June 13, 2022

Andreas Betsche

All New Announcements and Trailers from SEA at Summer Game Fest 2022

June 13, 2022 | Andreas Betsche

Phew, what a marathon! With the start of the now annual Summer Game Fest, it’s been a weekend pack with live streams, trailers, and announcements. We’ve binged all the presentations and put together the most exciting news about games from Southeast Asia for you.

Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly

Our wrap-up starts with what is probably the most awaited game from Indonesia, Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly. With the feelgood oasis Wholesome Direct now appearing regularly, there couldn’t be a better place to promote this relaxed mix of visual novel and barista sim. Therefore, a new gameplay trailer was streamed, which presented some new characters and game elements. However, there was one downside: Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly will no longer be released this year. Toge Productions pushed the release date to 2023.


The multiplayer Kaiju Brawler Gigabash, on the other hand, is coming soon! After some postponement, Malaysian studio Passion Republic Games announced the final release date. On August 5th, 2022, Gigabash will finally be released for the PC and PlayStation 4&5. As part of the EGS Summer Showcase, there was a new gameplay trailer, introducing another monster to the roster: Rawa, the Dragon King.

Coral Island

At a show organized by our colleagues at IGN, developer Stairway Games and publisher Humble Games announced that Coral Island will enter Early Access on Steam on October 11, 2022. The Indonesian Kickstarter success celebrated this announcement with a new gameplay trailer that gives further insight into the eco-focused farming sim. And, oh boy, Coral Island already looks really cute and technically very impressive!

Potion Permit

Potion Permit is coming later this year, too. The cute pixel RPG from Masshive Media (Indonesia) showed new gameplay at the Wholesome Direct. As an alchemist and healer, we must search for a cure in a colorful fantasy world. And that new trailer makes you want to dive right in!


This game is the only new announcement from Southeast Asia that made it into the Summer Game Fest! During the Wholesome Direc (where else?)t, the indie developers from Anonymous Penguin Studio from the Philippines delighted us with a gameplay trailer for Lovebirb – a rhythm-based dating game with – well – birds. This premise definitely sounds extraordinary and looks really cute. You can play the demo on

… and more!

If you paid close attention to all the live streams, you could still discover a few games from Southeast Asia. For example, during a quick-cut trailer reel for the Future of Play show, we saw new gameplay from Kabaret, the latest game from Malaysia’s talented Persona Theory Games.

Kabaret by Persona Theory Games

At the end of Wholesome Direct, we could even glimpse the first actual gameplay from exploration adventure Petit Island and a gameplay teaser for Hello Goodboy, a game for doggo lovers.

Have you spotted any other Southeast Asian games that slipped through our fingers? Which games are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments!

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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