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Summer Games Fest Kickoff Recap: All the Major Reveals

Elden Ring finally resurfaced during the Summer Games Fest Kickoff.
Elden Ring finally resurfaced during the Summer Games Fest Kickoff. / Photo courtesy of FromSoftware/Bandai Namco

The Summer Games Fest Kickoff broadcast took place Thursday, and as usual, Geoff Keighley brought the heat. The show started off strong with the world premiere of a new Borderlands spin off, but there was plenty more where that came from. Here are all the major reveals from the 2-hour show.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Revealed

Borderlands' irrascible scamp Tiny Tina is getting her own game, Gearbox and 2K announced. The high fantasy looter shooter is scheduled for release in early 2022 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Wonderlands frames Tina as the Bunker Master for the game, functioning as a dungeon master in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Players create and customize their own characters, each with their own classes and abilities. They then use their powers and the classic Borderlands looter-shooter gunplay to take on the world Tina's created for them.

Ashly Burch reprises her role as Tiny Tina, and she's joined on the cast by Andy Samberg as Captain Valentine, Wanda Sykes as Frette the Robot, and Will Arnett as the evil Dragon Lord.

More info on the game is likely to come later this summer.

Metal Slug Tactics Revealed

The arcade classic Metal Slug is returning as a grid-based tactical RPG with roguelike elements. Would-be players can wishlist the game on Steam, but no release date has yet been announced.

"Players wield classic Metal Slug weaponry, leveraging skill trees, perks, and a super attack-fueling adrenaline system to outwit and demolish flanks of the series' signature villains," reads a description from publisher Dotemu. Leikir Studio will develop the game.

Death Stranding Director's Cut Announced for PS5

In a brief interview with Keighley, Hideo Kojima revealed an upgraded director's cut of his 2019 game was on its way. Sony described the new edition as "enhanced and expanded," and the cut was revealed with a trailer that poked fun at the Metal Gear series. Death Stranding protagonist Sam Bridges appeared and nearly used a box to hide from patrolling guards a la Solid Snake.

Kojima Productions will announce more about the game in the coming weeks.

Jeff Goldblum Reveals Jurassic World Evolution 2

Jeff Goldblum stopped by the Summer Games Kickoff broadcast to announce the new game from Frontier Developments, Jurassic World Evolution 2. The game allows players a sandbox in which to build their Zoo Tycoon-style Jurassic Park. It's set for release in 2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Hide and Seek Coming to Among Us

Among Us' first new game mode, Hide and Seek, is coming to the game, developer Innersloth announced Thursday. Also on the way: new in-game roles (both a Sheriff and a Scientist appeared on the stream), new visor cosmetics, achievements, and, eventually, a new map. Innersloth stressed that these new features were all on the same roadmap, and that there was no set order in which they would be released.

The Geoff Keighley in-game mask is also available for a limited time as a Twitch drop.

New Valorant Agent Teased

That's about all there is to the teaser.
That's about all there is to the teaser. / Photo courtesy of Riot Games

And we do mean teased. Riot Games played a roughly five-second clip of a harness and a helmet that, in their definition, constituted a tease for the next playable Agent. That's all we got.

Two Point Campus Revealed

The follow-up to Two Point Hospital is coming in 2022, developer Two Point announced Thursday. The game will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, but move the management puzzles from a hospital context to a university one. What kind of university? Take your pick. Options include a school for knights, a school for robot development, a school for clowns, and more.

The reveal confirms the Microsoft Store leak of the game that took place in late March.

Elden Ring Release Date Set for January

Oh, Elden Ring. They finally gave us some news, and it is good: Elden Ring is coming to current and next-gen consoles, and PC, January 21, 2022. From Software revealed the release date alongside a gameplay trailer chock full of stunning vistas, fantastical monsters, and plenty of Norse imagery. It showed the player riding, hacking, and slashing from horseback as they explored the world.

This is the first news we've heard about Elden Ring since its reveal at E3 2019. It's said to be an open-world game, FromSoftware's largest to date, and is the product of a collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin.

The Anacrusis Brings Left 4 Dead Style Adventure to Space

Studio Stray Bombay Company revealed The Anacrusis, a four-player co-op survival shooter set on a distant future spaceship of the same name, Thursday. The game uses a 1970s retro-futuristic aesthetic, an AI Driver similar to Left 4 Dead's AI Director and puts the players up against hordes of basically zombies.

Chet Faliszek, project leader and lead writer for the original Left 4 Dead, heads up Stray Bombay. His and his team's game will be competing against Back 4 Blood, another survival shooter from former Left 4 Dead developers. The Anacrusis is aiming for a launch this fall with the possibility of early access still on the table.