IGN is on the floor at gamescom 2023 the place we’re trying out all the newest and best in video games in Cologne, Germany. In the wake of Opening Night Live, the place we obtained to see updates for Mortal Kombat 1, Modern Warfare 3, and heaps extra, we had an opportunity to take a seat down with a ton of builders over the course of our multi-day stay present.
This article will spotlight the largest and finest moments from every day of gamescom. You can discover extra data on what to anticipate as gamescom 2023 continues into the weekend, together with the awards present and heaps extra with our gamescom 2023 schedule.
The Coolest Things We Saw at gamescom 2023
gamescom Day 4: The Biggest Announcements
It could also be onerous to consider, however we’re already on day 4 of gamescom. IGN had a ton of video games on our liveshow, and we wished to share them with you so you may see the newest from some of the most enjoyable upcoming video games.
Alongside a brand new have a look at Black Myth: Wukong, we additionally obtained to see new gameplay and communicate to the groups behind different such video games as Lies of P, Off the Grid, Sky: Children of the Light and its animated sequence spin-off, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, Homeworld 3, and rather more.
Check Out Our Hands-On Impressions of Black Myth: Wukong and Watch 19 Minutes of Boss Battles and Gameplay
Black Myth: Wukong has been making a giant splash at gamescom 2023 and we had the probability to not solely get our palms on the a lot anticipated Unreal Engine 5 soulslike, but additionally share with you 19 minutes of superb and intense gameplay.
In our Black Myth: Wukong hands-on demo, we mentioned, “It’s shaping as much as be one of the most enjoyable motion RPGs of the soulslike period, one with its personal contemporary strategy to problem, tempo, and skills.
“What stays to be seen is how developer Game Science has approached wider RPG programs, equivalent to character growth and leveling up. Should that, plus the degree design of additional chapters, match as much as the high quality bar of the bosses we’ve seen, then Black Myth: Wukong can be the success everyone seems to be hoping for.”
Lies of P Gets Another Stellar Showing at gamescom 2023
Lies of P, the upcoming soulslike that’s based mostly on Pinocchio and is ready for launch on September 16, obtained one other nice demo at gamescom 2023. We got here away very impressed and consider this might find yourself being an A-class soulslike that might hopefully stand toe-to-toe with FromSoftware program’s best work.
In our demo, we obtained an opportunity to take a look at the King of Puppets boss and some new weapons that may hopefully hold you from a horrifying loss of life.
Off the Grid Is a Satirical Cyberpunk Game Within a Game from Director Neill Blomkamp
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp stopped by gamescom to debate Off the Grid, a sport he’s directing that’s being billed as a dystopian battle royale. While it guarantees battles with as much as 150 folks in its battle royale mode, Off the Grid can even have a 60-hour narrative marketing campaign that may assist construct out the world.
Off the Grid additionally obtained a gameplay trailer at Opening Night Live and it confirmed the battle royale in motion, traversal through vehicles, automobiles, grappling hooks, and jetpacks, and rather more.
Sky: The Two Embers Teaser Shows Off the Animated Series Based on Sky: Children of the Light
Journey developer thatgamecompany has revealed a brand new look and title for Sky: The Two Embers, its upcoming animated sequence arriving in 2024 that is based mostly on the world and lore of Sky: Children of the Light.
thatgamecompany CEO and artistic director Jenova Chen additionally stopped by our gamescom studio to speak about Children of the Light, its animated sequence spin-off, setting a Guinness World Record, and rather more.
New Details and Gameplay Revealed for Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is a spin-off sport starring Kazuma Kiryu that appears to attach Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth.
At our gamescom studio, Like a Dragon sequence chief producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto joined us to share new particulars about the sport’s fight, preventing kinds, customization, and how its Colossseum battle enviornment will work. He additionally reveals why Kazuma Kiryu, who is not any working beneath the codename Joryu, is lots like Superman.
For extra, you should definitely take a look at our preview of Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name.
Homeworld 3 – New War Games Mode Adds Co-Op Roguelike Missions
Homeworld is returning for the first time in 20 years with Homeworld 3, and sport director Lance Mueller and lead author Martin Cirulis stopped by our studio at gamescom to share extra about what makes this sport so particular.
