Hello! Or, should we say, guten tag? Gamescom is kicking off today in Cologne, with a week packed full of events and showcases to tease the hottest upcoming games. We’ll be live blogging tonight’s Opening Night Live show, hosted by gaming cheerleader extraordinaire Geoff Keighley.
We already know a few games that will definitely be appearing; Sonic Frontiers, Gotham Knights and the recently delayed Hogwarts Legacy are among them. But there’s plenty of room for surprises too. We’ll see you at 7pm BST for the first showcase of Gamescom 2022!
And that's it – Opening Night Live is over! A bunch of very cool-looking games were shown off tonight, but there was a bit too much reliance on CG trailers for my liking. There weren't any astounding surprises but after all, Gamescom typically isn't where you see stuff like the gameplay reveal of GTA 6. I had a lot of fun watching and blogging along, and I hope you had a good time too. See you next time!
Dead Island 2 seems to have a pulpy, quirky sense of humour to absolute the absolutely disgusting explosions of blood and gore. There seems to be a focus on giving you as many ways to shoot, stab, slice and blow up the undead. Apparently an 'uncut' version of the trailer is available online; I'm honestly baffled as to what they felt they couldn't show!
Okay, turns out we are getting some gameplay. I'll get back in my box.
Yep! It's Dead Island 2. The trailer showed off xombie-killing in a bunch of Los Angeles environments like housing complexes and grocery stores. There as no actual gameplay though, which is a bit worrying for a game that has been in development for at least half a decade and is allegedly releasing on 3 February.
This is a CG trailer, set to a Kool & The Gang tune, for what I'm assuming is Dead Island 2.
Geoff is back. There's only one game left, and it's one we've apparently been waiting a long time for.
We just got a very teaser for The Finals, a'shooter wrapped in a game show format where destruction will play a key role'. This is just a taste of the game but a full gameplay reveal is scheduled for September.
Now we have a gore-soaked trailer for The Outlast Trials, the newest game in the Outlast survival horror series. True to the genre, it looks genuinely horrific and terrifying. I've not played any of these games but site editor Joe (happy birthday Joe!) is a big fan, so I assume he'll be keen to get his hands on The Outlast Trials when it releases next year. A closed beta will be available at the end of October.
Dorf Romantik is a colourful world-building game coming to Switch on 19 September. It looks very chill and relaxing.
We're getting towards the end of the event now – I'm hoping for a showstopper of a final announcement, but what could that be?