Gamescom is here! However, instead of everyone traveling out to Cologne, Germany, it's being held virtually. Thanks, 2020. Not really. However, we did, as always, get some news on a lot of games we’ve been looking forward to.
Video game show host guru Geoff Keighley put on something that wasn’t pajamas and gave us a livestream anyway in the form of Gamescom Opening Night Live.
All weekend there will be new announcements. There will also be trailers for games we already knew about but lacked information (including DLC or release dates). In other words, it was very much like all the "Summer of Gaming 2020” streams we’ve all become accustomed to. However, that doesn’t mean it was a show to miss.
After hyping up the event for weeks on end, Geoff did warn us at the start that it "wasn't going to shock and awe," and he was right. But that doesn’t mean that we still aren’t excited. Quite the opposite.
You can find a full recap of everything major that happened below. We also tried to include as many trailers as possible for you.
How To Watch Gamescom 2020
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Gamescom 2020 Schedule
Thursday, August 27th
- 2 PM ET - Opening Night Live with Geoff Keighley
- 3 PM ET - Next-Gen Console Watch LIVE
Friday, August 28th
- 11 AM ET - Game Scoop Live
- 5 PM ET - Gamescom Daily Show
Saturday 29th August
- 5 PM ET - Gamescom Daily Show
Sunday 30th August
- 5 PM ET - Gamescom Best Of Awards Show
Opening Night Recap
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
In Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players will be dropped into the 1980s at the height of the Cold War. This game is a direct sequel of Call of Duty: Black Ops, so get ready to see some familiar faces, such as Woods, Hudson, and Mason.
Fans will also get a chance to pick which division of Black Ops they want to be to try and give them “a more immersive experience.” We also get a good look at our new enemy, Perseus, as part of a new campaign trailer. Even Ronald Reagan made an appearance.
Unknown 9: Awakening
We saw a brief, somewhat cryptic look at this next-gen title set on the streets of India. Unknown 9 stars a young heroine who is haunted by visions of her own death.
Unknown 9 as a whole is a "story world" being created by Montreal-based Reflector Entertainment, which is so far planned to encompass books, comics, podcasts and games. It’s all set within a universe based on the real world, but built around historical mythology and conspiracy theories, and filled with shadowy organizations trying to uncover or protect dangerous knowledge.
Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part One
An extended gameplay sequence for Bethesda's latest DLC for DOOM Eternal. As bloody and violent as ever, players will “confront an ancient evil awoken from an imbalance in the heavens.” The baddies players mow down will include “fierce new demons.”
The good news is Bethesda said players do not need to own DOOM Eternal to buy and play The Ancient Gods: Part One. A standalone purchase of The Ancient Gods: Part One gives the buyer access to Battlemode, DOOM Eternal’s 2v1, best-of-five rounds multiplayer match.
It launches on October 20, 2020 for $19.99. Don’t miss our Doom Eternal review of the base game.
Dragon Age 4
Bioware is teasing some new information about the focus of the next Dragon Age, promising a focus on characters. Watching this actually made me squeal out loud. This was BioWare’s best look yet at the next Dragon Age game.
While we still don't have an official title, we got several snippets of in-game footage showing beautiful new magic-infused environments and at least one large new city. Could this all be set within Tevinter Imperium, as previous teases have suggested?
Surgeon Simulator 2
Back to the Future's Doc Brown was there … to announce Surgeon Simulator 2, for some reason. While it was nice to see Christopher Lloyd’s face, it was a bit of a confusing announcement. However, he did mention that Surgeon Simulator 2 is now live on the Epic Games Store.
Like the original, Surgeon Simulator 2 features a variety of fun and wacky surgical puzzles to solve and operations to complete. This time, developer Bossa Studios has included a four-player multiplayer mode. This will let you team with up to three friends to perform “important” operations together with hilarious outcomes.
Surgeon Simulator 2 is available exclusively on the Epic Games Store. The game retails for $25.
Bridge Constructor: The Walking Dead
In one of the weirdest crossover games to be announced … ever, The Walking Dead has teamed up with Bridge Constructor. No, really. This is all true. Coming 2020 for current-gen, next-gen, and PC.
Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual
Sam & Max have a long history on the PC, from pixelated LucasArts adventure Sam & Max Hit the Road to the series of 3D adventure games from Telltale.
