The opening night of Gamescom 2019 could see a number of new game reveals and gameplay premieres, as Google plan a new Stadia Connect.
Just as E3 2019 was a bit underwhelming compared to past years it’s probably going to be the same for Gamescom 2019, with many publishers not attending and little expected in the way of new announcements. Or perhaps not.
Gamescom itself starts on Tuesday, 20 August but for the first time ever there’s going to be something called Gamescom Opening Night Live (ONL) hosted by The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley.
It’ll take place on Monday night, 19 August, at 7pm BST and the implication is that it’ll be similar to The Game Awards show, just without the awards bit. Although since there’s not been one before it’s hard to say exactly what to expect.
The show will air live on the night and will include participation from companies including 2K, Activision, Bandai Namco, Bungie, Capcom, EA, Epic Games, Google Stadia, Koch Media/Deep Silver, Private Division, Sega, Square Enix, Sony, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft, and Xbox Game Studios.
However, it’s implied that the vast majority of these will only be showing footage of games that have already been announced, even if they’ve never actually been seen in public before.
Debuting ‘world premiere content’ is how the press release phrases it, which makes it possible to make some educated guesses as to what will be there.
Since Hideo Kojima will be in attendance the Sony game will obviously be Death Stranding, although that doesn’t rule out there being other PlayStation exclusives too.
Microsoft has already promised to show off Minecraft Dungeons and Gears 5’s Horde mode, while Activision is probably just Call Of Duty, 2K is Borderlands 3, Bungie is Destiny 2, Square Enix is Marvel’s Avengers and Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Epic Games is almost certainly just Fortnite.
Sega definitely does have a new game to announce, but while it’s not Creative Assembly’s rumoured new first person shooter we believe it is a PC title.
EA is almost certainly set to unveil their new Need For Speed and may also reveal their new Plants Vs. Zombies shooter.
Capcom hasn’t announced anything new for a while but it’s still likely that they’ll only be showing Monster Hunter: World expansion Iceborne.
Bandai Namco is perhaps the biggest question though, as although there’s plenty of other things it could be, including the imminent Man Of Medan, many will be hoping for a proper look at FromSoftware’s Elden Ring.
That’s still probably only an outside chance but it’ll also be interesting to see how Google treat the event, especially as they’ve got a new Stadia Connect livestream planned to take place an hour earlier at 6pm BST.
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