BERLIN (dpa/tmn) – In fact, E3, the electronic entertainment fair, was supposed to take place in Los Angeles these days. Due to the uncertain situation caused by the pandemic, the World’s Most Important Game Show was canceled as an on-site event in January.
At the end of March, the organizer of the E3 exhibition also canceled the online version of the exhibition. That hasn’t stopped major game publishers from announcing new games or details about upcoming games – and doing so as part of their Summer Game Fest livestream. These are eight notable events in the event:
1. The first “Starfield” screenshots
The people behind the “Fallout” and “The Elder Scrolls” series of games have been working on the brand new “Starfield” for some time. On Sunday, gameplay recordings of the game fans have been waiting for were first released.
A mix of “Fallout”, “Cyberpunk 2077” and “No Man’s Sky” was shown. According to this, players with a self-designed character can freely move in a part of our galaxy. Collect raw materials and fight opponents with weapons or freely collect from spacecraft parts. The ship can also be freely controlled in space.
The game world with 100 solar systems and 1000 planets seems huge at first. Whether developer Bethesda also knows how to fill this with impressive content will be seen sometime in the first half of 2023.
2. “Diablo 4” with new category and year of release
Also in 2023, at least the coveted “Diablo 4” should appear. Developer Activision Blizzard has already announced the fourth installment of the popular RPG series in 2019. The release has been repeatedly delayed in the meantime and is now scheduled for 2023.
A new trailer for the character Necromancer has been shown as part of the Xbox and Bethesda show. The list of playable heroes in Diablo 4 is complete at the moment: barbarian, priest, hunter and magician fighting through the sanctuary. The trailer also confirms that the Diablo universe is darker than its predecessor. There was also a lot of gameplay that you can see here, including large co-op events in the game world.
3. “Minecraft Legends” offers strategy in the “Minecraft” world
Microsoft continues to work with spin-off products for “Minecraft.” The strategic action game “Minecraft Legends” is scheduled for release in 2023. The trailer shows a hero on horseback leading other units. For example, he orders the construction of a fortress, gathers troops around him and goes to battle himself.
Fight against the Piglins, who are attacking the upper world with a great conquest. The game can also be played online in multiplayer mode.
4. “High on Life” produced by “Rick and Morty”
Talking about weapons, aliens that turn people into drugs and a lot of weird humor – that’s what players can expect in “High on Life”. Justin Roiland is jointly responsible, as the animated series “Rick and Morty” and “Solar Opposites” have grown around her follies.
In this first-person shooter, you will become a bounty hunter and have to eliminate bad aliens who belong to a drug gang. The game is slated to release later this year.
5. “Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley” takes you to Moominvalley
The world of Moomins already includes many games. “Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley” was announced on “Wholesome Direct” as a “musical adventure.”
In the trailer, you can see how Schnupferich explores a world rich in plants and meets different characters along the way. Strange amusement parks suddenly appeared in Momenval, disturbing the balance of nature. The game’s website promises that the game is aimed at children and adults alike.
6. “Stormgate” is a great hope for fans of real-time strategy
When the former developers of “Starcraft 2” and “Warcraft 3” founded a new studio, it raised hopes among fans of real-time strategy games. Now we have a look at the settings for the upcoming game “Stormgate” for the first time. The trailer, in which a woman retrieves a strange artifact and then is attacked by a demon-like being, is somewhat disappointing.
More news about the game’s features: It’s meant to be free and include multiple modes. In addition to the classic one-on-one mode, there should also be a co-op and campaign mode. A public beta for the game has been announced for the year 2023.
7. “Callisto Protocol” made for “Dead Space” fans
Some of the first games shown at the start of the Summer Games Festival felt redundant. For example, “Space Horror” is the common theme of the games “Calisto Protocol”, “Routine” and “Fort Solis”. All of them remind in one way or another of the series “Dead Space”.
Above all, Callisto’s “Protocol” is remembered for his very candid trailer, in which the hero shoots and fights his way through disgusting zombie-like creatures – until half of his head gets bitten by one of these creatures at the end. Nothing for children or weak minds. “Space horror” is definitely a trend that you won’t be able to avoid in video game stores for the next twelve months.
8. “Goat Simulator 3” brings chaos with goats
It all begins as in the trailer for the movie “Dead Island 2”, which fans have been waiting for a long time and about which there has been no real news for a long time. But behind the facade of a jogger in white is not a zombie horror game, but “Goat Simulator 3”.
This is pure mayhem with crazy goats – now also in multiplayer. This is how the game, whose chaotic streak really shines through in the title, can be summed up. There has never been a sequel to “Goat Simulator”. Part III will be released in the fall of 2022.
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