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All the biggest announcements from Gamescom 2018's opening ceremony

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At the opening ceremony of Gamescom 2018, which kicked off at 11:00 today, we saw some exciting game announcements and as a fan of Until Dawn, I for one, can’t wait for the game that opened the show. Sure, the opening ceremony didn’t pack the same level of punch as, for example, the E3 Press Conferences, but there are still some great things to get excited about.

There’s hopefully still a lot to come as Gamescom 2018 just got underway. For now, check out all the awesome announcements from the opening ceremony.  

The Dark Pictures Anthology

The Dark Pictures Anthology is a collection of horror games and it looks incredibly frightening, to say the least. The cool thing is that for the first time, Supermassive Games’ will release not only on PS4 but on PC and Xbox One as well. Your actions in the Dark Pictures Anthology will shape the character’s paths and what you do will determine if they survive.

Basically, various horror titles that work and play a lot like Until Dawn by the looks of it. The first game in the anthology is called Man of Medan” and it looks awesome.

Man of Medan is the first game in the Dark Pictures Anthology, bringing supernatural horror to the South Pacific. As the player you’ll get to shape the story through your actions and decisions. Who will live, who will die - It’s all down to you...

Desperados III

From THQ Nordic comes Desperados, a western-themed, hardcore stealth title in the veins of the likes of Commandos. The Gamescom trailer didn’t show too much of the game, just that you can fail horribly and quickly if you don’t take all possibilities into account.

The Wild West. A place where the law is made by those with a gun in their hands, and is enforced by the henchmen at their command. A place where death is no stranger and the undertakers are working overtime… especially when people start playing Desperados III.

This real-time tactics game, developed by German game studio Mimimi Games (Shadow Tactics: Blades Of The Shogun), lets players command a band of Desperados led by fan-favourite gunslinger John Cooper.

The game is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime next year.

Life is Strange 2

Square Enix presented Life is Strange 2 to the world during the opening ceremony and for those who loved the first game, you should be extremely happy. It is the most ambitious project to date and keeps the core of what made Life is Strange so great while pushing the experience to the next level. Check out the trailer below and get a glimpse the two brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz. 27 September can’t come soon enough.

Check out the trailer and nearly 20 minutes of gameplay below.

"Two brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz, 16 and 9, are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident in Seattle. In fear of the police, Sean & Daniel head to Mexico while attempting to conceal a sudden and mysterious supernatural power. Life on the road is tough and now totally responsible for his much younger brother, Sean begins to realize that his decisions will impact their lives forever…"

The Settlers: History Collection

If you’ve never played a The Settlers game, you haven’t lived! I grew up on these games and at Gamescom, The Settlers: History Collection was revealed. This package includes enhanced versions of seven The Settlers games and it will be available on 15 November 2018 on PC, so mark those calendars and prepare to spend thousands of hours in this enhanced edition.

Starting today, The Settlers 1 will also be available on the UPlay store, so keep an eye out for that.

New The Settlers game

The History Edition already got me excited but then a completely new The Settlers game was announced too and it will be coming to PC in “Fall 2019”. Except for the one trailer, nothing else is known about the game so far, but it’s still great news for Settlers fans.

Shenmue III

After what feels like forever, we finally have a release date for Shenmue III alongside a fantastic new video. The game will make its way to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on 27 August 2019.

Only a few games become legendary. This is the story of one of them… Shenmue III sees the continuation of the epic story-driven saga. The player controls teenage martial artist Ryo Hazuki as he investigates his father's murder. Players must explore the game's open world, searching for clues, examining objects and talking to non-player characters for information, taking them further into enemy territory, deeper into mystery, and even closer to their destiny.

Twin Mirror

One of the more interesting games coming out of E3, DontNod’s upcoming adventure game Twin Mirror, got a new trailer and the first Episode (of three) of the game, entitled “Lost on Arrival”. Check out the new trailer for this psychological thriller coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2019.

 

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