by Eben Griger
Gamescom 2017 is in full swing now with almost a full week of gaming related content from all the big industry names. Xbox was up first, showcasing both games and hardware.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins got a new cinematic trailer, a release date (Oct. 27), and the classic pre-order bonus mission.
Next up, Jurassic World Evolution, the dinosaur theme park sim we’ve all been waiting for. No exact date for it’s release, only “summer 2018,” which will probably end up being curiously close to the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
ReCore, the title that launched Xbox’s “Play Anywhere” feature, is getting a rerelease. ReCore: Definitive Edition brings new quests, a new companion frame, and updated graphics. Owners of the original ReCore get all the new goodies for free the same date the Definitive Edition drops, Aug. 29.
Free-to-play game World of Tanks is getting a port to the Xbox One X with 4k graphics and an arena tournament mode. No date other than “this fall,” but seeing as the Xbox One X doesn’t release until November, the actual date will probably end up being closer to winter.
Xbox showcased a good amount of indie game content too, with titles such as Hello Neighbor, Conan: Exiles, Unruly Heroes and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds. No release dates for anything, but expect a lot of support for non-AAA games in the future.
Minecraft edition Xbox One S’s are coming to stores, available for pre-order now. 1 Tb system, dirt, grass and redstone stylings, and a creeper controller makes for a fairly stylish console.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War got a new trailer. Monsters are playing a big part in this game, more-so than the original. They take the place of friend and foe though, with a friendly, ridable dragon being shown in the trailer. Shadow of War drops Oct. 10.
Xbox’s presentation ended with a bang: the Xbox One X. We got a release date, Nov. 10, and the Project Scorpio Special Edition. The edition includes a matte black console and controller with “Project Scorpio” written in green letters on both, custom printing on the exterior, and a vertical stand. The trailer also showed what looked to be a serial number on the console, implying that this edition might not always be available. Both the special edition and the regular console are available for pre-order now.