The Best New Games Announced at Gamescom ONL

The Best New Games Announced at Gamescom ONL

Like every year, August brings with it a change in seasons, cooler weather, and Gamescom. Hosted in Cologne, Germany, Gamescom is one of the biggest events for the video game industry. Dozens of game announcements and updates are given here, and Gamescom 2022 is no different.

Opening Night Live, the kick-off event for Gamescom that is hosted by the perennial video game industry insider Geoff Keighley, was an explosive few hours of game announcement after game announcement. If this handful of games is anything to go by, then the coming year should be incredibly interesting and exciting for gamers.

If you didn’t catch Opening Night Live, then you missed out on a bunch of cool announcements! But there’s no need to fear, you can find some of the very best ones on this following list. If you’re excited about the future of video games, then read on to see what’s in store for you!

Phantom Hellcat

If the Phantom of the Opera was a female and a huge badass, you would have Phantom Hellcat. Created by Ironbird Creations, Phantom Hellcat is a music-themed 3D character action game combined with a 2D platformer. You’ll play Jolene as she takes the stage and cuts down everyone in her path. No release date was given, but this is definitely something to look forward to.

The Outlast Trials

The next entry in the terrifying Outlast franchise is on the way with The Outlast Trials. This one was announced a while ago, but the closed beta for the game was announced at ONL with a brand-new trailer that was suitably unsettling. You can sign up for that closed beta, which will run from October 28th to November 1st.

Where Winds Meet

Chinese game studios have been making a splash lately with games like Black Myth: WuKong firing people up all over the world, and now there’s a new Chinese game to get excited for. It’s called Where Winds Meet, and it is being developed by Everstone Games.

This action RPG looks like the successful fusion of Sekiro and Assassin’s Creed, with an extra layer of Chinese epic slathered on top. There’s currently no release date for this one, but a beta test is scheduled to occur before the end of 2022.

Wyrdsong

There was precious little information given about this next game, but what was said should be enough to have many people shaking with anticipation. Some of the most influential developers in the industry, people responsible for Skyrim, Fallout 3, 4, New Vegas, and the Outer Worlds have established a new studio called Something Wicked Games.

They showed a brief trailer of their new game, Wyrdsong, which has been said to be an open-world RPG set in Middle Ages Portugal. If that’s not interesting enough, the game will have an occult twist and fantasy trappings. Get hype, ya’ll. No word on a release date, but keep a close eye on this one.

Scars Above

If you loved the look of Returnal but couldn’t get into its gameplay, you aren’t alone, and there might just be a game suited to you coming down the pipe. That game is Scars Above by Mad Head Games, a third-person sci-fi shooter set on an alien world that looks like it could be on the opposite side of the same planet Returnal takes place on.

This game promises a compelling story to go along with its sci-fi shooting action, and it should be available sometime in 2023.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game

Is anybody tired of officially licensed asymmetrical co-op games based on iconic horror films? We hope not, because there’s a brand new one on the way. Killer Klowns from Outer Space, a pretty obscure horror movie from the late 80s, is the latest one to get the co-op survival video game treatment.

Seven human characters face off against a team of three alien klowns, and each side uses their respective abilities to try to stop the other from accomplishing their objectives. It’s not entirely unique, but it does look like it could be a lot of fun. This one is slated to invade consoles and PCs in early 2023.

High on Life

If you’re a Justin Roiland fan, you can probably describe High on Life’s entire deal from a single screenshot. Gross characters, weapons with faces that talk entirely too much, and plenty of stuttering.

It’s not the first title from Squanch Games, but it is the first Destiny-like shooter for the studio. It’ll probably be fun, and very funny, and you can look forward to it releasing just in time for Christmas on December 13th, 2022.

Dualsense Edge for PS5

This last announcement wasn’t a game, but it was a very intriguing peripheral for Sony’s massively popular new console. Every PS5 comes with a standard white Dualsense controller, and they have released several more colors for this model, but at Gamescom, they announced something new.

The Dualsense Edge is an Xbox Elite Controller-style input method for the PS5. A performance-focused, customizable gamepad with several profiles for people who want to have an edge over their competition. Presumably, this controller will also work on PC, as does the previous Dualsense model.


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