Gamescom 2020 Opening Night Live highlights

Gamescom is an annual video game convention typically held in Cologne, Germany. Due to Covid-19, the event went digital this year. Gamescom 2020 began on Aug. 27 with the Opening Night Live show which featured numerous trailers for new and already announced video games. Gamescom continued until Aug. 30 with daily livestreams featuring even more trailers, gameplay demonstrations from developers and interviews.

I’ve already covered several games announced earlier this summer over two articles, but here are just a few more highlights of the games shown as part of Gamescom’s Opening Night Live.

The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu (downloadable content)

Screenshot courtesy of The Sims 4: Journey to Batuu Steam page.

Developer: Maxis

Release date: Sept. 8

Platforms: PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Players will be able to travel to Batuu to acquire new decor and recipes in the new downloadable content for the life simulator game, The Sims 4 according to the Star Wars Journey to Batuu page on ea.com. Sims will also be able to take on challenges and missions to determine whether The Resistance or First Order takes control of the planet. Along the way, players will unlock a starfighter and outfits. In order to construct a lightsaber, however, players will need to find kyber crystals and hilts, after which they can then spar with other Sims.

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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout Season 2 (content update)

Still from the Fall Guys – Season 2 Sneak Peak trailer.

Developer: Mediatonic

Release date: October

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Season 2 of the chaotic and vibrant battle royale Fall Guys will add new courses and costumes with a medieval theme. One of the new courses in the sneak peek trailer has a feature where players must work together to move boxes so that they can platform up a wall. Among the new costumes featured in the trailer, one can spot colorful jelly bean Vikings, witches and dragons.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light (expansion)

Screenshot courtesy of bungie.net.

Developer: Bungie

Release date: Nov. 10

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X

A trailer was shown for the new stasis subclasses being added in the Beyond Light expansion for the multiplayer first-person shooter role-playing game Destiny 2. The new subclasses appear to hear the ability to create temporary ice pillars on surfaces to move around on and use for cover in addition to being able to freeze and shatter enemies. More information about the new subclasses will be revealed every few days on bungie.net starting with the Warlock on Sept. 1.

Twelve Minutes

Screenshot courtesy of twelveminutesthegame.com.

Developer: Luis Antonio

Release date: TBA (very likely 2020 according to the about page)

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X

Twelve Minutes is “an interactive thriller about a man stuck in a time loop” according to the new cast reveal trailer. Featured voice actors include William DaFoe, who narrated the trailer, Daisy Ridley and James McAvoy. The game seems to take place entirely in an apartment from a top-down perspective. The trailer showed multiple potential scenarios such as the main character crying over the body of a woman who appears to have bled out and another where the couple is dancing.

Teardown

Screenshot courtesy of teardownthegame.com.

Developer: Tuxedo Labs

Release date: TBD (early access release potentially this year)

Platforms: PC

Teardown is a first-person destruction and heist game with a voxel art style. Players must create a path through the level in order to perform a heist. Everything in the environment is fully destructible according to the Teardown website. After using explosives, vehicles or building structures to create a path through buildings, players will then run through the level to collect targets. Should they trip an alarm, they must escape before security shows up.

Lemnis Gate

Screenshot courtesy of lemnisgatethegame.com.

Developer: Ratloop Games Canada

Release date: TBA (coming soon)

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Lemnis Gate is a competitive turn-based strategy first-person shooter. Not much was revealed about how the game is played in the trailer, but the description on the Lemnis Gate website explains a little bit: “Tactical cunning is key to victory in a game where skillful shooting meets turn-based strategy over five time-bending rounds. Take turns changing the future as multiple timelines converge. Set ambushes, fix past mistakes, and bait opponents into committing their own in an ever-shifting match of temporal tampering.”