There’s bad news for those looking forward to the typical frenzy of new game announcements at Opening Night Live show later this month. As usual, the event serves as a prelude to the Gamescom showcase in Cologne, Germany. This time around, though, Geoff Keighley has recently confirmed this year’s show will focus less on announcing new projects.
Opening Night Live to Feature Less New Project Announcements
In an interview with VGC ahead of the August 22 event, the host and producer said that viewers should expect mostly updates on announced games planned to release over the next 12 months. That is said to include the likes of 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.”
Notably, last year’s show ran for just over two hours and featured more than 35 games. Keighley says there are a number of unique challenges that have presented themselves this year.
“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.”
In the wake of E3, Gamescom stands as one of the last large-scale, in-person video game showcase events. The likes of Bethesda are expected to take the stage to discuss more about its upcoming game Starfield.