The first day of gamescom 2014 is done. The second is upon us. There’s so much news you don’t know where to start. Start here.
There was so much news out of the conference yesterday that quite a lot of it has been drowned out in all the shouting. Microsoft has a good show, with lots of interesting news, and then Sony blew the doors off, knocking Xbox off the front page despite our frantic attempts to keep it in the limelight.
Here’s the deal: first I’m going to link you to our massive round ups of all the major news. If you want the full picture, you can scroll through each and every link they offer.
- Xbox at gamescom 2014: every headline from the press conference
- PlayStation at gamescom 2014: every headline from the press conference
But now? I’m going to give you the abridged or curated version – the greatest hits of gamescom 2014, day one. You can get on top of all the biggest stories and most exciting videos quickly and easily, without the headache of digging through dozens of headlines. Are you ready? Here it comes:
This was yesterday’s biggest story and there’s no surprise there; everyone who hasn’t got an Xbox One or Xbox 360 is standing on their chairs shouting their hatred of platform exclusives. It’s one thing when a platform holder develops a property – it’s quite another when it sucks up an existing, much-loved IP. Nobody’s yet willing to say it’s a timed exclusive, but it’s certain that come the 2015 holiday season, the only place to play Rise of the Tomb Raider is on Xbox One.
Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are making a new Silent Hill game starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus
Holy shit, I was not expecting that! During its conference, Sony announced and then released a playable demo for something called P.T. When gamers made it to the end of the puzzling and terrifying demo hours later, they were greeted with the title “Silent Hills” and some massive names. Hit the link to see the trailer, link out to a Twitch stream of the demo, and even check the comments for a GIF of the final scene.
Microsoft said Ori and the Blind Forest is coming during the holidays, and then announced Goat Simulator, Space Engineers and MOBA SMITE for Xbox One. It also showed off The Escapists, Super Hot, Threes!, Plague Inc Evolved, Capybara’s Below, Cuphead and Inside. There’s a sizzle trailer through the link.
Fable Legends and Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One betas dated
The Fable Legends beta kicks off in October. Lionhead produced a new trailer to mark the announcement. Meanwhile, the Halo 5 Guardians beta begins in December. You get guaranteed access to that if you buy Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which releases in November. There’s a new trailer for the Halo Waypoint Xbox One channel, too.
There are three Xbox One bundles coming this year
How do you like your Xbox One? The FIFA 15 Xbox One bundle is a European exclusive, and comes with a new FIFA Ultimate Team trailer. The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Xbox One bundle has a 1TB hard drive, which is starting to approach what you’re going to need this generation, glob help us all. It’s a good-looking package, too, but not as pretty as the Sunset Overdrive white Xbox One bundle.
It might be coming to other consoles, we guess, but Sony got Dean Hall up on stage to announce it, so that’s the message we have now. Bohemia’s been talking about the possibility of ports for a while, so this isn’t a huge surprise.
Sold, not shipped. Not much more to say, is there? It’s a record of some sort though, so hit the link for the quotes if that’s your bag. Well done, Sony.
Unsurprisingly, Sony’s streaming games service is coming to Europe, a place with significantly better infrastructure to support such a thing. Sorry, North America, but your enormous distances and reliance on copper isn’t ideal. Go go Google Fibre, right? Oh, and PlayStation TV is coming to Europe in November; hit the links for details.
That’s it for now. Let us know if you find this format useful! Now settle in for day two, kicking off with EA.