IGN Fan Fest 2023: Everything Announced
IGN Fan Fest 2023 is a wrap! Our two-day event brought a ton of exclusive reveals, interviews, announcements, and more. From a new look at John Wick: Chapter 4, to fresh gameplay of the highly-anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, there was something for every type of fan to enjoy.
To mark the end of Fan Fest, we’ve created this roundup to make sure you don’t miss a moment. Read on to learn about everything announced at IGN Fan Fest 2023.
Diablo IV Beta Kicks Off in March
We finally have a date for the Diablo 4 beta. Fans can look forward to trying out the game next month, where pre-order early access buyers will get to play from March 17 through 19, while the general public will get access from March 24 through 26. We learned this during our interview with director Joe Shely, who also shared the opening cinematic for Diablo 4.
HBO’s The Last of Us: Bella Ramsey Got a ‘Real Black Eye’ During Action Scene
The latest episode of HBO’s The Last of Us had a pretty intense action scene that showed Pedro Pascal’s Joel, and Bella Ramsey’s Ellie forced to avoid waves of infected. In an interview for Fan Fest, we learned that filming this intense sequence left Ramsey with “so many bruises,” and even a “real black eye.” The interview also revealed how Pascal managed to “scare the sh*t” out of Ramsey.
Creed III’s Fights Were Inspired by Anime
Creed III star and director Michael B. Jordan is a big anime fan, and he’s channeling that passion into the fight choreography in Creed III. Jordan said that the fighting in the upcoming film was inspired by the likes of Megalo Box, Naruto, and My Hero Academia, and that there’s even a “Dragon Ball Z punch” in one of the fights. We also learned that Creed 4 is happening, and that Jordan wants to expand the Creed-verse.
Redfall Devs Tease Arkane’s ‘Most Ambitious’ Setting Yet
IGN spoke to Redfall production designer Ben Horne, who brought some new gameplay footage to IGN Fan Fest. We learned that Arkane wanted to focus on world-building and narrative in Redfall. Horne also spoke about the weapons, saying there are some that players will be instantly familiar with, and others that are uniquely related to vampire slaying.
Cocaine Bear Director Elizabeth Banks Stops By Fan Fest
Cocaine Bear looks absolutely bonkers, focusing on a bear going on a blow-fueled rampage, but director Elizabeth Banks shared some heartfelt details about production. The movie contains one of the last performances of legend Ray Liotta, who died in 2022. Banks revealed that Liotta gave a moving speech on the final day of filming that had people in tears.
Lies of P Release Window Revealed
Lies of P, the Souls-like spin on Pinocchio, is coming this August. Along with the release window reveal, we also got a brand new trailer that appears to show the Blue Fairy, a creature that serves as a guide to Pinocchio in the original story.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Directors Share Exclusive Clip
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is coming to theaters next month, and the film’s directors stopped by to share a new clip of the film. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein showed a scene with the party entering a graveyard and attempting to speak with a corpse. The directors also talked about finding the “very fine line between comedy and horror.” We also learned that the movie doesn’t have a meta gameplay storyline, as the movie is fully immersed in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone Season 2 Gets a New Trailer
We saw an action-packed trailer for Season 2 of Netflix’s fantasy adaptation. The new look showed Ben Barnes’ General Kirigan return from the Shadow Fold, as well as The Darkling’s army made of shadow. Season 2 is hitting Netflix on March 16.
Punch Club 2: Fast Forward Gets Its First Trailer
Lazy Bear Games shared the first trailer for Punch Club 2: Fast Forward, the sequel to 2016’s RPG Punch Club. There’s no release date yet, but we know the sequel is coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. The trailer is packed with pop culture references, including a Matrix-like opening.
No Plans Right Now for Hogwarts Legacy DLC
Avalanche Software revealed to IGN that there are currently no plans in the works for Hogwarts Legacy DLC. “We’ve been really heads down bringing [Hogwarts Legacy] to life,” game director Alan Tew said. “So at the moment there are no current plans for DLC.” Right now, the studio is working on patching the game.
Take a Brand New Look at John Wick: Chapter 4
John Wick star Keanu Reeves stopped by IGN Fan Fest to show off a brand new look at the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4. We also had the exclusive reveal of a new poster for the movie, showing Keanu Reeves’ Wick at the Eiffel Tower.
WWE Star Zelina Vega Talks Street Fighter 6
WWE’s Zelina Vega is a huge fighting game fan. The star stopped by Fan Fest to talk all about her upcoming commentary role in Street Fighter 6. She also faces off against our staff to put her fighting game skills to the test!
