Greetings! This year's Summer Game Fest included several announcements from Netflix for some reason, but I'm not complaining. Netflix lost many subscribers and they need to give viewers an incentive to rejoin. Luckily, they had an impressive showcase with a lot of new content. Today, I'm focusing on brand new shows and movies that are coming to Netflix in the near future.
This sci-fi mystery doesn't have a release date yet, but it's supposed to debut in Fall of 2022. The show takes place on an ocean liner at the end of the 19th Century. Eerie circumstances take place, causing the passengers and crew to become really paranoid. I'm pretty sure the story takes place in the Bermuda Triangle because it's foreshadowed at the end of the trailer. I suppose we'll see who survives when the show drops.
This vampire romance looks like a guilty pleasure. I was a big fan of vampire shows like True Blood, The Originals, and The Vampire Diaries. First Kill definitely seems to be pulling ideas from those shows. I think it will also draw a lot of attention from teen crowds and the LGBTQ community. Basically, the show is about two high school students who enter a forbidden relationship. One 0f the students is a vampire and the other one comes from a family of vampire slayers. Let the drama commence! By the way, First Kill was released a few days ago, so check it out.
Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities
We could use more horror anthologies. Del Toro has a unique and macabre imagination that should bring some interesting creatures to life in this new show. Cabinet of Curiosities doesn't have a release date, but Netflix is keeping it on their 2022 schedule. I could imagine a release window around Halloween. Knowing Del Toro's work, this anthology will probably be super weird and creepy.
The Midnight Club
This teen horror show had a really short teaser. I'm getting some vibes from the original Are You Afraid of the Dark? series. A group of terminally ill teenagers live together in a mysterious facility. Eventually, one of the teenagers dies and strange occurrences happen throughout the building. Mike Flanagan is the show runner and I enjoy a lot of his work, including The Haunting of Hill House and Midnight Mass. This particular show appears to be targeting a younger audience, which is different than Flanagan's usual viewers.
I'm not sure if the world is ready for a live action version of One Piece, but we're getting it anyway. Honestly, I'm not sure how Netflix will handle this show because everything is larger than life in the anime. It could be a challenging transition to live action formatting. At the moment, it seems like the crew is building the set pieces and the entire cast was hired. I doubt we're seeing this show until some time next year. Consider me both skeptical and curious.
Can Netflix get Resident Evil right? I'll be frank. Netflix had a really detailed trailer and I don't feel super optimistic. This series features an original story about Albert Wesker and his daughters. I don't think it will contain a lot of material or characters from the video games. Even if it's underwhelming, I'm sure Resident Evil will have decent entertainment value with a number of monsters and violent death scenes. Good or bad, it's releasing on Julty 14th, 2022.
This comic book adaptation looks like the most interesting title from the showcase. The Sandman is a very dark, complex, and abstract comic book series. Some people believe it's unadaptable for television. I'm not willing to go that far, but it will probably be a challenging task that will change many elements from the comics. The show had a new trailer, but it was pretty vague. Fortunately, The Sandman is coming really soon on August 5th, 2022. Keep your expectations in check. It will be hard to please the hardcore comic book fandom and streaming shows will always be different than the source material.
Netflix didn't give many details about this spinoff from The Adams Family. I've never been a fan of The Adams Family, but Wednesday was definitely my favorite character from the original series and movies. She has a really dry and dark sense of humor. Is this show targeting kids or adults? I couldn't tell you because the teaser doesn't give the audience many elements. Apparently, this show is coming to Netflix in late 2022. Granted, that's barring delays.
Netflix gave a few details about a vampire comedy, titled Day Shift. It stars Jamie Foxx as a man who maintains work by cleaning pools during the day and slaying vampires at night. Visual details were limited, but the film is coming out on August 12th, 2022. Hopefully, it will be entertaining and humorous instead of dumb. You never know with comedies.
This military action film is already available for viewing. Truthfully, I haven't watched Interceptor yet, but it looks like a typical action movie on Netflix. That means it's probably high on spectacle and low on substance with a reasonable runtime. I can live with that.
