Gamescom 2018 is literally right around the corner and, while there won’t be any formal press conferences, the trade show’s press team has confirmed that an opening ceremony will be held and will feature brand new reveals and announcements.
We already know some details for already confirmed titles. For example, Devil May Cry 5 will have its first playable demo at the event. However, several publishers have been confirmed to be presenting “global premieres” for as of yet unannounced titles, including Ubisoft, Square Enix, THQ Nordic and Bandai Namco.
No details have been revealed regarding Ubisoft’s announcement but we do know that THQ Nordic’s title will be related to one of its established brands. In recent news, THQ had purchased the IP for TimeSplitters though it may be a bit too soon for it to be announcing any new projects for the franchise. Koch Media and its publishing partner Deep Silver will also have their own announcement but, again, we have no details.
As for Square Enix, it will be showing off the first proper trailer for Life is Strange 2, the long-awaited sequel to Dontnod Entertainment’s episodic adventure game. A free-to-download prequel story, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, was released several weeks ago and provides set-up for the sequel, though plot details are still scarce. The first episode is still planned for release on September 27th.
Bandai Namco will also finally be revealing its long-teased new game, which is apparently being worked on by a European developer. Aside from that, attendees will be able to enjoy no less than eleven of their other upcoming titles, including crossover fighting game Jump Force, series reboot SoulCalibur 6, and My Hero One’s Justice, a tie-in game to popular anime My Hero Academia.
Finally, as a reminder, the Xbox will have a presence this year, specifically with its own special stream that will show off new reveals, including a new mode for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. There will also be playable demos for upcoming Xbox titles like Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Forza Horizon 4.
Gamescom 2018 will be opening its doors in Cologne, Germany on August 21st at 11am local time.