ICYMI: Here’s Everything from Gamescom’s Opening Night Live Show

Geoff Keighley returns for the summer gaming show.

Last year, Geoff Keighley set Gamescom’s Opening Night Live against a cancelled E3 as the newest and biggest summer show. This year, with a digital E3 on one end and Gamescom on the other side, there’s now two big streaming events for game trailers to premiere. So what did Opening Night Live’s massive two-hour show have? Enjoy our handy-dandy summary!

  • The first world premiere is Saints Row, which looks a bit more grounded than the previous two games, but still features the lighthearted tone, just now more crime-movie and less The Matrix. The trailer finished with the date of February 25, 2022.
  • A new Marvel game game titled Midnight Suns is coming March 2022. This is the rumored Firaxis game from 2K Games, which today got a short narrative CG trailer with full gameplay in just a few days on September 1st.
  • A big Call of Duty: Vanguard segment. Hey, did you know that Call of Duty: Vanguard is published by Activision, which is being sued for a hostile and sexually harassing work environment? And that Activision is actively trying to hide their brand name association with Call of Duty? Anyway the game launched on November 5.
  • Halo Infinite segment starts off with a CG multiplayer narrative trailer. The campaign and multiplayer gets an official December 8, leaked earlier today.
  • Halo Elite controller has also been revealed! It’s green. Looks like Master Chief if he were a controller.
  • Also a Halo limited edition Series X. It precedes the game with a November 15 release.
  • From Devolver Digital and Massive Monster comes Cult of the Lamb, a roguelite about building your own hellish cult as a cute little lamb.


  • Midnight Fight Express from Humble Games gets a trailer. Looks like Hotline Miami but about 100% extra. Coming Summer 2022.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge gets the spotlight, with a new playable character. April O’Neil joins the fight for the first time in a Turtles brawler.
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania gets yet another character, this time in the form of Persona 5’s Morgana. The little cat is paid DLC joining post-launch.
  • A new infection mode is coming to Splitgate, which professes to still be in season 0.
  • A trailer for Riders Republic airs, which has an ongoing beta going. The formerly closed beta is now open on all platforms the game is being released on.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga finally emerges from its long cryogenic sleep from multiple delays. A slightly more firm Spring 2022 date ends the trailer.
  • Synced: Off-Planet is shown. I don’t know what this is. The main character looks like Nathan Drake if someone rubbed dirt in his face.
  • The Outlast Trials is revealed, a new game in the Outlast series. The new horror title launches in 2022.
  • DokeV is a new creature-collecting game that is making very few bones about being a high-fidelity Pokemon. A realtime trailer is shown with impressive realistic graphics and also monsters.
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2 gets a gameplay trailer with a November 9 release date.
  • Far Cry 6 gets a narrative trailer. The main character has the same name as the “Football is Life” guy from Ted Lasso so that alone is going to make sure I am never able to take the narrative seriously. The game launches on October 7.
  • Bloodhunt, a battle royale tied to Vampire the Masquerade, gets another trailer having previously been seen during the Summer Games Fest show. Early access on Steam begins September 7.
  • Park Beyond, a park builder with a fantastical element, is coming in 2022.
  • JETT: The Far Shore, the new game from the developers of Swords & Sorcery, gets a new trailer and an October 5 release date.
  • Horizon: Forbidden West gets an update from Guerilla. The title won’t make a 2021 release date, but will release on February 18, 2022.
  • In addition, Horizon: Zero Dawn on PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility gets a 60FPS patch available now.
  • Another New World trailer, which appears to just be at every show.
  • Marvel: Future Revolution, which launches today, is a new mobile title featuring a bunch of Marvel characters. It looks a lot like all those other Marvel mobile titles.
  • Violinist Lindsay Sterling performs a Tales of Arise song which for some reason Geoff Keighley calls classic — Tales of Arise does not release until September 10.
  • A new mobile Tales of title is shown titled Tales of Luminaria. The game is currently in development.
  • So this is apparently also an awards show. Best Nintendo Switch game went to Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, which was one of two nominees.
  • Fall Guys, which is apparently still a thing, is getting a new skin in the form of The Jungle Book characters. Okay.
  • Replaced, which was shown at the Xbox E3 show, gets an extremely short teaser trailer with a tiny, tiny bit of new footage.
  • Ages of Empires IV gets a new gameplay trailer showing the various, uh, empires you can play as.  The game releases on October 28.
  • Valheim, the survival game that exploded in popularity earlier this year, gets a narrative animated trailer for the first time. Speaking of firsts, the game’s first content update Hearth & Home launches September 16.
  • Best PlayStation game went to Elden Ring.
  • Aloy from Horizon joins Genshin Impact on September 1 with a gameplay trailer of the character in action shown here for the first time.
  • Additionally, a Genshin concert is coming this October.
  • Sifu, the martial arts action game that was recently delayed to 2022, now has a more specific release date of February 22.
  • Death Stranding: Director’s Cut gets a Kojima-cut trailer, who presumably is the director cutting the game in the first place, airs. There’s a host of new features to make the game easier. There’s also new delivery missions added to the game that emphasize action over walking. Perhaps most important, it appears that Monster Energy did not come back for Director’s Cut. The game releases on September 24.

Death Stranding was inexplicably the closer for Gamescom Opening Night Live, so that’s it! What did you think?