It’s difficult to predict which games Sega will showcase at gamescom 2012 later this month since so many titles in its line-up are either scheduled to release next year or have only been confirmed for Japan.
The publisher’s only triple-A release coming out in the West later this year is Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed while Japanese gamers also have Yakuza 5 to look forward to in December.
Despite only due for release in February 2013, Aliens: Colonial Marines will probably get plenty of screen time during Sega’s gamescom press conference. It’s been a huge investment for the company over the last five years or so and is likely to attract plenty of attention from the gaming community.
The same can be said for Total War: Rome II which currently has a tentative third quarter 2013 release date. This highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning PC strategy game Rome: Total War is likely to draw plenty of series fans out of the woodwork if it’s publicly playable at gamescom.
Other titles that may be showcased at the event include Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz for PS Vita as well as the HD remastered versions of Jet Set Radio, Sonic Adventure 2 and NiGHTS into DREAMS, all of which are due out later this year on a variety of digital platforms.
Let’s also not forget about Phantasy Star Online 2 which was recently released in Japan and is headed to our shores early next year. This free-to-play title could turn out to be a huge hit for Sega and it’s therefore likely that at least some mention of it will be made at gamescom.
I’d love to see Sega announce a Western release date for Yakuza 5 at gamescom, as well as for the recently announced Yakuza 1 and 2 HD Edition. It also wouldn’t hurt Sega to announce that Shenmue and Shenmue 2 will be receiving the HD treatment in the foreseeable future.
As one of Sega’s most beloved series, I don’t understand what is holding the publisher back from re-releasing it on as many digital platforms as possible. I realise that both games exceed the size limit for XBLA titles but like Resident Evil 4 HD they could simply fall under the Games on Demand section of the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Perhaps there are some licensing issues that are holding them back?
My most anticipated title from Sega’s expected gamescom line-up would have to be Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. I like the fact that it’s for all major platforms (including 3DS and PS Vita) and features such a varied cast of colourful characters each sporting a unique ride.
When you factor in terraforming racetracks, themed courses and being able to compete with other Sega fans online, it’s difficult to find fault with this charming holiday release.
Gamescom will run from August 15th through to the 19th in Cologne, Germany. El33tonline will be there covering the event so don’t miss out on the latest news and impressions from the world’s most spectacular videogame showcase.