The Gray Man
The showcase had a lengthy trailer and interview with the Russo brothers. I have mixed thoughts about this action movie because it definitely seems stylized enough, but the casting is kind of weird. Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans were in plenty of action films, yet they seem out of place in the current footage. Maybe everything will come together upon a full viewing. I guess we'll see how it turns on July 22nd, 2022.
The School for Good and Evil
Netflix provided a lengthy interview and a trailer for The School of Good and Evil, which is a fantasy movie that’s probably geared toward kids and teens. It has a generous amount of CGI, production design, and elaborate costumes. This film also has pretty big name talent, such as Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington. The premise seems to include a Hogwarts style school that trains youngsters to become fantasy heroes and villains. It looks pretty entertaining, especially for viewers who enjoy spectacle.
This unusual sci-fi movie stars Chris Hemsworth as a scientist who’s conducting unethical research on a handful of test subjects. You can watch the trailer now, although plot details are pretty weird and vague. I don’t know if this film has comedy, horror elements, or whatever. It just looks unconventional and Netflix isn’t giving away too many story points. That’s fine because we can all experience the full story on June 17th, 2022.
In the end, Netflix is giving us a generous amount of new content during the next several months. I don’t know if they can maintain this momentum with declining subscriptions, but we can enjoy thir bounty while it lasts. Truthfully, I feel pretty skeptical about some of these releases, but anything can happen for better or worse. Are you looking forward to any of these shows or movies? Did you drop Netflix in favor of another streaming service? Tell me about it in the comment section.
Next week, I’m covering major details from the Xbox and Bethesda showcase along with various announcements from the Summer Game Fest. There’s a huge number of games coming to audiences in 2022 and 2023. It sounds like the gaming drought is ending relatively soon. Take care of yourselves and come back again next week. See you later!
Good evening! It's really good to see you guys again, even though the weather keeps heating up. Those of you who live outside of the American Southwest are lucky. Los Angeles only has two seasons; Summer and Winter. Spring and Autumn don't exist in my territory. Anyway, let's talk about video games! I thought Sony gave a typical PlayStation State of Play with some really cool announcements. A few of my predictions were actually true. The Summer Games Fest will end on Sunday, June 12th with Microsoft's Xbox and Bethesda showcase at 10:00 a.m. PST. I'm giving you another round of predictions and a few highlights from PlayStation's State of Play
PlayStation State of Play Recap
I actually got a few predictions right, including one or more really surprising elements. The next generation of PlayStation VR was featured, although I expected more details. Sony announced four VR games, so it still counts. If you’re a fan of VR, keep watching for Resident Evil Village, The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners- Retribution, No Man’s Sky, and Horizon Call of the Mountain. Stray is coming out on July 19th and it's going to be a day one release on the higher tiers of PlayStation Plus. That's really exciting news. Maybe we'll see more day one releases from third party studios in the future. I watched a new trailer for Final Fantasy XVI and it's coming out in Summer of 2023. Take the news with a grain of salt because delays happen constantly in the gaming industry. Shockingly, my prediction for the remake of Resident Evil 4 was accurate and it's coming out on March 24th, 2023. That's less than a year away. It's really good news for horror fans.
Speaking of horror, I was also pleasantly surprised to see a new trailer and release date for The Callisto Protocol. Barring delays, it's releasing on December 2nd, 2022. That means you can get scared for Christmas! I was also glad to see a trailer and release year for Street Fighter 6. That one slipped my mind entirely when I was planned my predictions. We're getting Street Fighter 6 some time in 2023. I actually think it will come out next year. Fighting games don't usually have excessive delays compared to other genres. Also, PlayStation fans will have a chance to play Tunic on September 27th. I didn't enjoy the game very much, but it's very popular and many of you will probably have fun shredding enemies with a sword wielding fox. Let's move on to my predictions for the Xbox showcase.
