With E3 out of commission this year, the scattered summer preview cycle continues with one of the more chill events: the Annapurna Interactive 2022 Showcase. For the second year in a row, publisher Annapurna Interactive (known for pushing games like Stray, Neon White, and Outer Wilds) is hosting a preview stream for their upcoming titles.
The Annapurna Interactive 2022 Showcase is focused on unveiling new games, showing off developmental updates for games in progress, and even shadow-dropping a couple of unexpected titles. Perhaps the best part about this stream is how Annapurna Interactive pulls back the curtain on game development, granting games workers space to be themselves and share personal stories about their craft. It’s real sweet.
If you missed the 30 minute stream and want to catch up on all the highlights, we got you covered with an accessible rundown right here.
- Right off the bat we get a update from Outerloop Games on Thirsty Suitors, the skateboarding turn-based RPG about messy relationships. It’s looking quite smooth; it’s great to see such a creative game full of a cast of darker skinned folks. A Steam demo for Thirsty Suitors is available now, and the full game will be coming to all current consoles and Xbox Game Pass.
- Hindsight, a narrative exploration game from Joel McDonald (Prune) gets a release date of August 4, 2022. I want to make it clear that I’m not calling the developer a prune, that is the title of their previous mobile game. This trailer is full of introspective tableaus, and spurs up feelings of nostalgic reflection. It may make me cry in the near future.
- Annapurna Interactive announced they will be continuing their partnership with Kentucky Route Zero developers Cardboard Computer on their upcoming, more performance-focused project.
- Bounty Star: The Morose Tale of the Graveyard Clem gets a reveal with giant cowboy mechs to pair with its gigantic title. Visually, it strikes as Overwatch meets Titanfall 2. Developed by DINOGOD, this over-the-shoulder action game looks to feature mech fights in the dust, base building, and good ol’ classic farming.
- Yarn Owl, a fresh studio formed by two cross country besties, talks about their remote dev and creative processes. Will be partnering with Annapurna Interactive to make a classic Zelda inspired game by a Black artist.
- Outer Wilds is launching on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S native ports on September 15, 2022. Will feature 60 FPS and a free upgrade for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners.
- The Pathless is dropping on Xbox and Switch this winter.
- Maquette is coming to Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, and Switch this winter.
- Solar Ash, the cloud-skating, collosus-slaying spiritual successor to Hyper Light Drifter is launching on Steam on December 6, 2022. It’s also coming to Xbox Game Pass this winter, too.
- What Remains of Edith Finch shadow-drops onto PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in 4k, 60 FPS. Similar to Outer Wilds, owners on previous console iterations get a free upgrade.
- Forever Ago, a Firewatch reminiscent story exploration game shows a trailer of an elderly fellow going on a road trip across America. It is being developed by German studio Third Shift.
- Indisputably, the cutest game of the showcase, Flock, dances on screen with its beaming hues and fantastical creature design. Hollow Ponds and Richard Hogg are behind this multiplayer co-op herding game, and you may know them from their work on Hohokum and I Am Dead; you’ll be hearing more about the former further down. It’s hard not to be amped for this game after seeing the sheep-ified critters that float behind players in the sky. It is coming to Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation, and PC.
- Hohokum, originally on PlayStation 3, 4, and Vita in 2014, is now available on Steam.
- DREAMFEEL the developers of If Found… announce another partnership with Annapurna Interactive.
- Rejoice, as Keita Takahashi (Wattam, Katamari Damacy) gives a blink-and-you-miss-it teaser trailer for his upcoming game Uvula. It is quite peculiar, and probably a metaphor; so it seems like he’s on track to drop another banger piece of media. No word yet if there is any connection with the (now shuttered) studio Funomena.
- The Lost Wild, a dinosaur survival horror adventure gets an unnerving trailer. It looks like if Jurassic Park was played as horror, the thought of being around dinosaurs will now live on in my nightmares.
Annapurna Interactive 2022 Showcase is part of Fanbyte’s ongoing Hot Game Summer coverage, where we’re bringing you recaps and commentary on this summer’s game presentations like Xbox’s showcase, the PC Gaming Show, and the all-encompassing Summer Game Fest hosted by Geoff Keighley. If you’re interested in seeing all Fanbyte’s coverage, check out our Hot Game Summer 2022 hub.