Gamescom 2010 Predictions

Starting next month, Gamescom 2010 kicks off for its second consecutive year since moving to Cologne. However, this European based gaming convention is quickly growing in importance, expected by many to even rival E3 this year. With numbers of attendees reaching the hundreds of thousands, and top publishers and developers from all over the world presenting their latest games, Gamescom 2010 promises to be one hell of a show.

Of course, what would a games convention be without predictions? It’s only a few short weeks until the show officially beings (starting with EA’s press conference on August 17) so we here at Glimpse Dog have decided to put together a list of what we expect to see announced at the show. There’ll be plenty more content at Gamescom as well, including games that have been announced at E3 or throughout the year ( including the world’s first trailer of Dragon Age 2). Let’s get started then.

Microsoft

Microsoft’s E3 showing was criticized by many for its lack of core games and frankly, for being just plain weird. If they want to recapture the attention of these core gamers, they’re going to need more than Halo Reach and Gears of War 3, games which have been known about for the longest time. Here’s what I expect to see from Microsoft at Gamescom.

Gameplay footage and information about Crytek’s xbox 360 exclusive, Codename : Kingdoms, perhaps even a hands on.

Another game from Rare, most likely from a popular franchise. My money is on Killer Instinct 3, probably with Kinect support.

Lots of Kinect showcasing, both at the press conference and on the show floor.

New Xbox 360 Dashboard announcement and demo to coincide with the launch of Kinect.

Timed exclusivity for Mass Effect 3.

Lots more details on Milo and Kate.

Sony

Sony were of the driving forces behind moving Gamescom to Cologne so they definitely have strong support in the event. I expect to see a few major announcements, as well as a lot of Move coverage.

Resistence 3 announced.

Hands on with Killzone Multiplayer.

Lot’s of Move showcasing, both at the press conference and on the show floor.

Mass Effect series coming to PS3.

Left 4 Dead series coming to PS3 (after Valve’s sudden turnaround at E3, saying the PS3 version of Portal 2 would be superior, this is certainly a possibility now).

PS3 price drop.

PSP 2 Announcement (It’s rumoured that the PSP2 will be showcased at CES in January but I do expect some sort of announcement before then. Saying that, it’s much more likely said announcement will take place at TGS rather than Gamescom. Still, with the pressure building after Nintendo’s 3DS announcement, Sony announcing the PSP 2 is not beyond the realms of possibility).

Nintendo

I expect Nintendo to have the smallest presence of the big three at Gamescom for two reasons. Firstly, they already announced so much at E3, it’s difficult to imagine they have much more up their sleeves. Secondly, Nintendo are not exactly renowned for announcements at European conferences, preferring to stick to E3 and TGS. Still, Nintendo will have a lot to show off, even if most of it is just repeats of what we saw at E3 this year.

3DS showcased both at the press conference and on the show. Perhaps priced and dated.

Launch dates for Donkey Kong Country Returns, Epic Mickey and Kirby’s Epic Yarn.

More Zelda : Skyward Sword footage and information.

Pikmin 3 announcement, although this is more likely to take place at TGS.

EA / Bioware

It’s already known that Dragon Age 2 is going to have a huge presence at Gamescom this year, including the first trailer of the game, but it’s certainly not the only game EA are bringing to the show.

Mass Effect 3 announcement.

Huge Dragon Age 2 showcase.

Crysis 2 Multiplayer footage and hands on.

Lots of Star Wars The Old Republic info and footage.

Activision Blizzard

I don’t expect a large number of game announcements from Activision at Gamescom this year. Instead they’ll mostly likely showcase games they’ve already announced. The three announcements I do expect from Activision however, are the following.

Hardened and Prestige versions of Call of Duty Black Ops announced.

Release date for World of Warcraft Cataclysm.

Subscription Fee for Call of Duty Black Ops. Now this one is still very much up in the air and could turn out to be nothing but a vicious rumour, but there’s still a chance we could see Activision introduce some sort of subscription fees for future CoD games, including Black Ops.

Well that’s it folks. Obviously our predictions are just that and none of the above is confirmed to be at the show but regardless, there will be plenty of games for us to sink our teeth into. Stay tuned to Glimpse Dog starting August 17 for full coverage of Gamescom 2010.