For Honor showcases epic sword battles + 9 other big Gamescom 2016 news

MANILA, Philippines – Gamescom 2016, one of the largest annual gaming conventions in Europe, has ended and it certainly did not disappoint. Huge gaming news, trailers, and demos were showcased at the event, which ran from August 17 to 21 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Throughout those five days, the industry event attracted half a million visitors from around the world with an event-record 877 exhibitors, according to the official Gamescom website tally. From those, here were some of the most exciting announcements made at the expo: 

1) Konami continues the Metal Gear franchise with zombified Metal Gear Survive

Hideo Kojima may have left Konami but the Metal Gear series will live on, for better or worse. Following the acclaimed Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the new title will take place in an alternate universe – one that has some, get this, zombies.

Yes, Metal Gear has a dose of the undead now: 

For now it seems that Metal Gear Survive is purely a multiplayer game that features four player co-op, similar to that of the Left 4 Dead series. It will have a new array of weapons while keeping its core stealth mechanics.

The game is scheduled for release next year for the Playstation 4, Xbox One and yes, master race PC. 

2) New Resident Evil 7 (RE7) trailer reveals actual “found footage” style gameplay

While the RE7 demo,The Beginning Hour, shed some light on the concept of the newest Resident Evil title, its latest trailer showcased Resident Evil 7’s actual gameplay: 

The titular "lantern" is one of the several VHS tapes that players will encounter in the game which serves to enrich the player’s understanding of the main narrative. Think audio and written logs upgraded into playable video ones. 

In the gameplay trailer, a woman named Mia is stalked by an elder lady holding a lantern. The footage is shaky and fuzzy, likely to copy the style of old VHS videos.

Keep in mind that the lack of combat is not a reflection of the gameplay’s entirety. Producer Masachika Kawata previously explained at E3 2016 that combat, gunplay, and survival will still be at the very core of the game.

Resident Evil 7 arrives on January 24, 2017 for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

3) Project Scorpio may be the end of console generations, according to Microsoft

During an interview with Engadget for Gamescom, Microsoft’s head of Xbox games marketing Aaron Greenberg implied that their next console dubbed Project Scorpio could spell the end of console generation.

“For us, we think the future is without console generations,” he stated. “We're making a pretty big bet on that with Project Scorpio. We're basically saying, "This isn't a new generation; everything you have continues forward and it works," he explained further.

Not much has been revealed about Xbox's Project Scorpio except that it can handle 4K resolution games and it is capable of VR. The console is slated for release during the holiday season of 2017.

4) EA is seriously considering a Mass Effect trilogy remaster

Mass Effect fans, rejoice! In an interview with Game Informer, Patrick Söderlund, the executive vice president of Electronic Arts (EA), acknowledged the demand for a remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy and stated that the publishing giant is seriously considering the request of fans.

It was previously revealed that EA was not keen on remastering their games and have instead chosen to focus on their new IPs. However, due to the popularity of BioWare’s trilogy, EA will most likely give the game a chance.

“I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully,” he continued.

“I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it,” Söderlund said.

5) For Honor alpha testing on September, PC version being developed

Ubisoft shared a lot of information for those waiting on the sword-swinging action title For Honor. The developer revealed a new trailer, the alpha test dates, as well as a PC version for the game.

The new trailer featured the three main factions of For Honor, the "Vikings," "Knights," and "Samurai," – each of which has a unique combat style and backstory, divided into classes such as "Vanguards," "Assassins," "Heavies" and "Hybrids."

The closed alpha test of For Honor will commence on September 15 and will continue until September 18. Those interested may now sign up here: www.forhonorgame.com.

The game will launch on February 14. No word yet though as to whether a PC version will be released on the same date.

6) Ubisoft confirms release dates for their 3 virtual reality (VR) titles

Ubisoft announced the release dates for Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Eagle Flight, and Werewolves Within. All three games will be launched for popular VR platforms Oculus Rift, Playstation VR (PSVR), and HTC Vive.

First is Eagle Flight, a game that allows you to fly as eagles around Paris alone or with friends. It will first launch for the Oculus Rift on October 8. A PSVR release follows on November 8, and the HTC Vive release is scheduled for December 20.

Next is Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which allows players to take on any of the four roles on an Enterprise-like bridge and maneuver it for the success of the mission and their survival. The game will be released for all platforms on November 29.

Finally, Werewolves Within. This social VR game pits players against each other as they try to figure out who among themselves is the werewolf. The game launches on November 8 for all platforms.

7) EA details Star Wars Battlefront’s new downloadable content (DLC), will finally have space battles

Star Wars Battlefront’s latest DLC, Death Star, will include a new game mode that will feature one of the most epic battles in Star Wars.

The new mode, Battle Station, will have three parts. The first of which will have players flying and duking it out in space as X-Wings and A-Wings. The second phase will take players inside the iconic Death Star to locate R2-D2.

SPACE BATTLES. New DLC for the game will be adding this crucial ingredient to the Star Wars formula. Image from EA.

The scenario culminates with the player heading back to space to destroy Death Star.

In addition to the mode, new characters will also be playable. In the second phase players can go in as Chewbacca or Bossk. They can also play as R2-D2.

The new DLC will be released this September, but season pass holders can start playing two weeks earlier.

8) Harley Quinn and Deadshot join Injustice 2

Two of the “world’s worst heroes ever” make their return to our screens as they join the roster of Injustice 2.

The newest trailer of Injustice 2 debuts the feisty Harley Quinn with her traditional red and black jester costume and two vicious dogs by her side. Deadshot appears from the shadows near the end of the trailer unleashing his full arsenal against Harley and the Batman himself.

Injustice 2 is scheduled for a 2017 release.

9) Spoil yourself with 50 minutes of cut gameplay from Final Fantasy XV (FFXV)

If you were among the fans disappointed by the two-month delay of FFXV, then this may give you the Final Fantasy fix you need until the actual release. Square Enix premiered almost an hour long video of gameplay from different portions of FFXV.

The 50-minute video kicks off with Noctis and his companions facing an intimidating boss in a fiery level. It then cuts to different scenes such as the group having to push their vehicle, and running around the fields killing scorpions.

Keep in mind that the video, posted below, also features cutscenes which may reveal bits and pieces of the story. So watch it at your own risk.

10) Dishonored 2 shows off its sneaky heroine, Emily Kaldwin, in new gameplay trailer

RISE OF QUEENS. When Kaldwin was revealed as a playable character at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2015, gaming journalists touted her as one of several characters leading the charge for more female protagonists.

Screengrab from Dishonored 2 trailer

Assassin simulator Dishonored returns for a second go-around when it launches in November 2016. Publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer Arkane Studios showed off some new gameplay featuring the new player character, Emily Kaldwin. Kaldwin will be co-starring with original series lead Corvo Attano – her father and protector. 

She shows off her skills in a new trailer revealed at Gamescom: 

What other news from Gamescom are you excited about? Why not write about your favorite reveals on X– With reports from Gelo Gonzales/Rappler.com