Gamescom 2022 LIVE: Latest announcements, news and what to expect



New Hogwarts Legacy gameplay featured with pre-order info

New gameplay from the upcoming Harry Potter RPG Hogwarts Legacy was shown off during Opening Night Live, giving fans a look at the questline involving Slytherin student Sebastian Sallow. The end of the gameplay trailer also revealed that pre-orders for the game will go live on August 25 at 8:00 a.m. PT, with the game officially set to go live on February 10, 2023. —Brendan Lowry

Callisto Protocol Shows All-New Gameplay Trailer on Next-Gen Hardware

During Opening Night Live, a new Dead Space-like gameplay trailer for The Callisto Protocol was shown. The gameplay was recorded on next-gen hardware (likely an Xbox Series X or PS5) and showed brutal fights with gruesome monsters, exploration of the environment for supplies, and intense scripted sequences. You can check it out in the video embedded above. —Brendan Lowry

Dune: Awakening, a new open-world survival MMO, has been announced

Around the start of the Opening Night Live broadcast, Dune: Awakening, a new open-world survival MMO, was announced with a new trailer. The adaptation of the famous science fiction novel is made by Funcom, Level Infinite and Legendary Entertainment. The trailer featured iconography from the Dune franchise, including the massive sandworm, dragonfly-like helicopters, and more.

The game’s release date has not been revealed, although the game’s website is live and allows players to sign up for its beta version by submitting their email. You can watch the Dune: Awakening trailer here. —Brendan Lowry

Destiny 2’s Lightfall expansion is coming February 2023

During Bungie’s Destiny 2 preview on Tuesday, the studio gave fans a deeper look at what to expect from the Lightfall expansion. Destiny 2: Lightfall is set to release on February 28, 2023 and pit players against the fearsome Shadow Legion as the threat of The Witness, his new follower, and the Pyramid Fleet of Darkness loom over their heads.

The DLC will primarily center around the planet Neptune, with the techno-futuristic city of Neomuna serving as the expansion’s main location. Lightfall will also feature a new Darkness subclass called Strand, which allows Guardians to swing with grappling hooks, create sentient allies to fight alongside them (Warlock), synthesize a string-dart (Hunter), or do giant claws (Titan).

Pre-orders for the expansion are available now, with the base edition DLC priced at $49.99 on Xbox, PlayStation, Steam, Microsoft Store, Epic Games Store, and Google Stadia. You can watch the official Lightfall trailer here.

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Dead Island 2 returns this Gamescom with a new release date

With Gamescom 2022 just getting started, we’re learning what to expect and what titles are due to appear. Dead Island 2 could be one of those appearances, with hints of a long-awaited revival of the zombie action game after it was revealed in 2014.

Dead Island 2 could return with a February 3, 2023 release date, according to a now-deleted Amazon listing. The store page suggests that the latest iteration of Dead Island retains its Los Angeles setting, now with six playable characters and an in-depth skill system to take on the planned “dozens” of zombie types. The lists would have since arisen via Xbox consolessuggesting an imminent announcement at Gamescom.

Publisher Deep Silver may choose to give Dead Island 2 the stage at Opening Night Live, just months away from its presumed 2023 debut. Development on the title hasn’t been smooth so far, with the project being entrusted to several studios and now to Dambuster studios based in Nottingham. The title appears to be heading to Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC, alongside previous-gen consoles. We will have to wait for the live show to find out more. — Matte brown

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is coming to console, pre-orders start today

Ahead of the Opening Night Live broadcast, developer TaleWorld has announcement that Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord – one of the most popular strategic action-RPGs on PC – will officially launch on consoles on October 25, 2022. The game will be available on Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and Xbox One systems and PS4.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is set in the medieval lands of Calradia, where a brutal civil war has led to the fall and rise of entire kingdoms. In this open world, you can summon your armies and charge into battle, besiege fortresses, create and grow secret criminal organizations in the shadows, and more.

Pre-orders for the game also go live today, with copies expected to be available at 12 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CEST. Standard pre-orders of the game will cost $49.99, although there may be more advanced editions of the game that cost more and also include additional collectibles and content. —Brendan Lowry

Welcome to our live coverage of Gamescom 2022! Stick with us for all the latest reveals and premieres from big showcases like Opening Night Live and Future Games Show, plus the little news coming out before, in between and after them.

As my colleague Matt Brown said, Gamescom is generally quieter than E3. Even so, it’s still an exciting event to watch closely if you’re a gamer, as it gives developers the opportunity to show off more of what fans can expect from upcoming titles.

Thanks for joining us as we cover and analyze anything and everything Gamescom 2022! Whether it’s something big like Thursday’s Xbox Booth Live showcase or a smaller announcement, we’ll be watching and writing about everything you need to know. — Brendan Lowry, Windows Core Contributor

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‘Lies of P’ and ‘You Suck at Parking’ appear to be heading to Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft is one of many bringing big exhibits to Gamescom, including an Xbox booth giving fans hands-on opportunities for many of 2022’s most anticipated titles. We’re also expecting new titles confirmed for the subscription service. Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass this week, with two titles now seemingly confirmed ahead of the show.

“Lies of P” and “You Suck at Parking” are among future titles headed to Xbox Game Pass, according to Microsoft’s own Xbox Gamescom booth. Aaron Greenberg, general manager of Xbox games marketing, provided a glimpse of his Gamescom booth in a new tweet, with signage depicting both titles next to the Game Pass logo. Expect to hear more between Opening Night Live and the Xbox Gamescom show on Thursday. — Matte brown

Opening Night Live will run for two hours, ‘unannounced new games’ to feature

Gamescom Opening Night Live host Geoff Keighley has now provided further insight into what to expect from tonight’s conference. The upcoming show will feature both previously announced games and “unannounced new ones” according to a recent tweet. job by Keighley. We’re also expecting the show to be two hours long, with 35 games to feature, suggesting a jam-packed show across a range of expected titles. — Matte brown

Here is the latest list of Gamescom Opening Night Live

Gamescom 2022 kicks off with Opening Night Live later today, delivering what looks to be this year’s first digital broadcast. The show brings together publishers and developers from around the world, delivering over two hours of game reveals and trailers. Opening Night Live host Geoff Keighley has now shared a full look at the confirmed appearances ahead of today’s livestreamed event.

Confirmed premieres include new entry Tales From the Borderlands, Hogwarts Legacy, Gotham Knights, and Sonic Frontiers, among other upcoming titles. We’re also expecting updates for existing hits, including Genshin Impact and Dying Light 2’s first major DLC dubbed Bloody Ties. The full list of confirmed titles for Opening Night Live follows below. — Matte brown

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Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us! Gamescom is back and we’re just getting started with this year’s coverage.

Gamescom, while quieter than trade shows like E3, offers a second chance for developers and publishers to share their games throughout the summer. While it’s not known for its blockbuster talks or industry-shattering reveals, it’s a perfect opportunity to hear more about the games coming in the coming year. We kick off tonight with Opening Night Live, which could bring this year’s major news and announcements from an assortment of major industry players.

We are just beginning our live coverage of the week. This Tuesday we’ll discuss the latest news so far, with a preview of what’s to come this week, followed by a live report on Opening Night Live from 2pm ET / 8pm CEST. You can expect regular updates to follow before things get mad later tonight. — Matt Brown, Windows Central Senior Game Editor


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