Gamescom 2022 Opening Night Live: All the Big Announcements
Geoff Keighley, you’ve done it again!
Wowee… That Geoff Keighley can host an event, can’t he? It’s been a crazy week in the life of Doublejump, but we felt we just couldn’t go without writing up all of the massive Gamescom 2022 announcements Geoff had the honour of sharing with us during his two-hour Opening Night Live conference. Put simply, there’s so much to look forward to if you’re a gamer right now!
DualSense Edge is PlayStation’s answer to the Xbox Elite Controller:
Alongside the video above, Senior VP of Platform Experience Hideaki Nishino took to the PlayStation Blog to detail the “first-ever high-performance, ultra-customisable controller developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment.” Just like Microsoft’s premium controller, the DualSense Edge has a number of features to help “give you an edge in gameplay:”
Two additional buttons on the back of the controller that you can configure “to be any other button input”;
The ability to remap or even deactivate button inputs and also adjust analog stick settings;
The ability to save “multiple control profiles” — a different one for each different game you play — and “swap between them on the fly”;
An “on-controller user interface”, with a dedicated Function (Fn) button to allow you to switch between controller presets, adjust volume balance between the game and your chat, and even access the settings menu and create new profiles while still in game;
Interchangeable components, with three different analog stick caps (standard, high dome and low dome) and two different sets of back buttons (half-dome and lever) included in the box; and
All of the DualSense features players have come to know and love: haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, motion controls, the built-in microphone, etc.
The DualSense Edge will come with a braided USB-C cable “which uses a connector housing to lock into the controller”, as well as a carrying case for the controller and spare components that also enables pass-through charging while the DualSense Edge is in the case.
Sony didn’t provide any details about when the DualSense Edge will be released, but whenever it is… It’s sure to be a sellout.
Dead Island 2 is alive, and it’s coming soon:
This didn’t come as a surprise given that it leaked earlier in the month, but it was really awesome to see the news confirmed — and some gameplay footage as well! After an incredibly long wait (during which some thought it was vapourware), Dead Island 2 is set to release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on February 3, 2023.
Everywhere looks like a sci-fi GTA Online, and we’re here for it:
Leslie Benzies — who’s best known for leading development on Grand Theft Autos III through V — and his studio Build a Rocket Boy have pitched Everywhere as a “multi-world” game that “seamlessly blends gameplay, creativity and discovery” and “redefines how players connect with one another and with the digital world around them.” Aside from that, we really don’t have a whole lot of information aside from the trailer above, but between its pedigree and the elevator pitch, this looks like something to keep an eye on!
Here’s a quick look at Hogwarts Legacy and its Deluxe Edition:
Less than a fortnight after announcing that they would be delaying the Wizarding World adventure into next year, Warner Bros. and developer Avalanche Software shared the above trailer, which shows some of the dangers of delving into the Dark Arts — specifically the Unforgivable Curses. It also revealed a digital Deluxe Edition that comes with a two mounts, two cosmetic items, a Dark Arts battle area, and 72 hours of early access to the game itself.
The PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions of Hogwarts Legacy are set to be released on February 10, 2023; as of this writing, Warner Bros. has not announced a release date for the Nintendo Switch version.
New Tales from the Borderlands officially announced:
Even though the trailer that 2K and Gearbox didn’t tell us anything we didn’t learn from the leak that occurred prior to the event, it was still fun to watch. New Tales From the Borderlands is a spiritual successor to Telltale’s wildly popular Tales From the Borderlands featuring three playable protagonists — Anu the scientist, her brother Octavio, and the hoverchair-bound Fran — and that typical Borderlands sense of humour. The trailer hints at a really solid upgrade in graphics thanks to the Unreal Engine, as well as some interesting pieces of gameplay and even a figurine-battling minigame.
The story will once again be delivered in five parts; the key difference this time is that all five instalments will be released at the same time: on October 21, on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. There’s also a Deluxe Edition available, which includes cosmetics for each protagonist, in-game currency with which to purchase more cosmetics, a collectible for the figuring-battling minigame, and a copy of the original Tales From the Borderlands.
Destiny 2’s next major expansion is called Lightfall, and it’s the second-last instalment in Destiny’s overarching “Light and Darkness Saga”. It’ll come with all the normal trimmings — a new local, new missions and quests to take on, a new Raid and a new subclass — as well as a new Legendary difficulty for the campaign as a whole. It’s set to be released on February 28 next year.
Sonic Frontiers has a release date… And it’s right next to God of War: Ragnarok. The Blue Blur’s latest adventure — which was announced at Geoff Keighley’s other event, the Game Awards — is set to be released on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on November 8.
