Gamescom Opening Night 2021 was a two-hour digital event video game extravaganza. Hosted by Canada’s very own Geoff Keighley, it was filled with world premiere content, new video game announcements and updates to upcoming games.
Let’s take a look at some of the top highlights and news from the event!
Gamescom Opening Night 2021 opened with an announcement from Deep Silver and Volition. They announced and showed the eagerly anticipated reboot of one of the best selling game series, Saints Row. The game is slated for a global release on February, 25, 2022 and is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC. Saints Row is set in the fictional city of Santo Ileso in the heart of the American Southwest.
The Saints Row recipe for action, crime, and humour remains. You play as the future Boss, Neenah, Kevin, and Eli by your side, to form The Saints. Your mission is to take on Los Panteros, The Idols, and Marshall Defense Technologies as you build your empire across the streets of Santo Ileso and battle for control of the city.
Saints Row is filled with epic gunfights and high-speed chases, which you can play with a friend through co-op play. As a fan of the Saints Row series I’m excited to see Volition’s new vision of the game in 2022.
Pre-orders for Saints Row are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Dotemu and developer Tribute Games in partnership with Nickelodeon surprised everyone at Gamescom by confirming April O’Neil, star reporter and beloved ally to the heroes in a half shell, as a playable fighter in the upcoming game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. With her iconic yellow jumpsuit and reporting gear, April unleashes flurries of hits against the Foot Clan’s soldiers. Her agility and far-reaching slide kicks help her close in on targets quickly.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge launches in 2022 on Nintendo Switch and PC.
Pre-orders for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
Call of Duty Vanguard
Sledghammer Games revealed the first extended playthrough of one of Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Campaign missions, Stalingrad Summer. Call of Duty: Vanguard delivers the complete package to Call of Duty fans across Campaign, online Multiplayer and Zombies co-operative modes. You’ll witness the origins of Special Forces as they change the face of history, forming Task Force One in a sprawling World War II narrative campaign spanning the Eastern and Western fronts of Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.
Multiplayer features 20 maps on day one at launch. While Zombies fans will experience a signature undead gameplay experience, marking a franchise-first Zombies crossover for Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Vanguard launches November 5, 2021 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Warner Bros. Games, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm Games showcased a new gameplay trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga at Gamescom Opening Night 2021. In the trailer Padawans learn to become Jedi with guidance from their Jedi Masters. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features all nine Skywalker saga films, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, both of which are making their LEGO Star Wars game debut.
You can roam the entire galaxy with your favourite characters including Luke Skywalker, Rey, BB-8, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. And, we learned that LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will now release in Spring 2022. It will be available on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Finally, one of the top announcements at Gamescom Opening Night 2021 came from 2K and Marvel Entertainment. They announced Marvel’s Midnight Suns, a new tactical RPG set in the darker side of the Marvel Universe. It brings you face-to-face against supernatural forces as you team up with and live among the Midnight Suns—Earth’s last line of defense against the underworld. Marvel’s Midnight Suns is set to launch in March 2022. It will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
Pre-orders for Marvel’s Midnight Suns are coming soon to Best Buy Canada
Gamescom Opening Night Live 2021 was a thrilling event
Gamescom Opening Night Live 2021 had its fair share of news, games and announcements to be excited about. Let me know in the comments section below what game you are excited for most that were shown at gamescom.