Summer Game Party 2022: Aliens Dark Descent, The Callisto Protocol, Routine, Fort Solice … SF horror games invade the show!

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Every “E3” (or Summer Game Fest type event that takes place during the summer period) reveals trends. This year, the theme for the space horror game is in the spotlight. In fact, during the show, hosted by Geoff Keighley, four survival games that take place beyond the stars, where no one will hear you scream, were presented at length. Do you like SF? Do you enjoy being scared in front of your screen? We give you a small overview of what there is to remember.

Science fiction is an extremely popular literary, cinematographic and now video game genre. With his representations of a more or less probable future for our universe, he counts great works. No wonder the awful style has gone hand in hand with this genre, which is predisposed to create disturbing creatures immersed in threateningly closed environments. During the Summer Game Fest, several games that fall into this category emerged, generating some fun reactions on social networks.


  • Aliens: Dark Descent, horror in isometric view
  • The Callisto Protocol, Dead Space 4, has a different name
  • Routine, the terror that comes from far away
  • Fort Solis, the horror thriller set on Mars

Aliens: Dark Descent, horror in isometric view

Hearts fluttered during the official announcement of Aliens: Dark Descent. Players thought for a moment that a sequel to the subtitled episode Isolation was on its way. It must be acknowledged that the first seconds of the CGI video could have made him think of this group of Marines trapped in a space station, attacked by bloodthirsty Xenomorphs. But it’s nothing. Aliens: Dark Descent is actually a strategy game in isometric view where the player has to lead his team with caution. Death is permanent and it will be necessary to create secure areas for progress.

Several classes are on the program where soldiers need to be improved with different abilities. Aliens: Dark Descent should have basic management elements to research new technologies and make its fighter jets better. Resources will therefore need to be managed in the same way as the mental health of the troops available on Moon Lethe. Announced for the bestiary: Xenomorphs, Facehuggers, Praetorians, Queen Mothers, corrupt human commandos as well as “a new threat”.

In the end, and contrary to what the video suggested, it will not be a top-down shooter like The Ascent was recently, but a more tactical survival game (Squad-based Action) 100% solo. Aliens: Dark Descent, developed by Tindalos Interactive and released by Focus Entertainment, will be released for PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2023.

The Callisto Protocol, Dead Space 4, has a different name

Callisto Protocol was announced at The Game Awards 2020, and reappeared at Summer Game Fest 2022 via a new trailer and gameplay footage. Something to drive the point home once and for all: yes, the title developed by Glen Schofield is a kind of spiritual sequel to Dead Space, the horror game he created on behalf of Electronic Arts at Visceral Games. Affiliation is clearly obvious.

In the skin of Jacob Lee (played by Josh Duhamel), a prisoner in the Black Iron Prison, the player will have to survive an epidemic that turns men into scary creatures. The Striking Distance team has repeatedly said they want to create one of the scariest games ever made.. To achieve this, the developers rely on ubiquitous narration, suffocating atmospheres, nice lighting effects, spatial sound and haptic feedback (on a DualSense).

The gameplay video showed a back-shoulder camera similar to that which followed Isaac Clarke, localized damage (which resulted in mutilations), bloody deaths and especially GRP in action, a weapon to send opponents into the device. as a telekinetics power would. The Callisto Protocol will be released for PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on December 2, 2022.

Routine, the terror that comes from far away

One of the good surprises at Summer Game Fest is the return of Routine, a first-person horror-SF game that was originally announced almost 10 years ago and which we have not heard from since 2017. the announcement that was sent in last night, showed impressive graphics and a creepy soundscape as it should. The other good news is that the music and sound effects will be produced by Mick Gordon, to whom we owe the compositions of Killer Instinct (2013), Wolfenstein: The New Order, Doom (the one from 2016 and Eternal) and Prey (2017).

Developers Lunar Software, backed by Raw Fury, said they started the game from scratch to deliver the originally intended experience. According to the information we have, Routine takes place in an abandoned lunar base with an AD based on what we imagined the future should be in the 1980s. The player explores the station in search of explanations. Unfortunately for him, he encounters a particularly dangerous threat. Only equipped with a tool to help cosmonauts, he will have to interact with computer systems to move forward.

The developers promise that Routine will allow you to explore different parts of the station, abandoned malls or even residential areas, all with one keyword: immersion. This explains why the app will use a clean interface. Routine comes to PC, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One. It will be available in Game Pass, but the release date is currently unknown.

Fort Solis, the horror thriller set on Mars

Developed by the young Fallen Leaf team, which presents its first game here, Fort Solis is designed as a 100% single-player third-person thriller set on the hidden side of Mars. The player takes on the role of Jack Leary, an engineer who responds to a routine alert that brings him to Fort Solis. On the spot he does not find a living soul. But when night comes, events take a dramatic turn.

Little information is leaked at the moment, except that the game will have choices involving consequences, that it is designed under Unreal Engine 5 for better visual fidelity, and that the base to explore consists of 9 individual structures consisting of several levels. In addition, Troy Baker will vote for Wyatt Taylor, a military doctor, while Roger Clark will vote for the hero, Jack Leary.

Fort Solis is currently advertised on PC only. No release date specified.

Summer Game Party 2022: Aliens Dark Descent, The Callisto Protocol, Routine, Fort Solice ... SF horror games invade the show!

About the summer games party

What is Summer Game Fest?

No E3 this year, but we can still count on yet another world-class event: Summer Game Fest, a big show dedicated to announcing video games coming this year or the following years. It was in 2020 that journalist and host Geoff Keighley launched this now indispensable festival for the first time. Last year, the show featured amazing photos from the Elden Ring; so inevitably the third iteration raises high expectations.

When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?

The summer game party is on Thursday 9 June at 20.00. The show will again be followed by a Day of the Devs session dedicated to the independent scene.

How to follow Summer Game Fest 2022?

At JV, we will respond live to announcements from the LeStream channel along with especially Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée. The show will also be directly visible as a teaser on JV’s website. And for those who prefer to read, you will of course find our news throughout the conference. There will also be a written summary

What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?

Among the games you must not miss, there is especially the heir to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us his first gameplay images. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 introduces us to its first level. Also on the program: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from Aaryn Flynn’s studio (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, JRPG One Piece Odyssey, Free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley further announced: “We have a few new game announcements for this show and hopefully a few surprises if all goes well. But it’s definitely a show that mostly focuses on things that are predicted. ”

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