Take a Look at Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’s Jedi Chambers Puzzle Rooms
As part of our month-long IGN First of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Respawn design director Jeff Magers showed off one of the Jedi Chambers puzzle rooms in the upcoming game.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is in theaters now, and the cast stopped by IGN Fan Fest to answer one very, very important question: Would the Ant-Man “butt strategy” work on Jonathan Majors’ Kang? You’ll have to watch the video to find out how they reacted and responded to that question.
Super Nintendo World: Your Questions Answered
We’ve been to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, and it’s pretty awesome. To prepare you for your own trip to this theme park version of the Mushroom Kingdom, we answer some of the IGN audience’s biggest burning questions about the park.
Exclusive Clip of AEW: Fight Forever
You can reexperience one of the biggest AEW matches ever, when Hangman Adam Page faced off against Bryan Danielson for the AEW World Title. This exclusive clip from IGN Fan Fest shows real footage from the fight, intercut with gameplay of the upcoming AEW: Fight Forever game.
The Ark Stars Talk Spacesuits and Secrets
We sat down with The Ark showrunners and stars to talk about the sci-fi series. The creatives discuss the inspiration for the spacesuits, cast members keeping secrets from each other, and more.
Bare Butt Boxing Gets Official Gameplay Trailer
Tuatara Games gave us a look at Bare Butt Boxing, a chaotic multiplayer brawler that’s hitting early access on May 4, 2023. The full release is coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4 later in 2023.
Exclusive Clip of Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham
The Doom that Came to Gotham is a 1920s-based Batman story where the caped crusader accidentally unleashes an ancient evil on Gotham City. In this exclusive reveal, Bruce Wayne enters an ancient cave to find a crazed Grendon chipping away at a wall of ice, attempting to let loose an ancient evil.
Check Out the Story Trailer for DE-EXIT – Eternal Matters
DE-EXIT: Eternal Matters is an atmospheric light puzzle platformer with hints of stealth. The game is coming to PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, and you can check out our reveal of the story trailer now.
Dungeon Boss: Respawned Is Coming to Netflix Games
This 2015 game has been remstered and is coming to Netflix Games. IGN Fan Fest saw the debut of the brand new trailer for Dungeon Boss: Respawned.
For the King II Gets Official Trailer
For The King II is a turn-based RPG inspired by tabletop games that allows you to play in a party of up to four players. Check out the new trailer for the game, which is coming to PC this year.
New Trailer for PvP Shooter Friends vs Friends
Friends vs Friends is a stylish, frantic PvP shooter that incorporates deck-building mechanics into its gameplay. The game is coming to PC and consoles this year, and you can check out the brand new trailer right now.
Jumplight Odyssey Coming to Early Access This Year
Jumplight Odyssey is coming to early access sometime in 2023. This game puts you in the shoes of a starship captain, where you’ll have to build your ship, manage resources, and explore the stars, all while maintaining your crew.
Not for Broadcast: Live & Spooky Is Coming Next Month
The first DLC for FMV horror game Not For Broadcast is called Live & Spooky, and it’s coming on March 23, 2023. Get a head start on the paranormal investigation by watching the new trailer.
Starship Troopers: Extermination Shares Details on Three Classes
Starship Troopers: Extermination is a cooperative FPS that pits you against an alien race called the Bugs. The game features assault, heavy infantry, and support classes as you work together to fend off the infestation.
Street Fighter: Duel Shows Off Versus Mode
Street Fighter: Duel is a new Street Fighter RPG mobile game where you collect a team of classic Street Fighter characters, and battle your way through an original story. The game also has a versus mode, which the developers showcased in a new video at IGN Fan Fest.
The Alters Is a Game All About Choices and Consequences
Check out the new trailer for The Alters, a game all about choices. In the game, you must make choices and face the consequences by meeting all of your different personalities. Check out the teaser trailer for the game above.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series Gets New Gameplay Trailer
Cara Gee reprises her role as Camina Drummer in The Expanse, the upcoming game from Telltale. The new trailer shows exploration and conversations on the creepy starship called The Artemis.
The Invincible Trailer Sets the Game’s Creepy Tone
The Invincible is a new game based on the novel of the same name by science fiction author Stanisław Lem. The new trailer shows some gorgeous establishing shots of space exploration, excavation, and robots, all while setting the game’s creepy and off-putting tone.
Check Out Valheim Running on Xbox Series X
Valheim was a huge hit on PC, and now the exploration and survival game is headed to Xbox consoles. Check out the new footage of the game running on Xbox Series X, as you prepare to get your friends together to explore the world of Valheim on March 14.
Scream VI: Directors Share the Best Kills in the Franchise
Scream 6 is hitting theaters on March 10, and directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett stopped by IGN fan fest to share the latest on the upcoming movie. Check out our interview to learn about the filmmakers’ favorite kills in the franchise, details on Ghostface’s lair, and more.
