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The official opening show for Gamescom 2021 has arrived. Geoff Keighley hosted Opening Night Live, revealing numerous world premieres and exclusive gameplay trailers. Below are some of the biggest highlights from the show.

Saints Row

A brand new Saints Row title will release on February 25 2022 on past and current gen consoles. This soft reboot is set in the fictional American Southwest city of Santo Ileso. Three main gangs will take centre stage in the game, and a snippet of early gameplay was revealed.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns

XCOM studio Firaxis’s new title is the superhero strategy game Marvel’s Midnight Suns. This tactics RPG will focus on the relationships between the cast of heroes, and will star brand new superheroes alongside classic characters such as Wolverine. Gameplay will premiere on September 1, and the game will release in March 2022.

Halo Infinite

After a no-show at Xbox’s own Gamescom stream, it was surprising to see Halo Infinite at Geoff Keighley’s show. We finally got a release date: December 8. Also announced was a new limited edition Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, as well as a Halo 20th anniversary Xbox Series X console set to launch on November 15.

DokeV

The developers of Black Desert Online revealed a gorgeous creature-catching MMO. Players can traverse the open-world on skateboards, longboards and roller skates. The third person combat looks to be real-time, unlike Pokémon, but we’ll surely find out more details soon. Did we mention that you can ride a llama?

Horizon: Forbidden West

Guerrilla Games updated fans on the Horizon: Zero Dawn sequel, and the game has officially been delayed to February 22, 2022. Pre-orders start next week, but a 60fps update is available for fans of the original game on PS5.

Death Stranding Director’s Cut

The finale of the show gave viewers an extended look at the PS5 version of Death Stranding. Shown in action were a jetpack to help land large jumps, a cargo launcher, and a Buddy Bot to help with some heavy lifting. Also shown in more detail was the firing range, new weapons, and the racing mode. Death Stranding Director’s Cut arrives on September 24.

 

 

 

By Gavin Spoors

Gavin is a Freelance Writer, budding Screenwriter and Narrative Designer, and Gaming Editor for Filmhounds. He's particularly interested in story and narrative design, be it for a film, TV series or a game. His written work can be found at outlets such as Flip Screen, New Game+ and JumpCut PLAY.

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