As we previously reported, NVIDIA stole the show at this year’s Gamescom 2018 with its next-generation PC Gaming graphics card lineup introducing Real-time Ray Tracing to the industry in what will arguably change the visual standard for decades to come. You can read more about that, watch the clips, and full public briefing provided in our NVIDIA RTX Press Conference WrapUp.
In terms of actual game announcements, this year was a little dry. We suspect a behind-the-scenes focus on the next-generation gaming consoles currently known as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Project Scarlet (names may change closer to their release) have something to do with the lack of major AAA showings. That being said, there was still plenty of closer looks at upcoming titles to get excited about and we’ve decided to cover most of it at once here in this piece.
GAMESCOM 2018 OPENING CEREMONY
DEEP SILVER ISN’T DEAD
With so many IPs shuffling around between Deep Silver, the old THQ, and Nordic Games (now called THQ Nordic) it has been strange to see and hard to tell what’s going on over at Deep Silver. With lack of information on the perhaps prematurely announced Dead Island 2 and a few other projects, it was beginning to appear as if the publisher had dropped off of the face of the Earth – which would be a real shame. Thankfully, this year’s Gamescom event provided a glimpse into what Deep Silver is doing right now and confirmed for us that they indeed still exist and will continue making awesome games. Here’s a trailer showing some of their upcoming projects.
MAN OF MEDAN
From the makers of Life Is Strange and VAMPYR comes the Pre-E3 announced New IP, Twin Mirror. We got a bit of a closer look at this title at this year’s Gamescom and it’s something that every type of gamer should certainly keep an eye out for.
Shout out to our friends over at GamersPrey who have just launched a full gameplay walkthrough of Yakuza Kiwami 2 and also host virtually every trailer / gameplay demo seen at Gamescom this year. If you don’t want to miss any of this year’s gaming goodness be sure to keep in tune with their channel.
The third entry in a JRPG series from the Sega Dremcast days that many feared was gone for good has finally received a release date. There have been thousands and thousands of gamers demanding a rebirth of Shenmue and until the recent Remaster of part one and two hit PS4 and Xbox it seemed unlikely. If you haven’t played the title yet then now is a great time to give it a chance. We will get the third installment to this franchise on August 27, 2019.
One of the most anticipated games of the year, Fallout 76, was revealed by a surprise leak leading to a still surprising announcement and confirmation. The online only version of the beloved steam-punk RPG from Bethesda Game Studios is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox on November 14, 2018.
ACE COMBAT 7: SKIES UNKNOWN
I remember playing this series back when the Sony PlayStation was a brand new console. Napalming foreign nations and leveling the ground beneath me in state-of-the-art terrain deformation environments stands out but dog-fighting will likely take a major focus as well in this new, upcoming entry.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is universally being praised as one of the best looking titles at this year’s Gamescom by long time fans as well as people who haven’t heard much about it, with both an extended gameplay demonstration and a release date trailer being made available for the press. The new title from Bandai Namco releases for PS4 on January 18, 2019.
RESIDENT EVIL 2
One of the biggest games of Sony’s E3 2018 has been taking the world by storm repeatedly. PlayStation hardcore fans know the Resident Evil series has been something special in the Survival Horror genre forever even if it’s popular to hate on it. Capcom has been working on this remake for a very, very long time and it seems that after the huge success of Resident Evil VII the RE team will be able to bring full glory back to the franchise with this title. A hands-on demo was made available for attendees of Gamescom 2018 as well as new footage. January 22, 2019 Resident Evil 2 releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox.
SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
DEVIL MAY CRY 5
WORLD WAR 3
With no pay to win being touted as one of the major features to this game, as well as a ban on lootboxes, World War 3 could be a big answer to the many problems that riddle the shooter genre. With up to 64 players, development studio The Farm 51 aims to show us just how good they can make their game using the Early Access process with a full release launch window scheduled for Fall 2018.
The world got to see much more of Metro Exodus at this year’s Gamescom with hands-on gameplay demonstrations available to the press. February 22, 2019 Metro Exodus will launch on consoles and PC with NVIDIA RTX and Xbox One X optimizations. On the go crafting is seen to be a major focus this time around but we fell in love with the fire-fights of the series way back when Metro: Last Light was published by Deep Silver and received a 9.75 from two of our reviewers.
LIFE IS STRANGE 2
FADE TO SILENCE
One of the titles coming out of newly minted THQ Nordic has been anticipated since 2017 and is coming along nicely. Fade To Silence has our attention and will bring Lovecraft style themes into the survival genre when it launches on PS4 and Xbox later this year. If you are really keen to help make sure this game becomes a stellar title it’s also available on Steam Early Access right now as a work in progress version of the final product to come.
One very interesting title that keeps popping up everywhere we go and will be a part of our New IP Round Up (coming soon), is Generation Zero. Although the title will be the first self-published game from Avalanche Studios (dev studio behind RAGE 2, Just Cause, and more) a distribution deal has been signed with THQ Nordic to help get physical copies to retailers so Avalanche can focus more on creating and marketing the game. The title looks to be very unique and combines stealth with action in a yet to be detailed struggle for mankind’s survival against AI equipped with mech technology.
CALL OF CHTULHU
A new Chtulhu game is coming from Focus Home Interactive who is the publisher of titles like VAMPYR, The Technomancer, and more. Cyanide (the development studio behind the STYX series, Impire, Blood Bowl, and more) will put the game together under their management. Call of Chtulhu will be an investigative role playing game full of horror and mystery taking place in 1924. We are all about unique and new feeling game concepts at RGN, and so this was definitely something that took our attention. Keep a look out for this title headed to PC, PS4, and Xbox.
A PLAGUE TALE: INNOCENCE
- Gamescom 2018: NVIDIA RTX Press Conference
- E3 2018: Xbox Press Conference – Full WrapUp & Videos
- E3 2018: Bethesda Press Conference – Full WrapUp & Videos
- E3 2018: PlayStation Press Conference – Full WrapUp & Videos
- E3 2018: Nintendo Press Conference – Full WrapUp & Videos
- E3 2018: Ubisoft Press Conference – Full WrapUp & Videos
- E3 2018: EA Games Press Conference – Full WrapUp & Videos