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Summer Game Fest 2023 liveblog

All the Geoff Fest game reveals and announcements, as they happen

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It's time for the Summer Game Fest liveblog, to which you, lovely readers, are cordially invited. SGF 2023’s main event begins tonight at 8pm BST / 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT, and I’ll be manning the levers to bring live updates on all the game reveals, fresh looks, and trailers that this annual announce-o-rama has to offer.

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Will there be an update on Alan Wake 2? Will we see Mortal Kombat 1 in bloodied action for the first time? Will Geoff Keighley wear a suit jacket over a t-shirt with shoes that look just slightly too big? Yes, yes, and probably yes. There’ll be much more besides, from Baldur's Gate 3 and Cyberpunk 2077’s Phantom Liberty expansion to Immortals of Aveum and Fortnite’s Chapter 4 Season 3 update, Wilds. And that’s just the confirmed games – we’re expecting this main Summer Game Fest show to last a couple of hours, so there should be plenty of surprises too.

And do stick around RPS in general, as we’ll have this whole NotE3 week covered from every angle – including on the ground, via Ed, who’s been swanning around LA playing a load of this stuff. Lucky sod. We’ll also have news from Day of the Devs, Summer Game Fest’s indie-focused companion show, which will follow immediately after the main Geoff Fest livestream tonight.


NotE3 and Summer Game Fest 2023 is over for another year. You can find out all the latest news by visiting our E3 2023 hub, or you can catch up with our round-up posts of everything that was announced at Summer Game Fest, the Xbox Games Showcase, the PC Gaming Show, Day Of The Devs, and our top highlights from the Wholesome Direct.

Our live coverage of this event has finished.

Welcome in advance to our Summer Game Fest liveblog coverage! The plan is to go *actually* live at around 19:45 BST, shortly before the main event starts. See you then.

– James Archer

Alright let's go. LET'S GO. Summer Game Fest starts in just under 15 minutes, I have an evening's supply of Diet Coke to hand, and my comment moderation finger is warmed up by deleting a spam post about Roblox exploits. Friends, we are ready.

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Six minutes to go. Hope we see some games.

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Dave L. says: If the Facebook VR games thing from last week is anything to go by, we will see lots of 'Not Actual Game Footage' trailers
If the camera opens to digital approximations of Geoffey K's eyes on a Vision Pro, I'm quitting RPS.

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Here we go...

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It's Geoff Keighley, off of video games marketing. With a smoking jacket?

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First game reveal is Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown! Not the troubled remake but a 2.5D platformer.

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And a pretty slick-looking one too, I must say.

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The Lost Crown is out on January 18th, 2024.

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Mortal Kombat 1 (Mortal Kombaaaaaaaaaaaaat) is up next.

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Opening with a brawl between Sub-Zero and Kung Lao, the latter missing his Oddjob razer hat.

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Kenshi and Johnny Cage confirmed as well. And a mortal monk Raiden?

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Ending with a suitably gross compilation of fatalities. Very...squishy.

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NetherRealm's Ed Boon takes the stage...

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Bit of explanation on the Kameo system: you'll select both your main fighter and a Kameo fighter, who you can call out a few times each fight to borrow their moves.

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Here's the full deets on Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/prince-of-persia-returns-to-its-action-platforming-roots-with-the-lost-crown

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Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Johnny Cage. Lol. Lmao.

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MK1's out in September, though I don't think that's news? Oh and Ed Boon's off.

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Next: Path of Exile 2.

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Just a brief glimpse, but looks hectic! A lot faster than Diablo IV.

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Street Fighter 6 x Exoprimal crossover???

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There was not nearly enough time given to the Street Fighter 6 x Exoprimal crossover. But now here's Nicolas Cage, on the Nicolas stage, to chat about his Dead By Daylight appearance.

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Auldman says: No, no, no not more B movie actors in games, jeez.
The disrespect!

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He's a survivor, btw, not a killer. Though from the teaser trailer, it could have gone either way.

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I'm loving this Cage appearance, if I'm honest.

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Now for some in-game footage, which is immediately met by confused laughter. Same here, SGF audience!

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Friend of the Electronic Wireless Show podcast Henry Cavill, and his co-stars, introduce the trailer for a new season of Netflix's The Witcher show.

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A giant bug just rolled up to do some kind of big slow Sonic spin attack. Does that happen in the games? I...I don't know.

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Quick Witchfire trailer. Lotsa skulls.

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Crossfire: Sierra Squad just then. It's a VR military shooter coming in August to Steam.

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Then some gameplay for Remnant II, out on July 25th. I liked the bit where they fought a giant fantasy hammerhead shark that shot lasers.

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Announcement time: a new, 2D but modern-styled Sonic game...

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Hmm, 4-person multiplayer?

