Today kicked off the preliminary event for Gamescom 2023, a huge video games trade fair event in Cologne which runs from Aug. 23 - Aug. 27. Geoff Keighley, Canadian video game journalist and host of the Game Awards, started things off by hosting Gamescom 2023 Opening Night Live (ONL) at Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET / 7 P BST / 8P CEST. Several game announcements and updates were showcased during this livestream, addressing some highly-anticipated upcoming Xbox games and upcoming PC games.
We were already told that Alan Wake 2, Assassin's Creed: Mirage, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Mortal Kombat, and Black Myth Wukong would be part of the show, but here are all of the announcements for Xbox or PC that happened during the livestream.
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How to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live
You can watch Gamescom Opening Night Live at the embedded YouTube link above or you can scroll down and see all of the Xbox and PC game announcement highlights.
Todd Howard came on stage to talk about Starfield
Starfield Game Director, Todd Howard was physically in person at ONL to discuss the game coming out next month. He stated that "we love to make games where we can explore." The game centers around a miner who touches a strange artifact while on a job. This leads them into exploring the depths of space to uncover its mysteries by enjoying a group of adventurers.
Starfield releases on Sept. 6, 2023, but Early Access begins Sept. 1, 2023.
Little Nightmares 3 gets announced, coming 2024
Little Nightmares 3 was announced and will be releasing in 2024. This game from Supermassive Games and Bandai Namco will allow for two-player co-op on Xbox as players run around Nowhere once more. It's of note that the previous two games in the series were developed by Tarsier, but the studio has sent parted ways with the series.
A look at Black Myth: Wukong
We got to see more footage of Black Myth: Wukong, the upcoming action RPG, fighting game. It is expected to release in 2024 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows.
Killing Floor 3 gets announced
We got to take a look at the upcoming roguelike FPS game, Killing Floor 3. The story takes place in the year 2091 when an evil company has produced several bioengineered monsters and so it's up to the rebel group known as Nightfall to take them down. This co-op game is coming to Xbox Series X|S, Steam, Epic Games Store, and PS5 sometime in the future.
Age of Empires 4 for Xbox is out today
The award-winning RTS game originally released on PC a few years back, but now Age of Empires 4 has been overhauled for console and is available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Game Pass starting today. Command a civilization as you work to grow your economy, increase your military forces, and destroy your opponents.
Crimson Desert gameplay
We got to see several minutes of gameplay for the upcoming Crimson Desert, an open-world action adventure. There were moments of melee combat, watching the main character fall from the sky, and various scenes showing off the game's world. This online game will be releasing sometime in 2023 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, PS5, and PS4.
Another look at Payday 3
We've already seen quite a few trailers for this third installment in the heist FPS series, but today we got yet another look with additional footage. Payday 3 will be coming to Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and PS5 on Sept. 21, 2023.
A look around Baghdad in Assassin's Creed: Mirage
The latest Assassin's Creed: Mirage footage gave us a look around the city of Baghdad. This focus gave us a look at various NPCs and a quick look at the evil group that players will face. This game is releasing October 5, 2023 and preorders are currently open.
A quick look at Tekken 8's 32 fighters
Tekken Director, Katuhiro Harada, came on stage to talk about Tekken 8. We once more got a look at the game's 32 unique fighters and the personalities that set them apart. The game is coming to Xbox Series X|S, PC, and PS5 on Jan. 26, 2024. There will be three versions: Standard, Deluxe Edition, and Ultimate Edition. Preorders for the game open Aug. 22, 2023 at 22:00 CEST and anyone who preorders unlocks a Paul Phoenix Avatar Costume. PlayStation players also unlock exclusive Mokujin and Tetsujin Avatar Skins.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gameplay footage
David Swenson, creative director at Sledgehammer Games, came on stage to talk about the "largest zombies offering" ever coming to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3's first campaign. We were also shown a long stretch of gameplay as a player ran through a mission. The update releases Nov. 10, 2023.
Nightingale gameplay was shown
Footage for the upcoming adventure game, Nightingale, was shown off. This included battle scenes using firearms, melee weapons, as well as magic. We also saw that Early Access begins Feb. 22, 2024. The game will come to Steam and the Epic Game Store.
Immortals of Aveum available today
As of today, Immortals of Aveum is now available to play. This is a first-person shooter RPG game set in a magical world. It's available on Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and PS5.
Honkai: Star Rail is getting an update
Zhenyu Li, producer of Zenless Zone Zero, Hoyovers, came on stage with Geoff Keighley to discuss a Honkai: Star Rail update. We then got a look at what will be coming to this sci-fi adventure in the near future. This game is in the same "Hoyoverse" as the popular Genshin Impact.
Genshin Impact anniversary celebration
Genshin Impact is nearing another anniversary on September 28, and as such there will be a Genshin Concert Tour coming to various countries and cities.
Lords of the Fallen story trailer
This action RPG got an extended story trailer showing off parts of the game's plot. It's releasing on Oct. 13, 2023 and is currentely available for preorder. At launch it will be available for Xbox Series X|S, Steam, Epic Game Store, and PS5.
