Dying Light 2 Stay Human: Bloody Ties DLC Announced, Coming October 13
The first DLC for Dying Light 2 Stay Human has been announced with a new trailer during Opening Night Live, showcasing the gladiator-style arena battles. The DLC’s new area, The Carnage Hall, offers fans tons of story content, quests, new weapons, character interactions, and more. Bloody Ties will be released on October 13, 2022, and players who pre-order it will receive access to a bonus Aristocrat Pack containing unique cosmetics and other items.
New Hogwarts Legacy Gameplay Shown Along With Pre-Order Info
New gameplay from the upcoming Harry Potter RPG Hogwarts Legacy was showcased during Opening Night Live, giving fans an inside look at the search for 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 a.m. PT, and the game will officially go live on February 10, 2023. —Brendan Lowry
The Callisto Protocol shows off a brand new gameplay trailer on next-gen hardware
During Opening Night Live, a new gameplay trailer was shown for the Dead Space-esque The Callisto Protocol. The gameplay was shot on next-gen hardware (probably an Xbox Series X or PS5) and showcased brutal battles with horrific monsters, exploration of the environment for supplies, and intense script sequences. You can watch it in the video embed above. —Brendan Lowry
Dune: Awakening, a new open world survival MMO, has been announced
Towards the start of the Opening Night Live show, Dune: Awakening, a new open-world survival MMO, was announced with a new trailer. The adaptation of the famous sci-fi novel is being made by Funcom, Level Infinite and Legendary Entertainment. The trailer featured iconography of the Dune franchise, including the massive sandworm, dragonfly-like helicopters, and more.
The game’s release date has not been disclosed, although the game’s website is live and players can sign up for the beta by submitting their email. Watch the trailer for Dune: Awakening here. —Brendan Lowry
Destiny 2’s Lightfall Expansion Coming February 2023
During Bungie’s Destiny 2 showcase on Tuesday, the studio gave fans an inside look at what to expect from the Lightfall expansion. Destiny 2: Lightfall is released on February 28, 2023 and pits players against the fearsome Shadow Legion as the threat of The Witness, his newest disciple, and the fleet of Darkness Pyramids loom over us.
The DLC will primarily be centered around the planet Neptune, with the techno-futuristic city of Neomuna as the main location of the expansion. Lightfall will also feature a new Darkness subclass called Strand, which will allow Guardians to swing around with grappling hooks, create sentient allies to fight by their side (Warlock), assemble a rope dart (Hunter), or craft giant claws (Titan).
Pre-orders for the expansion are available now, with the base edition of the DLC retailing for $49.99 on Xbox, PlayStation, Steam, the Microsoft Store, the Epic Games Store, and Google Stadia. You can watch the official trailer for Lightfall here.
Dead Island 2 returns this Gamescom with new release date
As Gamescom 2022 just kicks off, we’re learning what to expect and what titles will be out. Dead Island 2 could be one of those appearances, with hints of a highly anticipated revival of the zombie action game after its reveal 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 version of Dead Island will keep its Los Angeles setting, now with six playable characters and an in-depth skill system to take on the “dozens” of planned zombie types. Mentions have reportedly surfaced since then via Xbox consolessuggesting an imminent announcement during Gamescom.
Publisher Deep Silver could choose to stage Dead Island 2 at Opening Night Live just a few months after its alleged 2023 debut. Development of the title has not gone smoothly so far, with the project handed over to multiple studios and now under Nottingham-based Dambuster Studios. The title seems to be heading to Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC, in addition to previous-generation consoles. We’ll have to wait for the live show to find out more. — Matt Brown
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Coming to Console, Pre-Orders Begin Today
Ahead of the Opening Night Live show, developer TaleWorld has: announced that Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord – one of the most popular strategy 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 and PS4 systems .
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 go into battle, besiege fortresses, create and grow covert criminal organizations in the shadows, and more.
Pre-orders for the game will also go live today, with copies expected to be available at 12:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM CEST. Standard pre-orders of the game 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! Stay with us to see all the latest reveals and premieres from major showcases like Opening Night Live and the Future Games Show, as well as the smaller news stories coming before, in between, and after.
As my colleague Matt Brown said, Gamescom is generally quieter than E3. Even so, it’s still an exciting event to keep a close eye on if you’re a gamer, as it gives developers the opportunity to showcase what fans can expect from upcoming titles.
Thanks for joining us as we discuss and analyze anything and everything Gamescom 2022! Whether it’s something big like Thursday’s Xbox Booth Live showcase or a smaller announcement, we’re watching and writing everything you need to know. — Brendan Lowry, Windows Central Contributor
‘Lies of P’ and ‘You Suck at Parking’ Appear to Be Heading to Xbox Game Pass
Microsoft is one of many with big shows at Gamescom, including an Xbox booth that will give fans hands-on opportunities for many of the most anticipated titles of 2022. We’re also expecting some new titles confirmed to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service this week. from Microsoft, with two titles now seemingly confirmed for the show.
“Lies of P” and “You Suck at Parking” are among the future titles heading to Xbox Game Pass, according to Microsoft’s own Xbox Gamescom booth. Aaron Greenberg, general manager, Xbox game marketing, previewed his Gamescom booth in a new tweet, featuring signs displaying the two titles next to the Game Pass logo. Expect to hear more between Opening Night Live and the Xbox Gamescom show on Thursday. — Matt Brown
Opening Night Live lasts two hours, ‘new unannounced games’ appear
Gamescom Opening Night Live host, Geoff Keighley, has now provided additional insight into what to expect from tonight’s conference. The upcoming show will feature both previously announced and “new unannounced” games according to a recent tweet Posted by Keighley. We also expect the show to run for two hours, with 35 games to play, suggesting the show will be packed with a range of anticipated titles. — Matt Brown
Here’s the Latest Gamescom Opening Night Live Roster
Gamescom 2022 kicks off with Opening Night Live later today, offering what looks like this year’s most significant digital showing. The show brings together publishers and developers from around the world and delivers over two hours of game reveals and trailers. Opening Night Live host, Geoff Keighley, has now shared a full rundown of confirmed performances ahead of today’s live-streamed event.
Confirmed premieres include a new Tales From the Borderlands entry, Hogwarts Legacy, Gotham Knights and Sonic Frontiers, among other upcoming titles. We also expect updates to existing hits, including Genshin Impact and the first major Dying Light 2 DLC called Bloody Ties. The full list of confirmed titles for Opening Night Live follows below. — Matt Brown
Here are some of the games scheduled to appear during #gamescom Opening Night Live today at 8pm CEST/7p BST/2p ET/11a PT on pic.twitter.com/QqFH5oKP99August 23, 2022
Welcome everyone – and thank you for joining us! Gamescom is back and we’ve just started reporting this year.
Gamescom, while quieter than trade shows like E3, offers developers and publishers a second chance to share their games throughout the summer. While it’s not known for its blockbuster conferences or groundbreaking reveals, it’s an ideal opportunity to learn about games arriving in the coming year. We kick off tonight with Opening Night Live, which could bring this year’s best news and announcements from some of the industry’s major players.
We have just started our live coverage this week. This Tuesday, we’ll cover the latest news so far, with insights into what’s coming up this week, followed by live coverage of Opening Night Live from 2pm ET / 8pm CEST. You can expect regular updates before that happens crazy later tonight. — Matt Brown, Windows Central Senior Games Editor