Gamescom 2023: how to rewatch Opening Night Live plus all the trailers and announcements
Catch up with all the biggest announcements at Gamescom 2023
Gamescom 2023 officially kicks off August 23, and the Germany-based event is set to bring plenty of fresh gaming news and announcements for fans to enjoy.
However, the fun began on August 22 with a two-hour live stream called Opening Night Live, hosted by The Game Awards and Summer Game Fest’s Geoff Keighley.
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This year’s show featured more than 40 games and was once again watched by millions of people worldwide. We were treated to plenty of blockbuster announcements during this year’s Gamescom Opening Night Live, which we’ll recap below.
How to rewatch Gamescom 2023 Opening Night Live 📺
Broadcasted live from Cologne, Germany, Gamescom Opening Night Live is where all of the biggest announcements at Gamescom took place. The show was live-streamed on August 22 at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST.
What did we see at Opening Night Live? 👀
Gamescom Opening Night Live promised to deliver a mix of trailers for games that have already been announced as well as some world premier exclusives. Host Geoff Keighley did a good job at setting expectations this year, as that’s exactly what the show delivered.
Here’s everything that was announced and shown at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023:
A new live-action Starfield trailer was shown ahead of the game’s September 6 release date.
Little Nightmares 3
Little Nightmares 3 was announced. The game will feature co-op for the first time and will be out in 2024.
Black Myth Wukong
A new trailer for Black Myth Wukong was shown, but sadly no release date was given. Expect it to release in 2024 at the earliest.
Killing Floor 3
Killing Floor 3 was announced. It’s coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Director Zach Snyder took the stage to show off Rebel Moon, a new two-part film coming to Netflix. A video game adaptation is also in the works.
Age of Empires 4: Anniversary Edition
Microsoft shadow-dropped Age of Empires 4: Anniversary Edition during Gamescom. The RTS game is now available on Xbox Game Pass.
A trailer for Crimson Desert was shown. The open-world action-adventure game is a spiritual successor to Black Desert.
Payday 3 got a fancy live-action film as well as a new gameplay trailer. It’s out on September 27.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
The release of Assassin’s Creed Mirage is almost upon us. The game is out on October 5 and a new trailer was shown at Gamescom with an Arabic voiceover.
We finally have a Tekken 8 release date. The next entry in the long-running fighting franchise is out on January 26, 2024.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is likely to be one of the biggest releases of 2023. A new trailer showing off the game’s single-player campaign. The multiplayer beta kicks off on October 6.
Next up was a release date trailer for Nightingale. It enters early access on February 22, 2024.
Granblue Fantasy Relink
Granblue Fantasy Relink, a thrilling action RPG, is coming on February 1, 2024.
Zenless Zone Zero
Zenless Zone Zero is an urban fantasy RPG from the developers of Genshin and Impact and Hokai: Star Rail.
Honkai: Star Rail
HoYoVerse also showed off a trailer for Honkai: Star Rail ahead of the game’s PS5 release.
Lords of the Fallen
We got another look at Lords of the Fallen at Gamescom 2023. The dark fantasy action game is out on October 13.
The beautiful Sonic Superstars finally has a release date. It’s out on October 17.
Sonic Frontiers also got a new teaser trailer. A free update called The Final Horizon is on the way which adds new playable characters, challenges and a new story.
The First Descendent
A reveal trailer for The First Descendent was up next. The game enters open beta from September 19 to September 23, 2023.
Under the Waves
Explore the depths below on August 29 with Under the Waves. Check out the launch trailer below.
A launch trailer for Fort Solis was also shown, which is available now.
Expeditions: A Mudrunner game
From the developer of Snowrunner and Mudrunner, a world premiere trailer of Expeditions was shown at Gamescom.
The Crew Motorfest
A launch trailer for The Crew Motorfest was up next. The game is out September 14 and a five-hour free trial will be available from September 14 to September 17.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
The expansion to Cyberpunk 2077 is almost here. It’s out September 26 and includes a host of changes and updates, some of which will make their way to the base game for free on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
A world premiere of Stormgate was up next, which is a spiritual successor to WarCraft 3 and Starcraft 2. You can wishlist it on Steam now.
Marvel Snap is now on Steam, and we got a cinematic trailer to celebrate.
Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon
A launch trailer for Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon dropped during Gamescom 2023 ahead of the game’s release on August 25.
Mortal Kombat 1
A new Mortal Kombat 1 trailer gave us a look at the game’s brutal fighting and story. It’s out on September 19.
Ara: History Untold
Next, we got a glimpse of Ara: History Untold. The turn-based strategy game sees you build a civilization in an alternate version of history.
Fans got a looks Diablo 4‘s upcoming season named Season of Blood. It arrives on October 17.
One of the biggest surprise announcements at Gamescom was Dustborn, a cel-shaded, single-player narrative-focused game for Xbox. It’s out in early 2024.
Thank Goodness You’re Here!
The penultimate trailer at Gamescom was Thank Goodness You’re Here! Described as a “comedy slapformer”, there’s a lot to unpack here. It’s out 2024 for PS5, Switch and PC.
Alan Wake 2
Closing out Opening Night Live was a live-action trailer for Alan Wake 2. The game is out on October 27.
Gamescom 2023 schedule
Opening Night Live isn’t the only showcase taking place during Gamescom 2023. You can also tune into Future Games Show and Awesome Indies 2023 showcase for even more announcements and reveals. Here’s the full Gamescom 2023 schedule.
Into the Infinite: A Level Infinite Showcase
The Into the Infinite: A Level Infinite Showcase takes place on Wednesday, August 23 at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST.
Future Games Show at Gamescom 2023
The Future Games Show at Gamescom returns on Wednesday, August 23 at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST and is hosted by Troy Baker (The Last of Us and Death Stranding) and Erika Ishii (Valkyrie - Apex Legends, Destiny 2 and Deathloop). It’ll feature over 50 games and a competition to win a PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Awesome Indies 2023
If you love games from independent developers, you won’t want to miss the Awesome Indies 2023 showcase. It takes place on August 23 at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm BST / 8pm CEST / 8pm CEST, which rather annoyingly clashes with the Future Games Show. It’ll be broadcast on Gamescom’s official YouTube channel.
Last updated: August 23, 2023