Everything announced at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023 [wafact]

Geoff Keighley presents at Gamescom Opening Night Live.
Geoff Keighley

Gamescom, one of the largest video game expos in the world, takes place this week in Germany. To kick things off, Geoff Keighley held another Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase to give us an update on what’s in store from the gaming industry, with a slight focus on already announced titles and games by European studios. Keighley and influencer Jasmin Gnu hosted the main event following a pre-show hosted by Kyle Bosman.

While the show was long and slow-paced, we did get plenty of new looks at upcoming games like Mortal Kombat 1, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Alan Wake 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, and Tekken 8. Director Zack Snyder even swung by to debut a trailer for Rebel Moon during the show. It’s a lot to keep track of, but we’ve rounded up everything announced at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023 and its pre-show right here.

gamescom Opening Night Live 2023: Tuesday, August 22 (OFFICIAL LIVESTREAM)

Bethesda gave a final deep dive into Starfield

Ahead of its launch next month, Starfield had a big presence to kick off Gamescom Opening Night Live. To start, composer Inon Zur performed a piece of music from the game, which was followed by the debut of a live-action trailer.

After a brief interruption by a couple of pranksters who stormed the stage to yell about Grand Theft Auto 6, Bethesda’s Todd Howard came on stage and discussed why the studio wanted to make a sci-fi game with the studio’s trademark player freedom. Starfield launches for PC and Xbox Series X/S on September 6.

Zack Snyder reveals Rebel Moon teaser and video game

Director Zack Snyder came on stage at Gamescom Opening Night Live to debut the first teaser trailer for his upcoming Netflix movie Rebel Moon. This sci-fi film already looks visually stunning, with even this somewhat brief trailer containing some visually exciting set pieces.

Before he showed the trailer, Snyder confirmed that a Rebel Moon game is in development by Super Evil Megacorp for Netflix Games. Rebel Moon Part 1: A Child of Fire comes to Netflix on December 22. while Part 2: The Scargiver comes out on April 19, 2024.

Tekken 8 launches on January 26, 2024

Following a leak, we got confirmation during Gamescom Opening Night Live that Tekken 8 will release on January 26, 2024. That makes it one of the first significant game launches of next year and gives pro players ample time to learn it ahead of EVO 2024. This date was revealed at the end of an exciting new trailer that showed off a new mode called Arcade Quest, where players make Avatars and play matches in an Arcade setting. Tekken 8 releases for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S on January 26, 2024.

Sonic Superstars comes out this October

Keighley helped reveal Sonic Superstars at Summer Game Fest this year, and the game returned at Gamescom Opening Night Live to show off its release date. That came alongside a new trailer, which highlighted all four new characters, co-op play, and a battle mod. It all capped off with the reveal that Sonic Superstars will release across PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch on October 17, further cementing that month as one of the busiest of the year for games.

Gameplay improvements coming to Cyberpunk 2077

On September 26, CD Projekt Red will release Phantom Liberty, the first expansion for Cyberpunk 2077. The Polish developer is using the release of this expansion to bring many improvements to the game, including a revamped police system, vehicle combat, better combat AI, a redesigned perk system, an increased level cap, and more.

You don’t need to buy the expansion to get many of these improvements, though, as Update 2.0 will bring these new features to the base game on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S on September 26 as well. Unfortunately, that means last-gen players are out of luck when it comes to getting the improved version of Cyberpunk 2077.

We saw Alan Wake II from the titular character’s perspective

To end the show, Sam Lake came on stage to show off Alan Wake II. Specifically, we finally got to see the game in action from Alan’s perspective, where The Dark Place is a demented version of New York. We also learned that the game will heavily incorporate live-action scenes into the experience. It certainly looks like this will be Remedy’s scariest and most mind-bending game yet. Alan Wake II launches on October 27.

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