Now the infamous freelance police duo are breaking into a new medium: virtual reality. Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual is due for release in 2021.
Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell is now consulting on the story, art, and game design as opposed to writing everything himself. However, the voices of the freelance police will once again be performed by David Nowlin and Dave Boat.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
Blizzard finally revealed the release date for World of Warcraft’s eighth expansion, Shadowlands. Players can dive into the Warcraft universe’s version of hell this fall on October 27th.
We also got to see a lengthy animated short that sets up the narrative. Shadowlands will place the player’s adventure into another realm after Sylvanas Windrunner destroys the Lich King’s Helm of Domination. Players must help rebuild the Shadowlands and fix death across the world of Warcraft.
Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Stormground
Storm Ground is being touted as the first strategy game based on Age of Sigmar (even if that’s not technically true). Players will take control of a customizable team of warriors, their roster dependent on the faction. They can upgrade them with new equipment and skills as you slaughter your way through the non-linear campaign.
The 3D turn-based fights are all 1v1 affairs, and you'll be able to play solo or online. The game is slated to come out sometime in 2021.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
Everyone’s favorite… bandicootCrash Bandicoot will be revisiting his greatest hits during his new video game, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. Toys for Bob design producer Lou Studdert revealed the "Flashback Tapes" game mechanic.
In order to unlock the Flashback Tapes in Crash Bandicoot 4, players must grab a special tape during certain levels; they also cannot die while playing through said level.
The tapes will take Crash back to the '90s when he was partners with Dr. Neo Cortex. Crash will also be challenged by several puzzles during these levels, which increase in difficulty. While the levels are optional, they provide players a chance to test their skills. No information was given if one of the tapes would also bring you to a cart race.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time arrives on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One October 2, 2020.
A cute and fun new announcement from a two-person studio, Teardown has a focus on destructible environments built using a proprietary game engine.
This game looks like if Minecraft was about destroying an already made world. So, you know, going into your friend’s world and completely “tearing down” all of their hard work.
Little Nightmares II
The new gameplay trailer gives us an idea of some of the nightmares that you'll encounter in Little Nightmares 2. It's the sort of material your mind can only cook up in the middle of deep sleep.
All manner of traps stand in your way to reaching the Black Tower, not to mention the completely terrifying giant dolls, severed hands, and a freaky Slenderman-type figure stalking you as you play the game. Little Nightmares 2 is very much the stuff of deep and dark nightmares.
Bandai Namco has also confirmed that Little Nightmares 2 will be released on February 11, 2020.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds
2K Games gave fans a further look into the upcoming fighting/wrestling hybrid, WWE 2K Battlegrounds. Boasting a roster of over 70 superstars, and no real physics to be seen, and commentary by the legendary Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Mauro Ranallo. This game seems to have it all.
With no new mainline WWE 2K title coming this year, WWE 2K Battlegrounds promises to give players their light-hearted wrestling thrills. WWE 2K Battlegrounds releases on Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 18, 2020.
Star Wars: Squadrons
A look at a single-player mission from EA's upcoming dogfighting title. After a brief Rebel propaganda film, we got a firsthand look at an Imperial mission.
The cockpit view of the TIE Fighter was brief, but it showed some dogfighting action, followed by quick cuts of other spacecraft views on a variety of missions. You can play any of the missions in VR as well.
The game launches on October 2, 2020.
The Sims 4: Star Wars: Journey to Batuu
Speaking of Star Wars! EA also announced that The Sims 4 will get a new Star Wars-themed Game Pack.
Frankly, it looks like a lot of fun. In the trailer, a Sim picks up a lightsaber and appears to be transported to Batuu, a remote planet in the Star Wars universe. You might recognize it from Disney’s new Star Wars theme park, Galaxy’s Edge. It’s even got Vi Moradi, a Resistance spy who’s a main character at the park.
Journey to Baatuu launches on September 8, 2020.
This is an action-adventure game from developer Louis Antonio and publisher Annapurna Interactive. It is a top-down interactive thriller that features a click and drag interface.
Players are tossed into a romantic evening before a detective arrives accusing your wife of murder and beats you to death. But death doesn’t end everything. Instead, the player is sent into a loop, reliving the events over and over.
The ultimate goal of the game is to eventually break the loop by uncovering the secrets hidden within the story. The trailer is so calming that it is terrifying. That might just be because Willem Dafoe is in it.
