I feel like, as a news writer, I’ve been steadily run down by the glut of digital presentations that have been happening in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. But Gamescom’s Opening Live feels like a kind of final boss for me to use all my recapping knowledge to really break down the two-hour-long presentation. As tired as I am, duty calls. So here we go:
First up was Scarlet Nexus, the RPG coming from Bandai Namco that we saw last at Microsoft’s Inside Xbox presentation, which got a brand new trailer.
TeamKill Media showed off a new look at its upcoming horror game Quantum Error, coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Next up was a look at Dirt 5’s Playgrounds mode, which will allow you to create new arenas and races when the game launches on October 16.
Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition
Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 3.
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War
After yesterday’s reveal, Activision showed off a cutscene from the campaign of Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. Including a recreation of documented piece of shit Former President Ronald Reagan.
Unknown 9: Awakening
A cinematic trailer for episodic action adventure game Unknown 9 was shown, hinting at a time/reality-bending storyline. It’s tied into an expanded media universe, with podcasts, comics, and novels bolstering the story at large.
Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods, Part One
Bethesda showed off a new trailer for Doom Eternal’s “The Ancient Gods” DLC, which will launch on October 20.
Bioware released a new behind-the-scenes video focusing on the next Dragon Age game, which I already screamed about extensively here.
Surgeon Simulator 2
Surgeon Simulator 2 got a surprise release on the Epic Games Store. So you can play that now, if that’s your jam.
Bridge Constructor x The Walking Dead
Bridge Constructor is getting a Walking Dead collaboration, and it’s coming out later this year.
Sam & Max
A new Sam & Max is coming, and it will be a VR game. This is the first game in the series since 2010’s Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
Blizzard brought an animated short for the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion pack, which will be coming out on October 27.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground
A new game in the Warhammer series titled Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground will launch in 2021.
A trailer [via IGN] was shown for Teardown, a heist game with highly destructible environments.
Little Nightmares II
Tarsier Studios showed off new gameplay of Little Nightmares II ahead of its launch on February 11 of next year, as well as confirmed the sequel will be coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X sometime later in 2021.
Star Wars: Squadrons
EA showed off footage of Star Wars: Squadron’s single player campaign. Motive’s space combat game is coming out on October 2.
The Sims 4: Star Wars Journey to Batuu
If that wasn’t enough Star Wars for you, The Sims 4 is getting a Star Wars themed expansion pack called Journey to Batuu, which will launch on September 8.
Annapurna Interactive brought a new trailer for the time-loop drama Twelve Minutes that revealed the game’s cast, and it’s got a few huge names in it, including: Daisy Ridley, Willem Dafoe and James McAvoy.
Mafia: Definitive Edition
2K and Hangar 13 released a new trailer for the Mafia: Definitive Edition, which should whet some fans appetite after the remake was delayed to September 25.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
The Star Wars just doesn’t stop here at Gamescom Opening Night Live, as Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga showed off all its Lego recreations of the nine mainline Star Wars movies. It’s coming to consoles next spring.
Physics-based cooperative platformer Struggling is available now on Steam and Nintendo Switch.
Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
A “Definitive Edition” of strategy game Age of Empires III was announced via a new trailer, and is launching on October 15.
After its reveal back at the Inside Xbox presentation in May, Chorvs (pronounced like “Chorus”) got its first gameplay trailer showing off its spaceship combat.
Just a few short weeks after its wildly-successful launch, Fall Guys is getting a second season and Mediatonic brought a sneak peek to show Gamescom viewers.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond
Respawn showed off its VR Medal of Honor game titled Above and Beyond. It will be playable on the Oculus Rift.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Finally, Insomniac showed an extended gameplay demo of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and confirmed the game will be coming out during the PlayStation 5’s launch window, but wouldn’t get any more specific than that. Which could mean anywhere from December to March, probably.