Geoff Keighley’s 2021 Summer Game Fest revealapalooza began today with a kickoff event, and as most Keighley joints do, it had plenty of world premiere trailers and announcements. If you couldn’t catch the show live, we’ve got a neat list of everything that was shown off at the event. If you want to watch the whole thing, here’s the archived stream. For everyone else, here’s our recap by myself and Featured Contributor Natalie Flores:
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
“You cannot hide from fate, but you can make your own.”
From 2K and Gearbox comes Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. It’s a high-fantasy take on the looter-shooter genre starring Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, Will Arnett, and Ashly Burch.
In terms of how it relates to Gearbox’s iconic Borderlands series, it isn’t a close relation. Despite starring Tiny Tina, this is its own standalone game. Tiny Tina is doing her own thing now. People who love Borderlands will find plenty to love, but it has its own mechanics, such as allowing you to customize your character. She is your Bunker Master, guiding the narrative and changing it on a dime as she wants. The goal of your grand adventure is to defeat the Dragon Lord.
It is slated for release in early 2022, and we should be hearing more about it in the summer.
Metal Slug Tactics
The Metal Slug series is returning as a grid-based tactics game with Metal Slug Tactics. The shift in the genre is significant, as the series is most commonly known as a side-scrolling action series. Metal Slug has been fairly dormant in recent years, as the last game to come out in the series was 2009’s Metal Slug XX.
Death Stranding Director’s Cut
Hideo Kojima joined Geoff Keighley to reveal the Death Stranding Director’s Cut. In the mysterious trailer, Sam Porter Bridges can be seen infiltrating a warehouse and sitting in a box. Stay tuned for the full reveal in a few weeks.
Jurassic World Evolution 2
Actor Jeff Goldblum joined the show to give a dramatic reading of a game announcement, which made more sense when it turned out to be for Jurassic World Evolution 2, the sequel to licensed management sim from 2018. The game will launch later this year.
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The much-anticipated Sable got a beautiful performance by Japanese Breakfast. It also finally gets a release date: September 23.
Lost Ark, an MMORPG by Smilegate RPG and Amazon Games, is coming to the west this fall. The game has been available in Korea since its launch in 2018, followed by a Russian and Japanese beta launch in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War x Warzone
Season four begins on June 17. It will bring new maps, new weapons, content, and even expanded zombies content. This is a free content update.
Ryan Reynolds showed up to introduce a new trailer for Free Guy, the movie about an NPC in an open-world game who becomes self-aware and tries to save the world of his video game outside of the script. It also stars Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer and features streamers like Pokimane and Ninja.
Innersloth’s Among Us is getting a brand new Hide and Seek mode. Play new roles, including sheriff and scientist. New colors, such as coral, tan, rose, maroon, and gray, are on the way. Visor cosmetics and achievements are also coming. Map 5 was teased, but Innersloth won’t show anything on it just yet.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida made an appearance to showcase some independent games coming to PlayStation platforms. Including Chicory: A Colorful Tale, which is available today on PS4, PS5, and Steam.
Salt and Sacrifice
Shuhei Yoshida also revealed Salt and Sacrifice, in which you’ll go on an adventure to hunt Mages: twisted, irredeemable creatures of elemental malice. You are a Marked Inquisitor, a criminal condemned yet spared the hand of justice in exchange for a lifetime of service in the unending war against Mages. It has co-op and local online mode. It’s a sequel to 2016’s Salt and Sanctuary.
Solar Ash, published by Annapurna Interactive, got a new trailer. It will be coming out later this year.
From Torn Banner studios comes Chivalry 2, which got its launch trailer during the show. You can play it right now. It is available on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
We got a quick tease at the next agent to come in Riot’s Valorant. And they meant quick.
Escape From Tarkov
Battlestate Games showed new footage from shooter Escape From Tarkov, showcasing a new area of the game: the streets of Tarkov.
Two Point Campus
The developers behind Two Point Hospital are releasing a new management sim called Two Point Campus. As the title implies, it will be all about managing a college campus, from curriculum to extracurricular activities. It will come to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and Steam in 2022.
Smite: Battleground of the Gods x Stranger Things
As Smite enters its ninth year, it is collaborating with Netflix’s Stranger Things. Face off against Mind Flayers on July 13, 2021
A rare publisher announcement. Prime Matter is currently working on over 12 games, like Outward, King’s Bounty II, Echoes of the End, and more. It is working with Saber Interactive on a new Painkiller game. For more on Prime Matter’s upcoming projects, check out Imran’s write-up here.
A new four-person cooperative shooter in which you’ll fight aboard a spaceship against alien hordes. It’s coming to PC, the Xbox console family, and the Epic Games Store.