Fans were treated to about 30 seconds of the gameplay of a new character.
Godfall revealed a new Valorplate and showed off some of the fast-paced gameplay fans can expect to see when the game releases. The fairly quick video shows off a bit about the latest class in the game. This makes for the fifth Valorplate.
The new Valorplate in Godfall, called Vertigo, looks like a moth-like head and a cape that looks like a pair of wings to bring the motif together. From the small amount of combat that was shown, it seems as though Vertigo is a fairly quick class that is able to quickly dodge and dart around the battlefield.
Warframe's Heart of Deimos
Fans were given some new gameplay For Warframe’s newest Expansion. It showed players can Complete bounties, collect resources, and conserve wildlife to protect the moon and earn goodies. You can also upgrade your Orbiter’s Helminth System by feeding it resources to customize your Warframe’s abilities. Swap-in new ones, or take abilities from another by sacrificing it.
The easier rundown of that is that this is an open-world expansion for the free-to-play fans out there. Play as space ninjas you love, except now the new expansion offers mechs, new areas to explore, and an entire planet of monsters to carve through.
Heart of Deimos is out now for all consoles and PC.
Override 2: Super Mech League
Override 2: Super Mech League has been announced as a competitive arena brawler. The game will feature hyper-powerful, towering mechs and will release on PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in December 2020. The beta will take place exclusively on Steam.
The game will have a Standard Edition along with a Deluxe Edition that will include the season pass. Additional details about the closed beta will be revealed in the coming days.
The publisher has also hinted at an exciting IP crossover coming this September, however no further details have been shared at this point about the crossover. Hopefully we get a Gundam Wing crossover. Fingers crossed.
Mafia: Definitive Edition Story Trailer
Fans ready for the new Mafia: Definitive Edition got a new look at the game's characters. The brand-new clip, titled “A life of reward too big to ignore,” gives us our second glimpse into the world of taxi-driver-turned-gangster Tommy Angelo and the dynamics of the Salieri faction.
It hinges on one key thing, which the family’s head honcho drums into the aspiring baddie: loyalty. As you can see below, the new trailer opens with a rainy night in the crime game‘s fictional city, Lost Heaven, and a meeting over coffee between Salieri faction members.
The Mafia: Definitive Edition release date is set for September 25, 2020.
Lemnis Gate features a new type of combat game where you must master past, present, and future in 25-second rounds in order to come out ahead. The strategy is critical to set up for victory. If that sounds confusing, that’s ok, It is.
Honestly, I’ve personally watched this new trailer a few times and I had a pretty hard time figuring it out. The game is actually a turn-based combat strategy FPS taking place in a time loop. You have to pay attention to what is happening, and then you get a chance to fix it to eliminate your target.
Master the unique abilities of powerful deep-space operatives and compete in mind-bending four-dimensional battles.
This time-bending shooter launches early 2021.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
If you thought earlier we were done with Star Wars, think again. We are never done with Star Wars. A new gameplay trailer revealed that the Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga release date has been pushed back to spring 2021, whereas it was initially set for October this year.
As the title implies, this particular Lego Star Wars entry will feature content from all nine numbered films in the series – all built “from the ground up,” as the devs say, so don’t expect any re-used content here. Fans can jump around however you like, and visit anything from the prequels, OT, or sequels in any order you want.
In what seems like an Adult Swim cartoon waiting to happen, Struggling is a game that is weird, gross, and everything in between. This puzzle adventure has just launched on Nintendo Switch.
This game will have you “struggling” to get through each level as this two armed monstrosity that would peek the imagination of David Cronenburg.
Game companies Deep Silver and Deep Silver FISHLABS revealed the first teaser gameplay trailer of this flight shooter.
Take control of Nara, a deadly warrior and wanted fugitive, on a quest to destroy the dark cult that created her. Players will fly around and be able to unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities in a true evolution of the space-combat shooter. Along with her sentient starfighter, Forsaken,, explore ancient temples, engage in exhilarating zero-g combat, and venture beyond our waking reality.
Chorus will launch sometime in 2021 for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, PC, and Stadia.
Fall Guys Season 2
Mediatonic will update Fall Guys with new levels that are inspired by the medieval ages. Naturally, there are also new outfits to unlock, all of which are related to the season 2 theme. You’ll be able to dress up as wizards, witches, dragons, and more.
