As many are aware earlier this summer, the annual Summer Game Fest already took place with host Geoff Keighley delivering yet another jam-packed show featuring some of the most anticipated titles underway. Additionally, Keighley continues to remain busy with the next Gamescom Opening Night Live show later this month to introduce the event this year.
Unlike prior Gamescom shows, this will mark the first official return to Cologne, Germany since the massive blow from the 2020 pandemic. In terms of what is expected to be at Gamescom, it was confirmed that Alan Wake II will be present ahead of its October release coming this fall. Sega also reveals to be attending with a slew of its upcoming releases on the way as well.
During an interview with Video Game Chronicles this week, Keighley explains that the 2023 Gamescom Opening Night Live will be shined in a different light. Rather than being an announcement blowout this year, it will instead feature new announcements & updates on already revealed projects underway for the coming year.
“It’s going to be an exciting show with new looks at many announced upcoming games like Alan Wake 2, and Black Myth Wukong. This year’s ONL is less about announcing brand new projects, and more about giving fans updates on some of the biggest games due out over the next year,” Keighley explained. In terms of how Gamescom Opening Night Live acts to The Game Awards, he goes on to elaborate on the challenges that skew how the show is executed.
“First, there are the logistical challenges for our LA-based team to produce a big-scale show in Cologne, Germany. Thankfully Gamescom and Kolnemesse are great partners. The other challenge – but also opportunity – is that this show is directly tied to the partners and games that will be exhibiting at Gamescom. We’re always trying to find ways to create synergy between what’s happening on the floor and inside ONL.”
Keighley continues by discussing the attitude for Gamescom Opening Night Live more so as a global event despite it being his only strict European show. “The sense of community at Gamescom is so unique and powerful – there really is nothing else like it in the world. Even before I was involved in ONL, I loved coming to Gamescom because it has such a focus on the players and community.”
What are you expecting to be revealed at Gamescom Opening Night Live?
Gamescom Opening Night Live is happening on August 22, 2023 at 8 PM CET / 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST.
Source: Video Game Chronicles