The next big industry showcase, Gamescom runs between the 21st and 25th of this month in Cologne, Germany. Most of the major publishers are using it as another platform to show off their wares but, as is becoming a recurring theme, Microsoft and Sony are lining up to steal the spotlight with the latest reveals regarding their upcoming consoles. Sony have previously teased that they’ll be lifting the lid on at least one new game and now, Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios’ corporate vice president has matched that promise via Major Nelson’s podcast, as well as outlining the company’s plans for the show.
“We’re gonna have a really short stage presentation with some news, talking about some unique exclusive coming to the platform. We’re going to talk about Europe’s biggest franchise and maybe some interesting things.
“We have some stuff, but most of the time will be spent with the press getting time with the developers, with their games… We think that these platforms are about the games, and we want to give the press time with the games.”
He later added that they will also be getting Xbox One developers to talk about the ways that they are utilising the features of the console, including Kinect and the much-vaunted Cloud functionality, specifically mentioning Rare and Turn 10, along with the nebulous promise of several third-party studios. It is also made clear that this is a conscious decision, as Microsoft wants to hammer home the idea that developers are the ones that drive content and make the most of the consoles.
Later, he reiterated that their focus for the show is on giving people hands-on time with the console and its games. Microsoft will be bringing their biggest ever booth to Gamescom in 2013 and filling it out with offerings from both first and third party studios, with the confirmed list so far including Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct and Project Spark.
Unfortunately, OnlySP will not be at the show, and thus cannot deliver first-hand impressions, but we will be following developments closely and bringing you all the news that’s fit to print.
Source: Major Nelson