Tron: Identity was revealed via a teaser trailer at D23 2022, being developed and published by Bithell Games.
Official summary: Something has been taken. Enter a new Grid and forge alliances via visual novel gameplay, uncovering truths through Identity Disc puzzles. Make critical decisions and plot your own course in a world without a creator.
TRON: Identity releases in 2023 for PC and console.
EA is teaming up with Marvel to make a new single-player Iron Man game, revealed via a teaser image.
The game is being developed by Motive Studio, which is working on the upcoming Dead Space remake.
EA is describing this new Iron Man title as an “all-new single-player, third-person, action-adventure” Iron Man video game that will feature an “an original narrative that taps into the rich history of Iron Man, channeling the complexity, charisma, and creative genius of Tony Stark, and enabling players to feel what it’s like to truly play as Iron Man.”
The new game is currently in pre-production, so it seems as if it could be quite a while before we’ll actually be able to play it. The development team is led by Olivier Proulx, who worked on Square Enix’s well-received Guardians of the Galaxy game from last year.
Skydance's Marvel Game Stars Black Panther And Captain America was revealed at D23 2022 via an announcement trailer and teaser image.
The biggest news right out of the gate is that this game stars Black Panther, Captain America, and two additional heroes.
All four characters will be playable at different parts of the story. According to Skydance, players can look forward to "intuitive controls and exhilarating second-to-second gameplay that captures the action and excitement of Marvel, inspired by landmark comics, television, and films, as they navigate this all-new globe-trotting adventure."
Skydance New Media is a triple-A development branch of Skydance Media started by Amy Hennig, who is best known for her work as the creative director and writer of the first three Uncharted games.
When Marvel Games started to hone in on more premium games starring its heroes, many wondered if this would all lead to a video game version of the MCU. However, it seems like Marvel Games is adamantly against the idea. Marvel Game VP and creative director Bill Rosemann told GamesIndustry.biz that it is not mandating any kind of connected universe, as it wants the studios to have the freedom to tell the stories they want. Rosemann noted that it wants creatives to feel like they can make drastic moves in their story without it impacting someone else's game.
"The world is, amazingly, very familiar and accepting of the multiverse," Rosemann said. "We have all these different realities. Now they're all real, and we want to give everyone the freedom to tell their story. We don't want to say 'you can't blow up the moon, because this game over here by another studio needs the moon'. We want to give everyone the freedom and the clear lane to tell their story."
Die By The Blade was revealed via a reveal trailer, the video description reads: Vanquish your foes with a single strike in one-hit-kill fighter Die by the Blade. This weapon-focused samurai-punk slasher comes to Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 on November 3rd, 2022.
The game is being developed by Triple Hill Interactive, Grindstone, and Toko Midori Games, and published by Kwalee.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom was first unveiled in 2019, but it took the Nintendo Direct September 2022 showcase for us to get a more forthright look at the game in action, a release date, and confirmation of an official name.
If you haven't been keeping up with the slow release of news over the last few years, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will see Link return to the vast lands of Hyrule – expanded massively as he's now able to explore islands in the sky. With new weapons, new dungeons, and a suite of mysterious new powers to wield, this looks like a worthy successor to BotW.
The biggest critic in gaming is getting into publishing. Jason “videogamedunkey” Gastrow announced in his latest YouTube video that he and his wife, Leah Gastrow, will run a new indie label called Bigmode dedicated to discovering and evangelizing the best games that haven’t even been made yet. “I’m sick of sitting on the sidelines waiting for great games to appear,” the YouTuber said. “Now I want to get in there and help make it happen.”
Gastrow is far and away the most dominant YouTuber when it comes to game reviews, with polished videos featuring a mix of running gags and unvarnished opinions consistently garnering millions of views. He now says he wants to take his years of tastemaking and funnel it toward helping new indie projects stand out in the current “sea of mediocrity.” As examples of what he’s looking for, he cites some of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed indie games in recent years like Enter the Gungeon, Celeste, and Hades.
So what exactly will having Gastrow publish your game entail? The YouTuber doesn’t go into many specifics, but claims Bigmode’s contracts will be the most developer friendly out there and won’t limit creative freedom. “I am not looking for creative control over your games but I do want to be involved,” he said. The announcement video ends with a call for developers and studios to go to Bigmode’s website and share their projects and portfolios.
HBO Max released the first teaser for their The Last of Us adaptation, with the series set to air in 2023.
Google is shutting down its video game streaming service, Stadia, on January 18th, 2023.
All purchases will be refunded and the technology will still be used for YouTube and other parts of its business, but the consumer-facing app and storefront will be shuttered for good less than five years after it launched, joining the graveyard of other projects Google has abandoned.
“And while Stadia’s approach to streaming games for consumers was built on a strong technology foundation, it hasn’t gained the traction with users that we expected so we’ve made the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service,” Stadia VP Phil Harrison wrote in a blog post. “We’re grateful to the dedicated Stadia players that have been with us from the start. We will be refunding all Stadia hardware purchases made through the Google Store, and all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store. Players will continue to have access to their games library and play through January 18, 2023 so they can complete final play sessions.”