Gamescom is just around the corner and while we get ready to pack our bags and head over to Cologne we have got to wondering just what will be on show from publishers and developers at this year’s event.
Given that Gamescom is now the biggest consumer show in the World, you would expect every publisher out there to be making an appearance, clamouring to tell us just why we should be spending our hard earned cash on their games this Christmas.
There are certainly going to be some rather big titles at Gamescom this year, Microsoft for instance will be using it’s Play Day, which takes place the day before the event, to show off some of its big titles. We will be attending this event of course and expect to see big hitters such as Gears of War 3, Forza 4 and possibly the HD remake that is Halo Combat Evolved, although we aren’t sure the latter will be making an appearance. Other titles from Microsoft will focus on Kinect, with Kinect Sports 2 and Disneyland Kinect both being a big focus for the software giant.
On to Sony and we are certainly expecting some unannounced games to rear their head this year. PlayStation Move wasn’t really a big focus for Sony at E3, so we’d expect Sony to make more noise about its motion device, perhaps by announcing a few new games. As for the companies main focus? Well it goes without saying that PS Vita (release date, launch titles) Uncharted 3 and Resistance 3 will be getting a lot of attention, though like we say, expect a few new announcements at the companies conference which takes place this coming Tuesday.
Another publisher hoping to make a big splash this year will be EA. The mega publisher is once again holding a press conference, in which it will be focusing on the many huge titles that it has got on the horizon. FIFA 12, Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 will no doubt be the main talking points. We already know that the date for the FIFA 12 demo will be announced, while we also expect a beta date for Battlefield 3, a game that will no get more attention than most. Also expect to hear more on NFS: The Run, SSX and again possibly some unannounced titles.
As for Nintendo? Well we don’t expect too much in the way of announcements. The company will probably spend most of the time showing off its impressive line-up, which includes Starfox for 3DS, Zelda Skyward Sword, Mario Kart 3DS and more. There is no doubt that Nintendo will be saving anything on Wii U until the Tokyo Game Show, given that the company is based in that region of the world.
Activision is another company which will be hoping to make a splash. Although it’s not holding a press conference as such, its mega IP Modern Warfare 3 will no doubt be found dominating cologne, while another big focus will no doubt go to Call of Duty: Elite. Prototype 2, Bond 007: Reloaded and Skylanders will also no doubt provide a big draw to the crowds.
As for the other publishers? Well we are particularly looking forward to heading over to THQ’s booth for a look at the very promising Darksiders 2 and also Metro Last Light, which is another great looking title. Namco is another which could be popular, especially since it has one of the strongest line-up’s of the show with Dark Souls, Ridge Racer Unbounded and Ace Combat, all of which look very impressive indeed.
Finally there’s Capcom (Street Fighter X Tekken, Resident Evil: Revelations), SEGA (Alien Colonial Marines, Sonic) Ubisoft (Rayman and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations) and perhaps most impressive of all, Bethedsa, with Skyrim, Prey 2, Dishonored and RAGE possibly all making an appearance. Of course other titles will also be on show that we haven’t mentioned, such as Batman: Arkham City and possibly something from Square Enix.
Whatever comes out of Gamescom next week you can be sure of one thing. We will bring you everything as it’s announced. We will be on the show floor to bring you impressions of all the games, we’ll be chatting to developers and most importantly of all we will be updating the site with all the news, screens and trailers. Whatever happens, as soon as we know, you will too.
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