And to think, it’s been two whole months since the phrase made its way across a stage in curled letters: “WORLD PREMIERE.” That will change this afternoon with the opening livestream of Gamescom.
In recent years, Gamescom’s kickoff event, officially called Opening Night Live, has become one of the three big annual video game marketing hurrays to watch. It aims to announce Gamescom, a week-long game- and kölsch-focused convention held every year in Cologne, Germany. As in previous years, Opening Night Live will be hosted by Geoff “World Premiere” Keighley
Where to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022
Gamescom Opening Night Live will officially air on Keighley’s The Game Awards channels. The event starts at 2:00 p.m. ET and lasts approximately two hours. You can stream it live on twitch or YouTube:
What to expect from Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022
Keighley said more than 30 games will be screened during Opening Night Live. These events always have some surprises from completely left field (my fingers are stuck in a crossed position looking out for Kirby Air Ride 2) mixed with updates to previously announced games. A number of publishers and developers confirmed the screenings during the event ahead of the event.
Gamescom’s big headliner is The Callisto protocola sci-fi horror game set to pick up the abandoned cloak Empty space (appropriate, given development on) Callisto is helped by Empty space creator Glen Schofield). The Callisto protocol had a big show during non-E3 season this year, where images impressed fans of the genre. That is followed by what? Keighley called “new” gameplay at Gamescom today. Game will be released on December 2, 2022, for consoles and PC.
Sega will also show off more images from Sonic Limitsthe upcoming open world Sonic game that received a lot of criticism in a preview period earlier this summer. Sonic traditionally has a light-hearted franchise about going as fast as possible, all fast guitar riffs and bright colors. That it goes the lonely, melancholic route of Zelda: BotW has proved flummoxing to say the least, although new images today might change your mind.
Warner Bros. debuts another trailer for Gotham Knights. Some people are skeptical about the open world elements. Others (hi) are intrigued by the muscular combat and the support for co-op. Anyway, right now Gotham Knights has more or less come in its “give it to meeeeee” stage.
You can also safely expect to see:
- The first gameplay for Telltale’s the vastness, a narrative game based on Amazon’s adaptation of James SA Corey’s series of sci-fi novels. (the vastness wrapped its sixth and supposedly final season with a killer cliffhanger earlier this year.)
- lies from Pthe soulish based on Pinocchio that looks much sturdier than it has any right.
- Goat Simulator 3whose trailer made at Summer Game Fest everyone thinks for a few seconds that a new one Dead Island came.
- High in lifea shooter from the makers of, uh, Rick and Morty. Originally slated for fall release, developer Squanch Games recently slowed it down until Dec.
- Devolver will show more of Return to Monkey Island; throwback to the game shown earlier this summer caused a wave of crude, cruel and unnecessary vitriol to its creator, Ron Gilbert.
Then there are the surprises. Gear box teased something about border areas. Best bets is a gameplay reveal for the Tales of the Borderlands continuation slated for this year, but it could also be the trailer for the upcoming movie starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett. (Earlier this year Lionsgate) broadcast behind closed doors footage on CinemaCon.) In a moonshot it will be a real full-fledged expansion for this year Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands. The spin-off has received four additional DLC packs since its March launch. fans say they have delivered too little compared to previous DLC border areas games, especially since they cost about the same price.
The lineup isn’t quite as glowing as Summer Game Fest or The Game Awards (or, for years, it’s appropriate, a proper E3). But you never know! After all, at last year’s Gamescom Opening Night Live, developer Volition debuted his Saints Row redo. That’s going great.