Coming out later this summer. Take on a common enemy called The Tempest, which wants to eliminate life. It will have six expeditions at launch. Its closed beta will begin on July 20.
Fast & Furious x Rocket League
Three new cars will be coming to Rocket League in a crossover with the Fast & Furious franchise. The bundle will go live in the game on June 17.
The world premiere of Sharkmob’s Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines multiplayer game. A treacherous betrayal has stirred a war amongst the vampires, who are also targeted for annihilation by a secret society known as the Entity. This is a free battle royale game in which you’ll be able to customize your look. You can now sign up for the closed alpha, and the game will be released later this year.
House of Ashes
From Supermassive Games comes House of Ashes, which is part of its Dark Pictures Anthology. The game follows American and Iraqi soldiers trapped in a cursed, monster-inhabited temple. The game will launch on October 22 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.
Tales of Arise
The long-running JRPG series’ upcoming entry gets a new trailer that introduces several new (attractive) characters. Undertake a journey as a powerful band of heroes who will stand against the darkness. The entry is being released on September 10, 2021.
Sky: Children of the Light for Nintendo Switch
Thatgamecompany’s console version of Sky: Children of the Light will arrive on Nintendo Switch on June 29. The upcoming season, Le Petit Prince, arrives on July 6.
Planet of Lana: An Off-Earth Odyssey
Coming to Xbox and PC in 2022 is Planet of Lana, a game by Thunderful & Wishfully. A young girl and her loyal friend embark on a rescue adventure through a colorful, hand-painted world full of cold machines and unfamiliar creatures. You can wishlist it now on Steam.
Looking for me?
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) June 10, 2021
Just a day after announcing the game is getting cross-play, Blizzard showed up to showcase more of Overwatch 2. Specifically, some new skins for its heroes. Specifically Baptiste and Sombra. (Natalie’s note: she’s so hot, oh my god). (Ken’s note: so is he, goddamn).
Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance
Watch as comedian Hannibal Buress, WWE Superstar Ember Moon, Summer Game Fest Host Geoff Keighley, and Tuque Games Founder Jeff Hattem join forces. Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance will come out on June 22, 2021.
Paladins x Gen:Lock
Paladins is collaborating with the animated web series Gen:Lock, bringing new content to the game based on the show.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Watch the first trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, coming out on July 9 on Nintendo Switch.
Funktronic Labs announces “Weezy Mode,” a level centered around Weezer’s new song, “Tell Me What You Want.” Wave Break is the world’s first “skateboarding” game, inspired by arcade skateboarding classics. Grind, grab, kickflip and shoot your way through an explosive 80s crime-filled Miami Vice-themed world. It will be playable tomorrow on Steam and Switch.
Announced last year at The Game Awards, this is an extended look at the game from Amplitude and Sega.
Far Cry 6
Giancarlo Esposito, who plays one of Far Cry 6’s central characters, joined Geoff Keighley on stage to talk about the upcoming entry taking place in Cuba. He calls his character “a renegade within reason” who dearly loves his people. He studied Fidel Castro heavily for the role.
Fall Guys x NieR: Automata
Play as NieR: Automata’s 2B in Fall Guys on June 18. 2 Bean or not 2 Bean. It’s cute as hell.
Ex-Treyarch developers have founded a new studio called Deviation Games. The team didn’t have anything to show, but they were there, and congrats to them. Oh, and they’re collaborating with Sony on their first game.
Back 4 Blood
A new boss was teased for the upcoming Back 4 Blood from the creators of Left 4 Dead. The beta is coming out later this summer on August 5, while the game’s full release will be on October 12.
Starting on Tuesday, June 15, Microsoft is starting an ID@Xbox demo event for Xbox and Windows users to play some independent games coming to the platform. Among them is Tunic, which will be getting an upcoming demo.
Tribes of Midgard
Gather resources and explore an untamed world to become the ultimate Viking crew of four. Craft weapons, build defenses and grow the strength of your tribe—available July 27 on PlayStation 4 and 5 and Steam.
Evil Dead: The Game
From Saber Interactive, you and your friends will team up as classic Evil Dead characters. You can also play as a demon if saving the world isn’t your thing. You’ll visit locales, uncover lost tapes, and track down other legendary artifacts. When you’ve grabbed enough, you’ll face a great horror. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2021.
FromSoftware and Bandai Namco’s much-anticipated (like “Geoff Keighley was shaking on stage and yelled that he’s finally out of prison” levels of anticipation) Elden Ring gets a new substantial trailer. From Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin, Elden Ring is slated for release on January 21, 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
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This is but one of several showcases happening this week because E3 and Summer Game Fest were planned for the same week, for some reason. But all of our coverage on that is part of Fanbyte’s Hot Game Summer. For more on the news, podcasts, and video coverage we’ve got planned, head over to the Hot Game Summer master post.