- Star Ocean: Till the End of Time returns to PlayStation, now on PSN
- Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap headed to PC on June 8
- Red Dead Redemption 2 bumped back to 2018, new screens released
- Shadow Warrior 2 launches digitally for PS4, Xbox One, with a freebie
- To the stars! Endless Space 2 now available for PC
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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: GamesCom
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom’s Gamescom trailer has gone live. The video highlights the story of Enigami’s upcoming action role-playing game. In it, players take on the role of Chado, a young Waki who goes on a quest to find the Land of Life as a war rages between the kingdoms of Adorya and Adorn. Along the way, he learns how to interact with a mysterious, magical spirit named Shiness.
Capcom broke out a new Resident Evil 7 biohazard trailer for Gamescom, titled “Lantern.” The gameplay footage introduces Marguerite Baker, one of the long-unseen residents of a plantation located in Dulvey, Louisiana. The video runs over three minutes long and is presented in the format of a found-footage film. Attendees can check out the Beginning Hour demo in PS VR mode at Sony’s booth in Hall 7, B-010.
Hatsune Miku isn’t content with one upcoming game, no, she wants another, and Sega is giving in to the digital star with the virtual-reality treatment this October. Fans of the digital singer will be able to be in the front row with PS VR in Hatsune Miku: VR Future Live. Diva X will be receiving a VR patch as well, but VR Future Live is a standalone app that is being built from the ground up for the headset. Players will use their controller as a glowstick to keep time with the songs along with the rest of the crowd. The more in-time the player is with the beat, the more Miku gets amped to perform a one-on-one encore. No screenshots or a trailer, unfortunately, but Gamescom attendees can see a demo at the PlayStation booth in Hall 7.1
Ubisoft released a host of new media for several of their key upcoming titles. Below are new trailers and screenshots for Anno 2205, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, The Crew Wild Run, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The Assassin’s Creed Syndicate media highlights the game’s two assassins, twins Jacob and Evie Frye, as they attempt to liberate Industrial Revolution-era London. Wild Run is the new expansion for The Crew, which will add customizable dragsters, drift cars, monster trucks, and motorcycles. In addition, to the new rides, the updated graphics and new weather system is also on display. The Spectator Cam was also revealed for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, which will allow an extra player to watch the action; PC gamers will have it launch, while PS4 and Xbox One owners will need to wait until early 2016. It and more are highlighted in the screens and trailer, but to see it in action, gamers can check out Ubisoft’s Twitch channel on August 8 from 4-8 p.m. (CET) for a live 5 vs 5 match on PC.
Microsoft made a number of announcements at this year’s gamescom. A few of which include the reveal of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and Windows 10, currently in development at Creative Assembly, Killer Instinct Season 3, and the addition of Shadow Complex to the backwards compatibility preview program. Speaking of which, Microsoft plans to have up to 100 Xbox 360 titles supported by the November launch. Other announcements included console bundles for Fifa 16 and Halo 5: Guardians, DVR for Over-the Air TV functionality for Xbox One (a subscription-free service, allowing for streaming and transferring between devices), two Halo 5 wireless controllers ($69.99 each), and a chatpad ($34.99). Details, screens, and movies for the games on display can be found below.
Some new screenshots of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor have been released from its latest showing at gamescom. Two of the four shots mark the game’s debut appearance of everyone’s favorite misunderstood, single-minded miscreant, Gollum. Developer Monolith also released the achievement/trophy list, for those who can’t get enough virtual accolades.
Bungie has announced that Destiny has broken GameStop’s record for the most pre-orders of a new property. This follows the previous update that over 4.5 million unique players took part in trying out the game during its recent open-beta phase. Coinciding with the news is the release of a new multiplayer trailer, which is also being used to celebrate the commencement of gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany.
Deep Silver has released a new gameplay trailer and new screens from Yager’s Dead Island 2. Picking up after Dead Island and the upcoming Escape Dead Island, players will find themselves trying to survive in Los Angeles while its under quarantine by the military. Up to eight players can fight, cooperate, or ignore one another as they make their way through the undead hordes. The new media is being released in anticipation of this year’s gamescom in Germany, where attendees will be able to get some hands-on time at Deep Silver’s booth in Hall 9.1, B11/C10.
Kalypso has added a new real-time strategy title to their line-up, Gaming Mind Studios’ Grand Ages: Medieval. The game’s official debut will be behind closed doors at this year’s gamescom, but Kalypso did reveal several details. Players will take on the role of a mayor governing a small European settlement in the year 1050. The village sits in a large world, around 30 million square kilometers, within which players can expand their realm and solidify their hold on power by conquering new territories, founding new cities, building trade networks, and researching new technology. Disasters, including fires, droughts, and plagues, will add an element of randomness to keep would-be kings on their toes. Multiplayer will also be supported for up to eight players.