Gamescom 2019: Every game and trailer shown during Opening Night Live
Gamescom is kicking off in a major way. There are more announcements this year than ever before, including some major announcements from companies such as Capcom and Bandai Namco, and appearances from major figures like Hideo Kojima. Here are the highlights from the biggest Gamescom keynote yet.
Gears of War 5
Gears 5 had a brain new campaign story trailer to show off. As you might expect, it was largely cinematic, though we did get to see some battles with absolutely massive boss enemies, vehicle sections including a waterskiing section, and a whole lot of vague visions in Kate’s head.
Horde mode is coming back, being one of Gears’ mainstay modes. Each character now has an Overwatch style ultimate ability (per character not per role.) Kate can turn invisible, for example. Jack will be playable both in the campaign and horde mode. He’s more of a support character that doesn’t have to deal with cover or major shooting mechanics.
In addition, purchasing the ultimate game pass will also gain you crossover characters in Horde mode from the Halo series.
Gears 5 will release September 6th for the Ultimate Edition and September 10th for the basic version for Xbox One and PC.
It looks like the classic Comanche is coming back. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a sort of helicopter flight/battle simulator. This will be a co-op team and objective based experience and you won’t only be flying helicopters. You’ll also be piloting drones through enemy buildings. THQNordic wants you to help in making the game and so they are opening up sign-ups for the alpha right now.
DCL- The Game
We got a new trailer for DCL – The Game, a Drone Racing Game. We didn’t really get a whole lot of details, but you can check out more info on its official Steam page.
Need for Speed: Heat
As you might expect, Need for Speed is going open world. The new trailer showed off two sides of the gameplay, Day and Night. Day allows you to play light racing challenges, earning money and tweaking your car. Cops will try and bust you, but they will mostly just try to run you off the road. At night, however, you will take part in more extreme challenges and you’ll earn your rep by increasing your heat. However, high heat comes with more fervent cops. Eventually you’ll end up having to face down armored trucks and helicopters. You’ll have to get to a hideout to shrug them off.
Aside from that, you’ll notice a lot of recurring gameplay mechanics, from multiplayer crews and leaderboards, to highly customizable cars. You can actually download Need for Speed: Heat Studio right now, which will let you build and customize cars and then push them to the full game when it comes out.
Kerbal Space Program 2
It looks like we are getting more Kerbal Space Program. Build your own rockets and contraptions and launch to the moon, the stars, and beyond, and cause absolute havoc along the way. Maybe you’ll even make it to Mars and horribly crash there too! It’s a huge universe sandbox that will take you further than the original ever did. It will launch in 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, and Steam.
Little Nightmares II
The next big announcement came from Bandai Namco and it sure does look like they are dipping into the creepy well with a sequel to Little Nightmares. If you missed the original, this was a claymation inspired horror platformer. This time around it appears as if the game is going co-op with a new character named Mono.
It also appears as if players will visit many different locales, including a terrifying school. Both characters will be attempting to reach a “signal tower” by teleporting through TVs. There will also be light combat using found weapons like kitchen utensils. Little Nightmares II is set to come out in 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
Predator: Hunting Grounds
We finally got to see gameplay for this new asymmetrical shooter/survival game. A team of four humans each with different roles will have to take on different missions in different locals, in this case uploading a program to a satellite hookup. They will have to deal with NPCs and other neutral dangers as another player controls a Predator trying to hunt them down.
The Predator will also encounter neutral threats but they aren’t much of a threat. The Predator controls look fantastic, allowing you to use alien tech, traps, and active camo to attack from stealth. A pre-alpha will be available sometime next year.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
We got another look at Monster Hunter World’s Iceborne expansion, but we didn’t see much new except for a look at some new monsters to hunt. Many of the story elements were re-used from the E3 trailer. However, we did get a look at more gun/cannon based gameplay too. Iceborne will be available on September 6th.
Here is a brand new game self-published by Yaeger. It’s a shooter of some sort with both PvE and PvP elements, sometimes both at once. In fact, they’ve called it PvEvP, a competitive quest shooter. It’s up to you to decide whether you are going to work together with other players or shoot them in the face. It also features some pretty rad futuristic motorcycles. Early access starts today at the Epic Games store.
Life is Strange 2 Episode 4
If you’ve followed our protagonist so far, then you know what to expect. This drama is still rolling on, getting awards and evolving on the drama. Honestly, anything I could tell you about the trail would be a spoiler, so check it out for yourself and check this episode out when it drops August 22nd.
This is a new turn based strategy game from Sega and Amplitude studios, and it looks to be quite ambitious project. While the trailer started out with what appeared to be a DJ Neanderthal in space…. Yeah it’s a little weird, it makes more sense when you realize that the concept of the game is to re-write human history from the very beginning of time to the modern age. It’s planned to release sometime in 2020.
Ice-T is playing an A.I. stuffed in a Teddy Bear…. Yep.
Now that that’s out of the way, they are bringing back circle of slaughter, a horde style mode that tasks you with defending yourself from wave after wave of enemies. Last longer and you’ll get better loot.
Proving Grounds tasks you with a number of missions with optional objectives such as don’t die, complete with a certain amount of time remaining, find specific enemies, and so forth. Completing all these expansions will get you better loot when the mission ends.
Borderlands 3 will be playable on September 13th on the PC via the Epic Games Store, PS4, and Xbox One.
You want space flight sims? We got space flight sims. You’ll be exploring the ruins of space stations, battling with enemies in asteroid belts, weaving through gas clouds of giant planets, and much much more. You’ll even skim the surface of some of the most dangerous planets in the system. We don’t have much info now but it’s slated for a 2021 release for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
It’s a little late, but The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is finally coming to Switch. You will be able to purchase it on October 15th.