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Sonic Superstars, it's called. Out in Autumn, including on Steam.

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Now for some Honkai: Star Rail. Man, Graham was right, this is extremely anime.

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Just a plug for its PS5 port, alas.

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New Lies of P trailer next...

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Lies of P looks pretty, but the big news is that there's a demo. And it's out now, apparently!

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Something new now: Sandland, from Bandai Namco. Combines anime-ish fighting with vehicular combat and desert exploration.

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Annapurna Interactive Showcase teaser, happening June 29th.

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Cinematic trailer for Throne and Liberty, NCSoft's upcoming fantasy MMO, rolling now.

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Oop, sorry for missing the Lies of P release date - it's September 19th. Here's the trailer they just showed:
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New trailer for Warhaven. It'll be playable for free during the upcoming Steam Next Fest.

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And then a Party Animals trailer that was over in like ten seconds. It had animals. I'm sorry.

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Ah, here's that Crash Bandicoot moba, Crash Team Rumble. Out June 20th.

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Sam Lake now on stage to re-introduce us to Alan Wake II.

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caff says: This Remedy guy does look a bit like Max Payne
Big if true.

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Unfortunately for Alan Wake II, Remedy have already peaked.
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WarderDragon says: Max Payne's face was modelled after him, it's fairly well known!
Big if true.

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Sound like you'll be switching between Alan and new FBI agent character Saga Anderson pretty often. Here's the first in-game look from Saga's perspective...

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Alan Wake II footage escalates quickly as a large bloke with a deer's head crashes through a ceiling, leading to Saga gunning him down.

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Quick look at the crime scene investigation mechanic, and we're just about done. Release date: October 17th 2023.

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Wait, Space Marine II has a co-op campaign? Oh ho hooo.

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Yes! for up to three Spess Mehreens at once.

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Space Marine II is out this winter. I'm still not entirely sold on the mute Tyranids as a main enemy (RIP every Ork saying "Oh it's a fight now!") but the horde size could carry them.

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That was Yes Your Grace: Snbowfall, a "cinematic kingdom management RPG" with some gorgeous pixel art.

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Some schlocky zombie shooting now, courtesy of John Carpenter's Toxic Commando. Yes, that Jonhn Carpenter. Out in 2024.

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Toxic Commando is made by Saber, to be fair. Their World War Z game was way better than it had any right to be.

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Now: Baldur's Gate 3. Focusing on nasty piece o' work Gortash, played by...Jason Isaacs, apparently.

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August 31st for BG3, btw.

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Now Marvel's Spider-Man 2, which isn't for PC at the moment, so I'll use the time to back-post some trailers.

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Spider-Man 2's out on October 20th 2023, if you have a PS5.

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Here's Palworld, which Geoff describes - accurately, it turns out - as "Pokemon with guns".

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Hey, sometimes Lickitung's gotta pop the glock, y'know.

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Palword enters early access in Janurary 2024. It's followed, in the preset, by a new expansion for Black Desert.

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Very quick glance at The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. Deep Tolkien Galactic?

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Return to Moria gets a nice, vague 'Fall 2023' release date.

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Now here's a mobile game, Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis.

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Geoff is plugging junk food. That's not like him.

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Now we're onto Dont Nod's ghostly third-person brawler Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. Promises to launch before the end of the year.

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Got us now, Kiryu-chan...

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This is Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. As promised, shows off a return to the fight fighting of previous Yakuzas.

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Under the Waves, coming August 29th, is Quantic Dreams' next game. A spooky, isolationist underwater adventure starring the most dishevelled deep sea diver I've ever seen.

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Little sizzle reel for Call of Duty: Warzone's season 4 there.

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Faefarm next - the previously Switch-exclusive farming sim is coming to PC!

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Some Marvel Snap news: a new mode, Conquest, is coming next week.

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If that ProZD comedy bit explained how Conquest mode works, I didn't understand it.

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King Arthur: Legends Rise puts a very fantastic spin on ol' Arhtur's story, which was already a bit farfetched to begin with.

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Wayfinder! Early access opens this summer.

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Unreal Editor for Fortnite. Oop, and now onto something else. Stallaris Nexus!

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Space Trash Scavenger is exactly what it sounds like.

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Oh bother, the Borg are here.

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Nah sorry this is going too fast

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OKAY that last game was Star Trek Infinite, which looks like it might be a Trekkie 4X? More details coming on June 16th.

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Twisted Metal TV series teaser next, featuring a clown beating up Anthony Mackie. No cars though.

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Now Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior. Looks vaguely Hades-like, but you can create a little army out of copies of yourself.

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Next: fantasy FPS Immortals of Aveum.

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I do think Immortals of Aveum looks fast and kinetic enough to be a decent laugh, but it does have a whiff of "What if Call of Duty but magic?"