One of the largest revealed was the new War Games mode that provides co-op roguelike missions, and that ought to make for an much more thrilling sport when it’s launched in February 2024.
For extra, take a look at the Homeworld 3 story trailer from gamescom Opening Night Live.
Payday 3 Will Receive Major Content Updates for 18 Months Post-Launch
Payday 3 lead producer Andreas Häll Penninger and international model director and head of neighborhood Almir Listo have been on-hand to not solely reply all our questions on the upcoming heist sport, but additionally share some brand-new gameplay.
Come hearken to them discuss creating in Unreal Ending, working with Ice-T and new mechanics, how they plan on supporting the sport with main up to date for at the very least 18 months post-launch, and extra.
Project Mugen Offers Spider-Man-Inspired Anime Action
Project Mugen was one of the greater surprises at gamescom 2023. This free-to-play city open-world RPG not solely seems to be a fusion of Cyberpunk 2077 and Genshin Impact, however it additionally seems to have gamers traversing the world in a approach that might be proper at house in Spider-Man’s universe.
Project Mugen senior advertising and marketing director Riten Huang got here to IGN’s gamescom studio to speak about the sport’s anime artwork type, its many characters, and share some new fight gameplay.
Tomorrow can be the final day of gamescom and we’ll be internet hosting gamescom’s Cosplay Contest! Be positive to cease by to search out out the finest costume, finest gown, finest constructed, and fan favourite. We can even be showcasing much more trailers troughout the present.
gamescom Day 3: The largest bulletins
gamescom Day 3 has arrived and we kicked it off by internet hosting the gamescom 2023 Awards! We additionally revealed a ton of new trailers, obtained a more in-depth have a look at Path of Exile 2, and heaps extra. Keep studying for a full rundown of every little thing proven in Day 3 of gamescom 2023!
We hosted the gamescom 2023’s Awards, and Little Nightmares got here out on prime!
The gamescom awards befell right now, and Little Nightmares 3 was chosen as Best in Show! Here’s a full record of all the winners.
We additionally revealed a ton of new trailers
Awards weren’t the solely factor introduced at the gamescom awards — heaps of new video games appeared, too. Here’s all the trailers proven at the 2023 gamescom awards.
We obtained an unique have a look at new gameplay and photographs from Path of Exile 2
Path of Exile 2 appeared at this yr’s gamescom. And IGN can completely reveal that we noticed some new photographs and gameplay for the upcoming RPG.
The first bit targeted on the Druid, which included a narration from Jonathan Rogers, the co-creator of the sport. The second piece of gameplay targeted on seven minutes the Warrior and the Huntress, which once more consists of Rogers offering a voiceover describing what’s going on in the demonstration.
Grinding Gear Games additionally shared a ton of new screenshots for Path of Exile 2, which targeted on bosses, in-game environments, and spell results.
We obtained our first have a look at Neill Blomkamp’s Off the Grid
We obtained to see the first gameplay trailer for Off The Grid, a brand new battle royale third-person shooter directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9). Off The Grid throws gamers right into a covert company warfare between three firms on the tropical, dystopian Teardrop Island. Blending PvE and PvP, you’ll expertise hectic 150-player battle royales as a cyberlimbed Zero, preventing to outlive whereas concurrently taking up a 60-hour narrative marketing campaign. Extract high-value loot and improve your physique with cybernetic limbs to provide your self the edge to succeed in the prime.
AMD introduced two new Radeon RX 7000 GPUs
One of a handful of tech bulletins popping out of the gaming-focused commerce present, AMD took the stage on Friday to unveil two new desktop GPUs it is including to the Radeon RX 7000 sequence: the RX 7800 XT and 7700 XT. According to AMD, each GPUs are designed for PC avid gamers preferring high-FPS 1440p gaming.
Additionally, AMD shared some particulars on FSR 3.0, which it revealed will introduce a brand new native anti-aliasing mode. No launch date but for FSR 3, however AMD says the third era of its supersampling tech is “coming soon.”
