Opening Night Live 2020 live blog: all the big reveals as they happen Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020

Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020 is live and, here at TechRadar, we’re following along with all the action in real time while providing expert commentary and opinion on everything that’s unveiled.

But what are we expecting today? Well, lucky for us Opening Night Live host Geoff Keighley loves a good tease, so we already know a good bit of what we’ll be seeing during the showcase, which will include a gameplay demo of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, details on Fall Guys: Season 2, an exclusive new look at Destiny 2: Beyond Light, and much, much more. We’re also expecting there to be some surprises too.

The Opening Night Live stream kicked off at 7pm BST / 2pm ET / 11am PT (or 4am AEST) and lasts two hours, with a 15 minute pre-show ahead of the main event. So grab some snacks ready and settle in, it’s going to be a be an interesting show.
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11:05am – We’re kicking off with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which was officially unveiled yesterday. According to the devs we’ll be seeing some veteran Call of Duty characters making a return in this game. In addition, players get more control over their play including choice missions and customization options for your character. These choice missions mean that the game will have multiple endings, dependent on what choice you make. The multiplayer reveal is coming in September.

We’ve also got an exclusive world premiere look at the title, with a cinematic trailer showing a scene from early on in the game.

11:01am – And we’re off! Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020 is officially live.
11:00am – Jurassic Park: Evolution Complete Edition is coming November 3 to Nintendo Switch. If you’re a simulation game fan (and a dino fan) then it’s definitely one to check out.
10:57am – Another look at Dirt 5, showing off new (fun-looking) game modes. One mode sees you racing through big bowling pins while another, called Vampire, seems to involve creeping about in a dark carpark?

Dirt 5 is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X on October 16, 2021.

10:55am – Now for an interview with Geoff Keighley, discussing what’s coming up. Nothing we don’t know already. He has clarified there will be some “awesome next-gen stuff”, however, apparently Opening Night Live it won’t be “shock and awe” and the show will more focus on updates on games we’ve already seen rather than new announcements. He’s said for gamers to temper their expectations. So, in other words, don’t expect any groundbreaking news.
10:50am – Ford has unveiled its new virtual racing car. The “first-ever vehicle designed in collaboration between an auto maker and gamers”. It’s due to make an appearance in a racing game coming in 2021.
10:49am – Next up is a new trailer for the previously announced Quantum Error. Quantum Error is a “cosmic-shooter” FPS which sees you playing as Captain Jacob Thomas, a firefighter who is sent alongside his partner to investigate the Monad Quantum Research Facility – which has been attacked by an unknown entity. Coming to both PS4 and PS5 in 2021. 

The new trailer gives us a look at some creepy gameplay but apparently the game is still a work-in-progress, so it may not actually look like this on release.

10:46am – Internet personality Kyle Bosman is presenting the pre-show. Which apparently will be a lot of trailers. First up is a new Scarlet Nexus trailer – the action RPG coming to current and next-gen consoles.
10:45am – The Opening Night Live pre-show is live, which means there’s only 15 minutes left until the main show kicks off.
10:30am – Geoff Keighley is excited, but are you? Remember, if you want to watch the action live alongside this live blog, then check out our handy guide on how to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020.
10:00am – There’s just one hour to go until Opening Night Live kicks off (and just 45 minutes until the pre-show starts). 
9:30am – Don’t get yours hopes up for the revealing of an Xbox Series X or PS5 price. While there have been rumors that we would get confirmation of both next-gen consoles’ price tags in August, we very much doubt that we’ll get any price confirmations during Opening Night Live. Both Sony and Microsoft will want to wait until their own event to reveal pricing and pre-order information. That means we’ll likely be waiting until September for PS5 and Xbox Series X pricing. 

But we will still get our fill of next-gen content during today’s stream. We’ll get a look at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart gameplay, giving us our best look yet at the PS5 in action, while we’re set to hear more about upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X games like Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War. We’re also hoping for announcements of currently unconfirmed next-gen titles.

9:00am – This is only the second year that Opening Night Live has taken place, with Keighley premiering the event ahead of Gamescom 2019. 

As promised, Opening Night Live 2019 was packed with a wide mix of world premiere content and announcements, including an attempt by Hideo Kojima to explain Death Stranding ahead of its release later that year. We also got a Little Nightmares II reveal, a new Gears 5 trailer, a release date for The Witcher III on Nintendo Switch, and news that Devil May Cry 5 and Blair Witch Project are both coming to Xbox Games Pass.

While that show took place as a physical event, this year’s Opening Night Live is entirely digital. But we’re still expecting the same level (if not more) of announcements.

8:30am – Not one to shy away from Twitter, Keighley has also shared a list of some of the publishers we’ll be getting content debuts from during Opening Night Live.
8:00am – So what are we expecting today? Well, thanks to teases by Keighley on Twitter, we already have an idea of what we can expect from Opening Night Live. 

So far we know that we’ll finally see a proper gameplay demo of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, as well as an exclusive new look at Destiny 2: Beyond Light, a new trailer for Mafia: Definitive Edition, a sneak peek at Fall Guys: Season 2, a world premiere new look at Star Wars: Squadrons and a gameplay world premiere of LEGO StarWars: The Skywalker Saga.

But that’s not all, we’ll also be getting more information on World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Little Nightmares II, Doom Eternal – Ancient Gods DLC, Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War, Medal of Honor: Above & Beyond, Turrican, Chorus, Scarlet Nexus, a new The Sims 4 game pack, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. Phew. It’s going to be a busy show.

Also expect some tidbits on upcoming Xbox Series X and PS5 games – and maybe even a surprise or two.

7:00am –  Welcome to TechRadar’s Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020 live blog! We’ll be following along with the Opening Night Live stream in real time, providing expert commentary and opinions on everything that’s announced.

But what is Opening Night Live? Gamescom Opening Night Live is a showcase that officially kicks off the huge European gaming convention and is hosted by The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley. This is only the second year the showcase is taking place and, unlike last year, this year’s event will be a “fully digital show” – you know, because of the pandemic. 

But the show must go on, and we’re still expecting world premiere trailers, exclusive first looks and big announcements during the Opening Night Live stream – along with some surprises. 

If you want to watch the stream along reading this live blog then check out our handy guide on how to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020.

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