Gamescom 2016 is Europe’s largest game developers conference. It’s 5 days of developers, publishers, and gamers with the best of announcements, interviews, and trailers. It’s a lot to take in, but don’t worry Unpause has got your back with our Gamescom 2016 roundup.
50 Minutes of Final Fantasy XV
Square Enix is at Gamescom 2016 this week in Germany to show off a new playable demo for Final Fantasy XV, and for those unable to attend, the publisher has posted a 50-minute video of gameplay footage on its YouTube page. There are combat scenes, mission scenes and cinematic moments that will give fans of the franchise a closer look at what to expect from the game.
The video stars Noctis Lucius Caelum standing in a fiery dungeon, staring down a ferocious-looking demon. Caelum, the crown prince, and heir to the Lucius throne must defend his city from those who are trying to claim the last crystal housed within the kingdom. The video also provides a better look at other characters within the game, Prompto Argentum, Ignis Scientia and Gladiolus Amicitia.
Square Enix recently confirmed that Final Fantasy XV will be delayed until the 29th of November.
Konami Is Making Metal Gear: Survive
This actually needs its own article, but I need some time to process this news. Konami will be making a new Metal Gear game without Hideo Kojima. Can there even be a Metal Gear without Kojima? Apparently so. Metal Gear: Survive is a four person co-op set to launch next year. It takes place in an alternate timeline, set after Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and prior to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The trailer hints that familiar characters like Big Boss could return, although there’s no confirmation yet.
Running on the Fox Engine, Survive will pit up to four players against zombified enemies against whom they’ll have to — well, survive. Like previous Metal Gear games, they’ll have to be stealthy about it; a press release also confirms “new weaponry” will be at players’ disposal. The game is due out on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.
Overwatch’s New Map Eichenwalde
At Gamescom 2016 today, Blizzard revealed the first new map coming to Overwatch. It’s called Eichenwalde and it will be coming to the competitive shooter in September. Eichenwalde is a hybrid assault/escort map. Players will have to escort a battering ram to Eichenwalde Castle or, if they’re on the opposing team, prevent that battering from reaching its destination.
For those of you who haven’t watched Blizzard’s latest animated short check it out below. Entitled ‘The Last Bastion’, Blizzard describes Eichenwalde as the birthplace of the robot Bastion. Blizzard’s fly-through video of the new map shows a handful of destroyed Bastion robots littered throughout the map.
Remedy Entertainment Is Working On Crossfire 2
Quantum Break developer Remedy Entertainment is now working with Smilegate (Korea) to develop Crossfire 2. For those of you that may not know, Crossfire is one of Asia’s most popular shooters. The studio will be contributing largely in part to the game’s story mode. With the aim to carry Remedy‘s trademark quirky stories with deep characters.
“That’s what Smilegate wanted from us, and that’s what we’re going to deliver so it will have that Remedy feel,” says Head of Communications at Remedy, Thomas Puha.
South Park Brings Smell-O-Vision To Gamescom 2016
Leave it to South Park to turn virtual reality and an appearance at Gamescom 2016 into a chance to make fart jokes. This was Ubisoft’s press release for South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Today, Ubisoft announced the Nosulus Rift, a unique experience exclusively compatible with the South Park: The Fractured But Whole video game. This device, only available during conventions and not for sale, takes virtual reality to a whole new level by allowing players to enjoy South Park: The Fractured But Whole in the most immersive way possible. A new perception through a sense that has never been tickled in gaming before, the sense of smell. To smell what exactly? Farts, obviously.
The odor virtual reality mask was developed by Productman, a division of ad agency Buzzman. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be available on December 6th, 2016 as a digital download and at retailers on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.
Harley Quinn and Deadshot Debut In Injustice 2
Fresh from their appearances in Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn and Deadshot join the roster of Injustice 2 with this new trailer. The two already joined the mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us when Suicide Squad premiered.
Injustice 2, in development by NetherRealm Studios, will launch in 2017 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Gears Of War 4 Gameplay Footage
Gears of War 4 is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One this October. The new 10-minute video footage of Gears of War 4, shown at Gamescom 2016 features JD, Kait and Del pursuing an enemy through an old COG fort. There, they have a run-in with Swarm Drones and Pouncers that show off some familiar-looking Gears gameplay. There are roadie runs, there’s on-demand cover and there’s a lot of juice to look at.
The Sexy Brutale Is A Spooky Puzzle Adventure
Set in a mansion, the player takes on the role of an elderly priest who observes masked ball party goers, all in danger of being killed. The ball is in an endless Groundhog Day-style time loop. Puzzles are grounded in going back in time and saving the lives of the guests. As the game progresses, the priest accrues occult skills in order to aid his mission. The Sexy Brutale is a co-production between Tequila Works (Spain) and House Cavalier (UK).
The Sexy Brutale is due out early next year on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.
Bandai Namco Reveals Little Nightmares
Little Nightmares is a creepy monster-filled adventure game from Tarsier Studios. If the trailer looks familiar you may recognise the original game Hunger from early 2015. Tarsier Studios announced Hunger in summer 2014 when it received nearly $100,000 in funding from the Nordic Game Program. Hunger, which was aiming for release on PlayStation 4, was about a nine-year-old girl named Six and her journey into a world of disturbing, hungry creatures. That’s still the case with Little Nightmares, whose tiny hero explores a vessel called The Maw in the hopes of escaping unscathed.
Little Nightmares will be launched by Bandai Namco on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox early next year.
Yooka-Laylee Gets Adorable New Trailer
Playtonic Games upcoming platform game Yooka-Laylee. The spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, Yooka-Laylee‘s newest trailer showcases many of the mechanisms and features of the game that made the Rare title so popular when it was first released.
Yooka-Laylee is set to be released on Windows PC, iOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One in 2017.
Blackwood Crossing Is A Promising Narrative Adventure
Blackwood Crossing is a narrative adventure starring an orphan teenage girl, whose younger brother is struggling with her growing away from childhood. It shows the game’s setting on a magical train ride, as well as surreal elements and characters. But, like the recent Bound, its main focus will be issues like family and belonging. This is the first game from UK developer Paper Seven.
The game is scheduled to be released on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One next year.
New FIFA 17 Trailer
Surprise, surprise, EA Sports released yet another addition to FIFA. FIFA 17 is due to be released on September 29th worldwide. It’ll be the first FIFA to include a story mode, where we can follow the fictional journey of a player through the English Premier League. FIFA 17 is the first in the series to be built on EA‘s Frostbite engine.