Gamescom Opening Night Live was a whirlwind of previews peppered with some short live interviews with the developers. You don’t need to put in the effort to complete the two-hour presentation, although you can (we’ve included the full schedule above). We’ve condensed opening night into one article with unmissable trailers and updates on the progress of each game.
Saints Row: Self Made
The show began with Volition announcing the next game in the Saints Row franchise. Subtitled “Self Made”, it is not a continuation of the Saints Row narrative, but rather a reboot of the franchise. You can check out our separate coverage for more details. Saints Row: Self Made launches on February 25, 2022.
Halo Infinite suffered a setback a couple of times due to the pandemic, but it finally has a release date of December 8, 2021. Unfortunately, it will launch without the Co-op Campaign and Forge modes. Additionally, Xbox announced that it will be releasing a Halo-themed Xbox Series X and Elite 2 controller (below).
The Xbox Elite 2 costs $ 200. The console, which comes with a matching controller, sell for $ 550. At the time of writing, pre-orders are still available at Best Buy other objective. Microsoft and Walmart have already sold out their offer. The Elite 2 was only available via Microsoft and sadly out of stock too.
Marvel Midnight Sun
Firaxis, the studio behind XCOM, announced that it is working on a game set in the Marvel universe called Midnight Suns. As expected, it will be a tactical RPG where players will work with a team of four Marvel superheroes. There will also be a customizable hero for the squad. The game is scheduled to launch in March 2022, but Firaxis promised to release a trailer for the game on September 1 to give players an idea of how it will play.
Sifu is one of the most exciting titles that has ever been presented to me. I’ve been involved in martial arts most of my life, and I loved Jade Empire on Xbox 360, but I can’t stand the most recent attempt at kung fu game, Absolver. So far, what we’ve seen of Sifu has been impressive, and the latest trailer (above) has me more excited to play than ever. It will be released on February 22, 2022 for PlayStation and PC consoles via the Epic Games Store.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Japanese publisher Dotemu is kicking it old-fashioned with TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge. The only new thing that the trailer tells us is that April O’Neil will be a playable character. It is unclear if it will be unlocked from the beginning of the game or can be unlocked later. See our separate coverage for more details.
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Sledgehammer released a nine-minute game from his Stalingrad demo to showcase the playability of his upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard. The gameplay seems quite polished and the action featured in the trailer is quite fascinating. I’ve always been biased with World War II CoD entries, and this one seems pretty exciting. I can’t wait to play it on next-gen hardware when it launches on November 5.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Lego Star Wars game The Skywalker Saga had its second gameplay trailer revealed during Gamescom’s opening night. Lego video games have always been pretty cheesy, and this one is no different. That said, it looks like fun and has a lot of recognizable characters from the Star Wars universe. The trailer shows several iconic scenes from all nine episodes. The game launches sometime next spring.
Jett: the far shore
Jett: The Far Shore has been a long time coming. The gameplay focuses on piloting a jet-like ship over vast landscapes. It has a narrative, and the trailer above reveals a few tidbits of that. More importantly, Jett finally has a solid release date of October 5, 2021, so it won’t be long before we get to give this unique-looking adventure game a try.
Gamescom Opening Night Live also had some standalone announcements that may be interesting, as well as a half hour preview with many other trailers. If you didn’t see something here that you might have been anticipating, check out the full opening night presentation at the head of this article.