Big Announcements for Xbox Game Pass
Microsoft needs serious good will from the public. 2022 is becoming a very disappointing year for Xbox consoles and Game Pass is the primary thing keeping them afloat. I could imagine a number of major announcements, including a discounted family plan, Game Pass support on the Steam Deck, and more day one releases. It might also be possible to see Ubisoft+ on Xbox consoles. Don't get too excited because it won't be part of Xbox Game Pass. It would probably be a separate subscription, but that's still good news because you could play brand new titles from Ubisoft on day one for $15 instead of $60 or $70.
A Release Date for Hellblade II
It seems like Senua's Saga was baking in the oven for quite a while. We've already seen a detailed trailer and a release date should be coming soon. I'm not going to guarantee a 2022 debut, but it's certainly possible. Hellblade II might be one of the very few Xbox exclusive games for 2022. I didn't care about the first game, but the sequel might be worth a shot, especially because it's coming to Game Pass on day one.
More Details About Fable
We're bound to hear more news about Fable one of these days. So far, Fable's only marketing was a short teaser. Microsoft might provide updates, including a new trailer, story points, gameplay descriptions, and more. I wouldn't even rule out a general release window. 2024 sounds like a potential release year.
Gameplay Footage for Redfall
Microsoft already said Redfall is being delayed to 2023, but they could reveal gameplay footage. At this point, we don't know much about this game except players will be killing vampires with guns. Maybe Bethesda will talk about co-op details, world building, combat options, enemy types, etc. I will be surprised if we don't hear something about Redfall.
Major News for Starfield
Most likely, Starfield will take center stage, even though it was also delayed to 2023. Bethesda will probably showcase a lot of information, including a new trailer, world building, character creation, and all kinds of elements. Hopefully, Microsoft will give the audience something to anticipate for the future.
Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo are Coming to Xbox Consoles
This idea feels obvious. Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo were timed exclusives for the PlayStation 5 and that window is probably done. Both of those games were created by Bethesda affiliates, which means they can release on Xbox Game Pass at some point. Xbox fans probably won't have to wait much longer for those titles.
A Release Date for Party Animals
I think the entire world forgot about this party game. Honestly, I'm pretty sure Party Animals is coming to Xbox consoles and Game Pass soon. It's been in development for a surprisingly long time and it already faced one or more delays. Everyone should be open minded about this one. It’s like watching a bunch of stuffed animals pummeling each other. Party Animals is a smaller game that took a long time to create and a release date feels imminent.
More Details About Contraband
Microsoft released a brief teaser last year and that's all. Gamers don't know anything about Contraband, but it doesn't seem like the development was in turmoil. I'm pretty sure Everwild and Perfect Dark are years away because they both have a lot of drama behind the scenes. On that note, it seems like we should hear more information about Contraband, like story elements, gameplay mechanics, etc. We might even get lucky and see a new trailer. Regardless, it makes sense to mention something at the showcase.
A New Trailer for The Outer Worlds 2
We're definitely not getting this game in 2022. In fact, it might not release in 2023 either, but we could see a new trailer anyway. Obsidian was staying under the radar for almost a year and they're bound to reveal something new in the near future. Like I said, Microsoft needs to give the public something or they're going to lose interest in the Xbox Series X. Gamers will assume it's another situation like the Xbox One. Remember this famous phrase? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Might Have a Chance to Shine
GSC Game World has a uniquely horrible predicament. They're a Ukrainian developer who was forced to stop production and seek help during the Russian invasion. Apparently, they resumed development, which is incredibly brave, ambitious, and surprising. Maybe this is wishful thinking, but I could picture S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 getting a big showcase, including details about the game itself and the studio's perseverance. I certainly don't want any exploitation, although an uplifting story about hope and how gaming brings people together would make sense. Let's wish the best for Ukrainian game developers and their families.
All right! I got some things right about the PlayStation State of Play, so maybe I’ll get lucky with the Xbox showcase too. What are your Xbox predictions? Are you excited for anything else during the Summer Games Fest? Leave a comment. Thanks a lot for visiting, be safe, and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Good night!
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