News roundup: Indies and Horror dominate Gamescom

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Gamescom brought pretty much all of the important news and gaming announcements for this week. Indie games continued to show their relevance with an extremely strong showing at all the conferences. Previously announced indies, Rime and Volume, were given brand new trailers in the Sony conference, meanwhile, Microsoft showcased more of their ID@Xbox program with a new look at the gorgeous, Below, as well as some brand new titles for the service. Finally, two new indie games made their debut; Wild, the new playstation exclusive by Michel Ancel; and Hellblade, a grim looking action game from the makers of Heavenly Sword and DMC.

Sony also showed off an array of new titles from their exclusive studios. Tearaway, the award winning PS Vita gem, was announced for Playstation 4 in a brand new take on the original game called Tearaway Unfolded; a move that will hopefully breathe new life into the under appreciated classic. Until Dawn, originally a Playstation 3 title, reemerged exclusively for the Playstation 4 in what appears to be a significantly darker and bigger budgeted take on the more campy original horror. Also announced was The Tomorrow Children, developed by PixelJunk developer Q-games, and Alienation, a gory top down shooter by Resogun developer Housemarque.

One of the biggest news stories came from the tantalizing reveal of Silent Hills, the Kojima and Del Toro helmed next gen take on Silent Hill, which was quietly announced in an instantly released demo called P.T. The response to the unique reveal of Silent Hills has been overwhelmingly positive, however the same can’t be said for Rise of the Tomb Raider which has rode the waves of controversy this week, after the announcement it would be a, revealed now to be timed, exclusive for Xbox consoles.

Other than that, it was business as usual at Gamescom from all sides. Sony showed off more gameplay from their exclusive big hitters; new trailers were shown for Bloodborne, Driveclub, Littlebigplanet 3, and The Order: 1886. Microsoft, meanwhile, showed off their own AAA exclusives with Halo: The master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, Fable Legends, Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break. Third party games such as Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Battlefield: Hardline, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, also made an extremely strong showing, proving that there’s an exciting time ahead for gamers.

It was a surprisingly impressive Gamescom this year, with a great deal of exciting announcements that rival E3. Sony and Microsoft showed off a great deal of previously announced and new exclusives, whilst Nintendo also showed off a few of their already announced yet equally exciting games on the Gamescom floor. Next year is definitely going to be an important one for next gen and it’s already a promising prospect if this past week is anything to go by.

 

 

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