FIFA showed out its new style which is “Volta Football” or Street Football. You’ll play at different courts around the world, sometimes on blacktop, sometimes on grass, sometimes in stadiums, and more. Some arenas will be big, some will be small, some will task you with 3v3 or 5v5 battles. It will hit EA and Origin access on September 19th, and it will launch September 27th for everyone else.
It looks like a brand new shooter is coming from V-1 studios taking place well after all of humanity appears to be replaced by robots. It appears to have a large focus on vehicle combat and real time strategy tactics. Your squad of units will battle on the ground and you need to command them and assist them using you high powered weapons and support tech. It’s kind of a combination shooter + moba + strategy game, and it’s definitely one to watch. It will have both single player and multiplayer elements including a 5v5 versus mode.
The Darksiders series has gone top down diablo style, which to be honest, really fits the source material. Play as your favorite knights of the apocalypse as you dungeon roam, slay enemies, and get loot. We weren’t given a date but it will be releasing for the Xbox One, PS4, Switch, Steam, and Stadia.
GYLT is a stealth survival horror game that puts you in the shoes of a little girl searching for her cousin. She ends up in a world where all of her fears and traumas become real. It’s kind of like Silent Hill but for kids… and somehow that makes it more scary. It’s largely an adventure game, but there is a little bit of combat in the vein of Alan Wake as you can damage monsters with light. It will be an exclusive Stadia launch title this November.
Destiny 2 Shadowkeep
Destiny 2’s newest expansion brings you back to the moon, totally transformed by the hive. You’ll be facing off against nightmares the likes of which you have never seen. The new story trailer showed off just an incredible amount of Vex and a few bits of lore about the Black Garden. The new season is planned to start on October 1st.
Not only that but Destiny 2 is now free to play. All the basic content will be available off the bat, allowing new players to easily drop in.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain
We only got a short stinger for this new horror game coming to the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC in 2020.
The Epic Games Store
It’s kind of weird that an online digital distribution platform got its own sizzle reel but here we are. We saw games like Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, Magic the Gathering: Arena, Control, and much much more.
Erica an Interactive Thriller
Sony is giving us a new interactive thriller that appears to be using live action footage. It looks like the FMV is finally getting its day in the sun. It’s a bit like an interactive movie, kind of like games such as Until Dawn. It’s actually kind of impressive how they manage to let you interact with an environment completely made out of live action footage. It’s available, right now for only $9.99! Stealth release of the show.
Anno is getting some DLC. DLC1 is Sunken Treasures which adds more to the campaign and allows you to, well, dredge up sunken treasures. It’s available now. Botanica is DLC 2 and it focuses on gardens and aesthetic improvements and it will come out September 10th. The Passage is DLC 3 which will come this winter and will focus on the arctic. There will also be a free game update with a Day and Night cycle coming September 10th. You can also play it for free until the 25th of August.
Port Royale 4
Interested in business, pirates, more business, civ sims, and business? Well Port Royale 4 might be the game for you. This brand new high-seas trading game will be available in 2020 for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
Iron Harvest 1920+
Welcome to a new Diesel Punk strategy game coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC (Steam and other stores). It’s planned for a release in 2020. We only got to see a little clip of gameplay, but it’s about what you might expect, an alternate universe 1920 with giant walking robots.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
It looks as if they are focusing very hard on multiplayer this year. There will be 2v2 maps, 5v5 squad based maps, and up to 100 player battle royale style maps. There will also be cross play, including cross console AND cross console to PC play. There will be an open 2v2 alpha this Friday on August 23rd on PS4.
They laid this one on thick, showing off Hideo Kojima’s appearances (and non-appearances, thanks Konami) at every Game Awards and major conference. He of course got a standing ovation as he came out to talk about Death Stranding.
The focus this time around seemed to be on new characters. The first was MAMA played by Margaret Qualley. She appears to be the fairly standard scientist-type who is… raising… invisible… ceiling… babies? This game is so weird. Apparently her baby daughter was born on the “other side” but they are still attached by the “umbilical cord” which is a metaphor I think? Also she can’t move because she is attached to the baby’s location? I have to be honest, I have no idea what happened in that trailer, but I really want to play this game.
Bridge Baby and Deadman (played by Guillermo del Toro) were the focus on the next video, but it was really more plot exposition. Apparently these babies are in pods that replicate the womb of a comatose mother that connects them to the world of the dead? That’s what allows the protagonist, Sam to see the otherworldly BTs. They downloaded the data of a new “still mother” to this pod to make their weird pod baby happy.
This game is so weird.
We did eventually get to see some actual open world gameplay which… started with… Sam… taking a piss. We even got see his urine meter go down.
Once that sidequest was out of the way, we got to see the marker placement system. Sam can scan the area and zoom in to place markers of interest, remarkably similar to how you did in Breath of the Wild. Sam also has a number of tools to make exploration easy, like a large extendable ladder that will allow him to scale even the steepest cliffs. We actually get to see him complete a mission, put his dog tags in a computer, levitate around some calculus, and then he got praised by a virtual Geoff Keighley voiced by Matt Mercer? Then he falls of a cliff, face plants, which upset his pod baby, and then he had to rock it to get it to calm down by rocking the PS4’s motion controller.
This game is SO WEIRD!
More gameplay is going to be revealed at Tokyo Game Show.
That’s all our announcements from Gamescom’s Opening Night Live. Watch the entire stream below. What games are you most hyped for? Let us know in the comments.