We do adore the madness of E3, but there’s something to be said for the slightly laidback nature of Gamescom. Sure, the news still comes thick and fast, but the German convention has a teensy more relaxed pace than the big event in Los Angeles. It also helps that the Cologne-based show always plays host to some solid announcements, with a number of top titles revealed throughout the course of this week. In truth, we’re still catching up on some of the smaller headlines, but here are all of the major announcements that you need to know.
Gamescom 2014 is getting underway with a bang this year, courtesy of the multiplayer debut of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on the PlayStation 4.
The firework show at Gamescom 2014 has started a little earlier this year, with Microsoft announcing some form of exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Sony always has a strong showing at the German convention, though, so expect it to fight back during its media briefing.
Here we go again. With Sony's big Gamescom press conference out of the way, there's just time for one more livestream, with EA the latest publisher to take to the stage in Germany.
Once more with feeling. Gamescom 2014 is far from over, but this is the last livestream of the week, we’re afraid. Join us as Hideo Kojima and Geoff Keighley open the cardboard box on PlayStation 4 title Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Sony usually marches into Gamescom unobstructed. The platform holder has been holding press conferences in Cologne for as long as we’ve been running this website, even revealing the PlayStation 3 Slim – the redesign which would eventually reverse its flagging format’s fortunes – at the event some five years ago. In that time, it’s typically employed the event as a kind of E3 aperitif, focusing on all of the weird and wonderful titles in production for its suite of systems, as opposed to the gargantuan blockbusters. It adopted the same strategy today, and served up a smorgasbord of creative first-party and independent outings as a consequence – but it lacked that one show stopper to tie a big bow around all of the original ideas.
I understand where Polygon scribe Colin Campbell is coming from when he says that he won’t be playing the recently announced PlayStation 4 conversion of thatgamecompany’s seminal spiritual adventure, Journey. Like the author in question, I too haven’t booted the game since a gloomy morning in March, where I ploughed through the entire experience in a single sitting – and then rushed to write the review should any of the emotions that I was feeling in the moment evaporate. That was over two years ago now, though, and I’m ready to return.
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In arguably the most bizarre and brilliant headline to come out of Sony's Gamescom conference today, it has been uncovered that Hideo Kojima will be creating a new Silent Hill game for PlayStation 4. Ever the provocateur, Kojima couldn't simply announce the game during the presser, but instead had to sneakily reveal it afterwards.
Well, we all knew that ex-PlayStation Move exclusive Until Dawn was coming to the PlayStation 4 – but it looks like Supermassive Games has really invested that extra time into creating some impressive character models. While the title’s re-reveal trailer definitely has the same spirit as the original, it looks ridiculously good these days.
It was recently revealed that Rayman creator Michel Ancel had opened brand new studio Wild Sheep, and at Sony's Gamescom conference today, we were finally shown what the fledgling team has been up to. Titled WiLD, the developer's first effort is a broad and ambitious PlayStation 4 exclusive that sees you controlling everything from a ruthless hunter to an adorable corgi.
We think that Tearaway is without a doubt one of the best reasons to go out and swipe up a PlayStation Vita. The visuals are truly unique and gorgeous, the gameplay pushes all of the handheld's features to the max, and the whole tone of the game just has an inescapably lovely charm. Now you can experience that with a more-than-meaningful port of the game to the PlayStation 4: Tearaway Unfolded.
Housemarque, the talented team behind PlayStation 4 darling Resogun, officially unveiled its new title at Sony's Gamescom conference today. Dubbed Alienation, the game is a 4 player co-op top-down shooter in the same vein as the developer's previous outing Dead Nation, and will see you fighting off increasingly deadly hordes of alien scum.
Other Noteworthy Game Announcements
- Gamescom 2014: Hustle Kings Rolls onto PS4 for Free
- Gamescom 2014: The Hungry Horde Comes for Dinner on PS Vita
- Gamescom 2014: You'll Traipse Journey's Desert in 1080p on PS4
- Gamescom 2014: Explore the Ghostly Mysteries of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
- Gamescom 2014: Zombie Infested Survival MMO DayZ Lumbers onto the PS4
Regardless of whether you loved or hated the content in Sony’s big Gamescom 2014 press conference tonight, there’s a sizeable chance that you probably liked the bit about PlayStation 4 firmware update v2.00. With competitor Microsoft leading the offensive in this area, the Japanese giant needed to hit back big, and it countered with a new feature: Share Play.
During its Gamescom conference today, Sony revealed that the PlayStation 4 has sold a flabbergasting ten million units worldwide since its launch last year. The Japanese giant also noted that 30 million pieces of software have been purchased by consumers in that time. To be honest, we've run out of ways to express how impressive these figures are, so instead, we'll just let company executive Andrew House do the talking.
Told you so. In an interview with Eurogamer.net, Xbox chief Phil Spencer has admitted that Rise of the Tomb Raider isn’t actually an Xbox One exclusive at all, and that its deal with Square Enix has a set “duration”. That means that, as we pointed out yesterday, the title will almost certainly launch on the PlayStation 4 at some point in 2016 – although, the Microsoft employee wasn’t willing to explicitly say that.
PlayStation TV, the teensy PlayStation Vita-based microconsole that launched in Japan last year, will tune in to North American flat screens from 14th October, manufacturer Sony has announced. Those of you in Europe will need to wait a little longer to pick up a signal, as broadcasting won’t begin in the Old World until 14th November.
Regardless of whether you loved it or hated it, Sony’s big Gamescom 2014 press conference was absolutely packed with content this week. The platform holder announced nine new titles during its presentation, while also providing updates on several other previously revealed ones. And in an interview with Famitsu magazine, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has hinted that the company cut some content from the media briefing – because there wasn’t enough time.
Other Noteworthy Headlines
- Gamescom 2014: The Last Guardian Still Exists, But You Won't Be Seeing It Anytime Soon
- Gamescom 2014: Rockstar Wants Grand Theft Auto V PS4 to Blow You Away
- Gamescom 2014: Bloodborne Comes Out Swinging With New PS4 Gameplay Footage
- Gamescom 2014: Assassin's Creed Rogue Looks a Heck of a Lot Like Black Flag
- Gamescom 2014: The Witcher 3 Looks Bloody Brilliant Once Again in This New Gameplay Trailer
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We almost, almost ran this pre-amble through Google Translate and posted it up in French. In fact, your humble host’s pointer finger was hovering over the publish button, but we’ve decided to switch back to the English version. Why change language in the first place? Well, because this video editor is currently swatting flies overseas. Still made you a Game of the Month video, though. Dedication is what you need.