The annual Gamescom circus of European gaming goodness kicks off tomorrow in Germany. While it’s a generally lower-key affair than E3, there are often some big announcements saved for it – particularly from Sony and EA. We’ve already had a detailed look at what Sony’s prospects are but we though it would be handy to have a little look at the overall picture and see what we might look forward to this week.
First up, Sony. They generally save a little bit of love for Europe with their unveilings and we’re hoping to see something special from them when they take to the stage for a press conference at 6PM UK time. That’s streaming live so you can watch along but we’ll also be reporting on it as quickly as we can. We’ve heard that there will be representatives of the Unfinished Swan, Journey (Kellee Santiago!), Media Molecule and Diggs Nightcrawler there, alongside Shuhei Yoshida of Sony Worldwide – a big fan of the Vita if his twitter feed is anything to judge by…
We’ll almost certainly see PlayStation All-Stars, The Last of Us, The Unfinished Swan and Dust 514 on the PS3. The Vita showing will hopefully include some Call of Duty: Declassified information alongside Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation. We’ll cross our fingers and hope really hard that there’s some more good news for the Vita – perhaps we could see some tech demos of PlayStation Mobile projects?
Microsoft and Nintendo are both skipping large-scale presentations but there will no doubt be some presence on the show floor. We’ll have to look towards the larger publishers for the most interesting snippets on those platforms though, so let’s have a look at what they’re planning.
EA traditionally puts on a good show for Europe. This year, they’re running a constant live-streaming camera throughout the show. They’ll also be streaming their press conference live at 3PM UK time and we’ll report on anything major that comes from it. They’ll certainly show off FIFA 13, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, SimCity, Need for Speed Most Wanted and their MMOs – The Old Republic and The Secret World. We’ll hope for something that’s previously unannounced but don’t hold your breath: their show is already packed.
Ubisoft is holding a press conference on Wednesday at 2PM UK time. There is a stream planned for that too, at least via G4tv. We can expect plenty of Assassin’s Creed III and Liberation footage, along with something from Far Cry 3 and they’ll probably have Shootmania Storm and Ghost Recon Online too. Ubisoft will be the place to watch for Wii U games, too. They’re supporting the console’s launch quite heavily and we should see more of ZombiU and Rayman Legends, as well as their more casual offerings.
Nobody else is live-streaming conferences but there is still plenty on the show floor to get excited about. Capcom will show off Resident Evil 6 (including 20 minutes of gameplay footage) and Lost Planet 3. There’s also talk of a new title reveal from Capcom so they’re worth keeping an eye on. Square Enix has Sleeping Dogs out this week so they’ll have plenty of that on display. They’ll also be showing off Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution alongside Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and the Final Fantasy VII PC Re-release.
Namco Bandai will be showing off Ni No Kuni and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Codemasters have F1 2012 and their karting spin off, F1 Race Stars. Warner Bros will show Injustice and Harry Potter for Kinect as well as hinting at one major new title announcement. Activision’s offerings are heavily Blizzard-based, with Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Diablo 3 and the Mists of Pandaria WoW expansion sitting next to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The latest CoD game will have its multiplayer shown off in a live stream by Microsoft’s community team from the UK and their US-based mouthpiece, Major Nelson.
2K Games are there, showing NBA 2K13, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands 2 and there have been some very hopeful rumours about Take-Two (2K’s parent company) showing up with Rockstar and GTA V. Don’t hold your breath for that one, Borderlands 2 is the big focus for the next few months and once that’s out in the wild, we’ll expect a bit more GTA news from Take-Two.
TheSixthAxis will be reporting on all the news, as we hear it, from back here in the UK but we’ve also got a guy on the ground with a packed schedule and a mission to bag as many previews as he can get his hands on so expect to see some good stuff over the next week or two.