Gamescom 2014: what to look out for

From No Man's Sky to a live orchestra playing World of Warcraft's soundtrack, there's a lot to feast your eyes on

Now that the proverbial dust has settled from the blitz that was this year's E3 and companies have stopped patting themselves on the back, the majority are all ready to descend on Germany for Gamescom 2014. Sadly, Nintendo have again decided not to do a keynote but that doesn't mean there isn't still a whole plethora of announcements to sink our teeth into. Here are the top five things to look out for.

Read more: Gamescom 2014 schedule


Now there is no denying that Sony knocked it out of the park this year at E3. Sure, everyone had a good year but they put together a long list of AAA titles covering both long-running series and new IPs. They also dedicated time to focus on smaller games ranging from the ethereal bird adventure Entwined to my personal E3 favourite, space exploration adventure No Man's Sky. So after they fired all cylinders, dropped the mic and walked away from the explosion they left on stage, what now?

Well if rumours are to believed, even more. Most insiders seem to have an inkling that the Gamescom keynote will be even bigger and better then E3. Expect more Vita and PS4 future-predictions.

Personally if there was one thing from Sony I'd say I'm most excited about it's Bloodborne, (the cousin of Dark Souls) playable on the convention floor. That puts us all one major step closer to dying brutally, over and over again, in a beautifully horrific landscape, and we should be very, very excited.


Industry behemoth Blizzard this year have four days of showcase events ranging from their upcoming entry into the MOBA world with Heroes of the Storm and unbelievably addictive card game Hearthstone. As well as a handful of World of Warcraft and Starcraft competitions, they're covering all bases.

However in true Blizzard style they're opting to include other forms of entertainment. Spark, a live orchestra, will be playing a selection of WoW's incredible soundtrack on Friday at 2pm. Sadly nothing about the upcoming movie, though filming on it has recently wrapped up so, soon...


Usually not putting much into Gamescom other then showing face and having a few playable goodies, this year they've opted to a media briefing and promise some big things. After their E3 conference, we should definitely expect more Indie games and a large mention of their current underdog status in this gen due to fairly disappointing first year sales.


As a die hard Halo fanboy who may/may not have had a master chief poster on my wall growing up, most of my attention is on the developments around the new set of games, as well as the anniversary edition. As we all know, a spartan never dies, they just get more pixels and a visual overhaul now and again.


Missing out on Gamescom last year after the Steam Box was pushed back to 2015, this is the first time that the public will be able to get their mitts on the redesigned controllers. After some pretty 'meh' feedback about the original design, they've drifted more to a stereotypical controller with, y'know, buttons. People will be able to get to grips with it at GC (and most likely complain about there not being enough innovation).

Interestingly, as well as listing themselves as bringing 'controllers and hardware' they're also listed as PC, so most are keeping fingers and toes crossed in the hope they bring a game to show.


After the few teaser details dropped at Comic Con regarding Mass Effect 4 it's pretty safe to assume we'll see even more of the next instalment in the series. Another game to look forward to from them is the mystery-surrounded 'Nightmare'.

The live-action teaser raised many questions about smoking faces and locking yourself out of your own car in a nightmare world. One thing's for sure, it doesn't look like the usual third person RPG fare they've become the industry leaders in, and they've promised that the new IP will be explained and explored at Gamescom. I'm so excited my head might start smoking.

Virtual Reality

The big draw to Gamescom each year is the platform it gives to the tech developments, and luckily for us the industry is abuzz with VR at the minute. After the Oculus Rift caused such ripples throughout the gaming world by actually delivering an exciting and immersive, albeit occasionally disorientating VR experience others have started to throw their goggles into the ring. The biggest contenders in the form of Sony's 'Project Morpheus', add in the 'will they/won't they' rumours surrounding Valve making their own headset too and there is potential to see a lot of VR gear this year.

With millions watching both famed gaming personalities and random grandmas screaming and having a fit as they ride a virtual roller-coaster, the YouTube effect has played a big part in giving VR its current boom. Now that companies like Sony have begun to embrace it as a commercial interest, and the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus by Facebook, VR is close to the seemingly impossible; fulfilling the broken dreams we've had since the virtual boy. We still don't like to talk about the virtual boy.

Apart from those listed, there will be the usual pick-and-mix of Indie games and their haggard developers, industry insiders young and old, and half a dozen well kept secrets that'll make it a good year for consumers. Also, for those like me who are making their way to the much more local Eurogamer next month in London, it gives us a great insight into what we're going to be able to play around with, preparing the ever vital queue plans and our lists for Santa this holiday season.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Johnny Handle, Northumberland, Ted Relph, President of Lakeland Dialect Society, and Sid Calderbank, Lancashire, founder of the National Dialect Day
newsMeet the enthusiasts determined to stop them dying out
The data shows that the number of “unlawfully” large infant classes has doubled in the last 12 months alone
i100Mike Stuchbery, a teacher in Great Yarmouth, said he received abuse
Arts and Entertainment
The starship in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
filmsThe first glimpse of JJ Abrams' new film has been released online
Rio Ferdinand returns for QPR
sportRio Ferdinand returns from his three-game suspension today
The Speaker of the House will takes his turn as guest editor of the Today programme
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. Argyll, has remained derelict for more than 25 years
arts + ents

Watch the spoof Thanksgiving segment filmed for Live!
Billy Twelvetrees will start for England against Australia tomorrow with Owen Farrell dropping to the bench
rugbyEngland need a victory against Australia today
Arts and Entertainment
The cover of The Guest Cat – expect to see it everywhere
Tyson Fury poses outside the Imperial War Museum in south London ahead of his fight against Dereck Chisora
boxingAll British heavyweight clash gets underway on Saturday night
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Opilio Recruitment: Senior Developer

    £50k - 60k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: We have an exciting Seni...

    Opilio Recruitment: Senior Front End Developer

    £50k - 70k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: We have an exciting Seni...

    h2 Recruit Ltd: Senior Sales Executive - SaaS/ Cyber Security - £60,000

    £32000 - £34000 per annum + Uncapped OTE £65,000 : h2 Recruit Ltd: Looking for...

    h2 Recruit Ltd: Sales Executive - Software-as-a-Service/ SaaS - £42,000

    £28000 - £31000 per annum + Bonus + Progression: h2 Recruit Ltd: Are you looki...

    Day In a Page

    Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

    Christmas Appeal

    Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
    Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

    Is it always right to try to prolong life?

    Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
    Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

    What does it take for women to get to the top?

    Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
    Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

    Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

    Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
    French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

    French chefs campaign against bullying

    A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
    Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

    Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

    Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
    Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

    Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

    Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
    Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

    Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

    Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
    Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

    Paul Scholes column

    I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
    Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

    Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

    So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
    Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

    Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

    It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
    Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

    Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

    The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
    Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

    Sarkozy returns

    The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
    Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

    Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

    Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
    Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

    Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

    Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game