We talked to Sam Lake about Alan Wake 2
We sat down with Sam Lake at gamescom 2023 to speak about Alan Wake’s horror inspirations, its want for somewhat bit of comedy, and not desirous to go neck and neck with Spider-Man 2. Read the full interview right here!
We obtained a more in-depth have a look at Forza Motorsport
IGN’s Destin Legarie had an opportunity to take a look at a demo of the subsequent main installment of Forza Motorsport at gamescom. My colleague described a bit of a brand new sport mode referred to as the Builder’s Cup, describing the way it’s a mode the place you may acquire XP by racing “as cleanly as possible,” and famous that the demo confirmed Audis, Mercedes, and BMWs racing one another.
Legarie additionally notes how the XP is essential in Turn 10’s “Level, Build, Dominate” philosophy it has carried out in Forza MOtyorsport. Explaining that the new sport mode and its mechanics ought to assist him (and possibly others) be taught the ins and outs of a car.
We checked out Deathground, a brand new survival horror sport the place you combat dinosaurs
If you’re on the lookout for a survival horror sport the place you’re heading off dinosaurs as a substitute of one thing like zombies or the paranormal, Deathground is likely to be what you’re in search of.
Developed by Jaw Drop Games, Deathground has you taking part in solo or with a pal as you survive a world that’s infested with deadly AI dinosaurs. There’s no phrase but on when the sport is popping out, however the developer says it’s “coming soon.”
gamescom Day 2: The largest bulletins
The second day of gamescom 2023 stored the momentum going. Some video games that made an look on day two embody STALKER 2, Marvel Snap, and The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. The full record is under.
We revealed unique gameplay for The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria
IGN can completely reveal the 13 minutes of gameplay for Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. Yesterday we completely revealed the subsequent sport in the common fantasy sequence impressed by the books by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria can be launched on October 24, 2023, on PS5 and PC as an unique on the Epic Games Store, whereas an Xbox Series X/S model is concentrating on an early 2024 launch.
We obtained a brand new have a look at S.T.A.L.Ok.E.R. 2
Despite the sport being pushed again to early 2024, S.T.A.L.Ok.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl developer GSC Game World appeared at gamescom to share a slew of new gameplay for its upcoming first-person shooter.
Additionally, the CEO of GSC Game World sat down with us to reply all questions we had about the growth staff and its undertaking. We additionally shared our first impressions of S.T.A.L.Ok.E.R. 2’s gameplay, which you’ll watch proper right here.
CD Projekt Red talked about how Phantom Liberty is the final huge replace earlier than Cyberpunk 2
My colleague Stella Chung had an opportunity to take a seat down with sport director Gabriel Amatangelo to debate the new content material coming to the subsequent growth of Cyberpunk 2077, together with a fast have a look at a brand new zone referred to as Dogtown.
More curiously, Amatangelo revealed that Phantom Liberty is the final huge growth followers will see earlier than a sequel to Cyberpunk 2077 launches. Check out the full interview right here!
We discovered that Kazuma Kiryu was all the time meant to be the twin protagonist in Like a Dragon Gaiden
We sat down with Like a Dragon sequence producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto at gamescom 2023 to get some solutions to our questions on Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, together with new particulars about the sport’s setting, preventing kinds, battle enviornment, Kiryu’s trend sense, and extra.
Since the reveal of Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, many veteran followers of the sequence have been perplexed by the choice to convey again long-time sequence protagonist Kazuma Kiryu as a twin protagonist. However, Like a Dragon sequence producer Hiroyuki Sakamoto claims that Kiryu’s return has been in the playing cards for an extended, very long time.
Second Dinner’s Ben Brode talked about Marvel Snap leaving Steam Early Access
Ben Brode, the Chief Development Officer at Second Dinner sat down with us to debate Marvel Snap’s PC launch and his favourite deck in the sport.
At Opening Night Live earlier this week, Second Dinner introduced that Marvel Snap was lastly out of Early Access. Last October, the sport was launched on PC (through Steam), along with macOS and cellular gadgets, however solely the Steam model was left in Early Access.
