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Gamescom 2021 Recap

Gamescom 2021

Gamescom 2021 is upon us. As was the case with this year’s E3 event, it is a digital livestream rather than an in-person conference, which does make announcements slightly easier to keep up with.

That said, it will still likely take you a fair amount of time to sit and sift through all of the fluff and pre-amble that comes with each of the livestreams broadcast though the past week.

So, in order to save you the trouble, I have typed up a handy list of bullet points recapping each of the streams broadcast thus far.

Although Gamescom 2021 is still ongoing at the time of writing this piece, the streams containing the major AAA announcements have all already happened, with the remaining streams focusing on smaller indie titles. If there is another surprise major announcement at the end of the event, then this article will be updated, but failing that, all of the major announcements from the event will be listed below.

Without further ado, read on for our recap of Gamescom 2021 below.

Tuesday 24/8

Destiny 2 Showcase – Gamescom 2021 recap

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Bungie were the first development team to make an appearance during this year’s Gamescom stream. The Destiny 2 Showcase revealed details regarding the online shooter’s next major piece of DLC content. This update is called The Witch Queen and it is set to launch in 2022. You can watch the entire Destiny 2 showcase here on YouTube, but our summary is below:

  • Both a reveal trailer and a gameplay trailer were shown for The Witch Queen DLC.
  • Crossplay will go live in Destiny 2 today, along with the Season of the Lost.
  • Weapon crafting is confirmed to be coming to Destiny 2 along with a brand new energy weapon called The Glaive.
  • The Gjallarhorn weapon is set to make a comeback in Destiny 2 and a Nerf version is also being released in real life.
  • Bungie also confirmed that after The Witch Queen DLC and Lightfall, the final chapter in The Light and Dark Saga will be a piece of DLC called The Final Shape – but Destiny 2 will still continue beyond that point.
  • 15 minutes before the main show, Luke Smith and Jason Jones from Bungie spoke about their history with gaming.
  • Fans and content creators clips were shown in the pre-show, summing up their favourite Bungie moments.

Xbox Stream – Gamescom 2021 recap

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Microsoft were the next company to present at Gamescom 2021, hosting an Xbox stream on YouTube and Twitch. Here is a recap of everything revealed during the stream:

  • Xbox Cloud Gaming will come to Xbox consoles at the end of 2021 and will allow players to jump into new games on their console without any downloads – check out the trailer for it here.
  • Forza Horizon 5 got eight minutes of gameplay footage and a very cool-looking custom Xbox controller.
  • The next trailer revealed the list of Humble Games that are set to drop on Xbox Game Pass on their day of release.
  • Sea of Thieves is apparently getting a Borderlands-style Mayhem ship, which can be unlocked through gameplay between the 24th of August and the 7th of September.
  • Psychonauts 2, which released today, got a launch trailer.
  • The Cult of the Holy Detention DLC for Wasteland 3 showed a trailer and got a release date of the 5th of October 2021.
  • The Gunk got a trailer.
  • More of Dying Light 2: Stay Human was shown.
  • Point Blank Games dropped a reveal trailer for Stray Blade.
  • DLC for State of Decay 2: Homecoming got a new trailer ahead of its 1st of September release date.

Wednesday 25/8

Gamescom stepped it up a notch on Wednesday, with its Opening Night Live event providing some big reveals and surprises, as gaming industry fave Geoff Keighley once again called the shots. Check out our handy recap of the Opening Night Live stream below!

Opening Night Live – Gamescom 2021 recap

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This portion stepped things up a notch, you can check out the full segment YouTube yourself, but your handy recap of the key points is just below:

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Daniel is a 26-year-old writer from Glasgow. He loves sci-fi and hates fantasy. He also hates referring to himself in the third person and thinks that bios are dumb.

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