Gamescom, Sony opens PS5 preorders, L4D2 updated, more!

AUGUST 28, 2020

Daily Gaming Update

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Gamescom: Opening Night Live takes place

Today’s “Gamescom: Opening Night Live” has been hyped up for a couple of weeks, promising announcements and new looks at games, but I can’t say there was anything major. Make sure you check out the link above if you’d like to see absolutely everything that was shown off. If you interested in seeing a specific game, then here are some highlights.

There were announcements of brand new content. Sam & Max is getting its first entry in 10 years, though it will be a virtual reality game. There’s also a new Bridge Constructor game based on The Walking Dead. The Sims 4 is getting a Star Wars themed expansion, and Fall Guys detailed its Season 2 content (no release date though).

Plenty of existing games got more gameplay or info, including Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, the new Doom: Eternal expansion, Dragon Age 4, and the VR Medal of Honor game. One of the standout indie games called 12 Minutes managed to pick up an all star cast of Daisey Ridley, Willem Dafoe, and James McAvoy.

Less substantial trailers were shown for Call of Duty, Surgeon Simulator 2, World of Warcraft, Little Nightmares II, Star Wars: Squadrons, and Mafia.

As mentioned, the event lacked major headlines, but there are some interesting tidbits in there. Feel free to check it out at your leisure.


Sony opens pre-orders for PS5

In the most bizarre pre-order strategy I’ve ever seen, Sony has now opened up the potential for customers to shell out money on a Playstation 5. However, there are a great deal of caveats for who is eligible. The offer is limited to customers in the US and is on an invite-only basis, where people will be selected “based on previous interests and PlayStation activities.”

If selected, you can only pre-order a single console, up to two accessories, and it must be done within a limited time window. Not only that, but not everybody who is invited will receive their order due to limited quantity, so it is first-come first-served.

All of this for a console that has yet to have a release date or price tag. Why did this have to happen so early?


Left 4 Dead 2 receiving an update after more than a decade

This may be a surprise to you, but Left 4 Dead 2 is getting a content update! It’s called “The Last Stand,” and is a community-developed update that Valve has embraced and made official. Details haven’t been provided about content and a release date.

It’s pretty cool to have a game still updated in this way 11 years after it initally released. This isn’t the first time Valve has done this either — back in 2017, Team Fortress 2 received a similar community-made update.


Marvel-themed Fortnite season now live

Fortnite has just launched Chapter 2 Season 4 of the game, which is entirely dedicated to the Marvel/Avengers universe crossover.

Overall, it now feels far more like a Marvel game now than a Fortnite one – from its menus set within the Avengers helicarrier, to its match lobby where you can fly around said helicarrier while it hovers over the battle royale island.

— Tom Phillips, Eurogamer

I’ve always found the Fortnite crossovers extremely interesting. They interact with the biggest brands in the world to an extreme degree, and seemingly everyone benefits from it. Epic has built the game to essentially become a sandbox where you can play with any toy, and the audience is okay with that. I don’t think every game could get away with being so bold (Fall Guys, for example, could lose some allure if literally everything was Marvel-branded).

Of course, this season will not be available on iPhones or Google Play users, as the app can no longer be updated on those platforms thanks to the ongoing legal disputes.