Gamescom 2010: 13 big predictions

E3 is done for another year, but that doesn't mean that the big shows and big game reveals are. Now it's Europe's turn. Gamescom 2010 starts in Cologne, Germany tomorrow and runs all week. With the show getting bigger and better every year (it really is the Euro E3 these days), there's going to be plenty that demands your attention.

Exactly how exciting is it going to be? Let us give you our predictions for what's going to be revealed, based on the current state of things and our experiences of being at GCs past. We have 13 of them. And they're all big, and they're all likely.

Duke Nukem Forever by Gearbox

Our thinking: The rumour of Borderlands dev Gearbox Software taking over the aged, ill-fated Duke Nukem Forever project has been kicking around for ages. Take-Two's court case against Duke developer 3DRealms revealed that a second Duke game, Duke Begins, had been in production at Gearbox, and with Take-Two retaining the DNF publishing rights, it's a no-brainer that Gearbox should take over work on 3DR's part-finished game, perhaps even combining the two projects.

With three mystery games mentioned as in development on Gearbox's website, there's plenty of room for Duke. Gearbox's Randy Pitchford has mentioned addressing the rumour at PAX in September, but Gamescom is just weeks before that, so we're hoping for a teaser at least.

Big Valve announcements

Our thinking: Things finally seem to be moving forward with Valve's next set of big projects. Portal 2 has been properly revealed, The House o' Gabe is making big moves toward the PS3, and there's still the lingering matter of that Freeman chap to clear up. So we're expecting more Portal 2 info, more PS3 news (including details of how Steam will work on it, as announced at E3, and possibly a re-release of Left 4 Dead) and maybe, just maybe, the reveal of Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Europe is much bigger PC gaming country than the US, so it would make sense. But then again, we have been using that logic to justify this prediction for the last couple of years of GC already...

PSP Phone or PSP2

Our thinking: One of these has to happen. Gamescom is always a big deal for Sony. It always puts on a big show for Europe, and it always brings a load of new game and hardware announcements that it didn't take to E3. If any new PSP technology is going to be announced this year, it'll be at Gamescom. We're tempted to say it'll be the recently re-rumoured PlayStation phone rather than a full-on PSP2, given E3's bewildering focus on the current PSP's ad campaign, but either way, expect a new shiny black lump of plastic in Jack Tretton's hand come tomorrow's press conference.

Respawn Entertainment reveal

Our thinking: The ex-Infinity Ward bosses are brewing a new franchise, and we're well due for a look at what it is. After riding out the publicity from the fallout with their previous Activision bosses, they gave their profile a boost with an appearance at Quakecon at the weekend, but spectacularly failed to reveal anything in terms of their new project. That feels like a cheeky set-up for a Gamescom announcement for us, so don't be surprised by a reveal at EA's press conference.

Resistance 3

Our thinking: We know Resistance 3 is on the way. We know it will have a product placement billboard in the sci-fi movie Battle: L.A. We know that Battle: L.A. is due out in March. So that means Resistance 3's hype campaign has to start soon. There was no sign of it at E3 and we can't see Sony waiting until the Tokyo Game Show to unveil a western-developed shooter. It'll be at Sony's Gamescom press conference. We'll put our lunch money on it.

Big Rockstar reveals

Our thinking: Rockstar wasn't at E3. Rockstar is going to Gamescom. Rockstar isn't going to go to Gamescom simply to promote the Red Dead Redemption DLC. Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire and Agent have all been far too quiet for far too long. We don't expect them to be for much longer.



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  • smiley187 - August 18, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    There had better be a new Hitman on the way, and if there is they had better not change 47 look.
  • ProjectReise - August 18, 2010 1 a.m.

    my moneys on HitMan 5
  • philipshaw - August 17, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    I defo expect to see some news about Batman: Arkham City. Also I Resistance 3 looks a cert to be confirmed but I don't think we will see the game until Christmas next year because Killzone 3 is coming out at the start of next year
  • d3v - August 17, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    Seeing as it's Europe, Valve will most likely announce the next version of DOTA.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - August 17, 2010 5:33 a.m.

    Resident Evil 6!
  • BurntToShreds - August 17, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    I'm sorry but Gabe Newell ate the Ep3 reveal and any talent the company had left.
  • Batch2009 - August 17, 2010 4:50 a.m.

    SOE is suppose to be making a big deal, press conference the day before kick off. I would like to hear more on DCUO as it releases on 2 NOV.
  • Sickooo - August 17, 2010 4:40 a.m.

    rly hope theres no online pay thing... but im rly looking forward to more batman details as well
  • twinkletitsMcGee - August 17, 2010 4:21 a.m.

    I bet T-towel made you put that psp thing on there just like he said that he though that was the biggest no-show from E3.
  • Dredgon - August 17, 2010 4:06 a.m.

    Hitman 5 FTW!!!!!
  • Dorglesisthebest - August 17, 2010 3:32 a.m.

    Im hoping for valves next engine, but I doubt theyll waste it on EP3. Well probably see it next on the next FULL SIZE HL game, or who knows, it could be on another IP, thats what happened with the source engine and CSS. Of course Valve could also have another IP, but that also means they could be real douches and make synergy or Eternal Silence or some other source engine mod into Retail games. As for Gearbox taking over DNF, thatd be great. I love Duke Nukem 3D, I loved Opposing Force and I liked Hells Highway. Sounds great on paper, at least.
  • Smeggs - August 17, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    Yeah, Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will totally be there, just like the second coming of Jesus. Oh, and don't forget about Bigfoot handing out free ice-cream.
  • HawtKakez - August 17, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    I have no predictions whatsoever on what may be at Gamescom. I'm just going to be on the lookout for whatever they got. That's how I roll.
  • GangsterJew92 - August 17, 2010 1:07 a.m.

    I hope all of these come true
  • Gavo - August 16, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    Please, just HL2: Episode 3.
  • nuno004 - August 16, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    KI3 KI3 no whammys no whammys, STOP!...damn, viva pinata 3. Please RARE make a Killer Instinct 3 that would be awesome reCAPTCHA: Michoacan, plforce is this a new wing of mexico's government or something WTF?
  • CAPST3R - August 16, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    I'm expecting a new GTA (possibly last one this gen), GoW3 (I read a while back about them regretting not making gears on PS3, so maybe it'll be multi-platform), whatever Kojima's working on (I can't believe that wasn't in the article), Borderworlds (another that should have been on the list), and Prototype 2 (a third that should have been on the list). I'm also hoping for as much as possible on FO:NV, TDU2, DR2, Brink, Bodycount, Motorstorm:Apocalypse, Crysis 2, and GR:FS. I just realised, that's pretty much my list for Q1+2 next year, unless something else gets announced at either Gamescom or TGS.
  • JakeyBaby - August 16, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    Since Gabes PS3 bombshell (which I totally predicted infront of friends and an uninterested girlfriend), the only game I'm interested in hearing him announce is a certain "Counter Strike 2".
  • LIKEUCARE - August 16, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    More info about Thief 4 would make my day for sure... As for HL2 EP3, Valve should just scrap it and focus on HL3 instead while at it! I'd love a Heavy Rain 2 announcement (or anything similar made by HR developers)... Freelancer 2 (I seriously doubt this will come out one day but I can still dream on...)... RDR Episodes (Or RDR 2) since the DLC are f*cking boring... NEED SINGLE PLAYER CONTENTS!
  • Lemurian - August 16, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    lol Europes a country