News | New World Open Beta Announced

An open beta of Amazon Games' New World was announced during Gamescom Opening Night Live.

It looks set to be Amazon Games’ first successful game as the current closed beta is popular on Steam. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings mmo was canceled and the multiplayer game Crucible was also removed after launch.

Despite the large player numbers, the New World beta did not run smoothly. Last month it was revealed that beta testers had broken video cards – especially the GeForce RTX 3090. This seemed to be due to too high frame rates being reached. Amazon said it has no indication that it is a widespread problem, but released a patch that locks the number of framerates per second.

The open beta is from September 9 to 12. The mmo will be released in full on September 28.

News | Gamescom Opening Night Live announced for August 24th

The Gamescom Opening Night Live show will be held on August 24 this year.

Presenter Geoff Keighley announced this via social media yesterday. Last year, the show, which kicked off the German game fair, was watched by about ten million people. Every year the show features new images of upcoming games, as well as completely new games announced.

More clarity has also been given about the Gamescom fair itself via a press release. For the time being, the fair will take place physically this year, but as a ‘hybrid’ event. This to take into account the corona virus. Fewer visitors can come to the fair, which this year mainly revolves around playing upcoming games. In addition, there are digital queues, so that people can come to the play session by appointment. There should also be more focus on online streams. Gamescom will be held from August 25-29 this year.

News | Linkin Parks Mike Shinoda writes theme song Gamescom: Opening Night Live

Mike Shinoda is writing the theme song for the upcoming Gamescom: Opening Night Live.

Geoff Keighley, the organizer and presenter of the upcoming live show, has announced this. A live stream last night showed how Shinoda worked on the song.

The complete song must be performed during the show. Shinoda is best known for the nu-metal band Linkin Park, as well as For Minor and his solo career.

Gamescom: Opening Night Live is to be held entirely digital on Thursday, August 26. Keighley will reveal new games during the show and show new images of upcoming games.

News | Gamescom is officially canceled physically

After it was almost assumed that Gamescom would not be held physically this year, the organization behind the fair has now officially confirmed this.

A message on Twitter announced that they’re disappointed that Gamescom cannot continue this year, but that there are major plans for a digital event.

The organization should reveal more about this event in the coming weeks. It is already known that Gamescom: Opening Night live, the show organized by Geoff Keighley, will continue as usual.

On Wednesday, the German government announced that major coronavirus events should no longer be held in the country until the end of August. Gamescom was scheduled for August 25-29. Due to the enforcement of the German government, it was almost certain that the stock exchange would not go through, but now it has been officially confirmed.

News | The biggest announcements of Gamescom 2019

As you read this, Gamescom in Cologne, Germany is still in full swing. I'm already back to provide you with the latest updates. The largest game fair in the world is open to the public until Saturday. However, most announcements have already been made, often through various live streams. Below you will find the biggest announcements and news from Gamescom this year. And believe me there is some news!

Last E3, Square Enix finally revealed the first images of the highly anticipated Marvel’s Avengers, and the first gameplay images were released during Gamescom. These images revolve around the intro segment of the game and allow you as a player to get used to the five heroes you play with: Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow and Thor. There is a major catastrophe in the action game that banishes the Avengers. Five years later they have to take action again to save the world from evil.

Marvel’s Avengers will be released on May 15, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stages.

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Google Stages

Speaking of Google’s upcoming streaming service, another big news item about Stadia this Gamescom is that Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Stadia. Although Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on 16 April 2020, the Stadia version does not yet have a release date. But the big news that one of the most hyped games of the moment is also coming to Stadia is good enough for me.

Ori and the Blind Forest available on the Switch

Microsoft and Nintendo are best friends. After Minecraft and Cuphead, the Xbox One game Ori and the Blind Forest will also come to the Switch. An absolute must for Switch owners, because this beautiful-looking platformer remains completely intact on Nintendo’s hybrid system. Explore a magical world and try to survive the most challenging platform sections. Ori and the Blind Forest will play for the Switch on 27 September.

In an Indie World presentation, Nintendo also revealed many more interesting indie games for the Switch. The action games Superhot and Hotline Miami Collection are immediately available through the eShop. The colorful The Touryst by Shin’en (the makers of Fast RMX), the pixelated Eastward and the fun What the Golf also look promising.

Switch version The Witcher 3 is available from October 15

I could hardly believe it during E3: the gigantic open world action rpg The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to the Switch! During Gamescom I was provided with many more images of the Switch version and it remains unbelievable to see this game running on the hybrid console. There is now also a release date: October 15. As if this fall wasn’t full enough with potential top games! The Switch version of The Witcher 3 also includes the acclaimed expansions of the game, and therefore offers hundreds of hours of gaming fun.

Bizarre new gameplay and videos from Death Stranding.

The more I see of Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, the more confused I get, in a strangely satisfying manner. During Gamescom he also swung a few trailers into the world that confused more than provide clarity. For example, some new characters are introduced – including an artificial fan based on game journalist and The Game Awards presenter Geoff Keighley – and we see the main character, acted by The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, peeing. Yes, a bit strange, but it is very relieving!

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is available from the beginning of September.

Fans have had to wait for quite some years, but the classic Final Fantasy 8 RPG finally gets a remaster. Which is coming out on 3 September. From that moment the game will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. The rpg was originally released in 1999 for the very first PlayStation and revolves around a group of mercenaries led by the stoic Squall Leonhart. New in this version are sharper graphics and new gameplay elements, including a Battle Assist option.

Enough nice announcements and trailers during Gamescom this year! Whatever platform you have, the rest of the year offers a wide variety of interesting titles. 2020 is also starting to look very tasty!