Okay, so today has basically been insanity. It's "day zero" at gamescom and we're already neck deep in trailers and press releases! While I was able to put out a bit of information on the Sony keynote earlier, frankly, we're not going to manage new stories for each announcement. Instead, here's a quick summary of the big gaming announcements and a collection of the trailers that were shown.
Two new Vita games announced:
- Media Molecule's new IP followup to LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway, is announced.
- Killzone: Mercenary is revealed. We knew there was a Killzone title in the works for Vita, but we didn't know what it was called or what sort of game it would be (trailer below).
Two new Wonderbooks announced, partnership with Disney and BBC:
- Walking with Dinosaurs is revealed, a book that takes kids face to face with all of their favorite man-eating reptiles. Part of a Collaboration with the BBC and their similarly titled program (trailer not yet available).
- Diggs Nightcrawler shown, about a private detective earthworm out to solve the mystery of Humpty Dumpty's fall. Seem's more mature than Walking with Dinosaurs and Book of Spells... actually, it looks sort of brilliant (trailer not yet available).
- Sony also announced a partnership with Disney to create future Wonderbook titles.
Three PlayStation 3 titles announced:
- From SuperMassive Games comes Until Dawn, a horror game that appears to be based on classic slasher films. Several teens go out to a cabin in the woods, and it's up to you and your trusty move-controlled-flashlight to solve the mystery when murders start to occur (trailer below).
- Rain, from Sony Japan Studio, is about an invisible boy whose movement you'll only be able to follow in the rain. Naturally, there's an entirely new world to be discovered in the rain, beyond a simple invisible boy. Rain is currently a working title, but expectations are high for this artsy adventure title (trailer not yet available).
- Finally, there's Puppeteer, which definitely stole the show for an eccentric part of the crowd. This 2D platform involved a boy who has turned into a puppet, on an adventure to regain his head and steal an evil king's scissors. Wild, right? Let's not stop there, as the puppet-boy will swap his head out with various items to gain extraordinary powers. Someone's imagination got out of hand with this game, and it looks brilliant because of it (trailer below).
All in all, it was a grand showing from Sony when most of the press weren't expecting much of anything from them going into gamescom. Their Vita line-up looked positively drool-worthy. There was the announcement of both Tearaway (trailer) and Killzone: Mercenary (trailer below), but also trailers for Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (trailer), Assassin's Creed III: Liberation (trailer below) and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (trailer). On top of that they talked about PS3/Vita crossplay and showed off some LittleBigPlanet 2 gameplay with the Vita as a controller. Very promising year ahead for Sony's handheld.
The big black box got its fair share of attention though, as well. While the Wonderbook is great for kids, and the three more independent titles Until Dawn (trailer below), Rain and Puppeteer (trailer below) each look strong, Sony didn't forget about its blockbusters. God of War: Ascension (trailer below) delivered a brand new multiplayer trailer and we got a look at a The Last of Us trailer (below) that follows-up where we last saw our rugged pair. Of course, All-Stars Battle Royale is a PS3 game too.
Okay, that's the best summary I can put together this late. Let's just get the the trailers already, shall we?
The Last of Us | gamescom 2012 trailer - Youtube
God of War Ascension | Multiplayer trailer - Youtube
Puppeteer | Announcement trailer - Youtube
Until Dawn | Announcement trailer - Youtube
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation | gamescom 2012 trailer - Youtube
Killzone: Mercenary | Announcement trailer - Youtube