5 Games to Watch at Gamescom 2014
5 Games to Watch at Gamescom 2014
Gamescom 2014 will open to the public tomorrow in Cologne, Germany and Sony, Microsoft and EA will all have panels with announcements to make. Gamescom has seen increased popularity year on year and publishers and developers alike now see it as an opportunity to announce new games and unannounced features. This is because it is a good distance from E3 in which so many announcements are made and where it can be difficult to be heard above all the other game announcements. Gamescom also differs from E3 because it caters to a more European market and most notably allows the public to enter and try out the latest games. Staggeringly, last year saw over 340,000 people attend Gamescom, far surpassing E3’s attendance. Some developers have already announced what they will be showing off at Gamescom but there are likely to be surprises and new games along the way too.
With that in mind here are 5 things to keep an eye on over the next few days:
Assassin’s Creed Rogue/Unity
Assassin’s Creed mightily impressed people at E3 this year, with the next-gen iteration of their iconic franchise. Assassin’s Creed Unity seems like a leap forward for the franchise with a dedicated stealth system, revamped parkour and a more strategic and difficult combat system. While not a certainty, it will be worth keeping an eye on Unity for any new announcements or gameplay shown off especially as the game releases this October. What will be perhaps a greater focus at this year’s Gamescom for Ubisoft will be the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Rogue, coming to Xbox 360 and PS3. This allows Ubisoft to cater to last generation console owners who haven’t upgraded yet. While cynics may say this is simply to earn more money this year, Assassins Creed Rogue does have an interesting premise. While Ubisoft has stated that it will tie in to the Kenway family story from AC3 and AC4: Black Flag as well as lead into Assassin’s Creed Unity, it will also feature a bit of a twist in what we’ve come to expect as the protagonist Shay, is an Assassin turned Templar. The decision to not have multiplayer and focus only on the story also bodes well as does the return of the popular ship mechanics from AC4: Black Flag. Aside from that little is known about the game other than that it will release just before Unity this year but expect more details over the next few days from Gamescom.
The Master Chief Collection
Already confirmed as making an appearance, the next-generation bundle of Halo Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 as well as all the available DLC will be at Gamescom this year. Attendees will get a chance to play Halo 2 multiplayer remastered for the first time and at least some of the unannounced remastered maps are likely to be unveiled. We will know over the next few days if 343 Industries has managed to recapture the classic fun gameplay of Halo 2 multiplayer in its upcoming title. We may even get some new information or trailers about Halo 5: Guardians or its multiplayer beta which will be included in the Master Chief Collection. The collection offers pretty incredible value, particularly if you own an Xbox One and haven’t played Halo before. Expect to see Microsoft pushing the Master Chief Collection heavily at Gamescom this year.
Far Cry 4
Many heavily anticipated games have been delayed this year into 2015, but one that hasn’t is Farcry 4. Following from the smash hit of Farcry 3, the next iteration features a new villain, Pagan Min, voiced by Troy Baker and a new protagonist, Ajay Ghale, a Nepali native who returns to the wild untamed region of Kyrat. Retaining the fun gameplay from Farcry 3 and adding new elements such as a glider and elephants, Farcry 4 has a lot of expectation behind it. While it will be playable at Gamescom, time will tell if any new footage or information is released about the game. With a November 2014 release date, the game is not too far away and fans are eager to get their hands on it. The game looked mightily impressive at E3 this year, so it will be interesting to see what comes out of Gamescom this week.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Geralt of Rivia’s concluding chapter in the franchise is set to be released February of next year and promises a massive open world to explore, as well as refined combat and a deeper, more complex system for hunting monsters. The Witcher 3 wowed audiences at E3 with its beautiful visuals and incredible world. Fans of the franchise will look to see where the story goes next while newcomers will be looking to see what the gameplay is like in this highly anticipated next-gen game. More gameplay from developer CD Projekt Red is sure to go down well and will be a nice addition to what we’ve already seen. Personally, I would also like to know how player choice will be handled in this title and in relation to previous titles. The Witcher was a PC only title, while The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings made its way to Xbox 360 as well. Will the game feature a recap for new players, will it contain a Mass Effect style question and answer format at the beginning of the game to determine which choices you made in the previous titles? Time will tell but nevertheless, The Witcher 3 is definitely worth keeping an eye on at Gamescom.
As previously mentioned, Gamescom has come into its own right in recent years with game announcements previously reserved for E3 moving to this event. Both Sony and Microsoft have teased they will have something new to show off, with Sony in particular releasing a teaser trailer for what looks like a new game. It will be interesting to see what is and isn’t revealed over the next few days. Either way Gamescom promises to be an exciting time for gamers this year.
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