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Summer Game Fest 2022 Showcase Rundown

All The Horror Games You Can Handle

Image from the upcoming Lunar Software game ROUTINE

When I got up yesterday morning, the only thing video game-related on my mind was Supermassive Games’ The Quarry, launching at midnight. I thought it would be a relatively quiet day outside of that until I remembered Summer Game Fest 2022 was starting, and horror titles were blasted out. We’re going to show you all the great horror game trailers that came out of the Summer Game Fest 2022 showcase yesterday to get you hyped for some of the coolest-looking horror titles coming soon to various consoles. 

The Callisto Protocol

Horror Obsessive has been following The Callisto Protocol closely the last few weeks as more and more information comes out ahead of its December 2 release date. Less than a week ago, Riley Wade unveiled the launch date for the new game from Glen Schofield of Dead Space notoriety. While EA Games was busy remaking his 2011 game, Schofield went on his own to create a new studio, Striking Distance, to make new games. During the showcase, viewers finally got an up-close look at the game with a two-and-a-half-minute gameplay clip, and we think fans of the Dead Space games will finally have something to satiate their lust for the classic game.  

Layers of Fears

If I had to pick one game that freaks me out on its infamous reputation alone, it would be Layers of Fear. The game featured unique psychological mechanics, where you could turn around in the middle of a room to find the room changed in subtle ways. I can only imagine the upcoming 2023 game, Layers of Fear, is going to employ the same features. After revealing a teaser trailer eight months ago highlighting the realism with the game’s use of Unreal Engine 5, Layers of Fears provided a story trailer during Summer Games Fest 2022 that might mess with your head. The gorgeous design of the latest game is nothing compared to the tension it elicits.


Fort Solis

Black Drakkar Games’ Fort Solis panel introduced the trailer to another game that looks more than a little inspired by Dead Space as well. During the presentation, actors Troy Baker (The Last of Us) and Roger Clark (Red Dead Redemption II) talked about the game. They told viewers the idea behind the game, about a Martian mining facility in distress during a “graveyard shift” on the planet, and help from the nearby Earth isn’t coming. When asked about the gameplay, Baker said, “You’re going to be exploring, you’re going to be discovering, like we said, it’s a very tight thriller. So, you’re moving very fast-paced through this world. There’ll be multiple locations, multiple ways for you to traverse.” he added, “The narrative is a huge element to this,” and that “there’s a lot of action in this game.”



Coming to Steam and Xbox from Raw Fury and Lunar Software, Routine is another game that begins in a very Dead Space fashion. The trailer follows a man sneaking around a lunar base only to come upon two robots that seem like they’re not functioning correctly. The game, announced over a decade ago, still doesn’t have a date, but the once scrapped idea fitted with a retro-futuristic ’80s design utilizes a hacking device called the Cosmonaut Assistance Tool to avoid enemies and gain terminal access. Routine may look like Dead Space, but the description sounds more like Outlast. Also, it features a score by Doom’s Mick Gordon.

Aliens: Dark Descent

Summer Game Fest 2022 dropped the first trailer for Aliens: Dark Descent. From Focus Entertainment, makers of the critically acclaimed A Plague Tale, the game creates an extraordinarily harrowing and immersive trailer while building a ruse on Dead Space-styled games before throwing Xenomorphs in our face. A far cry from the Alien: Isolation, this game is a loud third-person shooter. Surrounded and overrun by the Aliens, the player, and their squad will have to fight their way out. The Multiplayer actioner is coming in 2023. There may be more Alien gaming news to come, so stay tuned.

The Last of Us: Part 1

In what was supposed to be the highlight of the showcase, the last game announcement fell to The Last of Us: Part 1. The game’s reveal was marred by an early leak online and an ensuing Twitterstorm. Still, Neil Druckmann, co-president of Naughty Dog, gave the panel worth by adding information regarding the forthcoming HBO series and a new The Last of Us stand-alone multiplayer experience. Both the series and the new multiplayer game, which does not have a title yet, will be out in 2023. The Last of Us: Part 1, remade and optimized for a next-gen experience, is due on September 2.  

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Written by Sean Parker

Living just outside of Boston, Sean has always been facinated by what horror can tell us about contemporary society. He started writing music reviews for a local newspaper in his twenties and found a love for the art of thematic and symbolic analysis. Sean joined Horror Obsessive at it's inception, and is currently the site's Creative Director. He produces and edits the weekly Horror Obsessive podcast for the site as well as his interviews with guests. He has recently started his foray into feature film production as well, his credits include Alice Maio Mackay's Bad Girl Boogey, Michelle Iannantuono's Livescreamers, and Ricky Glore's upcoming Troma picture, Sweet Meats.

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