Gamescom 2023 kicked off again with Geoff Keighley Openignt Night Live this morning. As promised by Geoff, the show focused on updates, trailers, and release dates for upcoming games, less so for the unknown big reveals that his other show, The Game Awards, is known for featuring.
Highlights for this year’s show included Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Crimson Desert and some of the surprises like Little Nightmare 3 being announced. While the low moment would have been someone running onto the stage yelling, “Bill Clinton wants to play GTA 6,” for some weird reason. Hopefully, they were banned from the convention.
The show started with a musical piece from Starfield before Todd Howard came out (his first time at Gamescom, it turns out) to talk a little about the game.
Starfield is close with the game releasing on September 6th or 1st if you pre-order for early access, although Keighley and many others online are happy to be sharing that they ARE PLAYING IT RIGHT NOW. Unfortunately, look out for spoilers online at the moment, which is leaking.
LITTLE NIGHTMARES 3
Supermassive Games and Bandai Namco team revealed the third entry in the Little Nightmares series. This time the game will be playable in single-player and co-op online. It’s another 2.5D world, but this time a new one, and players will be working to escape “the nowhere.”
Little Nightmares 3 will release in 2024.
A podcast series was also revealed, which will tell an original story. The first two of six episodes are out now.
BLACK MYTH WUKONG
A new trailer for the upcoming Black Myth Wukong showcases the fast-paced combat and the world based on Journey to the West.
KILLING FLOOR 3
Here’s a short trailer for Killing Floor 3.
AGE OF EMPIRES IV – ANNIVERSARY EDITION
The well-reviewed Age of Empires IV is out on Xbox today.
ZACK SNYDER & REBEL MOON
Zack Snyder talked about his upcoming film Rebel Moon, with “Part 1” coming to Netflix on December 22.
Part One: A Child of Fire – December 22, 2023
Part Two: The Scargiver – April 19, 2024
He also teased that a video game was coming, but by the way, he was discussing it with Keighley; it sounded like it was in early development.
A new trailer for Crimson Desert, the upcoming action RPG in an open world, showed that it’s more than just a medieval RPG. The trailer has everything from sword combat, QTE boss fights against small and larger creatures and even moments where the character is flying from the sky ala-Tears of the Kingdom.
PAY DAY 3
Ice-T has an exclusive mission in Pay Day 3, and as he said, “You know, I know about heists in real life.”
ASSASSIN’S CREED MIRAGE
A new trailer is all in Arabic to reveal that the entire can be played in Arabic if players choose, which is pretty darn cool.
A new mode titled “Arcade Quest” was revealed, which lets players customise little Chi-Bi characters and then battle it out online via arcade machines. This mode aims to bring the classic arcade experience to the game for players who have experienced that back in the day.
Tekken 8 will release on January 26 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3
A massive 9-minute gameplay demo was shown during Opening Night Live for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which is releasing on November 10 for PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
Early access for Nightingale was announced. It’s coming on February 22, 2024.
GRANBLUE FANTASY RELINK
The next game in the Granblue series, this time an RPG, will be released worldwide on February 1, 2024.
IMMORTALS OF AVEUM
Here’s a new trailer for Immortals of Aveum, which is out today.
A technical PS5 test for Honkai: Star Rail is happening on August 23.
Zenless Zone Zero got a new trailer.
LORDS OF THE FALLEN
Here’s a new dark and creepy trailer for Lords of The Fallen, which is releasing on October 13 for PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
The upcoming 2.5D Sonic Superstars will release on October 17 for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC. Yes, that’s just three days ahead of Super Mario Wonder.
One last update is coming to Sonic Frontiers, adding a “new story, new playable characters and new challenges.”
UNDER THE WAVES
A launch trailer for Under the Waves focuses on the set-up of this narrative-driven adventure game that heads into the depths of the blue below us.
Under the Waves is out on August 29 for PlayStation, Xbox and Steam.
The cast Troy Baker, Roger Clarke and Julia Brown, the cast of Fort Solis, took to the stage to talk briefly about their character in the game, which is out today on PlayStation and PC.
EXPEDITIONS: A MUDRUNNER GAME
Get into ya 4×4 and get ready to stir up some mud in Expeditions: A Mudrunner Game.
THE CREW MOTORFEST
Set on the island of O’ahu, you’ll be able to try The Crew Motorfest yourself with a free five-hour trial, available for a few days after the launch on September 14.
CYBERPUNK 2077: PHANTOM LIBERTY
Alongside a new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty which showcased both the story and new location of this DLC, the team at CD Projekt Red are also bringing the gameplay updates of this DLC to the base game in a “2.0 Update.”
As listed at the end of the trailer, here are the dot points of those updates in 2.0.
Vehicle combat & mounter weaponry
Revamped police system
Combat AI overhaul
Endless dynamic events & missions
Redesigned cyberware & perks
All-new relic skill tree & abilities
Increased level cap
100+ new items – weapons, cyberware & fashion
Stormgate is an RTS inspired by the classics like C&C, and it’s getting musical advice from… The Chainsmokers. Sure, why not?
UN ENVIORMENT PROGRAMME
Xbox won the award for the studio working the most to reach green and reduce emissions.
A new “Runemaster” class is being added to Last Epoch in the next update, alongside more skills to go along with the 100+ already in the game.
Ben Brode announced that Marvel Snap has received its PC overhaul today and launched on Steam.
ARMOURED CORE 6: FIRES OF RUBICON
Here’s a launch trailer for Armoured Core 6.
After many trailers at shows like this over the past year, Warhaven is going into Steam Early Access on September 21.
MORTAL KOMBAT 1
In a new trailer for Mortal Kombat 1, the story between characters like Shao Kahn, Sindelk and Raiden is set up, ending in a bloody fight.
Mortal Kombat 1 will release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC on September 19.
ARA: HISTORY UNTOLD
A massive-looking SIM game that looks like it could be covering all civilisations.
Although the first season has only just begun, a sneak peek at Season 2- Season of Blood shows how bloody things will get with new vampire powers.
A short-but-sweet trailer for Dustborn from Red Thread Games, which is set to release in early 2024 on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
THANK GOODNESS YOU’RE HERE
This is a wild trailer, and I don’t understand the game, but I really want to, that’s for sure. Thank Goodness You’re Here (not to be confused with the Australia TV show) is being published by Panic, who are hosting their own showcase at the end of the month.
ALAN WAKE 2
The show finished with a brand new trailer for Alan Wake 2, and this time focused on Alan Wake himself.
That’s everything from Opening Night Live for this year. If you want to watch the show in full, check it out below.
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