Highlights from Gamescom 2016

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Gamescom is an annual trade fair for video games held at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. The event was held from 17- 21 August 2016 and attracted approximately 345 000 visitors from 97 countries. The event set a new record, with 30 500 trade visitors exhibiting at the fair with 877 companies originating from 54 different countries.

Konami unveiled Metal Gear Survive, a four player co-op zombie survival game. The announcement was met with polarised reception and the announcement trailer received many dislikes on Youtube. Many people have speculated that this is a sign that the Metal Gear franchise is slowly dying ever since creator Hideo Kojima’s split from Konami. Highly-anticipated first-person shooter Battlefield 1 from developer DICE was shown off with a new multiplayer map that attendees got to experience first-hand. Scalebound, an Xbox exclusive fantasy game developed by Platinum Games, also had a new demo for the fair which increased anticipation for the game.

Another highly anticipated game, Final Fantasy 15 from Square Enix, had a whole hour of new gameplay footage. This was a welcome sight for fans, as the recent delay of the game had fans of the series worried and upset. Blizzard unveiled a new map for their popular multiplayer game Overwatch called “Eichenwalde”. The map, like other Overwatch maps, ties in with the game’s lore and back-story. It was announced that Zarya, an Overwatch character, would become a playable character in their moba Heroes of the Storm. They also announced StarCraft-based maps and a StarCraft hero named Alarak to join the ranks of Overwatch. And finally, Blizzard announced a new co-op mode for StarCraft II.

Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 promises to make right a number of things that went wrong with the first Titanfall. Unlike its predecessor, the sequel will have a fully-fledged offline single-player campaign, a feature which fans of the first game were asking for.

These standout announcements, both good and bad, from Gamescom 2016 promise an exciting gaming 

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