Several new minigames were also shown off. Fans would definitely notice some familiar aspects like jumping through rings and racing to the finish. However, there are some that will involve players to push and shove platforms into place so they can be used for climbing. Some of the new stages seemed to be a little more based on teamwork.
Fall Guys Season 1 ends in early October. Unfortunately, there was no official date given for the actual start of Season 2.
Medal of Honor: Above And Beyond
The highly anticipated Oculus-exclusive, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, will finally be arriving this holiday season, according to announcements made during the opening ceremonies of the annual Gamescom convention.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment, players will step into VR to take part in covert missions from Tunisia to across Europe, participating in some of the biggest moments of World War II.
Above and Beyond is the first game in the Medal of Honor franchise since 2012 and will also include multiplayer.
Respawn Entertainment's VR-only WWII title is coming exclusively to Oculus this holiday season.
In Spellbreak, players can choose a Battlemage class and a unique loadout of spells to become the last magician standing. Players can queue up in either solo or squad modes to become the champion of the Hollow Lands.
Basically, Spellbreak is a Battle Royale game for those of us that prefer magic over guns.
This magical Battle Royale will be launching on September 3, 2020 and will release on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. It will also be free-to-play.
The ‘90s action shooter Turrican had its popularity relegated to its home continent of Europe, however it still managed to get ports to the SNES and Genesis. But now, after three decades, the series is back thanks to Factor 5 and Strictly Limited Games.
Factor 5 announced they will be releasing Turrican Anthology Vol. I and Turrican Anthology Vol. II for PlayStation 4 and Switch, retailing at €34.99 (about $41.66) each. The two anthologies cover every game that was released in the series, and will also be available in a €99.99 (about $119.05) Collector’s Edition and €199.99 (about $238.12) Ultra Collector’s Edition. You can get the pre-order thing going at Strictly Limited Games’ website.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light
Guardians all over the solar system were given a look at the new preview video for Beyond Light. It gives a great look at each individual class, and finally gives us a name for each of the new subclasses.
Warlocks wield an ice staff in the new Shadebinder subclass. Hunters wield ice axes with the Revenant subclass. Titans can use the new Behemoth subclass to smash enemies with an ice gauntlet.
Guardians will discover everything about Stasis on November 10, 2020 when Bungie launches Destiny 2: Beyond Light for Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
Ratchet And Clank: Rift Apart
Fans were presented with nearly eight minutes of uncut gameplay from Insomniac's latest platformer and continuing adventure for Ratchet and Clank.
The new trailer for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart appears to explain how those dangerous rifts come to be: Ratchet and Clank battle Dr. Nefarious, who wields the powerful Dimensionator, shredding the dimensional integrity of a futuristic alien city, Megalopolis.
There is also plenty of familiar Ratchet & Clank gunplay, a varied arsenal of weird weapons, and some gorgeous visual effects. You’ll see some ray-traced reflections and environments stuffed with enemies, NPCs, battle detritus, and impressive particle effects. Plus a new playable character, an alternate universe female Lombax that is taking the internet by storm.
That was it for the Opening Night celebrations. Don’t forget to come back for all the updates and announcements of the Gamescom weekend!
Have you been watching Gamescom? What do you think of all the announcements? Which are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section below!
Day 1 Recap
Day one of Gamescom had a bunch of updates and information on some of the new indie games coming out. There were also a few long gameplay trailers so fans could watch all the action these games had to offer. Let’s get this hype train on the tracks!
Pumpkin Jack feels like a tribute to MediEvil. The game is a “spooky scary 3D platformer” in which you embody Jack, the Mythical Pumpkin Lord. It is a colorful cartoon world that has some classic eerie landscapes. Players will try and master the art of attacking combos, dodging, and timing your moves to survive dynamic real-time battles.
The gameplay trailer below will show you more. But this looks like it’s a good way to get kids into that macabre world. Like a person’s first introduction to everything spooky. Not horror, but just spooky stuff, such as skeletons and monsters. Pumpkin Jack is the video game equivalent of the country fair’s haunted house.
Jump Force has been around for a while and it’s one of the best anime crossover fighters to come out in years. While the game isn’t new, this was an announcement for it coming to Nintendo Switch. It showed off all the big super moves of all your favorite anime characters.
At the end was the actual surprise for many. Bandai Namco was able to show off a little gameplay for Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia. They also showed an extremely quick tease for the newest DLC character, Meruem from Hunter x Hunter.
