We used to wait religiously every year for the E3 event where the biggest and smallest names in the gaming industry would show us what games to expect for the year ahead and beyond. Sadly, it was canceled this year for safety and health reasons. That didn’t stop the publishers and developers from holding their own shows to present some highlights.
Stay tuned as we take you through all of the gaming events for all the biggest game announcements for 2022, as well as some upcoming ones later in the year. We also have videos of the events if you’d like to watch them. You’ll find them organized per event in the chronological order of when the shows went live.
All the biggest game announcements for 2022
Warhammer Skulls Showcase
It seems like we’re getting plenty of Warhammer action, which is fantastic for fans like me. First on the list mentioned was Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader, which will feature a classic RPG gameplay style. Other names mentioned for games in development were Warhammer 40K: Warpforge and Warhammer 40K: Boltgun. There were also trailers and details for Space Marine 2, Darktide, and Blood Bowl 3. Here’s the complete show that aired on June 1, 2022.
Sony State of Play
June 2 saw Sony showcase all its biggest anticipated games for the year ahead. Some of the most exciting reveals included Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered on PC, Final Fantasy 16, The Callisto Protocol, Street Fighter 6, and a release date for the Resident Evil 4 remake. While there was some mention of a few PSVR2 games, the attention shifted to the release of God of War Ragnarok.
Sega’s Sonic Central showcase happened on June 7, 2022. As you’d expect, the main highlight was on the titular blue hero, Sonic the Hedgehog. There were some mentions of new animated shows, but the gaming focus was on titles like Sonic Frontiers, Sonic Origins, Sonic Speed Simulator, and a few Sonic mobile games coming our way. We can even expect some Sonic skins in Fall Guys soon.
Summer Game Fest
Arguably the biggest gaming event to replace E3, the Summer Game Fest took place on June 9, 2022. While there were some repeat announcements of games already mentioned earlier, we saw a slew of new titles that gave us goosebumps. We’ll be covering the top games we’re excited about in a separate article, but here’s a list of a few mentioned in the show:
- Saints Row’s character creator
- The Last Of Us remake
- Street Fighter 6
- Aliens: Dark Descent
- Fort Solis
- Marvel’s Midnight Suns
- Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
- Goat Simulator 3
- Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
- Layers of Fear
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Flashback 2
- Outriders expansion Worldslayer
- American Arcadia
Day of the Devs
This gaming event followed the Summer Game Fest on the same day. Double Fine and iam8bit hosted the show, presenting all the top indie game announcements for 2022. Some of the titles mentioned include Time Flies, Bear and Breakfast, and Choo Choo Charles. There was a vast array of genres, so the indie developers will be keeping us game reviewers busy.
A little bit later that day, we got to see the Devolver Direct show. While the library of new games wasn’t as expansive as Summer Game Fest, it presented five titles. One of them is Anger Foot, which is an interesting first-person shooter. They also showcased Cult of the Lambs as a horror game with an adorable touch.
Netflix Geeked Week: Gaming
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know by now that Netflix has its own gaming studio, mostly for mobile games. The Netflix Geeked Week show aired on June 10, with a few mentions of new shows and animations. On the gaming side, we saw that Netflix are making mobile games for the Queen’s Gambit and Shadow and Bone. Other titles mentioned include Spiritfarer, Lucky Luna, The Cuphead Show, and Sonic Prime.
Epic Games Store Summer Showcase
Epic Games didn’t have huge announcements as part of the Summer Showcase on June 10th. With Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 well underway, the focus was more on the game Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. It will be a building and crafting game, featuring some interesting mechanics we’re excited to play upon release.
Tribeca Games Spotlight
The Tribeca Games Festival is an event that runs from June 8 to June 19. The main spotlight was on June 10 when it revealed some of the top upcoming games. It included some of the titles already presented at the Summer Game Fest main event, but there were a few others:
- American Arcadia
- Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course
- As Dusk Falls
- The Cub
- A Plague Tale: Requiem
- Oxenfree II Lost Signals
- Thirsty Suitors
Guerrilla Collective 3
Here’s another showcase of indie game announcements that aired on June 11. It revealed Ugly as a platform puzzle game, while there was also mention of I Was a Teenage Exocolonist and Signalis. There are a few more Guerilla Collective shows planned for the rest of the year, so stay tuned.
Later that day saw Wholesome Direct also present a few indie games for PC and mobile. The main focus is on cozy or adorable titles, so don’t expect much bloodshed and mayhem with these. Here are the titles mentioned in the show:
- Little Bear Chef
- Bubblegum Galaxy
- Lonesome Village
- Freshly Frosted
- Princess Farmer
Future Games Show
The final event for June 11 was the Future Games Show. It was an hour long, jam-packed with trailers, announcements, and discussions about titles we may see later this year. We saw updates for Outpost, Tray Racers, Enemy of the State, Luto, and Morbid Metal. Here’s the complete show.
Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase
This event is the one I was specifically waiting for, being a die-hard Bethesda gamer. After the release of the High Isles chapter for The Elder Scrolls Online, I was eager to see what was next on the horizon. With Microsoft now owning the company, the Xbox Showcase was combined. Here’s a list of the top game announcements and updates:
- High on Life
- Forza Horizon 5
- Hollow Knight Silksong (Xbox Game Pass)
- Plague Tale: Requiem
- Minecraft: Legends
- Ark 2 (sequel to ARK: Survival Evolved)
- Fallout 76 and Elder Scrolls Online expansions
- The Last Case of Benedict Fox
- Seas of Thieves Season 7
- Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th anniversary edition
- Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (Xbox Game Pass)
PC Gaming Show
Sunday June 12 saw the PC Gaming Show taking the stage as the only event. It presented many of the titles already mentioned in this list, so I won’t repeat them. However, there were some interesting discussions around them, as well as mentions of Half-Life: Alyx Levitation, Victoria 3, Stormgate, and F1 Manager 2022.
One of the biggest game publishers and developers in the industry streamed live on June 13. We finally got to see more details on the Resident Evil Village DLC, The Winters’ expansion. The expected release date is October 28, 2022. We’ll also see the multiplayer game Resident Evil Re:Verse go live on the same day.
Other releases and updates mentioned were Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, the Capcom Fighting Collection, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium, Exoprimal, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Resident Evil 3 Remake, Resident 4 Remake, and Resident 7 upgrades.
Xbox Games Showcase Extended
Microsoft finished the gaming festival with one final extended show on June 14, 2022. For the most part, it spent time delving into some of the games they already mentioned on the previous show. There were also interviews with some game developers. Some key points included Flight Simulator’s 40th Anniversary Edition and Valheim coming to Xbox Games Pass. We also saw official gameplay for the upcoming The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Upcoming Games Events for 2022
The year isn’t over yet, and you can expect many more events to come. While we’ve covered the shows that appeared over the last week, keep your eyes open for these events: