The first ever Gamescom Opening Light Live event is now over and it’s been a sometimes bewildering mix of big name blockbusters, unexpected sequels, and obscure indie titles.
The biggest news of the night was probably the first extended look at gameplay from Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, as well as a release date for The Witcher 3 on Switch, and Sega’s new strategy game Humankind.
Although arguably trumping all of those was the revelation that Sony is buying Marvel’s Spider-Man creator Insomniac Games, news of which broke halfway through the show and seemed to take everyone by surprise.
Activision also used the event to announce that Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare will be starting its open alpha this weekend, but only for the 2v2 Gunfight mode and only for PlayStation 4.
There were plenty of other unexpected reveals too, such as the return of the obscure early-90s combat flight simulator Comanche, based on a U.S. attack helicopter that never actually went into service.
Other new announcements include indie sequels Kerbal Space Program 2 and Little Nightmares 2, despite the developer having previously instead they wouldn’t make a follow-up to the latter.
Also a complete surprise is PlayStation 4 exclusive Erica, a live action drama by London studio Flavourworks which is out today. It seems to involve the titular woman tracking down a murderer through possibly supernatural means and is the latest PlayLink title that can also be controlled via your phone.
Another game available to play right now – and completely for free – is The Cycle by Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager. It’s a combination of both PvE and PvP shooter, which they’re claiming counts as whole new genre.
What had seemed to be a dead genre was the idea of the 4 vs. 1 online shooter, which went all but extinct with the failure of Evolve.
But IllFonic, makers of Friday The 13th: The Game, are bringing it back with Predator: Hunter Grounds, with Gamescom showcasing the first actual gameplay footage – which basically looks like a recreation of the first movie, but with one player as the Predator and no Arnie or other cast members.
The post-First World War era steampunk setting of Iron Harvest 1920+ also looked interesting, being yet another console and PC based strategy game in a summer that has (much to our delight) been full of them.
Although it had been announced before, by a teaser that gave absolutely nothing away, the first gameplay footage of Disintegration was one of the most interesting reveals of the night.
The game’s by one of the co-creators of Halo and seems to be going back to Combat Evolved’s original real-time strategy origins by incorporating squad-based tactical elements.
Gamescom Opening Night Live was a strange event that had virtually noting to do with Gamescom (for what’s supposed to be the European equivalent of E3 there was barely anyone from this continent featured on stage) and seemed happy to throw announcements and reveals out seemingly at random.
That’s better than having none at all though and ultimately it does help to establish Gamescom as one of the most important dates in the gaming calendar, no matter what is at the show itself over the next couple of days.
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