With E3 cancelled this year, it’s up to Geoff Keighley to kick off this summer’s big game reveals and announcements with the Summer Games Fest 2023. The show was headlined by the first look at Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and also showcased a new Prince of Persia game from Ubisoft, along with gameplay trailers for Alan Wake II and Mortal Kombat 1. We also finally have the release date for Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2!

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth First Look

Square Enix finally showed off Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, the long-in-the-making sequel to 2020’s Final Fantasy VII Remake. The first look saw Cloud, Aerith and the rest of the gang riding through the expansive world that lies outside of Midgar while ruminating on the eventual return of Sephiroth. The game is scheduled to release sometime next year, exclusively on PS5. The physical edition of the game will come in two discs. 

Spider-Man 2 Gets a Release Date

Boy, we have been waiting for this one, haven’t we? At the Summer Games Fest 2023, Insomniac’s game director Brytan Intihar came on stage to finally put a release date to the hotly anticipated Spider-Man 2. The PS5 exclusive will release on October 20, 2023. We also got a box art reveal with Peter and Miles in costume shooting webs, and we also learned that the Venom in the game is not going to be Eddie Brock. Then who will it be?

New Prince of Persia is Coming Next Year

While the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake is, err, stuck in the sand, Ubisoft plans to release a brand new PoP game for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch platforms next year. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a 2D side-scrolling action platformer Rayman Legends studio Ubisoft Montpellier has developed. In the game, you play as a warrior named Sargon (who is, in fact, NOT the prince), who must save the missing Prince Ghassan (who IS the prince) while exploring the cursed region of Mount Qaf. 

Mortal Kombat 1 Gameplay Trailer Crushes Bones

We got a crunchy, satisfying, extensive look at Mortal Kombat 1 gameplay at the Summer Games Fest 2023 showcase. We saw the new assist mechanic, which players can use to call other MK characters for help during fights, and of course, a few new fatalities with all the bone-crunching, blood spilling and gut-ripping you would imagine them to be. The game is out on September 19 for PC, PlayStation and Xbox platforms. 

Alan Wake 2 Looks Very Resident Evil-y

Another big gameplay reveal was Remedy’s Alan Wake II. Available on October 17, the game has two playable characters – Alan Wake and Saga Anderson – and players can choose which character they want to play during the single-player campaign. The gameplay demo showcased Saga exploring a shanty little hut before being hunted by a monster. It looks gorgeous but is also very Resident Evil-like, which is A-okay in our books.

Sonic Superstars Harkens Back to the Classics

On a high with the Sonic movies making money at the box office, and Sonic Frontiers selling reasonably well, Sega has announced Sonic Superstars, a 2D side-scrolling four-player co-op game that is very reminiscent of classic Sonic games. Players can choose between Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose while they zoom past the maps and collect coins. The game is out on all platforms this Fall.

John Carpenter’s Toxic Command

The renowned horror director, John Carpenter, is attaching his name to Saber Interactive and Focus Entertainment’s Toxic Commando, a seemingly four-player co-op FPS where players take on hordes of undead enemies. The game is said to be a homage to ’80s action and horror movies. The game is releasing next year for PC, Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5.

Palworld – Pokemon with Guns

We got an extended look at Palworld at Summer Games Fest 2023, where these “pals” are monsters – like in Pokemon – but can carry some serious firepower. The game will be released in Early Access in January.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis Closed Beta announced

Square Enix showed off a trailer and announced a closed for the Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis beta. The closed beta has already started and will run through June 28. Ever Crisis is a compilation of all stories ever told in the Final Fantasy VII universe, but it will also feature new story elements that focus on the origins of Soldier. 

Twisted Metal…Looks…Bad?

PlayStation decided to showcase a short clip from the upcoming Peacock show Twisted Metal, and we wished they hadn’t. The clip has Anthony Macke’s John Doe and Will Arrentt’s Sweet Tooth throwing punches in an arcade. What should have been a funny comedic piece comes across as a cringey and poorly written scene that does the show no favours.

Nicholas Cage is as and in Nic Cage in Dead by Daylight

Nicholas Cage appeared on stage at Summer Games Fest 2023 to announce that he would feature in Dead by Daylight. It’s odd to see Nic Cage becoming a video game character, but he makes it work (like always). Cage said he was excited to be part of the project as he wanted to branch out and be involved with the video game industry. We hope to see more of Cage in others soon!

And that’s a wrap from Summer Games Fest 2023. Which announcement was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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