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So, game announcement season (or not-E3, or Game Fest, or Geoff Fest, or whatever we’re calling it these days) came and went with a bit of a whimper. There was some good stuff announced, and a few nice little surprises (there was a great turnout from indies, in particular), but where was all the big stuff? The games that cause the industry to draw a collective breath like in the best E3s of old? The games that set social media and gaming forums ablaze with shock and excitement?
I’ve been trying to think about the big games I’m most looking forward to in the not too distant future, and unless I venture into ‘TBC 2023’ territory, I’ve got nothing. Now I know there are plenty of mid-tier and indie games to get excited about this year, but there’s nothing quite like a blockbuster to get the industry talking, and this year seems strangely devoid of them.
We had Elden Ring, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon: Forbidden West this year, of course - three huge games by any standard - but it didn’t help that they were released so early, and all within a couple of weeks of each other.
Sony’s silence is probably the most concerning. The company has an enviable line-up of first-party devs who do nothing better than put out big-budget blockbusters, but its studios seem eerily quiet at the moment. Put The Last of Us Remake to one side and God of War is the only big first-party PlayStation game announced with a 2022 release date. Put aside Spider-Man 2, and it’s the only big first-party PlayStation title announced at all.
PlayStation’s top dogs are never shy to talk about big games ahead of time, even when the game schedule is full. So the current silence around God of War and its release date is deafening. Especially when PlayStation’s line-up is far from stacked this year. There are rumours that an announcement is imminent, but it seems pretty clear that Sony has waited until the very last minute before confirming a date. Or indeed a delay.
Similarly, Microsoft have spent Dr Evil levels of money vacuuming up studios known for blockbuster games ($7.5 billion for Bethesda, and $68 billion for Activision Blizzard), yet the two getting everyone most excited were quickly shifted into 2023.
The world spent the best (worst?) part of two years in lockdown, and although working from home is undoubtedly viable in most cases it would seem this year we’re really feeling the effects of that disruption within the games industry. Everything sort of feels like it’s on pause at the moment, and it would seem that the big games in the initial stages of development when lockdown arrived were the ones hit hardest. The ones we should have been playing over the next few months.
It’s a shame we’re going through a bit of a slow year for games, but the point of this newsletter is to try and stay positive and to share the good things in gaming… So at least we can look forward to a bumper 2023! And at least Game Pass and the new PlayStation Plus (alongside Switch Online and never-ending PC deals) mean we can experience a drought of new games whilst simultaneously drowning in old ones.
Let’s see this sort-of gap year as an opportunity to revisit some classics we’ve missed, to really make a dent in those backlogs we’ve complained about for so long, and to get our money’s worth from those subscription services we really should be using more.
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I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Take care everybody!
NEWS
Heads-up:
  • There are currently over 100 games at up to 85% off in Humble’s The Plot Thickens Sale. Including Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, GhostWire Tokyo, and Deathloop.
NEW RELEASES:
This week saw the release of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes for Switch. It may not be the typical strategy RPG the series is known for, but Eurogamer and many others are calling it one of the strongest musou games yet.
This week also saw Sony’s new PlayStation Plus service roll out worldwide. If you’re still not sure whether it’s for you (or if its convoluted tier system has you bamboozled) I’d recommend checking out CNN’s in-depth review, or having a browse through VGC’s list of every single game available.
If you signed up and you’re unsure which games to start with, my PS5 Ultimate Game Guide features over 70 pages of PS5 exclusives, PS4 classics, and PlayStation VR and indie essentials. Week in Games readers can enter code TWIG20 at checkout for 20% off.
PlayStation 5: The Ultimate Game Guide
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(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) – June 21  – Read review
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch) – June 21
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(PC) – June 22
(PS5, Xbox Series X/S) – June 23  – Read review
(Xbox Series X/S) – June 23
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – June 23
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – June 24
(Switch) – June 24
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC) – June 24
UPCOMING RELEASES:
(PS4, PS5, PC) – June 28
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(PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC) – June 28
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(Switch, PC) – June 30
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, Stadia, PC) – June 30
(PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC) – July 1
GAME OF THE WEEK
A randomly selected game each week! Any and all games are eligible for selection regardless of age, platform, popularity, or otherwise.
This week, the honour goes to…
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (2018)
A true VR killer app, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is a game of astounding creativity and polish. It took the tried and tested 3D platformer template and transported it into scenarios only possible within a virtual reality environment.
Sony’s Japan Studio created a game perfectly suited to its host hardware, with the kind of craft, care and ingenuity rarely found outside of top-tier Nintendo titles. A mini-masterpiece.
GAMING ANNIVERSARIES
Another round of gaming anniversaries to make you feel old… Sorry!
Click through the links to see what people had to say about them.
The Nintendo 64 was first released in Japan 26 years ago!
jeff
The N64 was first released 26 YEARS AGO TODAY!

Nintendo's 64-bit powerhouse and its controller introduced features we take for granted today, and was home to some truly landmark games that changed the industry forever.

What are your favourite N64 games and memories? https://t.co/GdVjjoJkqm
Quake celebrated its 26th birthday!
Green Man Gaming
Today marks 26 years since Quake first appeared on the scene.

With a dark sci-fi gothic Lovecraftian aesthetic and a tense soundtrack from Nine Inch Nails, Quake was the next step from Doom and marked FPS games moving into full 3D. https://t.co/68LKgPxTy1
Sonic the Hedgehog turned 31!
Dan 'The Mega' Driver
#SegaGamesEveryDay2022 174/365: Sonic the Hedgehog
The classic that birthed a legend is 31 years old today.
Here's my original childhood copy.
Do you remember when you first played the original Sonic?
#Sonic31st
#ShareYourGames #GamersUnite https://t.co/IPhDoDHvu4
RECOMMENDED READS
Alan Wen - GamesIndustryBiz
Newzoo’s Jay Uppal shares the results of the firm’s latest gamer sentiment study and how diversity, equality and inclusion practices have been successfully implemented in games.
Sam Naji and Damian Abrahams - GamesIndustryBiz
Sam Naji and Damian Abrahams explain why livestreaming is crucial for understanding gamers and how it translates to sales.
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNS
Perfect Organism: An Alien: Isolation Companion
By Andy Kelly / Unbound
50 Years of Text Games
By Aaron A Reed - Campaign ends July 7th
The Making of GoldenEye 007
By Gabe Durham - Campaign ends July 8th
UNITHOR - A Brand New Joystick For Retro Computers
By UNI-Joy - Campaign ends July 21st
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