In this industry, we are given a multitude of trade shows to give us hope for future releases and for developments of our favorite teams of developers. Among those shows, E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) and Gamescom are some of the bigger ones that the most tuned in gamers watch with batted breath.
With the droves just barely leaving Los Angeles, most shuffling away like zombies from the sheer amount of info poured into their brains from E3. Granted this years offerings were slimmer than the last, with entries like ZombiU, Beyond: Two Souls, and some interesting Assassin’s Creed III information, it was below the normal expectations, or from what I heard. The few months have passed since then and once again it is August, symbolizing, besides my birthday, that Gamescom is just right around the corner.
August 15-19 starts the event, with 13 companies throwing their lineups of games in the fray, showing off even more exciting tidbits. From Konami to Capcom, the developers will each have their own select lineups, most of which have announced already on the Gamescom website. You’ll find that some of the titles have been typed up in German, as the event is in Cologne, Germany, but giving a quick translation, you’ll be able to read the list fairly easily.
The longest lineups seem to be Ubisoft and Square Enix, both reach upwards of 12 games to talk about each. Ubisoft seems to be full of excitement and wonder in terms of titles, even with the Just Dance and Your Shape titles being in the mix. There even seems to be a Splinter Cell: Blacklist Demo already promised on the list. Those who attend the event, I am sure to be jealous of you already, but if you get to play said demo, I will feel my soul die. I’m sure it wont be half as painful as that, but you should feel sorry.
Square Enix, however, seems to be relying on some blockbusters like Tomb Radier, Sleeping Dogs, Hitman, and even the re-release of Final Fantasy VII, while the rest of their line up seems to be littered with relatively unknown titles. I could scarcely work up the nerve to looking into the unknown games, as I have been fairly gun shy with Square Enix as of late.
You maybe asking yourself, what does this all mean though?
It means that some announcements made on titles we have yet to see, or at least that I, myself, have yet to see or hear of. It does put some hope in my heart that these events might even allow us to get to know more information that E3 didn’t tell us. The Blacklist demo especially screams new information release coming from it. They wouldn’t simply rehash the information they have been giving in preview articles, they might even be offering us something fantastic with the Hitman information release.
Most of you reading probably already expected that and are now saying that I should have already known the obvious. Well maybe obvious, but in this lineup of developers and designers, who normally are known for their secrecy and rehashing information, we might actually catch a glimpse of something new this time around.
Or so I would hope.
As of this moment, all I can say is that it looks fairly low in it’s staffing of developers to facilitate 4 days worth of events, so hopefully we’ll hear of some more names and see more faces grace the stage this time Wednesday.
To pass the time, those of you who will not be able to make the event, such as myself, I will hopefully satisfy your gaming appetites with this little tidbit of news. Starting the 12th of August, Best Buy is having a Gaming Blow out on certain items, I have the guys over at Cheap Ass Gamer to thank for the list. Check out all the great deals and don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open for any and all information from Gamescom.