Gamescom 2012: Every New Game, Announcement & Reveal In One Place
Crowds are all over gamescom’s show floor, marking the end of the industry-only start of the week full of media showings and press conferences, which traditionally reveals new games and other surprises.
Gamescom 2012 didn’t disappoint either, with more than a few surprises, reveals and talking points – here’s on the biggest:
Sony revealed a number of titles big, small or otherwise during its press conference. The PS Vita got a lot of love in the form of an official reveal for FPS Killzone: Mercenary from Guerilla and the quirky-looking Tearaway from Media Molecule.
Until Dawn was also revealed, and touted as a ‘Teen Horror Movie’-themed first-person game for PlayStation Move.
Rain was revealed as a new Sony adventure in which players take control of an invisible boy, in what seems to be shaping up to be a beautiful, Ico-esque adventure.
Meanwhile, Sony also revealed a new PS3 retail game, Puppeteer, which will pit players in a colourful theatrical-inspired world of platforms and puppetry.
Sony’s upcoming augmented-reality series Wonderbook also had new content announced: insect-noir Diggs Nightcrawler and the BBC’s Walking with Dinosaurs.
Elsewhere, EA revealed that upcoming Command & Conquer Generals 2 has evoled into the new Frostbite 2 engine-powered Command & Conquer, a new, free-to-play client-based game.
Russian publisher 1C Company also announced King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North, another sequel in the popular strategy RPG series.
Army of Two: Devil’s Cartel gameplay was premiered during the EA press conference earlier this week, showing new duo Alpha and Bravo as they appear in the game courtesy of Frostbite 2, as well as an example of how their paths will differ at various points in the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified gameplay was revealed for the first time during Sony’s press event, but struggled to make a huge impression on fans hungry for all things Black Ops 2.
On the subject of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the shooter’s multiplayer was revealed in detail during the course of the week – hit the link for all the details.
Meanwhile, EA confirmed that SimCity will be available for Macs as well as PC when it launches next year.
New Game Features
New game modes and feature reveals were also popular in Cologne this year – Crysis 3’s ‘Hunter’ multiplayer mode reminded us of Predator as players try and get the drop on each other using nanosuit camouflage, while FIFA 13’s PlayStation Move support and Need For Speed: Most Wanted’s open-world credentials were also revealed.
Hitman: Absolution arguably won the battle for unannounced features though, with Io Interactive opting to show off a new online challenge mode, Contracts, which enables players to set assassination targets for themselves and friends.
The most significant gamescom announcements that weren’t about one specific game were for PlayStation at Sony’s press conference. The platform holder demonstrated the closest thing it has to the Wii U’s unique controller with LittleBigPlanet 2, ‘Cross Control’, which enables players to use their PS Vita as a PS3 controller.
Continuing the ‘cross’ theme, Sony also revealed ‘Cross Buy’ which essentially enables gamers to buy one game for PS3 and get the equivalent port/version for the Vita – PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time have all been confirmed for the program.
Ubisoft revealed a strong interest in the F2P online space with a press conference themed around browser games: two upcoming Heroes Might & Magic titles, Ghost Recon Online, Anno Online, Settlers Online and Silent Hunter Online.
EA made a play for the Mac market by confirming digital distribution service Origin for the platform.