Gamescom 2019 began with an opening night livestream of video game trailers, interviews, and world premieres.
Highlights from show – which was hosted by Geoff Keighley – included a look at the Gears 5 story campaign, more details on EA’s Need for Speed Heat, and a new trailer for Destiny 2 Shadowkeep. World premier reveals included Kerbal Space Program 2, Little Nightmares II, and gameplay footage from PS4 exclusive, Predator Hunting Grounds.
Although the show was too long – running to just over two hours – it was slick, well produced, and will surely return next year. If I was in charge of E3 I’d be worried about a lot of things, but I’d certainly be worried about the increased prominence, professionalism, and status of Gamescom. The event seems every bit the modern gaming expo.
Here’s a rundown of every announcement from the Gamescom Opening Night Live broadcast.
Gamescom Opening Night Live Announcements
- Gears 5 – Rod Fergusson introduces a new campaign story trailer
- Comanche – A multiplayer twist on an old classic from Nukklear and THQ Nordic
- DCL: The Game – The drone game you never knew you wanted. (You probably still don’t)
- Need for Speed Heat – Another EA racer to look forward to being disappointed with
- Kerbal Space Program 2 – Rockets, spaceships, and space stations are coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 in 2020
- Little Nightmares II – Get your coat. Coming to PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch in 2020
- Predator Hunting Grounds – First gameplay footage of Illfonic’s asymmetric multiplayer shooter
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne – A new trailer for the game’s chilly expansion, due on September 6, 2019
- The Cycle – PvPvE thrills from Yager, out now on the Epic Games Store
- Life is Strange 2: Episode 4 – A trailer for the latest episode, released this week
- Humankind – A new strategy game from Sega and Amplitude, due in 2020
- Borderlands 3 – Footage of Proving Grounds, a new mode in Gearbox’s upcoming shooter
- Everspace 2 – More space stuff from Rockfish games. Due in 2021. 2021? Yes, 2021.
- The Witcher 3 – Some new, and not terrible looking, footage of CD Project Red’s acclaimed RPG running on Switch. Coming October 15, 2019
- FIFA 20 – A closer look at the Volta street football mode and its story. Released on September 27, 2019
- Disintegration – Destinanthem, more like. Coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC in 2020
- Darksiders Genesis – A trailer I missed because I was fetching a Snickers from the kitchen
- Gylt – A closer look at Tequila Works’ charmingly offbeat adventure game, released this November
- Destiny 2: Shadowkeep – More information and a new trailer for the game’s fourth expansion
- Remothered: Broken Porcelain – Horror sequel from Modus coming to PC and console in 2020
- MTG Arena – Coming to the Epic Games Store this winter. Magic
- Erica: An Interactive Thriller – An FMV video game for the modern age, and it’s out now on PS4
- Anno 1800 DLC – The Snickers was tasty, so I went back for another
- Port Royale 4 – Coming to PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One next year
- Iron Harvest – A new trailer for King Art’s promising alternate reality RTS. One to look out for on September 1, 2019
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare – The game will have cross-platform play. A 2v2 open alpha starts this Friday on exclusively on PlayStation 4
- Death Stranding – Hideo Kojima pops by to introduce Margaret Qualley as Mama and Guillermo del Toro and Akihiko Ishizumi as Dead Man. A gameplay demo features Norman Reedus taking a pee, Geoff Keighley as a hologram, and a baby being rocked to sleep using a DualShock 4
You can watch the full Opening Night Live broadcast again, right here.