Which is to say I've been invited to join Ubisoft Montreal'sDan Hay and James Nadiger to talk at length about "Creating the Perfect Villain: A deep dive into the antagonists of the Far Cry series". A very prestigious invite, and one I/we can't wait to delve into.
And we can only imagine what the iconic cinematic villain and hero will have up his robotic sleeve - Fatality wise. With Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios revealing the full line-up of the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Pack there are also a few more surprises coming. Including Batman's nemesis The Joker and comic book character Spawn.
And it's easily the most Shenmue, err, Shenmue III trailer to date. As fans of the series this new look has raised our excitement level for the game's launch on November 19. In the clip we get to see protagonist Ryo Hazuki check out some street food, arcade games, and even fight in an arena. Hinting at a Fighting Pit-style quest line.
And 16-Bit too. With the upcoming release of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for Nintendo Switch set to include a bunch of retro-style mini-games drawing on Mario's 8-Bit origins and Sonic's 16-Bit debut. Based on the new trailer, it reminds us of the Konami classic - Track & Field.
Of course, this doesn't mean we'll ever see something like God of War appear on Xbox or Nintendo Switch anytime soon. Or ever. But in a recent interview with Bloomberg, Sony Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden has said that PlayStation exclusives "may need to lean into a wider installed base".
On PC that is, with the latest Abe adventure still coming to consoles in 2020. The news broke overnight with Lorne Lanning advising that the reasoning comes down to Oddworld Inhabitants self-financing and publishing the project. An ambitious remake that made our Best of E3 2019 list, Lorne lays it out simply with "to create the version of Soulstorm we want, and you deserve, we needed additional financial assistance".
With the big three to be included when they debut. These being U.S., Germany, and the USSR - with other nations, including underwater submarines from Japanese forces, to follow. After a successful submarine test run with the Halloween event last year, Wargaming have been hard at form adding them to World of Warships proper. As a brand-new fourth class being added to the game, expect a pretty major shake-up.
In case you missed this in the Gamescom slaw, Square Enix released a solid 20-minutes of "A-Day" Marvel: The Avengers gameplay footage from the show overnight, kicking off with some turmoil in San Francisco and the mighty Avengers doing what they do best -- avengening.
And, yeah, it looks good. We weren't expecting to be excited for another Need For Speed game anytime soon, but here we are. With Need For Speed offering up a pretty cool premise. Sanctioned street races during the day to earn cash, and illegal street races at night to earn rep and parts. Plus, avoiding the fuzz. Cops.
With YouTuber Mustard putting together a rather impressive recreation of the original NES The Legend of Zelda overworld (equipped with dungeons) utilising the Fortnite Creator tool-set. Using existing elements it's pretty remarkable how much of it looks like classic Zelda, even though Fortnite gameplay couldn't be further away from the top-down action-RPG.
With the long-running series from Ubisoft set to make a return in reboot form, hence the naming The Settlers. Out sometime next year, and comnig from the same development team behind the excellent Anno 1800, this new The Settlers game will run on Ubisoft’s Snowdrop engine - the same one built to power The Division.
Which, is only a couple of weeks out. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered brings back the original PlayStation-era classic with a few visual improvements and a couple of gameplay ones too.
Which makes sense, because the new mode was inspired by genre. Called 'Steel Hunter' twenty lone wolf tankers (or seven three-tank platoons) choose a spot to spawn on the brand-new city map called Dreamland. Designed specifically for this new World of Tanks mode. From there players will battle each other and fight for loot to become the sole surviving hunk of metal.
Presenting the PlayStation 3 era Yakuza titles in a single package - remastered in 1080p 60fps for PlayStation 4. On the PS3 the Yakuza games ran at 720p 30fps, so expect a very different feel to the action. In addition to a visual upgrade the English translation and script has been revised and updated, with even some previous cut content being added.
Specifically, they're building an Esports Supercars racing team to join the ever-growing world of "e-racing" -- the Esports equivalent of racing games that formed within its own bubble across games like iRacing and other "sim racing" experiences which comes stably built with a healthy community and plenty of support from companies who can see the larger value in the sim racing world.
The Gamescom news keeps on pouring in as the show goes on, and overnight it was revealed that Outer Worlds publisher, Private Division, would be teaming up with developer Star Theory Games for a sequel to the popular space sim, Kerbal Space Program, aptly titled Kerbal Space Program 2.
And if you're not across this little gem, you should be. Having played Iron Harvest at E3 earlier this year, the game featured among our favourites from the show and was one we threw a nomination behind for the Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2019 awards. And while it didn't win, it definitely turned more than a few heads.
Tycoon-type games are everywhere, and depending on your position on Matt Damon and his zoo-owning ways (and 'hilarious animal mishaps'), you could be forgiven for not paying too much attention to Planet Zoo. But we implore you to take a squiz at this new Gamescom trailer for the forthcoming zoo tycoon game with pretty decent visuals that look to pay tribute to the game's animals more than anything else.
Which is weird because Hotline Miami 2 was refused classification way back in 2015 by the Australian Classification Board for its implied depiction of sexual violence. Fast forward to 2019, and the release of the Hotline Miami Collection for Nintendo Switch finally sees the game playable and purchasable in Australia.