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Gamescom 2017

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Update: Gamescom 2017 is rapidly coming to a end with only one more day before the doors close for another year. Make sure you’re up to date with the latest news and announcements from the show by reading below. Original article continues below… Gamescom has begun. Arguably Europe’s biggest gaming event (some have taken to calling […]

Update: Gamescom 2017 is rapidly coming to a end with only one more day before the doors close for another year. Make sure you’re up to date with the latest news and announcements from the show by reading below.

Original article continues below…

Gamescom has begun. Arguably Europe’s biggest gaming event (some have taken to calling it Europe’s more consumer friendly E3), this annual show in Cologne has garnered a reputation for being the place to get the latest gaming news.

The show floor is now open to everyone, which means right now thousands of fans are getting the chance to try out the latest games.

Unlike E3, Gamescom isn’t a show where big hardware reveals are made. Instead, there’s a strong focus on software from everyone at Gamescom.

If you want to keep up with the latest goings on from the show then read on. We’ll be watching each major livestream to report the biggest news as it happens, and we’re also on the show floor to play the latest games.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Europe’s biggest gaming expo
  • When is it? August 22 – 26

The latest Gamescom 2017 news

Microsoft

 

Microsoft got things off to a reasonably strong but long start with its hour and a half long livestreamed keynote on Sunday August 20. Here are the stand out reveals:

We might as well cut to the chase here: Xbox One X pre-orders going live was definitely Microsoft’s biggest announcement during this livestream. It was what everyone had been waiting for and, of course, it came right at the end.

If you’d like to know how to pre-order an Xbox One X right now, we can help you there.

Efforts were made to make the console look more enticing as a prospect before pre-orders were announced, something that’s probably especially important now that one of its bigger launch titles, Crackdown 3, has been delayed.

Hammering the point that you certainly won’t be short of games to play if you get an Xbox One X on its November 7 release, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg confirmed that there are currently more than 100 Enhanced titles confirmed for the console. You can see them all for yourself right here.

According to Greenberg, 4K enhancement patches will be widespread and “all the biggest games are doing it” from new titles such as Battlefront 2, FIFA 18 and Wolfenstein II to older games like Titanfall 2 and Fallout 4.

A brand new expansion and definitive edition of Microsoft’s exclusive title ReCore was announced. The expanded game will feature improved visuals for Xbox One X with HDR support. It won’t, however, be in 4K. For those that already own the original game, this expanded version will be made available to download for free.

ReCore Definitive Edition will also be of interest to Games Pass users. Microsoft confirmed that the service is expanding to 8 new markets and that it’ll be adding 7 new titles this month, one of which will be ReCore: Definitive Edition.

Xbox Design Lab was also confirmed to be expanding quickly to more than 20 additional European countries. Interested in designing your very own custom controller with Xbox Design Lab? Check out our how to guide.

In other hardware news, the Xbox One S got some attention in the form of a limited edition Minecraft console and the reveal of a brand new Shadow of War bundle. Both are available to pre-order now with the former due to be delivered October 3 and the latter October 10.

Other than those big money spending opportunities, Microsoft’s press conference wasn’t big on the software reveals.

We got the chance to see more of Assassin’s Creed: Origins with a brand new cinematic trailer. Considering at E3 everything we saw about this game was rather gameplay focused, it was nice just to sit back and watch some extremely pretty visuals.

Another new trailer popped up for Middle Earth: Shadow of War which is rapidly approaching its October release date. This is a game for which we’ve seen a lot of footage already but the new trailer is well worth watching if only to confirm that, yes, it does look like it might be an improvement on Shadow of Mordor in terms of scale and visuals.

We got the chance to see more of Assassin’s Creed: Origins with a brand new cinematic trailer. Considering at E3 everything we saw about this game was rather gameplay focused, it was nice just to sit back and watch some extremely pretty visuals.

Another new trailer popped up for Middle Earth: Shadow of War which is rapidly approaching its October release date. This is a game for which we’ve seen a lot of footage already but the new trailer is well worth watching if only to confirm that, yes, it does look like it might be an improvement on Shadow of Mordor in terms of scale and visuals.

Sea of Thieves was featured, you won’t be surprised to hear. A brand new build is coming to Gamescom and it was confirmed that cross-play will be available. That means whether you’re playing on Windows 10 PC or Xbox One, you’ll be able to play together. Between Tuesday August 22  and Saturday August 26 technical alpha players going to have access to crossplay, but the team said that before the game is released pretty much everyone will be able to have a turn before they buy.

Microsoft also featured its ID@Xbox program, and brought forth the highly anticipated animated indie darling, Cuphead. The game will be available to play at the show and we hope to be able to bring your our first impressions of it during the week.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the highlight reel of Microsoft’s Gamescom conference. Things aren’t over yet, of course. There will undoubtedly be more reveals coming up this week and we’ll be sure to bring them to you right here.

Nintendo

For a long time we’ve known that Nintendo doesn’t need a stage show to make big announcements; just give it an internet connection and it’ll livestream direct to you. At this year’s Gamescom, however, it seems Nintendo doesn’t even need that. Now it just needs a Twitter account.

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Before we get into the Twitter news, Nintendo showed off a host of new gameplay for Super Mario Odyssey. It announced a new food-themed kingdom, the Luncheon Kingdom, and showed Mario and his sentient hat, ‘Cappy’ making their way through various culinary delights.

As previously mentioned, Nintendo also dropped a handful of exciting announcements on day one of Gamescom this year through its Twitter accounts, including new hardware reveals and pre-order launches.

For all those disappointed that they’ve not managed to get their hands on a SNES mini pre-order just yet, Nintendo has unveiled that on October 13 it’ll be releasing a SNES-inspired 3DS XL console in the UK and Europe. At the moment there’s no word on pricing or whether a US version will be released but we’ll keep you updated on that here.

Keeping on the theme of the 3DS, Nintendo also revealed that it would be adding 3 more classic games to its more affordable Nintendo Select range. These games are Super Mario 3D land, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Kirby Triple Deluxe. They’re all fantastic games so it’s exciting to see them re-released at more affordable price points for everyone to enjoy.

Fire Emblem Warriors now has a European release date for Europe on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. It’s coming on October 20 and there’ll also be a limited edition Switch boxset which will come with the original soundtrack over three discs and character cards. Watch the game’s brand new trailer below:

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