For all you gamers that love the crafting games, here comes one that raised the bar. Tinkertown is a multiplayer sandbox game that looks a bit like what might happen if you mixed The Legend of Zelda and Terraria.
Big beautiful landscapes such as mystical forests, great deserts, or steaming lava mountains can be traversed with you and your friends. You can even craft new gear and specialize as rogue, warrior, or wizard.
Gamesom showed us 10 minutes of Tinkertown. It even made me want to play, and I am terrible at crafting games.
This is some kind of new indie open world action RPG, but I dare you to make sense of what is going on in this trailer. Players will be using a mix of hack and slash and strategy combat. There is a co-op option to this game which could help with puzzles. You can choose one out of three characters to start the game: The barbarian, The forest magic girl, or the “good with tech” guy. You know, all normal fantasy characters.
Goldilock One’s progress will be mostly based on hack and slash combat, to grind, explore, and get stronger, but it will also have strategic combat and, perhaps, co-op special combos.
The Stone of Madness
Merge Games has revealed a new hardcore real-time tactics and stealth game called The Stone of Madness. The thing that caught my attention was the art of the game. It features a striking art style that is based on the works of the famous painter, Francisco de Goya.
Players will have you play as five different characters, who are locked behind the walls of a makeshift monastery called Madhouse in the late 18th century. If you love isometric perspective games, this may be the one for you. Players will have to devise a treacherous escape plan from a place that is already shrouded in mystery.
The Stone of Madness will launch in Spring 2021 on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X.
Morbid: The Seven Acolytes
This wasn’t a new announcement, however, we were able to finally see some gameplay of this “horrorpunk” action RPG. It takes place in some kind of Lovecraftian/Cronenberg type of horror world.
You are the last surviving Striver of Dibrom. Your duty, for which you have trained your whole life for, is to defeat the Seven Acolytes, accursed and powerful beings, possessed by malevolent deities called Gahars. Seems simple enough.
The world of Morbid promises big boss fights and multiple ways to power up your player. While the art may be pixelated, it’s still has plenty of gore and eeriness that just may keep you interested.
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
We were shown 10 full minutes of Age of Empires III gameplay and interviews with the developers. And it was glorious. There are some amazing upgrades since the originals, and they tried to continue to keep it grounded in some kind of actual history.
For starters, the game will feature two completely new civilizations that never made it to the games, the Incas and the Swedes. The trailer also revealed two new game modes, Historical Battles and Art of War, the latter of which will help new players jump into the game and how best to handle the situations that arise.
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition releases October 18th on PC and Xbox One.
Sea of Thieves
Rare was there to give us updates on how well Sea of Thieves is doing on Steam. It’s doing great.
Oh, also ...Their are added DOGS to the game in September!
There is more, but the dogs were the best part. Let’s be honest.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is part side scroller RPG and part rice farming simulator. I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous. However, the game has this over cute aesthetic to it. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful yet forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humanity.
In combat, you use farm tools as weapons to chain together combos in taking down a variety of demons. There is also a platforming element with an emphasis on grappling distant platforms. For the farming rice part, it involves following a specific detailed set of steps to master its cultivation.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is set to release on November 10th in North America and November 20th in Europe and Australia for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
This game puts a crafting mechanic into a Horde mode Defense game. Players can team up with friends to build and defend villages of vegetable folk from deadly feral beasts in the blighted world of The Hollow.
Drake Hollow has a lot going on for itself. This base building co-op game is dynamically generated and is populated according to different seasons. Players must not only protect the Drakes using a variety of different weapons, such as tennis rackets, nail guns, or even muskets, but they also need to remember to keep the Drakes entertained all the while, or they might shrivel up and die.
Raji: An Ancient Epic
Raji: An Ancient Epic is a hack andslash action-adventure game set in ancient India. A young girl named Raji has been chosen by the gods to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm. Her destiny? To rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura. That really is a lot to ask of a kid.
Anyway, Raji actually had a very successful launch on Nintendo Switch, so publisher Super.com was pleased to announce that the title will be coming to Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
We even got to see part of a boss battle gameplay trailer as a little intro for those unfamiliar with Raji. She is fighting a deity-like figure named Rangda, named after the powerful Rangda in traditional Balinese mythology.