Why Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Isn’t Just More of The Next Generation
Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, and Picard showrunner Terry Matalas join IGN to talk about what differentiates Picard Season 3 from Star Trek: The Next Generation. And, the cast shouts out some of their favorite episodes of The Next Generation.
Young Rock Actors Talk About the Legacy of Dwayne Johnson
Bradley Constant and Uli Latukefu, who play younger versions of Dwyane Johnson on NBC’s Young Rock, share some secrets about how they bring The Rock’s origin story to life.
Trigun Stampede: Get a Voice Acting Lesson from Johnny Yong Bosch
If you’re interested in voice acting, check out this crash course from voice acting legend Johnny Yong Bosch. Bosch is the voice of Vash from Trigun Stampede, and he also takes some time to answer some fan questions about the anime.
Polite Society Pits Sister Versus Sister in Martial Arts Comedy
IGN is happy to debut a new clip from the upcoming martial arts film Polite Society, which stars Ritu Arya and Priya Kansara. The two main characters are siblings at odds with each other, and their conflict eventually turns into combat after one sister meddles with the other’s engagement.
Homebody Reminds Us of Early 2000s Horror Games
We revealed a quick exclusive trailer for Homebody, an upcoming horror game that’s reminiscent of the PlayStation 2 era of games. In this game, you catch up with old friends and try not to get murdered. Homebody is coming to consoles and PC.
Watch Rawmen’s Developers Eat Really Spicy Ramen
Rawmen is an arena fighter that’s all about food, and we sat down with the developers at IGN Fan Fest. In honor of the title, we gave the creators of the game some very spicy ramen during the interview to pair with the spicy interview questions.
I Am Jesus Christ Gets New Trailer
We showed a new trailer for I Am Jesus Christ, the game that takes players on the journey of Jesus Christ’s life. The first-person game is coming to PC via Steam.
9 Years of Shadows Is Coming Next Month
9 Years of Shadows is a new, stylish Metroidvania coming to PC on March 27. The new trailer showed off the Poseidon, Helios and Gaia Armor, which give players different elemental abilities from swimming through water like a mermaid to manipulating fire to help you platform.
Protodroid DeLTA Looks Like 3D Mega Man Platforming
Protodroid DeLTA is a new 3D platformer coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on April 27. The trailer showed off DeLTA’s Mega Man-like combat abilities, from an arm cannon to laser swords.
Rabbit Hole: New Clip from Paramount Plus Series
We have an exclusive clip of Rabbit Hole, the upcoming Paramount+ series starring Kiefer Sutherland. In the series, Sutherland’s John Weir is framed for murder by powerful forces with the ability to influence the public. The eight-episode season will premiere Sunday, March 26.
Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER Is Coming This Summer
We’ve got a new trailer for Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER, a follow-up to 2064: Read Only Memories. This sci-fi adventure game is coming to PC and consoles this Summer.
Solium Infernum Brings Strategy Gameplay to Hell
Solium Infernum is a new game that takes the gameplay of Civilization and Age of Empires to Hell… Literally. The game is coming to PC, and is available to wishlist now on Steam.
Tchia Gameplay Overview Spotlights Traversal
Tchia looks like a perfect synthesis of the exploration of Breath of the Wild with the island setting of Wind Waker. Game director Phil Crifo stopped by to show off some of the movement options in Tchia, from gliders, to rafts, to swinging on trees. Tchia is coming to PS5, PS4, and PC this Spring.
The Elder Scrolls Online Details Its Newest Class
A new class is coming to Elder Scrolls Online in the newest expansion, Necrom. The Arcanist class will allow players to deal damage, support allies, and absorb punishment from enemies. Necrom is coming to PC on June 5, and Playstation and Xbox on June 20.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox Gets a Story Trailer
The Last Case of Benedict Fox brought its latest story trailer to IGN Fan Fest. The new trailer further establishes The Last Case of Benedict Fox’s dark tone, as we see footage of demons, monsters, and plenty of creepy locations. The game is coming to Xbox Game Pass on April 27.
Witchfire Combat Overview with Developer Commentary
Witchfire, the upcoming dark fantasy first-person shooter, showed off a new video all about how guns work. We saw gameplay of a hand cannon called Hunger, which gains strength from critical hits. Each time you reload the gun, you get extra-strength bullets based on how many critical hits you landed before the reload.
WrestleQuest: 2 Minutes of Gameplay Revealed
We showed off two minutes of gameplay for Wrestlequest, the upcoming pro wrestling RPG. In the game, Macho Man Randy Savage and a lot of other icons will offer guidance as you fight for glory.
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