opponent who, if we rush, will overcome with ease.
The story is set in an advanced prison system on Jupiter’s moon, and the interesting thing is that the world of popular battle royalea PUBG, but at some point the Striking Distance Studios team decided to end the collaboration and create their own environment.
Although we have been hearing about it for a long time and we were supposed to play it by the end of the year, a new video Hogwarts Legacya got us interested again in this action adventure which, according to the new plan, arrives on February 10.
Set in the 19th century, the game puts us in the role of a young wizard who will try to prevent the coming war between goblins and other magic users, and in addition to exploring the globally popular fantasy castle after which this project is named, during the game we will learn new magic and create drinks that will help us on our way.
Phantom Hellcatdebut Ironbird Creationsa already at the first viewing of the promotional video shown yesterday, it immediately reminded us of the series Nier, from which the authors undoubtedly drew inspiration. Namely, the camera will show us the platform scenes as a classic 2D game, while in the battles it will switch to appropriate 3D so that we can more easily use martial moves and the environment.
The game’s creative director stated that Phantom Hellcat was created out of love for classic action games from ten years ago and as a response to the flood of Souls-like titles that developers literally bombard us with. Unfortunately, the approximate release time is not known, but it is known that we will play Phantom Hellcat on PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
The authors of the unfairly neglected The Surge and Lords of the Fallen bring us their new project next year Atlas Fallen. Team Deck13 is under the auspices of Focus Home Entertainment will take us to the “timeless land” on the noble task of liberating the human race from the oppression of the gods.
Although it is not entirely an open-world game, Atlas Fallen will give us enough freedom to roam the sandy landscape and clash with impressive opponents from whom we can take some abilities that will come in handy in the coming challenges along with changeable weapons.
Under the Waves
The well-known oeuvre of the team Quantic Dreama will join next year Under the Waves, “poetic underwater adventure”, as the authors themselves call it. Like the mysteries that surrounded their earlier projects like Heavy Rain or Detroit: Become Human, we know very little about Under the Waves.
In particular, the authors revealed that the main role went to Stan, a professional diver whose last dive takes an unexpected turn with many “unusual occurrences”. Based on the video shown, we can only guess what kind, but since we are well acquainted with Quantic Dream’s work, we have no doubt that they are preparing another unforgettable experience for us with Under the Waves.
Funcom in no way to move away from the MMO genre, so their newly announced game is also genre-oriented in that direction. It’s about a game Dune: Awakening which, according to the author, combines creativity survival titles with social interaction multiplayer games to create a unique atmosphere survival An open world MMO set on Arrakis.
In addition to research, which will be key to discovering new resources, and at the same time dangerous due to desert storms, rival factions and, of course, sandworms, we will have to build shelters that can grow into well-fortified bases, and by spreading influence, advance on the hierarchical scale. The release date currently remains unknown, but it is known that Dune: Awakening is in the works for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.