Gamescom is the E3 of Europe, and like other conventions in 2020 it's canceled the parts that involve crowds. But it still kicked off with a big livestream today. Opening Night Live (opens in new tab) is hosted by Geoff Keighley, a man who hosts so many videogame shows it would be more efficient if we only pointed out when he isn't hosting one.
The two-hour show will featured some new game announcements, but was mostly about "updates from announced titles." As of Sunday, the show contained announcements regarding 38 games.
Opening Night Live was broadcast live from Los Angeles. Here's when and where to watch, and what some of those 38 games will be:
The games and announcements to expect
Opening Night Live will mostly feature announcements about games we already know about, or that are already out. Here are the companies and games we currently know will be there:
- 2K (Mafia: Definitive Edition (opens in new tab))
- Activision (Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War (opens in new tab))
- Bandai Namco (Little Nightmares 2 (opens in new tab))
- Bethesda (Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods, Part One (opens in new tab))
- Blizzard (WoW: Shadowlands (opens in new tab), Afterlives animated series (opens in new tab))
- Bungie (Destiny 2: Beyond Light (opens in new tab))
- Deep Silver (Chorus (opens in new tab))
- Devolver (Fall Guys Season Two)
- EA (Star Wars Squadrons (opens in new tab), New Sims 4 DLC, Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond (opens in new tab))
- Focus Home Interactive
- Headup Games
- PlayStation (Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time)
- Proletariat (Spellbreak (opens in new tab))
- Warner Bros Games (Lego Star Wars : The Skywalker Saga)
- Xbox Game Studios
- "And more!"
Everything in that list is confirmed, and there are other things we can easily guess at. Gearbox, for example, is probably showing off Borderlands 3 DLC (opens in new tab) and Godfall (opens in new tab). Warner Bros plans to show off the next Lego Star Wars game, but it might also talk about Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, two games it just announced last weekend.
There are a ton of things Microsoft could talk about. To name a few: Halo Infinite (opens in new tab) (which just got delayed to 2021), the new Fable (opens in new tab), the new Forza, Psychonauts 2 (opens in new tab), Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 (opens in new tab), the new Xbox hardware, and Wasteland 3, which we just reviewed (opens in new tab).
Sony, meanwhile, will probably stick to PS5 exclusives. (See all of the big new console games that are and aren't announced for PC here.)
EA's big thing will be Star Wars Squadrons (opens in new tab), and it's also bringing a new Sims 4 pack and a look at its Medal of Honor VR game. Activation has said we'll see more from Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War (opens in new tab), and Blizzard's got the WoW: Shadowlands expansion coming up and a new Warcraft animated show (opens in new tab). They haven't said so, but maybe we'll see a bit of Diablo 4 (opens in new tab), too? I can hope.
We'll post about the big announcements as they happen, so if you miss the Opening Night Live stream, check our news page (opens in new tab) for everything you missed.