This year’s lineup features nine titles that demonstrate phenomenal storytelling, art and innovation through interactive experiences. Each selection will compete for the Tribeca Games Award, which recognizes an unreleased game for its excellence in art and storytelling through design, artistic mastery and highly immersive worlds.
The games program includes the world premieres of Immortality, an interactive trilogy in which players can explore the legend of late movie star Marissa Marcel through her work; OXENFREE II: Lost Signals, the stunning sequel to the critically acclaimed narrative adventure OXENFREE, from Night School Studio; and Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course, another slice of classic Cuphead action with new weapons, magic charms and more.
“This year‘s selections represent the incredible range of how games prove to be a powerful form of storytelling,” said Tribeca Games Vice President and Immersive Casey Baltes. “We continue to develop the way audiences and gamers interact with games, not just as entertainment, but as one of the most impactful cultural mediums.”
In 2021, the Tribeca Festival presented its first-ever official selections for games, including Ember Lab’s visually stunning Kena: Bridge of Spirits; Luis Antonio’s interactive thriller Twelve Minutes, starring James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe; and the inaugural Tribeca Games Award winner, NORCO, which received critical acclaim upon its March 2022 release for its brilliant, story-rich experience.
From June 11-19, the Tribeca Festival is once again offering digital experiences for global audiences powered by Parsec. Those able to join the Festival in person this year will be the first to experience a playable games gallery featuring demos, artwork and artifacts for this year’s selections, housed at the Tribeca Festival hub, Spring Studios (50 Varick Street).
Additionally, the Tribeca Games Spotlight, an online showcase of this year’s official selections, features never-before-seen footage and interviews from the creators of the official sections as part of Summer Game Fest – a free, all-digital global celebration of video games. streaming online. Gaming fans around the world can tune in June 10 at 3 p.m. EDT through the Tribeca website, major streaming platforms, and summergamefest.com.
The official selections for the 2022 Tribeca Festival Games are as follows:
American Arcadia (Out of Blue Studios / Raw Fury)
Welcome to Arcadia! A retro-futuristic metropolis of the 70s where all its citizens enjoy a life of luxury and comfort… without knowing that they are broadcast live 24/7! Arcadia is no ordinary city, but the most-watched reality show on the planet, where a decline in the ratings has the highest price: death. Discover the truth and escape your life from a TV utopia in Out of the Blue’s all-new puzzle platformer.
As dusk falls (INDOOR/NIGHT / Xbox Game Studios) –
As Dusk Falls is an original INTERIOR/NIGHT interactive drama that explores the tangled lives of two families over thirty years in a small town in Arizona. Starting with a robbery gone wrong, the choices you make will have a powerful impact on the lives of the characters in this story of betrayal, sacrifice and resilience.
The little (Demagog Studio / Unpublished Tales)
Welcome to Earth after The Great Climate Catastrophe, where only the ultra-rich managed to evacuate to Mars. Decades have passed and those on Mars are returning to Earth to collect specimens as a safari hunt. As Cub, a mutant orphan immune to the toxins that have killed most of humanity, players will be relentlessly hunted down by a scientific expedition and must run to safety among the ruins of Earth. With a soundtrack program, Radio Nostalgia from Mars.
Cuphead – The delicious last dish (MDHR Studio)
Another helping of classic Cuphead action awaits in Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course. The Cuphead brothers and Mugman are joined by the intelligent and adventurous Mrs. Chalice for a thrilling adventure on an as-yet-unknown Inkwell Island. Using new weapons, magical charms, and Mrs. Chalice’s unique abilities, aid the merry Chief Saltbaker and face a fearsome new cast of larger-than-life bosses in Cuphead’s challenging final quest.
Marissa Marcel was a movie star. She made three films. But none of the films were ever released. And then Marissa Marcel disappeared. After discovering rare footage from his three lost films – Ambrosio (1968), Minsky (1970) and Two of Everything (1999) – award-winning game director Sam Barlow (Her Story, Telling Lies) has assembled an interactive trilogy in which players can explore the legend of Marissa Marcel through her work.
OXENFREE II: Lost Signals (Night School Studio / Netflix)
OXENFREE II: Lost Signals is the stunning sequel to the critically acclaimed narrative adventure game OXENFREE from Night School Studio. In the small coastal town of Camena, abnormal electromagnetic waves cause interference with electrical and radio equipment. Reluctantly, Riley Poverly returns to her hometown to investigate the mystery. What she finds is more than she had expected.
A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
This direct sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her brother Hugo on a harrowing journey through a brutal and breathtaking medieval world twisted by supernatural forces as they uncover the cost of rescuing loved ones in a desperate struggle for survival. . Strike from the shadows or unleash hell and overcome enemies and challenges with a variety of supernatural weapons, tools and powers. A Plague Tale: Requiem will be released in 2022 on consoles and PC.
Thirsty suitors (Outerloop Games / Annapurna Interactive)
Jala is a young woman who returns home for her sister’s wedding and comes to terms with her past. With wildly varied gameplay, Jala will battle skate punks, random suitors and, ultimately, her exes, in the ultimate battle to heal old wounds and ignite new truths, bringing Jala one step closer to understanding what she wants from her. coming. Will she be able to learn to love herself and heal the wounds of her past?
Venba (Visa Games)
Venba is a narrative cooking game centered on an Indian mother who immigrated to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes, restore lost recipes, engage in branching conversations, and explore a story about family , love, loss, etc.
In addition to the Festival Laurels, the Tribeca Games Award winner will receive artwork from a comic book illustrator and cover artist from AWA (Artists, Writers & Artisans).
As previously announced, the Tribeca Festival kicks off June 8 with the world premiere of Halftime, a Netflix documentary from director and Tribeca alum Amanda Micheli that follows global superstar Jennifer Lopez as she reflects on her milestones and evolution in as an artist. Tribeca 2022 ends June 18 with the world premiere of Loudmouth, a documentary written and directed by Josh Alexander that puts a disruptive spotlight on the Reverend Al Sharpton, who has been at the center of the national conversation on race since the late 1980s. .
Other Festival highlights include the mid-season premiere of the final season of AMC’s Better Call Saul starring Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks; the world premiere of Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby, a feature-length documentary from director Karam Gill about Lil Baby’s transformational journey from local Atlanta hustler to one of hip-hop and voices’ biggest stars pop culture stories for change, followed by a special performance; and live world premiere and conversation with the cast and creators of USG Audio’s The End Up, a podcast series about a tilted near future where terminal cancer patients who want to end their suffering must attend a week-long training camp with Himesh Patel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Merrit Wever and John Reynolds.