We probably all know about the big anticipated titles that were featured at Gamescom like Sonic Frontiers and Dead Island 2. At GameLuster though, we like to highlight all kinds of games from a diverse group of developers. Here’s a list we put together of six smaller games you might have missed at the Gamescom 2022 Opening Night Live show, because these games deserve a little extra attention after that huge showcase.
Moving Out 2
A Gamescom world premiere follow up to Moving Out, a 2020 co-op game all about dragging things into a moving van with some goofy, fun physics. The sequel seeks to expand on this original title with a new inter-dimensional adventure, a whole cast of new characters and online multiplayer. The game also focuses on inclusivity, with assist mode, accessibility options and a lot of characters to fit anyone’s needs. We can’t wait to see more of this game.
Moving Out 2 is coming soon in 2023 to Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and Steam.
Under The Waves
This Gamescom world premiere narrative-driven adventure is brought to us by Parallel Studio. Under The Waves follows Stan, a diver in 1979 who has experienced an immense loss on an undersea mission. He lives by choice in solitude, as he starts to experience strange events that will either sink him or empower him to find the surface. The narrative sounds powerful, with a setting that is wonderfully cinematic. Gameplay will revolve around exploring caves and shipwrecks as we piece together the mystery Stan finds himself in. There is no set release date, but we’ll be keeping our eyes on this project.
Under The Waves is coming soon to Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam and Epic Games Store.
Another brand new reveal from Gamescom. The latest game from Subnautica developers Unknown Worlds puts a new spin on tabletop miniatures in this turn-based tactics game. The game is geared towards fans of tabletop and collectible card games, with customizable miniature figures to paint, upgrade and send off into battles. Moonbreaker seems to really capture the feel of actually playing a tabletop game, with an art style that both encapsulates the realistic elements of miniatures whilst also colourfully playing into all the sci-fi fantasy. The sci-fi elements of the game actually come from best-selling sci-fi author Brandon Sanderson, who helped with crafting the universe.
Moonbreaker is launching in early access this Sept. 29 on Steam.
Friends vs Friends
To describe this Gamescom world premiere game in one word: chaos. The developers Brainwash Gang have mashed together genres in a unique combination with this online card-based PvP shooter. You build your deck once you’ve chosen a character, and then do battle with other players using the whacky effects of your cards. The game promises no microtransactions, as you open card packs, expand your inventory and level up your favorites. Post-launch content is also promised, so keep this game in mind if this frantic experience sounds as fun to you as it does to us.
Friends vs Friends is coming soon to PC and consoles.
A theme park simulator that seeks to build up from the classic genre, Park Beyond seems like a great time. The folks over at Limbic Entertainment give us a theme park builder where gravity isn’t a constraint, as you take a struggling company and send it flying to new heights – literally – with unrealistic but highly entertaining new rides. The Gamescom trailer showed off the modular building mechanic that will further enable you to customize your park. The end goal is a profitable and innovative theme park, made from the hard work of you and the other characters that will help you oversee the operation. The game is also set to feature accessible controls and a story-driven campaign to help ease players into the chaotic world of theme park building.
Park Beyond is coming this year to Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5 and Steam.
Goat Simulator 3
The GOAT. This is a new entry in the increasingly bizarre Goat Simulator sandbox series. The Gamescom gameplay trailer showed what you would expect at this point: screaming goats, gas stations exploding and pigs on bouncy castles. All Goat Simulator games are mad, but this one seems to be the most insane by far. You can add up to three friends either locally or online for co-op, and together you can cause your own goat-based apocalypse.
Goat Simulator 3 is coming Nov. 17 to Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5 and Epic Games Store.
And that’s it for our six games. Which are you looking forward to? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below. For more Gamescom coverage, keep your eyes on GameLuster.