Summer Game Fest 2024: New World, Dune Awakening, Palworld, and more MMO reveals


Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest – aka not-E3 – is set to begin this evening at 5 p.m. EDT, and if you’ve been following it, you probably already know that Keighley has been downplaying the show, telling press to expect not major reveals of new games but rather updates and trailers for existing games. That’s probably going to suit the MMORPG fanbase just fine, however, as we’re expecting news from Amazon’s New World (yeah, leaks, we know, sigh), Funcom’s Dune Awakening, Tencent, Nexon, Riot, NetEase, and plenty more. In fact, MOP’s Andrew Ross is on the ground at this weekend’s event, so we’ll have even more coming as the embargoes lift over the next week.

We’ll be updating this post with the highlights of tonight’s keynote show as they happen, so refresh a few times if you’re watching along (or not) at home.

We’ll be updating right here with multiplayer and MMO news as it rolls onward. Somebody bring popcorn!
Here we go
Some small-scale co-op stuff first. LEGO Horizon Adventures is set for PC, Switch, and PS5, with two-person online and couch co-op.

Harry Potter Quidditch Champions is launching September 3rd on console and PC. “Fans and gamers will be able to immerse themselves into the enchanting world of Quidditch through solo play, cooperative online matches with friends or in competitive online player vs. player games. Featuring iconic wizarding world locations, characters, and references that fans will love, Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions highlights the rush of flying across legendary arenas as either a Beater, Chaser, Keeper or Seeker in a variety of modes.”

Indie one-man team Two Star Games reveals Cuffbust, a multiplayer prison-break game. MOP’s Andrew, who’s in the audience at the show, tells us that it got a solid reception from attendees.

Once Human
NetEase and Starry Studios’ Once Human put out a promo trailer that doesn’t really explain the game at all, but our readers already know it’s a post-apoc multiplayer survival shooter.

Tears of Metal
Tears of Metal looks like a fun co-op hack-n-slash roguelike.

Battle Crush
NCsoft ran a Battle Crush promo trailer – that’s the one we covered earlier this morning. The cartoony crossplatform action brawler launches June 27th.

Mecha Break
Mecha Break dropped a trailer for you mech folks; it’s Amazing Seasun Games is a multiplayer shooter with PvP in 3v3, 6v6, and 60-person matches.

The First Descendant
Nexon’s crossplatformy shooter The First Descendant got a new trailer to commemorate its planned July 2nd launch date.

File this one under warm fuzzies
Among Us developer Innersloth announced Outersloth, its effort to fund a crapton more indie games. They also teased the Among Us TV show.

Dune Awakening
Funcom dropped a new trailer for Dune Awakening, though it’s a backstory trailer. The studio promises a gameplay reveal at Gamescom in August.

The Finals
Nexon’s The Finals dropped a new trailer to herald its third season of play.

New World
Amazon has finally confirmed the New World console launch leak. Yes, the MMO – carrying the Aeternum name alongside it – is coming to PS5 and Xbox X|S on October 15th, along with a big patch on PC that includes new content and (yes) swimming. We’ve got a lot more info right here!

Dark and Darker
Ironmace’s Dark and Darker dropped a new trailer and is live riiiiight now in early access on Steam.

More multiplayerinos
A few more multiplayer titles here. Hyper Light Breaker is headed to early access – yep, online co-op.

Party Animals isn’t new, but it looks like the critters have powered up.

Is Skate a multiplayer trick skateboard game? We’re here for it.

Palworld announced that a new Japan-themed island is en route, along with dedicated Xbox servers, new buildings, a new raid, a new stronghold, arena play, a new faction, a new boss, and a level cap bump.

Valorant is launching on console in 2024! Beta starts June 14th.

Monster Hunter Wilds
Mon Hun Wilds is still slated for next year; new trailer really showed up though.

And that’s a wrap folks!

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