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Gamescom's 2022 showcase was more about the games of 2023

Much of the games shown at Gamescom are expected to release at some point in 2023.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

August 23, 2022

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Cover art for Warner Bros. Montreal's Gotham Knights.

At Gamescom 2022, the two-hour showcase for video games hosted by Geoff Keighley offered plenty of new and returning franchises that'll be releasing primarily throughout 2023. 

While there were extensive looks at titles due out this year, such as Warner Bros. Montreal's Gotham Knights, much of the games shown are meant for next year. Before this, 2023 was already looking to get fairly crowded, as Bethesda's StarfieldBlizzard's Diablo IVand Nintendo's sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all previously staked claims on next year. 

Some of the games revealed at Gamescom were also leaked ahead of time. Specifically, next year's Dead Island 2, the long in development sequel to Techland's 2011 breakout hit, got its official grand reveal after being listed on Amazon a week prior. It's being developed by Damburster Studios, taking control from previous developer Sumo Digital. 

Additionally, New Tales from the Borderlands from Gearbox was confirmed after its existence was leaked. The sequel to the beloved cult classic features writers from the original Telltale team, said Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, and will feature a new group of protagonists in the Borderlands universe. It will release on October 21. 

Interestingly, Subnautica developer Unknown Worlds released its first look at its new game, Moonbreaker. The turn-based RPG will allow players to paint their in-game minifigures, for those who partake in the hobby in real life. The game will release on September 29 as an Early Access title. 

There was some focus on technology during the showcase, surprisingly. Sony used Gamescom to announces its new Dualsense Edge controller, which it hopes will compete with the Xbox Pro Controller. There was also a look at a Pokémon concept car from manufacturer Mini Aceman. 

Finally, and most importantly: Hideo Kojima made a brief video appearance...to plug his podcast launching in September.  

2023 may the busiest games have been since pre-pandemic

Here are all of the games revealed or shown at Gamescom 2022

  • Age of Empires IV: Ottomans and Malians anniversary DLC

  • Atlas Fallen

  • Blacktail

  • CI Games' The Lords of the Fallen is an apparent sequel to the 2014 action-RPG that CI developed with Deck 13

  • The Callisto Protocol

  • Dead Island 2 

  • Dying Light 2: Bloody Ties DLC announced for October 13

  • Dune: Awakening, a survival MMO from Funcom and Legendary Entertainment 

  • Everywhere, from Build a Rocket Boy Games, scheduled for a 2023 release. While not explicitly stated, Everywhere may incorporate blockchain technology, as the developer is specifically hiring for developers with blockchain experience. 

  • Friends vs. Friends, a competitive shooter from Brainwash Gang and Raw Fury that features deckbuilding elements

  • Developer miHoYo revealed new footage for both Genshin Impact's newly released 3.0 update, and its upcoming Honkai Star Rail

  • Goat Simulator 3 

  • Gotham Knights will now be releasing a few days early, on October 21


  • High on Life

  • Hogwarts Legacy

  • Homeworld 3

  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game

  • Developer Neowiz Games' Lies of P

  • Unknown Worlds (Subnautica) revealed its new game, the turn-based RPG Moonbreaker. Written by Mistborn author Brandon Sanderson, the game will go into Early Access on September 29. 

  • Park Beyond 

  • New Tales from the Borderlands 

  • The Outlast Trials 


  • Scars Above

  • Sonic Frontiers

  • Telltale Presents: The Expanse 

  • Return of Monkey Island, from Ron Gilbert, launching on September 19

  • Stranded: Alien Dawn

  • Under the Waves

  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide 

  • Where Winds Meet

  • Finally, there was Wyrdsong, an upcoming action-RPG set in medieval Portugal from new studio Something Wicked Games

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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