What to expect from Gamescom 2014

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Gamescom 2014, taking place in Cologne, Germany from 13 – 17 August 2014, is self-proclaimed to be the world’s “largest trade fair and event highlight for interactive games”.

In other words: a lot of cool gaming stuff is going to be shown off.

What can gamers expect from this year’s event? Let’s take a look.

Ubisoft is coming out in full force

Ubisoft is not holding anything back at Gamescom this year, bringing a bucket-load of titles to the industry event.

Expect to see a lot more trailers, gameplay, and story details from the following games:

  • Far Cry 4
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • The Crew
  • Just Dance 2015
  • Just Dance Now
  • The Settlers Kingdom of Anteria
  • Shape Up

And those are the titles we know about. There may be a surprise or two in the works.

Sony is being sneaky

Sony has not revealed much about its Gamescom plans, bar a very short teaser video showing a blood-soaked snowflake slowly falling to the ground.

The Interwebs has speculated that this may be a teaser for Resident Evil 7, but that claim holds as much (frozen) water as any educated guess.

Games we should see promoted by Sony at Gamescom include:

  • Driveclub
  • Destiny
  • Bloodborne
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • The Order 1886
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

EA Games coming in hard, sort of

Electronic Arts comes to this year’s event with quite a diverse bag of offerings, giving gamers the chance to shoot a robber in the face, or make friends with their virtual neighbour at a pool party. Wait… scrap the pool party idea.

Games we can expect EA to show off:

  • The Sims 4
  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Fifa 15
  • Dawngate
  • Madden 15

What will Microsoft dish out?

Microsoft will no doubt look to boost the profile of the Xbox One ahead of its “launch” in multiple countries – including South Africa – in September. With a Kinect-less bundle now available, and a list of tidy games due to be released in the coming months, this is a chance for the company to catch up ground it has lost to Sony.

Here are a few of the titles we should see:

  • Halo: Master Chief Collection
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Halo 5
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • NBA 2K15

Microsoft has also promised a “big surprise”, so keep a look out for that.

Other games we can expect to see

These titles should be rearing their heads at Gamescom this year.

  • Dead Island 2
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
  • The Evil Within
  • WWE 2K15
  • Project Cars
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Alien Isolation
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Evolve
  • GTA 5
  • More on Square Enix’s newly announce Life is Strange
  • BioWare’s new IP, speculated to be called Shadow Realms

Sierra is making a comeback

Sierra – best known for their seminal graphic adventure games such as the Space Quest and Police Quest series – is set to make a comeback at Gamescom 2014.

According to a short video, posted below, and a new website, the publisher is set to return following its absorption into its parent company – then Activision – in 2008.

Will they be showing off a some new games? Let’s hope so.

Cosplay

Hot women dressed as movie and/or video game characters – yes please , I will watch a bit of that. Expect tight leather and lots of cleavage, as per normal. There’s also bound to be some man-candy to ogle at too, if you’re that way inclined.

Jessica Nigri Cosplay

Cosplay

There are also the pre-award, awards… for games that aren’t finished

Although some of these games are not yet available, or playable, they are up for Gamescom Awards.

Best Console Game Sony Playstation

  • The Evil Within
  • Evolve
  • Dying Light
  • Far Cry 4
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox

  • The Evil Within
  • Evolve
  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue
  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Ori and the Blind Forest

Best Console Game Nintendo Wii

  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Splatoon
  • Super Smash Bros.

Best Role Playing Game

  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Risen 3
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX

Best Action Game

  • The Order: 1886
  • Evolve
  • Far Cry 4
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Super Smash Bros.

Best Simulation Game

  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call
  • World of Warships

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 15
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • PES2015

Best Family Game

  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Silence
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • LEGO Batman 3
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World

Best PC Game

  • Heroes of the Storm
  • The Evil Within
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • Evolve
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Best Mobile Game

  • Darkblade
  • Super Smash Bros. For 3DS
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call

Best Social/Casual/Online Game

  • Orcs Must Die! Unchained
  • Dance Central Spotlight
  • LittleBigPlanet 3
  • SingStar
  • LEGO Batman 3

Best Online Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • FIFA 15
  • Evolve
  • Forza Horizon 2

Best Hardware

  • Virtualizer
  • Oculus Rift DK 2
  • Project Morpheus
  • Amiibo
  • SHIELD Tablet and SHIELD Wireless Controller

What are you looking forward to from Gamescom? Let us know in the comments and forum.

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