While we only got a handful of major reveals out of Gamescom this year, there were numerous interesting announcements made on or around the show floor. Here are the most important and exciting pieces of news to come out of Gamescom this year, and the newly announced release dates you should add to your calendar.
Just before Gamescom, Nintendo dropped a surprise Indie Highlights video highlighting upcoming eShop releases. By far the most important reveal was Windjammers 2, an unexpected sequel to the recently re-released 1994 classic. Also coming to Switch (and playable on the show floor) is Diablo 3, one of the year’s most poorly-guarded secrets. It will contain exclusive Zelda gear and all DLC when it releases this year. In less expected news, Saints Row the Third is also coming to Switch in 2019, over seven years after its PS3/Xbox 360 release.
Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown, which released as an Early Access title on PC back in February, was confirmed for Xbox One. It’ll launch on Game Preview first, although a date was not set.
The biggest game reveal of the event was Man of Medan, the first instalment in Supermassive Games’ new ‘Dark Pictures’ anthology series. After the success of 2015’s Until Dawn, Supermassive Games is returning to horror for a series of short games that will each explore different genre tropes. Man of Medan is due on PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2019.
On the hardware front, Nvidia announced their new range of GeForce RTX GPUs, and they’re absolute beasts. The most powerful card, the GeForce RTX 2080, will offer ray tracing in supporting games and will feature a 11GB GDDR6 frame buffer and 14 Gbps memory speed. It’ll be available next month for $999.
Several release dates were locked in during Gamescom. PUBG on Xbox One is leaving Game Preview on September 4 and will add ‘War Mode’ (a team deathmatch mode), the Sanhok map, and a new in-game currency. If you’ve lapsed, it’ll be a good time to jump back in. A month later, on October 9, board-game adaptation Space Hulk: Tactics will release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
On January 18, Ace Combat 7 will launch for PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release following on February 1. Trials Rising will arrive February 12, but some fans will get to play it earlier – sign up for the closed beta and you’ll get a taste of the game’s back-to-basics approach on September 13.
Two of the biggest action games on the horizon will release within two weeks of each other next March. On March 8, Devil May Cry 5 will bring back Dante and Nero, ending an 11-year absence. Then, on March 22, you’ll be able to pick up the punishing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The new Souls-like by From Software was playable at Gamescom, and reactions have been encouraging.
Finally, the long-awaited Shenmue 3 will release on August 27, 2019 for PC and PS4. That gives newcomers a year to play the recently released HD remasters of the first two games.
Cyberpunk 2077 was only shown behind closed doors at Gamescom, but we learned that the game is far enough into development that CD Projekt’s internal build is now playable from start to finish. Hopefully we’ll get a release date soon. Meanwhile, we found out that Life is Strange 2’s five-episode arc will focus on two young brothers taking a road trip under awful conditions. It looks great, but avoid the footage released if you don’t want spoilers.
A second story mode was revealed for SoulCalibur VI. In ‘Libra of Soul’, players will create their own fighters. Six new characters were also announced for upcoming manga-fighter Jump Force - Gon and Hisoka from Hunter X Hunter, Sanji, Sabo and Blackbeard from One Piece, and Vegeta from Dragon Ball. THQ Nordic announced that they’re porting several Xbox One exclusives to Steam, including Recore, Zoo Tycoon, and Super Lucky's Tale. Finally, Ubisoft let slip that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed title in 2019. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey sounds like it’ll keep us going for a while anyway.
While the games publishers were announcing their latest updates Honor took to the show floor to present their latest mobile device to the world, the Honor Play. Specifically designed to offer the best mobile gaming experience possible, the Honor Play’s GPU Turbo introduces a groundbreaking hardware-software integration to optimize your mobile gaming with smoother graphics processing and computing efficiency.
Combined with longer battery life, 6.3 inch FHD+ display and immersive AI-enable smart shock and surround sound, the Honor Play will allow you to play crazy fast and crazy smart.
For more on the Honor Play you can watch the live global launch here or head over to www.hihonor.com.