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Looking Back at Gamescom 2018!

Gamescom 2018 was a fantastic experience! Fans turned out in huge numbers to get hands-on action with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Destiny 2: Forsaken, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy!

By Kevin Kelly on September 5, 2018 Editorial Manager
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A record-breaking 370,000 visitors (!) attended Gamescom in Cologne, Germany last week, visiting the show from across Europe and beyond to see the latest and greatest that the video game industry has to offer. Activision was excited to welcome visitors from all over as they turned up to go hands-on with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Destiny 2: Forsaken, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy.

Below are some of the highlights from our events at the show!

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 4

It was a very busy week for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fans, particularly those who are interested in the PC version of the title. First, we debuted a brand-new PC focused trailer that goes behind the scenes at both Treyarch and Beenox and gives a hint at what PC players can expect when the game launches on October 12. Watch it here in gorgeous 4K to boot!

We also interviewed Treyarch’s Jonathan Moses and Beenox’s Philippe Troie about the PC version, which took us even further into the development process, hinting at the amount of customization coming to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 experience. Fully customizable controls and ultra-widescreen monitors? Yes, please.

And we got our hands on the brand-new Multiplayer map Arsenal, which was shown at Gamescom for the first time. Take a look here as we spin through this cutting-edge weapons facility in a close-fought game of Hardpoint.

DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN

Just two weeks ahead of its launch on September 4, Destiny 2: Forsaken showed up at Gamescom in full force. First, Gambit was playable on the show floor for the first time in Europe, and players waited through long lines to get a closeup look at this brand-new, hybrid game mode. Check out some of our gameplay right here.

Next up, Bungie and Activision dropped the Last Stand of a Gunslinger on everyone via a livestream from the Blizzard stage and… we’re still wiping away the tears. This epic trailer, created with the help of Blur Studio, set the stage for players heading into Forsaken who are ready for some retribution.

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We spoke to Bungie’s David “DeeJ” Dague as he and the Destiny team say goodbye to Cayde-6. He also shed some light on Forsaken, the new Scorn enemy, new exotics, and what players can expect when the game launches.

SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice stepped into the light at Gamescom, beginning with the announcement for the launch date of the game - The launch date for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was announced – March 22, 2019! An awesome Collector’s Edition from also announced, which is available for pre-order right now.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was also playable for the first time ever at Gamescom, providing European audiences with the unique opportunity to try their hand at stealthy or head-on gameplay. Check out our gameplay below and see just how challenging this game can be.

We also interviewed FromSoftware’s Yaushiro Kitao, who provided a lot of insight into this highly anticipated game. He goes into detail about the Shinobi’s prosthetic arm, the game’s combat systems, and why FromSoftware wants this game to just as challenging as their other titles. Hit the link above and read more about Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY

Rounding things out at the show is the intrepid little purple dragon who has captured everyone’s hearts. Just like visitors at the show, we were able to play one level from all three of the games in the Trilogy. Take a look at gameplay from Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2 Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro Year of the Dragon.

We interviewed Activision producer Lou Studdert at Gamescom, while riding in the Spyro the Dragon car! Below you can check out the five tips he put together in association with Toys for Bob so you’ll be ahead of the game at launch.

THANK YOU!

We would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to all of the fans who came out to see us at Gamescom. To everyone who got there early, or patiently waited in long lines, or just cheered us on every step of the way – this is why we do what we do. We were very excited to turn up at Gamescom with four games in tow, and your overwhelming response at the show will help propel us through the launch of these titles, and beyond!

Additionally, Activision was both honored and humbled to receive four awards at Gamescom!

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Best Social/Online Game
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken – Best Add-On/DLC
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Best Action Game
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice – Best of Gamescom

And once again, we have to offer thanks to our fans. Not only did you turn out in huge numbers to play our games, but you also voted us the Best Publisher Award at Gamescom! This award is voted on by the fans, so it really means a lot to us.

In the meantime, we have some great games to get into your hands, starting with Destiny 2: Forsaken on September 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on October 12, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy on November 13, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on March 22, 2019!

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