The summer of digital gaming announcements seems like it's finally coming to a close with one last stage show. Today, Gamescom opens with an Opening Night Live stream, hosted by Geoff Keighley and promising plenty of news.
Gamescom Opening Night Live is set to cap off the Summer Game Fest festivities as one of the last major digital showcases of the summer. In reality that probably won't be the case—no doubt console manufacturers Sony and Microsoft could do something, and there is a nine-day PAX on the way.
What Gamescom Opening Night Live represents is the last of the major digital showcases that replaced the usual summer conventions in the wake of COVID-19. It's been a strange season of reveals to adapt to, as everything (including Gamescom 2020) moved online and adjusted to a new reality where massive gatherings of people in convention halls isn't ideal.
That doesn't mean we'll be lacking in news today, though. Here's some of what you can expect from Gamescom today.
Fall Guys Keeps Up Momentum
One of the absolute hits of the summer is certainly Fall Guys. Mediatonic's platformer battle royale became an instant success both on Steam and on PlayStation, the latter boosted by a launch on PS Plus.
Keighley, who will host today/tonight's event, has confirmed that Fall Guys' second season will debut at Gamescom Opening Night Live. This likely entails whatever new battle pass-style progression Mediatonic will be adding to the game, but I'm personally holding out hope for some new courses.
Expect Some Big Names…
The lineup for Opening Night's announcements is fairly stacked. Keighley published a short list of some of the developers and publishers debuting new content tonight, and it's pretty much the usual suspects.
That shouldn't undersell how many big names there are, though. 2K, Activision, Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Bungie, Devolver Digital, Electronic Arts, Gearbox, PlayStation, Warner Bros. Games, and Xbox Game Studios are just a few that will be in attendance.
...But Not Too Many Surprises
All of that said, it's probably good to manage expectations. Keighley tweeted that although there will be over 35 games in today's showcase, they are "mostly announced titles." Some are not announced, but still, it's probably good to not expect any last-minute, mind-boggling reveals.
Despite all the high hopes of Breath of the Wild 2 and Elden Ring fans just waiting for a scrap of anything, tonight will likely be setting the stage for the coming holiday season and months after. Keep in mind, there are two next-gen consoles still scheduled to launch in a few months, and many factors are still up in the air. Price tag, exact date, and launch lineups are still in flux. My personal hope is to just end the broadcast with a better idea of what the end of 2020 and start of 2021 looks like, as the next generation creeps up over the horizon.