Konami’s confirmed gamescom line-up isn’t particularly lengthy but it nonetheless features new entries in three established franchises: Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear, and Castlevania.
What’s exciting about this line-up is that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadows ‒ Mirror of Fate haven’t been dated yet meaning that gamescom 2012 could be the perfect opportunity for Konami to announce a release date for at least one of these titles.
Gamescom will also be a great platform to drum up enthusiasm for PES 2013 and show attendees (and the gaming press) why this year’s instalment is worth getting excited about.
Europe is a football-mad continent so the game should draw plenty of visitors to Konami’s stand, and it will be fascinating to see if PES 2013 receives a similar amount of support from the gamescom crowd as FIFA 13 does. PES 2013 places an emphasis on manual controls (manual shooting, passing etc.) so we’ll just have to wait and see how this decision resonates with long-time fans of the series.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is expected to launch early next year and should draw a large crowd given the popularity of Platinum Games’ previous action games such as Bayonetta and Vanquish. The game has had its fair share of development woes but appears to be coming together well since Platinum took the helm from Kojima Productions late last year.
Thankfully key Metal Gear Solid contributors such as concept artist Yoji Shinkawa are involved in the project so there should be plenty of elements in the final game that MGS fans can relate to.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate is another game that Konami will definitely showcase at gamescom. This 3DS title is apparently set between the events of Lords of Shadow and its upcoming sequel, and marks a return to the classic 2D gameplay of previous Castlevania titles. Players will switch between notable Castlevania characters during the game and follow them at different points in history.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is the fourth and final Konami title that will be present and playable at gamescom. It’s certainly one of my most anticipated titles of the show seeing as though Spanish developer MercurySteam did such an amazing job on the original game.
I’m confident that the studio has been given enough resources and time to craft another fantastic action-adventure for us to play, and Lords of Shadow 2’s gamescom demo should provide us with a good indication of its final quality.
Konami will probably choose to focus its gamescom efforts on these four titles but it would be great if the publisher gave us an update on Silent Hill: Book of Memories’ progress. This PS Vita title was supposed to launch earlier this year but its release date came and went and still there was no sign of the game.
A few days later Konami confirmed its launch had been delayed until later this year, but it’s still concerning that we haven’t seen anything more of Book of Memories in recent months.
Gamescom 2012 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.