The fight showcased some of the combat and movement abilities that players will have access to when Raji: An Ancient Evil arrives for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 15 , 2020.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
This was another previously announced game, however the developers, Frogwares, had a little more to show us about the beginnings of one of the world’s greatest detectives. No, not Batman, but Sherlock Holmes.
They showed off some of the beautiful landscapes the game takes place in, along with some of the crimes that Sherlock and you will complete together that give him the title that we all know today.
Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One will be released in 2021 for Xbox One, PC, PS4, and all next-gen consoles.
Blood Bowl 3
Unlike the chaos of games like The Mutant League games, Blood Bowl is actually a turn-based strategy game inspired by football but takes place in the Warhammer world. So most of your characters are elves, humans, orcs, goblins, skeletons, magic users, and more that decided to play ball together.
Players take on the role of coach, giving instructions to players to put them in the best positions as possible on the field. With the board game set to have a new edition this year, Blood Bowl 3 will feature the new edition rules and teams, such as the new Black Orcs and Imperial Nobility.
If sports games aren’t your thing, you may still enjoy yourself here because it is anything but a traditional sports game.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Gamescom gave us about 7 minutes of gameplay during this interview, and it is enough to put you in some great nostalgia overdrive. The game will also include new and renamed tricks alongside the original ones we hold near and dear.
So, players will still be able to pull off their 180 indie nosebone to a double 360 kickflip, but they can also try out some of the new tricks that this game has to offer. They also talk about some of the new pro skaters that will be joining the roster, such as Letícia Bufoni, Leo Baker, and even Tony’s son, Riley Hawk.
This five-minute trailer was dedicated to showing off one of the newer modes, Playground. Players can build the most ridiculous obstacle courses they can dream up and then drive around them.
You can even share your course with the rest of the Dirt 5 players all over the world. You can rate other people’s courses as well. Add rings of fire, Loop-the-loops, ramps, jumps, and so much more. Try and make a great course for all the world to play on.
Genshin Impact is an anime style open-world ARPG set in the vast fantasy world of Teyvat. The game features a diverse cast of characters, element-based magical combat, a ton of exploration, and a mysterious storyline.
Players will take on the role as a "Traveler" as they embark on a quest to find their lost sibling, unraveling the mysteries that enshroud themselves and the world of Teyvat along their way.
The game will be free-to-play and available on PS4, PC, Android, and iOS this fall.
Day 2 Recap
Day two of Gamescom had a whole mess of new trailers for a ton of indie games. Plus updates coming to a few fan favorites. If anything really stood out, it was that day two was all about showing off gameplay.
Players will be dropped right into The Middle Ages to see if you have what it takes to survive. This game seems to bring you through full calendar years, hoping you don't make it. If you crave crafting mechanics mixed with survival element, this just may be a game you want to pay attention to.
Medieval Dynasty gives players 18 different buildings with various levels from hay shacks to full stone mansions. There are over 60 pieces of equipment to craft, including weapons, tools, furniture, and clothing. Realistic wildlife interaction with plenty of different animals such as wolves, wild boars, deer, rabbits and others to help with crafting.
Medieval Dynasty comes to PC in Early Access on September 17, 2020.
Blazing Sails (Pirate Battle Royale)
Ever wonder what Sea of Thieves would be if it was a Battle Royale game instead of a fun adventure game? Well, I present to you Blazing Sails. It's impossible to not have some interest, it is a pirate-based battle royale game. Players can duke it out in mano y mano, gun-to-gun, and ship-to-ship based combat. Again, how can you not be interested?
Well, therein lies the battle royale. If you are interested however, this is something you'll be able to play very soon. Blazing Sails: Pirate Battle Royale now has an official launch date. Well, it has an early access date for PC on September 9th.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown DLC Overview
In celebration of the series' 25th anniversary, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is getting a new DLC that includes over 30 cosmetics. The video below details a lot of the gameplay. The DLC will also include three fan-favorite planes: the ASF-X, CFA-44, and XFA-27.
Each plane will also be getting seven of its own skins, including the popular "Cipher" skin. There will be an additional 10 skins from Ace Combat Zero and 20 different types of emblems included in the DLC as well.
The DLC will come alongside a free update that adds a Casual Easy difficulty mode, designed for first time Ace Combat players who want to check out the game's campaign but mostly just want to fly around in something.
