Swedish studio Experiment 101 unveiled their first project Biomutant at gamescom 2017, the world’s largest video game trade fair, last week. The announcement was met by very positive reactions from visitors and industry alike, and has been mentioned as one of the most important pieces of news from this year’s show.
More area, more exhibitors and now this: more visitors. gamescom 2017 ended on 26 August with a new visitor record. From 22 to 26 August, a total of more than 350,000 visitors from 106 countries came, including estimates of the last day of the trade fair, to the world’s largest event for computer and video games. This means that gamescom 2017 for the first time also beat the “100 country mark” for visitors and impressively underlined its international importance. With 30,700 trade visitors, gamescom registered slight growth in comparison with 2016 and thus confirms its position as Europe’s number 1 business platform of the gaming industry. Also in terms of numbers of exhibitors and internationality, gamescom 2017 set new records: 919 exhibiting companies (+5 percent) from 54 countries were represented in the Cologne exhibition halls. The foreign share of exhibitors was 72 percent. The accompanying conference programme, including the gamescom congress, the e-sports congress SPOBIS Gaming & Media, as well as the new developer event devcom, rounded off the week perfectly. gamescom was opened for the first time by Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel.
Star of the evening: Super Mario Odyssey wins the best of gamescom award, prizes in three jury categories and the public prize
The winners of the most coveted prizes of the European computer and video games industry have been decided. In addition to the expert jury’s decision about the winners in a total of 21 categories and the Best of gamescom award, the public prize, the gamescom “Most Wanted” consumer award”, was also announced on 24 August. The award ceremony took place on the Social Media Stage in hall 10.1. More than 100 submissions reached the award office, which was this year once again run by the Digitale Spielekultur foundation.
Special Mission: Pripyat, takes Players Into the Sinister Setting of the Chernobyl Ravaged Ghost Town
On the occasion of the annual gamescom in Cologne, global publisher My.com and developer Crytek studio, known for the Far Cry and Crysis series, revealed first details for a new special mission coming to its online shooter Warface. Set in the most renown city of the Chernobyl exclusion zone, “Pripyat” will mark a new milestone in the franchise featuring a rich narrative and new gameplay mechanics for players to discover later this year.
Brutally Challenging Action Role-Playing Game to Debut on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2018
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Prepare to face the apocalypse in the upcoming hardcore action Role-Playing Game (RPG), Immortal: Unchained. Set in a dark, sci-fi universe, the game is a unique take on a well-known sub-genre, blending third-person action shooter and hardcore RPG elements. Immortal: Unchained is the first original franchise from publisher Sold Out and developer Toadman Interactive and will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM in 2018.
Haarlem, The Netherlands – Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Davit Andreasyan announce Inmates, a new psychological horror game with puzzle elements for PC. In Inmates, you must discover the truth behind your confinement and discover the dark secrets of the run-down prison you find yourself in.
Lead the industrial revolution in ANNO 1800 and take part in shaping up the future of the franchise with ANNO Union
Koln, Germany– August 22, 2017 – Today, at gamescom, Ubisoft announced the development of ANNO 1800, new opus of the famous franchise that will take place in the 19th century. ANNO 1800 is scheduled to be released in Winter 2018 on Windows PC.
THE FINAL FANTASY XV UNIVERSE EXPANDS WITH NEW WAYS TO EXPERIENCE EOS
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 22, 2017) – Players will soon have even more ways to experience the FINAL FANTASY XV Universe as SQUARE ENIX today unveiled the FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION, FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION and a November 21 release date for MONSTER OF THE DEEP: FINAL FANTASY XV.
Just in time for gamescom, Telltale is excited to announce that episode two of Batman: The Enemy Within will be available for download starting September 26. The second of five episodes, The Pact launches September 26 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Additionally, both episodes one and two will become available on iOS and Android-based devices that same day.
New Disciplines, Features and Pre-Orders Revealed
COLOGNE, Germany— August 22, 2017 — Today, Ubisoft announced that The Crew 2, the newest iteration in the revolutionary open-world driving franchise The Crew, will launch on March 16, 2018. The game will be available on PlayStation 4 Pro computer entertainment system, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, the family of Xbox One devices and Windows PC. Players can still sign up now for a chance to have beta access at http://thecrewgame.com/beta.