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GamesCom 2014 Games: What to expect

GamesCom 2014 Predictions

With GamesCom just a week away, we’re getting very excited to see what game announcement will be offered at the Cologne-based event.

Of course, we’re still recovering from E3 2014 in June, but we’re more than ready to see some more big game news ahead of the onslaught of games coming later this year.

Unlike E3, there haven’t been many leaks as to the game announcements in store for us next month, so we’ve been having a ponder on what we could expect from the big names in gaming like Sony and EA Games at the show.

We’ll collate all the gaming gossip and rumoured announcements for GamesCom 2014 here, so make sure to bookmark it to keep up to date.

GamesCom 2014 Dates – When is GamesCom?

GamesCom is held at the Koelnmesse centre in Cologne, Germany. For the public, the show runs from August 14 – 17, but the major press conferences are held August 12 – 13.

These dates are when you will see some of the major announcements occur, so watch this space for all the latest.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Please give us a little more Uncharted 4 info Sony

GamesCom 2014 Game Predictions – What’s likely to be on show?

Although GamesCom isn’t anywhere near as big as E3, publishers and developers alike have started to use the European gaming conference as a platform to release fresh news about upcoming titles and even launch previously unannounced titles too.

So with that in mind, here’s some of things you could see talked about at GamesCom 2014.

Sony is one of the few big names that is holding a press conference at GamesCom this year. Everyone has to say that its E3 press conference was pretty jam packed, but rumour has it the GamesCom one is going to be even bigger.

According to fairly reliable Sony leakster @Tidux, “Sony’s lineup at GamesCom is better than at E3” and will not only have some major announcements to share, but will also have a big focus on PS Vita titles.

That could mean something new from Media Molecule for example, which already has LittleBigPlanet 3 for us in November, but it could have a Tearaway follow-on or another IP to show us.

Of course, it would be great to see some more of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End at GamesCom, as we’ve still only had one tiny teaser trailer for the 2015 release.

We also hope to get some fresh information on No Man’s Sky too, which is turning out to be one of the most highly anticipated games of the next-generation era.

Sony is bound to spend a little time reminding us of upcoming PS4 titles like Bloodborne and The Order: 1886 too, as well as Project Morpheus.

Sunset Overdrive
Colourful madness from Sunset Overdrive is bound to be highlighted

Microsoft, as it did last year, is having a special GamesCom 2014 press conference on Tuesday 12 August. The Xbox One centric show will kick off at 2pm CEST (1pm BST) and will offer some fresh information on some of the upcoming titles.

Microsoft has a string of heavily anticipated titles coming up for the Xbox One, including Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2, which it will no doubt give some limelight to during the conference.

“On Tuesday 12 we bring the GamesCom 2014 Xbox briefing, live as it happens. So you’ll be there to see and hear all the news,” explained Microsoft in the GamesCom YouTube trailer.

Developer Remedy Games already confirmed that the first Quantum Break gameplay will be showcased at GamesCom too, so that is bound to be a big part of the press briefing.

“I’m very exctied to tell you that we’ll be presenting Quantum Break’s time amplified action gameplay for the first time ever at GamesCom,” said Remedy creative director Sam Lake back in May.

Microsoft has also secured the live broadcast of the first Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer gameplay.

“Tune in on August 11 to see Sledgehammer Games present the exclusive live reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer,” said Xbox Live’s Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson.

The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer reveal happens at 7pm CEST or 6pm BST if you’re looking to join in on the action.

All Microsoft GamesCom content will be streamed via Xbox Live, and Windows Phone. It’s also available on the Xbox One Twitch app. 

Nintendo doesn’t have any presence at GamesCom, but its upcoming titles like Splatoon, Super Smash Brothers Wii U and Yoshi’s Woolly World will be on show in Cologne.

Yoshi's Woolly World
No Nintendo press conference but guys like these will be on show

EA Games
Now we’re particularly intrigued by the EA Games press conference at GamesCom this year. Its E3 press conference focused on games like The Sims 4, FIFA 15, PGA Tour and the now delayed Battlefield: Hardline.

But some time was given to teasing the hotly awaited titles like the new Mass Effect, Mirror’s Edge 2, Star Wars: Battlefront and the new unnamed racing title from Criterion Games.

We’d love to see some of those expanded upon at GamesCom, especially seeing as Mass Effect 4 is being talked about at San Diego Comic-Con.

There’s also the new BioWare title teased with the below “Nightmare” trailer too, which is due to be announced at GamesCom.

Ubisoft also had a jam packed E3 2014 press conference, with the focus on games like Assassin’s Creed Unity and its four-player co-op, The Division, Rainbow 6: Siege, The Crew and of course, our personal favourite, Far Cry 4.

We’d be very surprised if the Ubisoft GamesCom press conference, which is done most years, doesn’t focus on these games and the others touched on at E3. Hopefully, there might be some fresh gameplay details or other teasers in store for us in August.

E3 was used to launch new UbiArt title, Valiant Hearts: The Great War, so there’s room for some more from that engine for GamesCom too.

Far Cry 4
Hopefully there will be more Far Cry 4 gameplay to enjoy at GamesCom

With Battlefield: Hardline delayed until early 2015, all eyes are going to be on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at GamesCom. Activision confirmed that the Advanced Warfare multiplayer will be playable at GamesCom, so look out for our hands-on with that on TrustedReviews.

Of course, everyone’s talking about Destiny right now even though the beta is closed, so we don’t expect there to be any major announcements involving the Bungie title in Cologne.

We could see something surrounding Skylanders: Swap Force though, as the game is launching in early October and is bound to take some of the limelight at GamesCom.

Deep Silver
One of the games we’re really keen to spend some more time with at GamesCom is Deep Silver’s Dead Island 2. We saw a hands-off demonstration from an early pre-alpha build at E3, but Deep Silver promised that there would be hands-on time with the game in August.

Sadly, it looks like we might not see anything more of Homefront: The Revolution in the near future, due to the sheer amount of staff members leaving Nottingham-based studio Crytek UK following payment issues.

Evolve was awesome at E3 and will hopefully get even better at GamesCom

2K Games
2K Games title Evolve stuck out as one of the best, most enjoyable games we played at E3, especially when we teamed up with our buddies to try and take out the monster. Hopefully there will be some new information about this game, or a different map or some alternative gameplay to explore at GamesCom.

Valve has also confirmed it is attending GamesCom this year, so we should have some new information about Steam OS, Steam Machines, SteamBoy and other steam-related hardware.

Could we see some Half Life 3 teasers? Probably not, but we can only hope.

TrustedReviews will be on hand at GamesCom in August to bring you all the latest news and game previews, so stay tuned. Until then though, let us know what you’d like to see unveiled at the conference in the comment below.

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