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Gamescom 2015: What To Expect

Gamescom 2015 is right around the corner, and while it’s no e3; there’s still plenty to get excited about

 

Gamescom 2015 is once again being held in Cologne, Germany next month between August 6th – 9th and it’s set to be the biggest Gamescom ever. Occupying a total area of 193,000 square metres; 18% more than last year, you can bet that there will be plenty of exciting news and new games shown, taking things to the “next level”. We’ve gathered everything we know, everything we don’t, everybody that’s attending and just a little bit of fun speculation so you know what to expect when Gamescom kicks off early next month.


Blizzard

Blizzard Entertainment are said to have quite a large presence at this year’s Gamescom. While information isn’t exactly concrete, we can take a few guesses at what they’ve got to show.

Blizzard fansite Blizzplanet as well as a couple of others have secured themselves an invite to a media briefing which suggests there will be a large possibility of some World of Warcraft news. However with this being a media-only event and Blizzcon coming up in November also, one has to wonder just what it is they’re sitting on. A new expansion? A new content patch? More news regarding the Warcraft movie set to release June 2016?

Blizzards’s upcoming hero-based mutliplayer shooter Overwatch which we’re super-hyped about is also set to enter a closed beta this Spring, so some big Overwatch news is also very likely. A release date for the beta as well as some other new info such as new characters and maps would be great to see. Blizzard recently tweeted this cryptic little teaser which hints at some Overwatch news.

Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Diablo III and Starcraft II news are also a possibility.

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Heroes Pharah and McCree from Blizzard’s upcoming multiplayer shooter Overwatch.


Microsoft

We’ve barely had time to calm ourselves down since Microsoft’s fantastic conference at E3 this year and already their Gamescom briefing is only a week away, head of Xbox division Phil Spencer has said “We should have as much new content at Gamescom as we will at E3” which certainly isn’t helping us keep the hype contained.

Among some of the confirmed titles we’ll be seeing gameplay of are Crackdown, Scalebound and Quantum Break. Many of these games we’ll be seeing gameplay of for the first time since their announcement. Sadly, Recore, which we saw revealed at E3 this year will not be making an appearance.

Scalebound has been a game shrouded in mystery since its announcement that we’ll finally get a proper look at. From Platinum Games and Hideki Kamiya (known to some as ‘Japanese Phil Fish’ from his history of angry responses to fans on Twitter), the mind behind Bayonetta and Devil May Cry. We know Scalebound will be an Xbox One exclusive open-world game featuring epic-scale battles, large monsters including dragons and will run on the Unreal Engine.

Quantum Break on the other hand is a physics-bending shooter with some time-freezing elements from the makers of Alan Wake and Max Payne. We’ve already seen a bit of gameplay from Quantum Break previously so it will be interesting to see what progress has been made on it since then. Perhaps more info and a release date will be announced.

Not much is known about the new Crackdown so far, all we’ve seen is a CG trailer that confirms that the game will retain its comic book-like cell shaded graphics. It’s said that Crackdown will make special use of the Xbox One’s ‘cloud-processing’ features to offload some of the processing power to the cloud for dynamic environment destruction shown here.

We also know that Microsoft will be holding a live Xbox Daily event each day where you can tune in to see exclusive gameplay, demos, interviews and more. It would also be a safe bet to assume we’ll see some more of Halo 5: Guardians, Forza 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends and other Xbox One exclusives.

Microsoft have also confirmed that there will be a booth dedicated to Windows 10 so expect some news on the PC gaming front too.

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First look at Scalebound, the new Xbox exclusive IP.


 Sony

Sadly, it seems Sony will be passing on this year’s Gamescom, opting instead of Paris Games Week which will be held between October 28th and November 1st. However it makes sense since E3 and Gamescom are so close together, and they did make some pretty huge announcements at this years E3 including The Last Guardian, a Final Fantasy VII Remake and new IP called Horizon Zero Dawn.

With Sony’s absence, this will no doubt be Xbox’s time to shine, keeping up the momentum they’ve had going since E3.

Sony’s presentation last year had a large focus on indie titles, with the reveal of upcoming titles WiLD and Rime. It would be nice to see a bit more of these titles this year but without Sony’s briefing as a platform, it’s unlikely.

Maybe next year?

Maybe next year?


Square Enix

Square Enix have promised a large stage demo of Final Fantasy XV at this year’s Gamescom as well as a few big announcements.

At this year’s E3 we presented one of our biggest line-ups in years including several new game reveals. At Gamescom 2015 we will set another mark with the biggest show in our history” Square Enix Americas and Europe CEO Phil Rogers has said.

Plenty of Final Fantasy is confirmed, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward, Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy VI: Episode Duscae 2.0 to be precise.

As well as that we’ll also get a glance at some new Dragon’s Quest titles which Square have accidently leaked will be headed to Nintendo’s newest upcoming platform, Project NX.

Other titles we’ll probably see are new Dragon Quest, Hitman and Just Cause 3.

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Just Cause 3


What Else?

Bethesda are confirmed to be attending so it’s likely we’ll see some more of Fallout 4, perhaps the lengthy gameplay demo that was shown behind closed doors at Quakecon just days ago will see a more public viewing? We certainly hope so.

Ubisoft will also be present on the show floor, Assassins’s Creed Syndicate, Anno 2205, For Honor, Just Dance 2016, Might and Magic Heroes VII, The Crew: Wild Run, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Tom Clancy’s The Division and Trackmania Turbo will all be playable on the show floor so expect new gameplay footage of all of those.

No Man’s Sky is said to finally get a release date for Playstation 4 and PC, developer Hello Games said they wanted to announce a release date at E3 but were unable to. Gamescom may just be their next big chance.

An event will be held for Star Citizen, learn what’s next for the upcoming space-sim.

Dying Light will see its first big piece of DLC announced. “This is Dying Light from totally new angle, but with everything fans love about the original still at the core” says the game’s producer Tymon Smektala, “We’re really excited to finally be able to show this major project we’ve been secretly working on since the release of the game“.

EA will be present and with them will be playable demos for Need for SpeedMirrors Edge: Catalyst, FIFA 16, Star Wars Battlefront, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, and Unravel. EA will be holding their own conference once again so perhaps they also have a surprise or two up their sleeve.

There are rumours floating about that Rockstar Games will be announcing a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, but with no real evidence to support it, we say don’t get your hopes up.

Konami will for the first time allow the public play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Mafia III has just been announced and a gameplay reveal has been confirmed for Gamescom, so keep your eyes on the game’s YouTube channel.

Windows 10 will have been released by the time Gamescom starts so we’re expecting plenty of news about that as well as DirectX 12 and the cross-platform capabilities between Windows 10 and the Xbox One.

VR will no doubt have a heavy presence at Gamescom also, with the official tag-line being the ‘Next Level of Entertainment’, this could mean a hint at the next big focus in gaming right now, Virtual Reality.

Expect plenty of indies to also be present as usual including The Town of Light, a first-person horror game based on real events that will feature Oculus Rift support, watch the trailer here.

Mafia III will make its debut at this year's Gamescom

Mafia III will make its debut at this year’s Gamescom.

 

Needless to say, we’re excited and we’ll be doing our best to cover everything announced at Gamescom as it happens. You should be able to watch most of the events live, or watch them shortly after as videos will no doubt go up after they air so you won’t miss a thing.

What are you most excited for?