The gaming industry has grown exponentially in the last few years. From home consoles to the PC market and even mobile gaming, the industry continues to push its boundaries. As it does, more high-profile events like The Game Awards crop up, each of which revealed a slew of new experiences. While it may not be the most senior convention, Gamescom is definitely one of the biggest.
In 2022, Geoff Keighley hosted his own Summer Games Fest event and Gamescom Opening Night Live, with plans to host his Game Awards at the end of the year. His Gamescom opener was a packed two-hour live event full of new game reveals and looks at some highly anticipated titles. From reveals like Atlas Fallen to long-awaited titles such as Hogwarts Legacy, Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 seemingly had something for everyone.
The first Gamescom World Premiere came in strong with an ambitious title called Everywhere. After a vague trailer, the game’s director hinted that the game may be like a Dreams-esque, GTA-inspired experience that mixes a variety of different genres.
Another World Premiere, Dune Awakening had an impressive-looking cinematic trailer, capturing the same lofty aesthetics of the recent Dune movie. The final title card read that Dune Awakening will be an open-world survival MMO, which suits the sci-fi saga perfectly by presenting an explorable universe with Sandworms and Freemen throughout.
The Callisto Protocol
Though The Callisto Protocol has had a few trailers so far, this latest one was by far the most impressive, showing a new feature called “Mutations” in which the game’s monstrous foes can transform into even worse abominations if the player doesn’t dispatch them fast enough. While Dead Space DNA is very much present, this trailer showed more unique mechanics like a stealth takedown, and more of an emphasis on melee combat – including a dodge mechanic. If this trailer is anything to go by, it seems like The Callisto Protocol may have some more cinematic sequences, most of which will likely end in viscera being strewn across the screen.
The Lords of the Fallen
The first Lords of the Fallen was one of the earliest, and arguably one of the most disappointing Soulslikes. While it may have dropped the number from its title, this new Lords of the Fallen is certainly a sequel, though the cinematic trailer doesn’t give a great indication as to what’s changing.
Moving Out 2
A sequel to one of the most chaotic co-op games in recent years, Moving Out 2 looks to be upping the ante and providing even more wild environments for players to move furniture through. For any fans of Overcooked, Moving Out is certainly a series worth checking out.
Hogwarts Legacy received a new trailer in which players got a good look at the Forbidden Forest, as well as some new mystical creatures. It was also confirmed that the unforgivable curses, along with some other dark magic spells, will be in the game, with the player-character choosing to either learn the Cruciatus curse or have it used on them. The long-rumored Thestral mount has also been confirmed, along with a slew of other pre-order bonuses.
New Tales From The Borderlands
In a controversial move, Randy Pitchford took to the stage to announce the upcoming New Tales From The Borderlands, a narrative-driven series originally helmed by Telltale. An October 21 release date was provided for the game, which sees a new group of three loudmouthed misfits attempt to break into a Vault – the usual Borderlands fare.
Dying Light 2 – Bloody Ties
Dying Light 2‘s first paid story DLC showed off a new gladiatorial-like arena. A few creatively chaotic weapons were also on display, and the DLC received a release date of October 13, fitting Techland’s five-year roadmap well.
The rather divisive Sonic Frontiers got a trailer at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022. This trailer looked significantly more colorful than the last few, with some vibrant environments being showcased, most of which made the odd floating platform design look relatively normal. A November 8 release date for Sonic Frontiers was also finally confirmed.
Under The Waves
A new game published by Quantic Dream, Under The Waves is yet another narrative-driven adventure revolving around an underwater deep diver, set against the backdrop of a 1970s techno-futuristic environment. As players explore the wrecks and caves underneath the ocean, they’ll learn more about main character Stan’s grief.
Goat Simulator 3
Goat Simulator 3 is back, and this latest trailer shows some incredibly absurd mechanics in play, from head-enlarging weapons to human cannons, to a full-on yoga retreat session and being swallowed whole by a whale. This is certainly a Goat Simulator game, and it knows exactly what fans want.
Return to Monkey Island
Ron Gilbert’s Return to Monkey Island launches on September 19. Along with showing off more of the game’s bold art style, this latest trailer also proved that the series’ humor is still intact, with Stan S. Stanman promising that pre-orders come with free horse armor that has absolutely no effect on the game at all, a little jab at Oblivion‘s infamous DLC.
Set in an original universe by author Brandon Sanderson, Moonbreaker looks to be a turn-based tactics game that uses detailed tabletop minis as character models. In a unique move, these models can even be painted in-game, ensuring that each player will have their own customized units. Moonbreaker‘s paintshop looks extremely in-depth, with different types of brushes, paints, and decals available to use. This marks quite the departure from Unknown Worlds’ last title, Subnautica, with the studio’s creative director saying that Moonbreaker is more like “XCOM meets Hearthstone.”
Friends Vs Friends
One of the most stylish trailers from Gamescom Opening Night Live, Friends Vs Friends introduced its vibrant and over-the-top world. It seems like Friends Vs Friends will be a first-person shooter intended to be a party game. The real hook is that Friends Vs Friends gives players a deck of cards, each of which determines the player’s abilities, much like recent release Neon White.
Lies of P
A Soulslike based on the tale of Pinocchio, Lies of P‘s new trailer showed off some detailed Steampunk environments, weapons, and bosses, which go quite some way in setting Lies of P apart from the rest of the genre. It was also confirmed that Lies of P will be heading to Xbox Game Pass day one.
A fresh IP from creator of The Surge and original Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13, Atlas Fallen was revealed with a mostly CG trailer, showcasing some huge Monster Hunter-style weapons, two characters working together to fight a series of dog creatures, and a few brief glimpses of gameplay that showed some third-person action-RPG gameplay similar to Deck 13’s previous works.
One of the most iconic early PC sci-fi strategy games, the Homeworld series returns with Homeworld 3. Based on this trailer, it doesn’t seem the series has changed much, with the same general strategy loop shown off. However, the graphics have naturally gotten a lot better since the last mainline Homeworld release.
Genshin Impact 3.0
This Gamescom Genshin Impact trailer showed off some of the game’s new playable characters, bosses, and its next area named Sumeru, all coming with the 3.0 update. The new Dendro element was also briefly shown off, being an ability that controls vegetation.
High On Life
The next game from Justin Roiland’s Sqanch Games, High On Life received a new look at Gamescom Opening Night Live. This trailer showed off more of its first-person shooting gameplay, including some refined UI, and smooth grappling moves. The game’s main gimmick, its talking weapons, were also given the spotlight, with a Roiland-voiced pistol mocking the boss that the player was fighting.
The Expanse, a game by Telltale based on the Amazon Prime show of the same name, received a behind-the-scenes trailer. Despite some rough visuals, The Expanse looks like it might be a solid, slightly experimental Telltale affair, with more third-person action gameplay than previous titles. As with all the studio’s ventures, this game’s quality will really depend on just how good its narrative is.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Coming out of absolutely nowhere, a Killer Klowns From Outer Space game was announced at Gamescom Opening Night Live. Though its genre wasn’t specified, the executive director worked on Friday The 13th: The Game, so it could potentially be an asymmetric multiplayer game like that.