11 Biggest News Stories Out of Gamescom 2019
Gamescom 2019 was loaded with announcements and reveals: Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix gave the public its first look at Marvel's Avengers gameplay; Kojima finally revealed Norman Reedus' main mission in Death Stranding, thanks to several new trailers; and we saw tons of new screenshots from Cyberpunk 2077, which was also announced for a new platform.We've compiled these stories, along with eight others, below to create a digestible recap of all the biggest news to come out of this year's show. Scroll down for the full list of Gamescom 2019's 11 biggest news stories.
Marvel's Avengers 19-minute Gameplay Demo Revealed
During the show, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics unveiled a 19-minute gameplay demo from Marvel's Avengers. The demo was previously shown at E3 and San Diego Comic-Con, but the footage wasn't made public until Gamescom.The video, taken from the tutorial level of the game, shows off gameplay from each of Marvel's Avengers' five playable characters: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Captain America. IGN was also able to gain a better understanding of how each hero plays by going hands-on with Marvel's Avengers.For even more on the superhero game, check out out all the new Marvel's Avengers details we learned during Gamescom.
Death Stranding: New Trailers, Gameplay Details, Urination, and More
Hideo Kojima debuted four new trailers for Death Stranding during Gamescom. Among them were new character trailers for Margaret Qualley's Mama and Guillermo del Toro's Deadman, as well as the first footage of uncut gameplay (above) and a story trailer exclusive to Gamescom attendees.Though it's not publicly available, that Gamescom-exclusive trailer provides essential context to understanding the main mission of Norman Reedus' Sam. Luckily for those of us who weren't in attendance, IGN's Joe Skrebels saw and subsequently recapped everything from that latest Death Stranding trailer.Beyond new trailers, Kojima revealed a urination mechanic, which seemingly allows Sam to pee and create mushrooms. We have no answers beyond that, though we know you can't peek at Norman Reedus' digital penis.Geoff Keighley, whose likeness appears in the game, also discussed Death Standing's multiplayer component, saying, "I think people aren’t quite fully ready for what [Kojima's] doing."
Cyberpunk 2077 Coming to Stadia; Post-launch Multiplayer Being Researched
During Google's presentation at Gamescom, the company announced Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Stadia. CD Projekt Red, meanwhile, shared over 100 detailed Cyberpunk 2077 screenshots during the show, highlighting different characters, weapons, and locations.CD Projekt Red also addressed multiplayer during Gamescom, telling Eurogamer it has a small team performing R&D into the potential mode, but its focus remains "on single-player experience, and that's what you'll get in 2020."Be sure to check back with IGN later this week, as the developer is releasing 15 new minutes of Cyberpunk gameplay on August 30.
Gears 5 Horde Mode, Steam Version Revealed
The Gears 5 Horde Mode was officially unveiled during Gamescom, introducing new mechanics such as unique playable characters and ultimate abilities. The Coalition also revealed a Halo: Reach character pack for Horde and Versus.Beyond Horde, the developer discussed the importance of accessibility in games and announced Gears 5 is coming to Steam on PC (in addition to Windows Store).
PUBG Xbox One, PS4 Cross-play Announced
Gamescom 2019 also brought with it the announcement of PUBG cross-play support between Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The update will be released in late September for test servers; the live server is expected to be updated in early October."[Cross-play] will make the pool bigger globally and also offer more competition," said Koosung Jeong, PUBG Corp. console producer.
Ori and the Blind Forest Coming to Switch
Following rumors of a Switch port, Microsoft confirmed Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is coming to Nintendo's hybrid console on September 27.The beloved platformer was originally released in 2015 as an Xbox One and PC exclusive. The Definitive Edition came a year later, adding new areas, abilities, story elements, music, and more.The announcement came during Nintendo's Indie World showcase held at Gamescom. In addition to Ori, Nintendo announced Switch versions of Superhot and the Hotline Miami Collection, among many others.
The Witcher 3 Switch Release Date Announced
The Witcher 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 15. The date was announced during Gamescom Opening Night Live.IGN went hands-on with the Witcher 3 Switch port last week, finally allowing us to gauge its performance. IGN's Jon Ryan wrote "while it isn't necessarily the best way to experience Geralt's biggest adventure, it also isn't nearly as rough as some may have feared."
Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Characters Revealed
NetherRealm Studios revealed the six DLC characters that will be coming to Mortal Kombat 11 between now and March 2020. Those characters are Shang Tsung, Nightwolf, Terminator T-800, Sindel, Joker, and Spawn.Shang Tsung and Nightwolf are available now. Terminator T-800 will be released on October 8, followed by Sindel on November 26. Joker and Spawn will join the fight in 2020, on January 28 and March 17, respectively.
Kerbal Space Program 2 Announced
Kerbal Space Program 2 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2020. Original studio The Squad is supporting the sequel, but it will primarily be developed by Star Theory (formerly Uber Entertainment).IGN spoke with Star Theory creative director Nate Simpson at Gamescom, during which we discussed the KSP community, interstellar colonies, nuclear propulsion rockets, and more.
Need for Speed Heat: New Gameplay, Details Revealed
During the show, IGN spoke with Need for Speed Heat creative director Riley Cooper and came away with 16 interesting details about the racer.Here are a few of those new and notable details:
- There will be a companion app that lets you modify your cars
- There's character customization
- There's a day/night system that affects police behavior
- Cars have health bars
- You can't play as a cop
IGN also went hands-on with Need for Speed Heat at Gamescom. After their brief time with it, IGN's Dale Driver said it "feels like a greatest hits album rather than a unique take for Need for Speed."
Disintegration: Halo Co-creator's New FPS Detailed
The first gameplay footage from Disintegration, a new FPS from Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto, was shown during Gamescom. Check it out above.The 2020 FPS will have both a single-player campaign and PvP multiplayer — the latter can be seen in this seven-minute Disintegration gameplay video. After some hands-on time with it, we learned Disintegration is less Halo and more "bizarre shooter-strategy."What do you think was the biggest announcement from this year's show? Which game listed above are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments.Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.关注无极荣耀官网（www.laicachina.com.cn）。