An exciting weekend has come and gone with Gamescom 2022 officially behind us. While not all of us could physically attend the event, there were plenty of live shows on YouTube and Twitch to enjoy. Of course, the height of excitement was the list of upcoming games we get to see into 2023 and beyond.
As I love to do, I’ve made our own list of the top games from Gamescom 2022 that I can’t wait to get our hands on when they finally launch. There were a few others I’m eager to play, but I had to draw a line somewhere. Otherwise, you’ll be here reading all day.
If you’re a fan of Elder Scrolls Online, you’re bound to enjoy Dune Awakening. It’s going to be an MMORPG in a massive open world featuring several Dune elements. The trailer shows you jumping onto one of the massive worms, which I hope becomes a mode of transport.
You may recall from my Dune: Spice Wars review that I’m a huge fan of Frank Herbert’s work. To be able to play in an open world within an MMO environment is so enticing that I’m going to be waiting for every bit of news on this game. Dune Awakening is bound to be a title that keeps us gaming for years to come.
One of the Gamescom 2022 games to launch soon is Return to Monkey Island, with a release date set for September 19, 2022. Gamers from the 90s like myself will recall how much fun the initial Monkey Island was. Well, we’re heading back into the adventure with a new sequel.
While Guybrush makes a return, the islands aren’t as you remember them. There’s new leadership in play, which means new adventures and puzzles. Of course, he has yet to discover the secrets that await on the mysterious Monkey Island.
Here’s a new entry by Bandai Namco that I only heard about through Gamescom 2022. It’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve played a theme park simulation game, and Park Beyond looks outstanding so far. I definitely can’t wait to try my hand at it when it arrives in 2023.
The trailer and screenshots for Park Beyond show massive theme park grounds with colors galore. There are rides you would never ever have dreamt of, many of which try to defy gravity as much as possible. The trick will be to lure as many visitors in as possible without them losing life or limb.
Probably one of the most anticipated Warner Bros. games in 2023, Gotham Knights is an upcoming action RPG game with an open-world environment. With Teen Titans on Netflix already setting the scene for these heroes, you can now play as them after Batman’s death.
That’s right, the caped crusader or dark knight is dead. Criminals are taking over Gotham City, but the new Gotham Knights won’t let it stand. You’ll also have to deal with corrupt cops, which is just the nature of the doomed city. Are you ready to take back the night?
Since we’re on the Warner Bros. train, here’s another open-world RPG set in the Harry Potterverse. Hogwarts Legacy already held high expectations before Gamescom 2022. You play as a character in the 1800s, long before Harry ever placed his feet in the school.
While you’ll learn spells and ways to defend yourself, you also uncover an ancient secret that may threaten the wizarding world. There’s the promise of many magical creatures, potions, and spells. It may just be the largest Hogwarts game to ever grace our screens. It’s just a pity I won’t get to see Hermione.
Also known in some circles as Eclipse, Destiny 2: Lightfall is an upcoming DLC to the base game. The Witness is approaching, which is destined to end all things. There are new powers to discover in the campaign, and it will greet Season 20 when it launches at the end of February 2023.
I tried to play Destiny 2 once, but I was so involved with other online games at the time that I couldn’t give it the attention it deserves. The new DLC looks so outstanding that I wonder if I have enough time to catch up before the new pack arrives. There’s apparently also a new subclass coming.
My nephew loves this series, and Goat Simulator 3 will be here in November 2022 according to Gamescom 2022. It has all the key ingredients you’ll want from being a goat. That’s right; for those who don’t know this franchise, you run around as a goat in this sandbox open-world game.
There’s plenty to do, though, such as completing missions for NPCs. For the most part, gamers simply want to cause as much havoc as possible as a goat. Goat Simulator 3 promises to give you as much fun with this animal as possible, even with some awesome skins. (No goat was harmed in the making of this article.)
It’s so sad that I haven’t gotten my hands on this game yet, as I’m such a lover of the first one and horror in general. With the base game recently launched in Feb 2022, we already have Dying Light 2 Stay Human: Bloody Ties announced for October. I’ll have to make a plan to play it before the DLC arrives.
Interestingly enough, the DLC contains a massive story for Dying Light 2. While trying to achieve fame and fortune, you end up dealing with a plot for revenge instead. Of course, you can expect tons of the undead during your quests.
When I first heard of Deliver Us Mars during the Summer Games Festival, I was already excited. Gamescom 2022 revealed that we can expect to see it in Feb 2023, and it can’t come sooner enough. I love planets and exploring them, which this game will let us do.
The story revolves around one of the ARK colony ships going silent. You head to Mars to work out what went wrong. While there, you discover something sinister happening. Will you be able to find the answers before humans on Earth run out of time?
The upcoming horror game announced at Gamescom 2022 is a mixture of the old with the new. We’ve already had Layers of Fear and Layers of Fear 2. It seems like Blooper Team went back to the drawing board, using both games as a base for the new upgraded version.
That means you’ll still explore the obsessions of artists but in a new light. There’s an extended storyline, and you’ll have a few more items to use in the horrific adventure. What makes it look so spectacular is the Unreal Engine 5 technology and the first-person horror perspective.