Funcom revealed Dune: Awakening: Inspired by both Frank Herbert’s novels and Denis Villeneuve’s film, Dune: Awakening is an open-world survival MMO set on the planet Arrakis. We don’t have a release date as of this writing, but it looks ambitious!
We got another look at The Callisto Protocol: This is a game that makes no secret of its inspiration; it strongly resembles Dead Space, which isn’t a surprise given that developer Striking Distance Studios is helmed by Glen Schofield… who created Dead Space.
The Lords of the Fallen sequel is now more like a reboot… And it’s just called The Lords of the Fallen. It’s set more than a thousand years after the first game, and it’s supposedly going to be “more than five times larger than the original.” It’s coming to PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S at some point next year.
The Gotham Knights rogues gallery looks impressive: We got a quick look at Clayface, the Court of Owls, and the better-known duo of Harley Quinn and Mr. Freeze in this two-and-a-half minute trailer, which also revealed that the game’s bucking the trend of delays — it’s been moved up from October 25 to October 21.
Where Winds Meet is absolutely gorgeous: It’s an action-adventure RPG set in ancient China, towards the end of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. It’s only in development for PC at this stage, but that could well change given that a release date hasn’t been announced as yet.
Hideo Kojima is launching a podcast: Hideo Kojima Presents: Brain Structure will be available exclusively on Spotify in both English and Japanese, and will feature “very special guests from various fields” and an entertainment industry news feature from Keighley himself. The first episode is scheduled to release on September 8; but there’s a preview available right now.
Quantic Dream is publishing an underwater adventure: Developed by Parallel Studio in support of ocean preservation, Under the Waves is a “narrative-driven adventure game about the engulfing power of grief.” It’s set in a “techno-futuristic 1970s,” and it’s set to be released on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S at some point next year.
Wyrdsong is one to watch: We don’t have a whole lot of info about it just yet, but developer Something Wicked Games’s staff is made up of “industry veterans that brought you Fallout 3, Fallout 4, Fallout New Vegas, Skyrim, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Outer Worlds… You do the math.
Blacktail looks… creepy as fuck: Coming to us from Polish developer The Parasight, Blacktail will see you “forge the legend of Baba Yaga and live out its origins”. The trailer also suggests that you’ll be able to choose whether the Baba Yaga ends up being good or evil, which is interesting… We’ll find out for sure when it’s released on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S on December 16.
Marauders is heading to Early Access in October: Set in “an early-1990s dieselpunk alternate future”, Marauders casts you as a space pirate in a first-person, multiplayer, looter shooter. This trailer didn’t give away too much, though.
Friends vs. Friends is a cel-shaded, card-based shooter: Geoff said it best — the tune in this trailer is super catchy. I’m also a huge fan of the aesthetic, and it looks like a really fun concept! It’s coming to “PC and consoles”, but it doesn’t have a release date at this stage.
Lies of P is coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day One… and it’s the answer to the question, “what if Pinocchio was actually a Hunter in Yharnam?” It’s coming to PC and PS5 alongside both Xbox One and Xbox Series X as part of the Xbox Game Pass, but a release date hasn’t been announced just yet.
We’ve finally gotten a proper look at The Outlast Trials… And it looks like it might just be the scariest multiplayer game in history. It’s scheduled for release at some point this year, but given that Red Barrels is running a four-day closed beta on October 28, we wouldn’t be surprised to see another delay.
Phantom Hellcat looks like a whole lot of fun: Based on the 30-second reveal trailer, it’s a hack-and-slash type adventure with 2D platforming sections as well. It’s in the works for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S at new studio Ironbird Creations — an internal studio of All In! Games.
Homeworld 3 is coming “in the first half of 2023”: It’s been a long while in the making, but Gearbox has promised that the Fig-funded “iconic, fully-3D RTS” is launching at some point in the first half of next year. At this stage it’s only coming to PC.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series looks like a return to form, and it’s now got a release window: Summer 2023. The trailer that accompanied that information showed off some fun-looking zero-gravity gameplay, as well as some of that signature Telltale decision-making. It’s set for release on “consoles and PC.”
There’s a Killer Klowns from Outer Space game: It’s coming from the executive director of Friday the 13th: The Game, and it’s a 3v7 asymmetrical multiplayer game where you can either play as one of the titular Klowns, or one of the humans trying to fight them off. It’s set to launch on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S early next year.
Scars Above looks fantastic: It’s coming to us from Serbia’s Mad Head Games, and it’s a “sci-fi third-person action-adventure shooter combining the rewarding feel of overcoming difficulty with a compelling and intricate story.” We haven’t got a release date as of this writing, but it’s “coming soon”.