Wayfinder revealed as a brand new MMO that appears like a fusion between Destiny and WoW
If you’re a Destiny and/or World of Warcraft fan, Wayfinder is likely to be up your alley. This upcoming MMO. IGN sat down with AJ LaSaracina, the director of advertising and marketing and engagement for the sport. He defined the sport’s journey to date and what followers can anticipate when it lastly releases someday subsequent yr.
Project Mugen is a brand new open world RPG the place Cyberpunk meets Genshin Impact
After teasing the sport a couple of days prior, NetEase Games and Naked Rain introduced Project Mugen, a free-to-play city open-world RPG that resembles a fusion of Cyberpunk and Genshin Impact.
Despite no launch date, we do know Project Mugen is coming to PlayStation, PC, and cellular gadgets. Pre-registrations are open now for these excited about giving the sport a strive.
gamescom Day 1: The largest bulletins
The first full day of the commerce present began off robust with new data on Starfield, Alan Wake 2, and RoboCop: Rogue City. Of course, we additionally noticed some nice surprises, together with a brand-new teaser for the Fallout TV sequence.
Bethesda confirmed off the first teaser for the Fallout TV sequence
During a presentation for Bethesda’s upcoming open-world RPG Starfield, Todd Howard shocked those that attended with a sneak peek at the forthcoming Fallout TV sequence.
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The TV adaption based mostly on the common post-apocalyptic franchise was introduced in 2020 and is a collaboration between Bethesda Softworks and Prime Video. However, there’s been comparatively little information on the sequence. Howard talked about in the presentation that there can be greater tease, and Prime Video confirmed the sequence would premiere someday subsequent yr.
We obtained to see Starfield’s first mission
We additionally obtained to see the first mission for Starfield at gamescom 2023. The first 15 minutes of Starfield follows its exhibiting at Opening Night Live, which embody a live-action trailer amongst different highlights.
The first mission of the sport has gamers on the Argos Extractors Mining Outpost on the Moon of Vectera, mining for ores earlier than wandering in a tunnel alone, the place we uncover and work together with a bizarre blue deposit, which leaves us unconscious with a transition into you waking up and commencing the begin of your character creation.
We had a chat with Xbox Boss Phil Spencer
Phil Spencer sat down to speak with us a few selection of issues: from sharing his opinions on Baldur’s Gate 3, to teasing extra Final Fantasy video games coming to Xbox consoles, and reiterating that there is no such thing as a plans to supply a mid-generation improve to the Xbox Series X/S consoles.
Circling again to the Final Fantasy feedback, we requested him if Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Final Fantasy 16, two video games which have been huge heavy hitters on PlayStation consoles, would ever make its approach onto Xbox. While we didn’t get an outright affirmation, Spencer noting that Square’s earlier dedication to Xbox sounds looking forward to RPG followers in the Xbox ecosystem.
Zack Snyder talks Rebel Moon and his perfect sport to adapt for the huge display
At Opening Night Live yesterday, we obtained new particulars on Zack Snyder’s upcoming sci-fi movies Rebel Moon. Part 1, subtitled A Child of Fire, which we already knew will hit Netflix on December 22, however Part 2: The Scargiver, will arrive on April 19, 2024.
At day one of gamescom, Snyder revealed the approixmate runtimes for each movies in an interview with us, with each movies lasting roughly 4 hours. But in case you are longing for longer run occasions for each, Snyder did reveal that there are director’s cuts of the movies additionally in the works, too.
More curiously, Zack Snyder informed us that he would like to adapt Gears of War for the huge display, whereas additionally mentioning that he’s excited about the Halo franchise. While Halo is already being tailored for the small display with a second season on the approach at Paramout+, a Gears ofWar film and grownup animated sequence have been introduced final yr.
Remedy was readily available to point out off 40 minutes of Alan Wake 2
With Alan Wake 2 launched in October month, Remedy Entertainment confirmed off a full chapter comprising some 40 minutes of its horror sequel. The chapter is ready in an ominous duplicate of New York City referred to as The Dark Place. Remedy beforehand famous that Alan Wake 2 was going to be its first survival horror sport.