Sonic Superstars gets a multiplayer focus
Gamescom allowed us to look at the upcoming multiplayer, sidescroller Sonic Superstars. Up to four players can play at a time. It's releasing Oct. 17, 2023 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS5, and PS$. It's currently available for preorder.
Sonic Frontiers is getting an update
There was also an update for Sonic Frontiers. An update known as The Final Horizon, will bring a new story, new playable characters, and new challenges to this single-player game. This free update is available on September 18, 2023.
The First Descendent
The First Descendent is a looter shooter RPG and FPS with a sci-fi focus. It's filled with unique characters and players will explore grounded locations as well as ethereal ones. The Crossplay Open Beta for Xbox and Windows runs from Sep. 19 - 25.
Under the Waves
Under the Waves is a story-driven game where players will deal with "the engulfing power of grief." You'll be able to explore this underwater realm when the game launches on Aug. 29, 2023 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, Epic Games Store, PS4, and PS5.
Marketed as a psychological sci-fi thriller, Fort Solis showed off some heavy footage that players can expect for Windows, Mac, and PS5. The game releases today.
Expeditions: A Mudrunner Game
We got a look at the upcoming off-road adventure, Expeditions: A Mudrunner Game, which features a number of interesting vehicles and locations to explore. It's coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One in 2024.
The Crew Motorfest
the latest gameplay trailer for The Crew Motorfest showed off various cars and locations. The game releases on Sept. 14, with a free trial running from Sept. 14 - 17. It is coming to Xbox, Epic Game Store, PS5, PS4, and Amazon Luna.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Yet another look at the Phantom Liberty update for Cyberpunk 2077 was shown off at Gamescom. Preorders are available now and it releases on Sept. 26, 2023.
Gamescom gave us a look a look at the upcoming Stormgate update, called Infernal Host. This RTS game is available on Windows and is great for fans of strategy.
Last Epoch: Runes of Power
The Last Epoch: Runes of Power update is releasing on Sept. 7, 2023. This game is available on Windows, Linux, and Mac.
Marvel Snap is coming to PC
Marvel Snap made a huge splash when it released on mobile back in 2022, but as pf today, the card game is now on PC via Steam. This fact was introduced with a fun anime-style trailer that featured various Marvel characters.
Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon
FromSoftware's exciting mecha-based combat game is releasing on Aug. 25, 2023 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, PS4, and PS5. Those who preorder get Melander C3 G13 special customization known as "Tenderfoot". Additionally, players can purchase the Standard Edition or Deluxe Edition, the latter of which comes with a Digital Artbook and Soundtrack.
Footage for the free Warhaven game was shown during Gamescom. It releases Sept. 21, 2023 on Steam. This game takes place in a gritty fantasy kingdom with PVP action that works with teams of up to 16 players each.
Mortal Kombat 1
Chief Creative Officer at Netherrealm Studios, Ed Boon, joined Geoff Keighley on stage to discuss Mortal Kombat 1. The following trailer gave an indication for the campaign mode's storyline and showed off gameplay. The game is slated to release on Sept. 19, 2023 for Xbox Series X, PC, Nintendo Switch, and PS5.
Ara History Untold
In Ara History Untold, players take charge of nations throughout alternate history in a turn-based grand strategy game. It's coming to Steam in 2024 and can be wishlisted right now.
Diablo 4: Season of Blood
This next Diablo 4 update releases on Oct. 17, 2023 and brings a new questline, new vampiric powers, and five new endgame bosses to the game. Rod Rergusson, General Manager at Diablo, Blizzard Entertainment, came on stage with actor Gemma Chan to discuss the coming update and gameplay to look forward to.
Dustborn trailer shown
The new trailer showed that this vibrant action adventure game focuses on story-driven plot but also features some fun combat. The main character, Pax, can use language in a unique way to influence other characters. You'll get to determine how situations play it. The game releases early 2024 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, Epic Game Store, PS4, and PS5.
Thank Goodness You're Here
We didn't really learn a lot about this game's actual focus, but it looks silly and seems to be filled with lots of random moments. It kind of makes sense since this cartoony game is from Panic Inc., the studio behind Untitled Goose Game. The game is coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, and PS5 in 2024.
Alan Wake 2
Sam Lake, creative director at Remedy, came on stage to discuss the upcoming Alan Wake 2. Following his comments, a brand new trailer for Alan Wake 2 was shown off. The sequel to the previous survival horror game will blend live-action and graphics-rendered gameplay seamlessly for amazing effects. It was explained that Alan has been kept in The Dark Place for the last 13 years (since the events of the first game) and we'll get to see what challenges he's facing. Alan Wake 2 releases on Oct. 17, 2023 on Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and PS5.
Exciting games in store for Xbox and PC
As we've seen with today's Gamescom Opening Night Live, we've got several games on the horizon for both Xbox and PC — Whether you're looking forward to a new game or an exciting update to a game you've already been playing. More Gamescom 2023 news will continue to come out over the course of the next few days and we on the Windows Central gaming team will be here to report on it, so check back on our site often.