Gamescom Announcements Recap 2017
Check out all the latest announcements and trailers from Gamescom 2017. All the newest IPs and perennial titles are on show this week, check them out.
Age of Empires IV
During a Microsoft stream earlier today, it was revealed that Age of Empires IV is coming to PC via Windows 10. Details are somewhat scarce at the moment, but one thing that is known is the developer: Relic (of Homeworld, Company of Heroes fame). So no release date or other info yet.
The trailer (below) takes a concept art driven trip through human history and makes the expected noises about discovery, conquest and the like. It ends with a Windows 10 logo, which would suggest that, like the upcoming Definitive Edition, Age of Empires IV will be Windows 10 only. That also means it’s likely to be stuck on the Windows store.
This trailer takes players to the Nile and ancient Egypt, a setting that the Assassin’s Creed series has been crying out for. Expect your usual leaping around, killing things and hopefully some new features that will take the franchise forward.
Assassin’s Creed Origins comes out on 27 October and hopefully it won’t have horrendous glitches. Actually, they were quite amusing.
Due for release this winter, this latest title promises a combination of beloved and new, innovative features. You can read more about Anno 1800 on the Anno Union page, where you can also sign up for behind the scenes development details and the chance to offer feedback. Currently, it looks like they’re running a vote on NPCs to include.
Cities: Skylines newest expansion pack is headed out later this year. This new DLC for Colossal Order’s massively popular city-builder will feature more than 300 new assets and a heavy focus on renewable energy.
The expansion will be released alongside a free update for Cities: Skylines that will add, among other things, “electric cars, road modding, changes to noise pollution, and more beautification options in the form of parks and trees” to the base game. Green Cities will be priced at $13 USD, and will be out “later this year”.
The Crew 2 is roaring across the country on March 16, 2018. This release will take place simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Dozens of cars will be represented in the massive sequel that continues the scale and detail of the original game. To fuel your excitement, there are a pair of trailers to show off the game and its legendary motors from Gamescom 2017.
FIFA returns once again with its 2018 iteration. It shows some goals and celebrations from FIFA 18, and gives you an idea what some of the more famous players will looks like in game. The official site has a few bits and pieces, like mentions of ‘Team Styles’ (also brought up at E3). If accurate, that could finally make some of the AI teams play differently from one another instead of them all feeling like a homogeneous mass.
They’re also working on player responsiveness, which is promising (and needed). FIFA 18 will be released on PC on 29 September.
Need for Speed Payback
What is interesting for car buffs is the reveal of the 2018 BMW M5 in this video which will appear in a game before it’s even available. What is apparent in the video is that whoever is driving the BMW in the trailer is really loving hogging the road.
Another sports title for the worlds most popular sport. A new 4K trailer showcases the partnership developers Konami have struck with Nvidia. A new photo tool called Ansel will allow players to take and share game screenshots, as well as edit a variety of circumstances and effects to create the ultimate football photo album.
Ruiner and its motorcycle-helmeted protagonist (and what may be his AI controller) will be appearing on PC in September. Here’s the trailer. If you’re wondering about the music, it’s “Sleep Paralysis” by Sidewalks and Skeletons. The top-down cyberpunk shooter is set in the city on Rengkok, and will of course feature a massive amount of violence, if the trailer is any indication.
Rugby 18 is the latest in the long-running sports franchise. This year brings a more fully realized Career mode and enhanced match simulation. Rugby 18 releases this October and so far it’s looking promising but a lot will depend on the actual gameplay because rugby is not easy to get right.