Unfortunately, no official date was given except “Fall 2020.” But it will come out for PS4, PSVR, PC, and Xbox One.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain
In one of the most unnerving trailers, Remothered: Broken Porcelain looks like it will be a lovely story about two teenage girls who fall in love. But then a terrifying horror-scene-180-turn steps in to break your mind into a thousand pieces.
However, according to its Steam page, “Broken Porcelain brings an abundance of welcome changes to the series, introducing new gameplay and storytelling elements.” So this game doesn’t come out of nowhere, but they promise it’s a good beginning point to jump into the series.
If you are like me and happen to be interested, Remothered: Broken Porcelain is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam on October 20th.
Any trailer that has music where a child sings a song slowly is creepy. And it was no exception for the cinematic trailer for Paradise Lost, a first person adventure game that explores themes of retrofuturism, transhumanism in a post-apocalyptic story.
Not too much is known about the game as of yet. However, we do know that players will be able to explore a post-nazi bunker and uncover the mysteries of the past.
Paradise Lost is coming for "PC and consoles" some time in 2020.
The cyberpunk craze is starting to really make its way onto the video game scene. Blade Assault is a 2D action rogue-lite platformer with beautiful pixel art set in a desolate cyberpunk/sci-fi world.
Players will fight against the corrupt military of Esperanza as part of the resistance force of the Undercity. Bring the corrupt to justice by becoming stronger and fighting alongside your trusty little robot pals.
While no official release date was given, Blade Assault will be coming out on PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
King’s Bounty II
1C Entertainment has prepared a new developer diary for King’s Bounty II, its upcoming turn-based tactics title.
Offering a fresh take on the acclaimed fantasy series, King’s Bounty II expands on its original tactical turn-based battles to offer players that one of a kind immersive RPG experience. All of your decisions matter, whether leading an army into battle against unliving horrors, or building relations with local townsfolk.
King’s Bounty II was originally planned to release this year but was recently delayed to March 2021.
Blankos Block Party
With the craze of Fall Guys hitting the gaming industry, it is no wonder that this was another game to keep your eye on. Blankos Block Party is an upcoming "party MMO", where players can create their own spaces and mini games or explore the creations of others, as they compete in tag, racing, shooting and more.
Honestly this is a collector’s dream game. They collect and customize collectible digital vinyl toys called “Blankos.” Players will fully own the Blankos they buy with no need for grey markets or lootboxes; the community dictates the value of what they buy and sell. If you love those Funko statues, this may be the game for you.
Blankos Block Party will be coming to PC in 2020.
Everyone loves dogs (ok maybe not everyone but still). However, if you also love Bullet Hell games, you are going to very much enjoy ProtoCorgi. This is a retro pixel art shoot ’em up title that we all needed.
The video below shows the games developers answering questions on difficulty scaling and favorite animals in their colorful upcoming shoot ’em up game starring a cyborg corgi. It's probably the cutest moment of the convention so far.
Minecraft Dungeons: The Creeping Winter DLC
This will be the second paid DLC that will take place in a snowy environment in which the story of Minecraft Dungeons will continue. Loaded with a lot more secrets, an increase to merchants in the maps, new ways to upgrade and keep your favorite weapons, and the most dreaded upgrade … the slippery ice floors.
It was announced in the small preview for Minecraft Dungeons: The Creeping Winter DL, that players will now be able to enjoy multiplayer across all platforms. So if you play on PC, Switch, PS4, or Xbox, you can o join forces and tackle the dungeons together.
Minecraft Dungeons: The Creeping Winter DLC will be released on September 8, 2020.
The Last Spell
The Arcade Crew and CCCP have released a new developer gameplay overview video for their newest RPG, The Last Spell. The video briefly describes the main flow of the game, from the game's premise to setting up your defenses in preparing for attacks from foes.
The Last Spell combines tactical turn-based strategy gameplay with roguelite mechanics. Players must defend a city from hordes upon hordes of monsters that spawn each night. During the day, players will have to upgrade, craft, and scavenge to help you fight and survive the night.
The Last Spell is set to release for PC via Steam in 2020, with a Nintendo Switch version also planned down the line.
Ghostrunner is a parkour gamer’s dream come true. It is a single-player experience that seems fast-paced and violent. Its setting blends science fiction with a post-apocalyptic theme but with a very “Neo-Tokyo” type of atmosphere.
