Last week was held the Gamescom, and as per our habits, we will go over the announcements that will have an impact on the esports landscape in the foreseeable future.
Numerous games have been showcased and announced, but we will focus on the competitive ones:
World of Tanks: Steel Hunter
Availability dates: 26 August – 16 September 2019
This temporary mode will see 20 tankers fight off on a new map, with the last survivor crowned the winner. A reduced selection of playable tanks, new rules, experience to improve the tank during the game… Wargaming worked hard after they tested its founding principles during events last year.
Battle Royale is not dead!
Release date: 06 September 2019
The newest edition of the famous basketball game will see the addition of several new features, with a new movement engine to allow for dunk feints, takeovers and better handling of the ball.
No doubt the fans will soon take possession of the title and create leagues and tournaments.
Release date: 10 September 2019
One of the blockbusters to come by the end of the year, Gears 5 is to be a cross-platform third-person shooter that walks in the steps of its predecessors. There is bound to be a competitive scene, that will build upon what was done with previous titles, and further. Plus, the PC version means more players will be able to play and compete!
CoD: Modern Warfare
Release date: 25 October 2019
An open Alpha session is available this week-end on PS4, to try the 2v2 mode out on 4 different maps. Other news that came in this week is that the game will have dedicated servers for all platforms, and for the first time in the history of the game, cross-play features. No doubt Activision will make it the title of the upcoming competitive season!
Need for Speed Heat
Release date: 08 November 2019
The legendary racing game receives a new opus this winter, with a twist, to mix the two pillars of the previous games: by day, you run in official urban races, and by night, you go for underground races where you will often have to go against cops to increase your ‘street cred’. The games have always been on the arcade side, but there are tournaments for it coming, that is for sure!
DCL – The Game
Release date: TBA (est. Winter 2019/2020)
“DCL” stands for Drone Champions League, the drone racing world championship. This new game developed by THQ Nordic is about steering a flying drone at high speeds through an obstacle course. Quick turns, sudden accelerations, loopings and barrel rolls are included, so buckle up and ready your VR headsets!
Release date: 01 September 2020
This one is for all of you RTS fans. Iron Harvest revisits World War I with a different outcome, and a war that carries on during the 20’s, with mechs, tanks and technology that we can only qualify as “diesel-punk”.
The game come from a Kickstarter campaign, and has received a lot of attention and love from strategy fans all around the world. We can’t wait to see the community get its hands on the game, and start organizing large scale competitions!