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s'out on July 20th.

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Fortnite time, focusing on new season Wilds.

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Optimus Prime is here, and human-sized, because Fortnite.

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Oop, grand finale coming up...

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It's...more Final Fantasy VII...

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It is indeed Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, the subject of some deepy weird teaser tweets.

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FFVII Rebirth will be out in 2025. Aaaaaaaand that's a wrap for the Summer Game Fest main show!

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What did we think readers? Am slightly embarassed to say it but I think my highlight was the Spuss Mirane 2 co-op announcement. I could hear a particular pair of my friends squealing from several dozen miles away.

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I was only down to liveblog the main show but... fudge it, shall we stick around for Day of the Devs?

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Yah alright

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First up, Wishes Unlimited are revealing Beastieball. Turn-based RPG volleyball?

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"Beasties are animals that evolved to play sports"

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Last few trailers from Geoff Fest. Immortals of Aveum:
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Beastieball's out in 2024.

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Now a fresh look at Hyper Light Breaker.

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HLB is an "open world game where you never return to the same place twice".

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And it's entering early access sometime later this year.

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Now, here's Simpler Times, a first-person packing sim about reminiscing over things you pick up.

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"Coming soon" on PC.

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Oh this is neat: Viewfinder, a puzzle-exploration game from Sad Owl Studios. You take pics with a Polaroid, and looking at those photos turns them into real 3D objects you can use to build new paths.

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Now onto Hauntii, a beautifully handrawn twin-stick shooter. As the name suggests, you're a ghost, and can possess objects to use their capabilities.

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Ooh, abandonware retail sim Cart Life is coming back! Sounds like just a modernising touch-up rather than a full remake.

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(Here's our review of the original, from 2012)

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Well, I say that. There's gonna be more storylines, new art, and updated controls.

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Premiere time: here's Hellskate, a demonic, THPS-inspired skateboarding game with a roguelite twist. I mean, in addition to the demonic one.

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Aw, this is putting a big grin on my face. Swinging swords at monsters while pulling sick kickflips.

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Now for an update on Henry Halfhead, Lululu Entertainment's peculiar shapeshifter sandbox.

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...I can't even begin to describe this.

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Rachel has accidentally done it for me: "Stanley Parable meets Wattam".

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Next is Cocoon, presented by former Limbo/Inside lead designer Jeppe Carlsen.

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In Cocoon, you'll be travelling between worlds that are contained in a small, carryable orb when you leave them. Chucking this little universes around is a key part of the puzzling.

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Switching between worlds to get around obstacles is, and forgive me for ignoring the indie focus for a moment, very Effect & Cause from Titanfall 2. In a good way!

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Remember The Unfinished Swan? Ete is a bit similar, but with full colour, and is generally about painting for painting's sake rather than navigating an empty world. iIt's out in 2024.

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The Indie Megabooth, previously seen at PAXs East and West, is coming back. No confirmed events, but it'll be making its first post-pandemic appearances at some point.

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Now for Summerhill, story-heavy puzzler that has a young shepherd (and their trusty dog) tracking down their lost herd across a pastel-painted world. It’s being made by members of the Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey dev teams.

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An anime girl has hijacked the stream. Happens.

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She's plugging Eternights, a an action-dating sim 'bout fighting monsters and falling in love. Neawww.

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Eternights (I didn't call it Eternite, you imagined it) is launching in September this year.

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Huh! A hardware-building game, Retro Gadgets. It's already in early access on Steam, and looks like a less silly Kerbal Space Program for handheld games consoles.

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And another building game, this time for DIY Mars rovers. It's called Mars First Logistics, and we have just seen one such rover fail to deliver a pizza.

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I like the K'nex vibe of these designs.

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Mars First Logistics is coming to early access on June 22nd.

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Saltsea Chronicles is next. It's an cosily cartoon-styled adventure game set on a ship in a flooded world.

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As Caff has pointed out, this is being presented by former RPS contributor Hannah Nicklin. There! I've disclosed it.

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Double Fine don't pass up the chance to show off their 32-part megadocumentary on lmaking Psychonauts 2, Double Fine PsychOdyssey.

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Sounds like we're approaching the end of Day of the Devs.

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Yep, we're gonna close out on a New Caledona-inspired musical performance.

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Well! That was lovely. Loads of cool stuff - Viewfinder is probably my pick of the bunch but I was generally cooing a lot more often than during the main show.

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Right, that's me signing off. Thank you all who've followed and commented! I'll be back on liveblog duty this Sunday for Microsoft and the PC Gaming Show. Hopefully see you all then as well. Cheers!

– James Archer

(Oh and enjoy the Devolver show, those who celebrate)

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