You are some kind of cyber ninja that tries to “survive in a world that has already met its end and its inhabitants who fight to keep it alive.” All the city tops and everything else are brightly colored, and there doesn't seem to be a Mad Max rebel anywhere.
The gameplay is flashy and violent, but as for the story, we will have to wait and see. While we don’t have all the information yet, the trailer tells us to stay tuned for September 15th for more information.
Day 3 Recap
Much like the rest of the weekend, Gamescom didn't let up on the announcements. There was a whole bunch of gameplay and DLC trailers.
Away: The Survival Series
The devs walk us through seven minutes of gameplay in Away: The Survival Series. The game was inspired by nature documentaries and puts players in the adorable body of a small, nimble Sugar Glider as you explore nature and try to survive.
Nature has reclaimed the earth, and now it is your turn to survive as an animal. Run, glide, climb anywhere you want. You can use your animal instinct to find food (which sometimes you’ll have to chase) and enemies you will want to try and stay away from.
Summoners War x Street Fighter V
Summoner's War: Sky Arena has started a crossover event to bring Street Fighter V characters into their mobile game as a free update. The crossover will bring Ryu, Ken, M. Bison, Chun-Li, and Dhalsim to the turn-based strategy game.
The event starts August 31st on iOS and Android. As an event bonus, Summoners War will give you Ken as your first introduction to the Street Fighter characters. This has a two day window, though, so get him as fast as you can.
F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch
F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch is an upcoming 2.5D metroidvania that was first debuted earlier this year. We now have nearly five mins of actual gameplay to go on.
The adventure starts with you playing as Rayton, a veteran rabbit who has spent years in hiding, who gets body armor/mech suit with a giant hand to beat up other animals and help you traverse the area.
The game involves exploration with many secret areas to unfold. As well as cool “Beat’em Up” style combos. This game has a more complex combat system than it would appear, so players have a variety of combos to choose from.
Have you ever wanted to just smash up an entire city and beat up other Kaiju monsters? Well, GigaBash is going to give you your chance to do that.
GigaBash is an arena brawler featuring Kaiju monsters (and heroes) battling it out in cities and places all around the world. Fight with up to four players in local competitive couch play, control unique giants inspired by classic monster films, and cause mayhem in fully destructible arenas.
GigaBash is slated for release in 2021 on PC and PS4 with plans to bring it to other consoles later.
Rune was an old PC game that featured Vikings in arena shooter type action. Rune II is still very much like that, even if it came out nearly 20 years later. They are adding a little more to the game that has brought the classic game into the next gen.
Players will now not only still fight in the arena setting, but they will also be able to explore the new dungeons of Midgard, filled with hordes of enemies, intimidating boss encounters, and all kinds of treasures in Rune II.
The game is out now on PC. The first set of the new dungeons will be available in RUNE II on September 9th.
Borderlands 3: Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck DLC
Good news for Borderlands fans: a brand new DLC is headed your way. The lead writer, Connor Thomas Cleary, takes a look at the new DLC in the gameplay breakdown for Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck.
The new DLC takes players inside the mind of Krieg, the Crimson Raiders' resident psycho, who returns after his appearance in Borderlands 2. Players will be able to travel through warped memories of Krieg's, including The Siege of Castle Crimson. Followed by Sapphire's Run featuring an evil train, and then the Benediction of Pain, which essentially serves as Krieg's origin story.
Fans ready to take on the mysteries on Krieg’s mind don't have to wait long. Borderlands 3: Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck will be released on September 10, 2020.
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC
Another big expansion pack coming to a major AAA game was Peril on Gorgon for The Outer Worlds. We got a massive 11-minute in-depth look of gameplay that was packed with a plethora of choices, unique new characters, and plenty of secrets to uncover as you fight your way across the asteroid.
We were also given a look at the landscape of Gorgon, and a few of the locations we can look forward to exploring. Players will be able to find new audio logs scattered across various locations in the DLC. They will be crucial in helping you unravel the mysteries of Gorgon and get a view of the lives of the people who lived there.
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC will release on September 9, 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Did you watch Gamescom? What do you think of all the announcements? Which announcement are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section below!
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This article was written by John D. AKA SomeBeardy2Love. John has been gaming for over 30 years, has a podcast, and watches nothing but anime and Bob’s Burgers. He has a sponsored beard and a modest book collection.