With Gamescom 2018 quickly approaching I thought now would be a great time to jot down some of my hopes and predictions for this year’s Microsoft press conference. First I feel we should talk about what Gamescom actually is and look at last year’s event to get some idea of what to expect.
For the uninitiated, Gamescom is one of the biggest video game events of the year. We are usually treated to a slew of new game and hardware announcements. Sometimes we get follow-up information on products announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) earlier in the year.
Last year we got a bit of both from Microsoft with announcements of a Minecraft inspired Xbox One S and more hands-on time with the then-unreleased Assassins Creed Origins. That is also when we received our first look at Jurassic World Evolution. In short, Gamescom is a way for the industry to remind us of all the things we got excited about a few months ago at E3. While at the same time saying “But wait there’s more”.
This year I expect to see a similar formula; a big hardware announcement followed by several smaller announcements stating the reasons to buy said hardware. American Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hyrb, has already confirmed the presence of several of the big name titles we received information on at E3. This includes Forza Horizon 4, and DLC for Sea of Thieves, and State of Decay 2. He’s also stated we will be getting the usual rabble from a game show such as “breaking news”, exclusive interviews, and some never before seen content for other games. To me, all of this sounds like the same things we are promised at every game show every year. So let’s break some of this stuff down.
First off we have the confirmation of 2 titles that are already on and one that will be available at launch on Xbox Game Pass, a service we’ve written about before. The pirate-themed Sea of Thieves will more than likely be receiving the long-awaited map expansion, a medium-sized ship, and the addition of rowboats. We will more than likely see the outline for future Sea of Thieves DLC as well. When it comes to the Zombie infested world, State of Decay 2, we will probably get new details about the “all-new game mode” available in “The Daybreak Pack”. Now we come to the highly anticipated Forza Horizon 4. I’m expecting we will see more gameplay. There will probably be some news about how many vehicles will be available at launch along with some talk about the various game modes. There may also be an announcement of some new mechanics coming to the franchise.
We will more than likely receive some more information about new titles being added to the Game Pass “at launch” list. We already know Gears of War 5 and Crackdown 3 are on that list. I’m hoping to see a few more big names hit that list such as Kingdom Hearts 3 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Dream big, I know. I also Expect to be flooded with new indie titles hitting Game Pass in the near future.
Now we come to the unannounced content. This usually includes new game announcements, or if we’re really lucky, new consoles. However, I don’t believe we will be getting a new console this year. With the release of the Xbox One X last year it wouldn’t make sense for Microsoft to announce a new console already. The only hardware I expect to actually see is an updated elite controller and maybe a few special edition consoles. Now that we have the hardware talk out of the way let’s get down to the reason we’re all here; video game announcements.
If you’ve been paying attention at all this past year you may have noticed that Microsoft has had a less than stellar year when it comes to video games. Honestly, any exclusive announcement would make me pretty happy. With that being said here are a few games I would love to see mentioned at Gamescom 2018.
A new Fable installment
When the first Fable was released 14 years ago (dear god has it been that long?) I was instantly hooked. It was my first real dip into the world of open-world RPGs. Rumors of a new Fable have been circulating the industry for years but we’ve never gotten anything concrete in terms of an actual game. We did recently get a Hearthstone clone with a Fable paint job earlier this year. I feel that a new Fable would fit in perfectly in today’s industry alongside games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
Castle Crashers 2
Why we haven’t already gotten a sequel to this smash hit, I will never know. It’s been 10 years since the first Castle Crashers was released. This current generation of video games has had a severe lack of couch co-op and a game like Castle Crashers 2 could help remedy that.
Sunset Overdrive 2
I absolutely loved Sunset Overdrive. The setting, music, and overall gameplay were pretty unique and incredibly fun to play. The high-intensity antics of this game would fit in perfectly in today’s market. As much as I hate to admit it; this game is perfect for a battle royale style game mode. It was a fresh take on both zombies and consumerism. 😀
(Even though it’s been canceled.)
Okay, the idea behind Scalebound was absolutely amazing. It was a third person action RPG where the player would fight alongside their very own personal DRAGON!! Another thing this generation has lacked is non-competitive multiplayer titles. The original gameplay video was shown at Gamescom 2015; showing off a four-player co-op mode. After the success of Monster Hunter: World a game like Scalebound would be an absolute hit.
I’m predicting that Gamescom 2018 will set Microsoft up quite nicely for the next year. I believe 2019 will be a make or break year for Microsoft’s current generation of consoles. I look forward to seeing anything that Microsoft announces next week.
Let us know what you’re hoping to see announced in the comments below!