The Dark Place provides a stark distinction to what Alan Wake followers have beforehand seen; its roads are populated with oil-spill-like swimming pools od darkness and newspapers litter the streets. Outside of its NYC-infleunced design The Dark Place is crammed to the brim with Easter Eggs, together with a cameo from artistic director Sam Lake, who’s already confirmed to not be reprising his function as Max Payne and as a substitute taking part in one other character in Alan Wake 2.
Mortal Kombat 1 devs speak Lore and invasions whereas addressing the animation criticism
We had a couple of interviews on day one of gamescom from Netherealm Studios, and they have been all about its upcoming preventing sport Mortal Kombat 1.
IGN sat down with Netherrealm’s story and voiceover director to debate the lore and the way it has modified in Mortal Kombat 1 as the subsequent most important installment serves as a reboot for the sequence. A separate interview had us speaking to Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon, the place he addressed the criticisms made about sure assault animations featured in Mortal Kmbat 1.
My colleague Mitchell Saltzman revealed his ultimate preview for Mortal Kombat 1, discussing the new Invasions mode, which he described as an “RPG combined with a board sport.” You can watch the video model of that preview above.
The first 16 minutes of RoboCop: Rogue included a ton of ED-209s
In 2021, a RoboCop first-person shooter was introduced. And right now, IGN can completely reveal the first 16 minutes of RoboCop: Rogue City. The 16 minutes is crammed with parts followers of the movies can anticipate, together with a gaggle of ED-209s.
The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria obtained a PS5 and PC launch date
IGN can completely reveal that The Lord of the Rings: Return of Moria is coming to PC and PS5 on October 24. An Xbox Series X/S model was beforehand introduced as effectively, however Indie developer Free Range Games and writer North Beach Games mentioned that model will arrive early subsequent yr.
Star Wars: Dark Forces remaster introduced
Nightdive Studios, the developer who beforehand gave the remaster therapy to System Shock and Quake 2 introduced its subsequent undertaking: Star Wars: Dark Forces remaster. It’s in growth for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
Turok 3 can also be on the approach
Alongside a remaster for Star Wars: Dark Forces, Nightdive Studios additionally introduced at this yr’s gamescom that Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion can also be on the approach. It’s slated to launch someday between October and December of this yr and will launch on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch.
Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story obtained a brand new trailer
Another unique IGN revealed outta this yr’s gamescom is Son of Nunu: A League of Legends Story. The newest trailer featruures gameplay, a have a look at the fictional area of Freljord and an look from Braum, a champion from League of Legends.
Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story doesn’t have a launch date (but) however we do know it’s going to launch someday this fall.
We discovered heaps extra about Hellboy: Web of Wyrd
IGN’s Max Scoville sat down with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Art Director Patrick Martin to speak about Hellboy’s new sport, Hellboy: Web of Wyrd.
Patrick and Mike speak to Max about a number of parts of the new sport. They focus on the sport’s heavy emphasis on melee fight that also consists of taking pictures. More than that, additionally they dug deep into the sport’s rogue-like parts, like Hellboy’s completely different upgradable skills and what gamers may anticipate to customise from run to run.
We discovered how Assassin’s Creed: Codename Jade made the leap to cellular
Assassin’s Creed Jade is the first full sport in the franchise to be made completely for cellular gadgets. Playable at gamescom 2023, we took to the degree Infinite sales space to get some high quality time with Assassin’s Creed Jade to see simply what the builders have been in a position to obtain on the cellular platform.
What to anticipate from gamescom Day 4
That’s about it for our recap of Day 2 of gamescom! Keep an eye fixed on this house for heaps extra interviews, trailers, and bulletins as we roll on to Day 3 of gamescom. Tomorrow are the gamescom 2023 awards! Here’s an inventory of what to anticipate.
- Mortal Kombat 1
- Lies of P
- Where Winds Meet
- Tekken 8
- Payday 3
- Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name
- Sky Children of the Light
- The Plucky Squire
- Black Myth: Wukong
Taylor is a Reporter at IGN. You can observe her on Twitter @TayNixster.