The Tokyo Game Show went live today, and for most of us who reside on the other side of the world, it was in the wee hours of the morning. So there's a chance you missed out on all of the day one excitement. And there was a lot planned for the commencement of the four-day event. We witnessed several presentations from Japanese-based studios, Microsoft, the Japan Game Awards, and, finally, showcases from Bandai Namco and Capcom.
But don't worry, there's much more to come in the days ahead, and we'll be covering it all right here. So be sure to check back every morning for updates on the latest Tokyo Game Show news. However, you don't want to be behind after the first day of the event. That's why we've prepared the top announcements from day one of the Tokyo Game Show right here. So you can keep up with all of the key announcements while still maintaining your sleep schedule. So, without further ado, let's take a look at what day one of the Tokyo Game Show had in store for us.
5. Resident Evil 4 Remake
Capcom finished off day one of the Tokyo Game Show. And while they made several noteworthy announcements, our attention is focused on the Resident Evil 4 Remake. Surprisingly, Capcom confirmed during their slot at the Tokyo Game Show that the RE4 Remake will be available for PS4 and PS5, but no news on Xbox systems. This came as a big shock because when the remake was initially announced, it said that it will be available on all next-generation consoles and PC.
But that no longer appears to be the case, according to Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, the game's producer who broke the news at the Tokyo Game Show. While this is reassuring for PlayStation gamers, there wasn't much explanation as to why Capcom made this decision. The announcement simply arrived and vanished with no explanation. But considering how many Xbox Game Pass titles got announced for Xbox at the Tokyo Game Show, we'll let PlayStation take this one win.
4. Overwatch 2 – New Hero Kiriko
We're a hop, skip, and jump away before Overwatch 2 comes to replace its original game on October 4th. And their's big expectations for how the new free-to-play remodeled title will turn out. While we've been getting tidbits of information about the game's new improvements here and there, nothing particularly significant has been released, aside from the shift to 5v5 from 6v6. However, Blizzard slipped into Microsoft's spot on Day One of the Tokyo Game Show to reveal a gameplay trailer for their newest hero in Overwatch 2, Kiriko.
Kirko and her spirited fox companion will be a support character with the ability to teleport to allies in need, heal them, and block incoming damage for players in her vicinity for a second or two. On the offense, she wields Kunai Daggers. Her ultimate “Kitsune Rush” will summon her spirited fox companion, who will grant allies in the vicinity movement, attack speed, and cooldowns for abilities. Overall, she comes across as a lively, quick healer who will undoubtedly add some intriguing chemistry to team composition.
3. Xbox Game Pass Announcements
Microsoft took the stage at the Tokyo Game Show to announce a flurry of new Xbox and PC Game Pass titles. Some of which are available as of today. Those are Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, and Fuga: Melodies of Steel. So, if you have a PC Game Pass or an Xbox Game Pass subscription, you can start playing those titles right away. But here's what else is on the way.
Coming to Game Pass
- Persona 5 – October 21
- Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty – TBD (Game Pass Day One)
- BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Special Edition – Spring 2023
- Guilty Gear Strive – Spring 2023
- Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – 2023 TBD
- Dyson Sphere Program – October 13 (PC Game Pass only)
- Deathloop – September 20
The highlight here surely rests on Deathloop. The PlayStation exclusive is finally relinquishing its rights to the title, and as a result, the action RPG will be available on Xbox Game Pass on September 20. It can, however, be pre-installed as early as today. For more details on other games mentioned, like Persona 5, and Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, be sure to check out our Microsoft coverage from the Tokyo Game Show as well.
2. Elden Ring Wins Japans Game of the Year
The Japan Game Awards 2022 took place right in the middle of the first day of the Tokyo Game Show. Nine titles were given Awards of Excellence, such as Resident Evil Village and Pokemon Legends: Arceus to name a couple. However, only one game emerged from the ashes with the most prestigious prize of them, Elden Ring. That's right, who could have predicted that FromSoftware's holy grail souls-like title would be receiving a Game of the Year award in September? To be honest, the vast majority of us.
Since FromSoftware is a Japanese-based company, it was pretty safe to assume they were walking away with the Game of the Year award, presented at the Tokyo Game Show. It's entirely fitting, but also well earned. Elden Ring is a work of art, and it will most certainly be looking to grab other Game of the Year Awards from other events in the months to come.
1. One Piece Odyssey
Bandai Namco's time slot at the Tokyo Game Show did not reveal as much as we expected. In fact, their whole segment was devoted to announcing the release date of their newest JRPG, One Piece Odyssey. Which is expected to be released in the West on January 13, 2023, for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. That is a delay from the previously projected 2022 release window, but it is one we can live with given how long other titles have been delayed, cough cough, Starfield and Redfall.
One Piece Odyssey is based on the critically renowned manga series One Piece. Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the manga, is also in charge of the game's original story. The game's 45-minute presentation included everything from the action, environments, characters, combat, and quests. They also disclosed DLC material for the game that is already planned. Overall, the Straw Hat crew's attempt to restore their powers on the ancient lost island of Waford appears to be an exciting adventure to arrive on January 13.