Gamescom Opening Night: helicopter, history plus day and night for Anno 1800

To put it immediately: announcements in the magnitude of a Grand Theft Auto or at least new information such as the previously expected release date for The Last of Us 2, there was none of moderator Geoff Keighley at the Gamescom Opening Night 2019 in Cologne. The highlight of the two-hour-long show was an appearance by star designer Hideo Kojima, who introduced in detail his next Death Stranding game.

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After all, there was a reason for joy for older players right at the beginning of the Opening Night: At the beginning, THQ Nordic showed a trailer of Comanche – this is a kind of remake of the 1992 helicopter simulation developed by Novalogic.

The new game is based on the Unreal Engine 4 in a team called Nukklear, it will be a team-based online game in which the pilots fight among other things against drones.

Some interiors were reminiscent of action titles like Descent, but there were also impressive valleys in Kyrgyzstan. Before the end of 2019, there should be an alpha and then a beta test. In early 2020, the Comanche will fly into early access.

A strategy game in the nature of Civilization is currently under contract to Sega at Amplitude Studios (Endless Space). It's supposed to take players from the beginning of humanity into the future – just like Civ. The trailer granted halfway funny scenes with a Neanderthal and high-tech equipment a first look at the beautifully designed map of the environment.

Players should be able to craft one million civilizations by combining 60 different historical cultures. Among other things, they should be able to start as Egyptians, Romans, Khmer or Vikings. Humankind is expected to hit the market in 2020.

Greater news is from Anno 1800: The construction game of Ubisoft Blue Byte gets on September 10, 2019 new content. With a free update, the developers finally build a day and night cycle in the world – in the trailer that looks very atmospheric. There is also a paid extension called Botanica, which allows you to enhance your city's appeal with a modular botanical garden.

This brings new items and rewards and attracts many tourists to the floral masterpieces. Alternatively, players can build a bandstand and enjoy familiar songs from previous Anno games in the city.

Keighley also unveiled successors to Kerbal Space Program and Little Nightmares, as well as Port Royale 4, first showed gameplay by Need for Speed ​​Heat, and previewed the fourth episode of Life is Strange 2.

He also announced the release date of The Witcher 3 at the Switch – October 15, 2019 – and presented the next game from Halo co-inventor Marcus Lehto, the action game Disintegration. Some of these titles will be presented in more detail in the coming days.